Lesson Plan of Imperative

Lesson Plan of Imperative: Requests and Commands

Subject English

Grade II

Students` Learning Outcomes

  • Use and physically respond to simple sentences showing request and command.

Information for Teachers

Imperative: Requests and Commands

  • Imperative are verbs used to give commands and requests.
  • Command is made by a person who has authority (such as teacher, mother, father, grandparents etc.

Imperative: Requests and Commands

  • Request is a polite way of asking people to do things you want them to do.

Material / Resources

Writing board, chalk/marker, duster, flashcards, textbook


  • Say the following sentences to the students when you go inside the class:
      • Stand up.
      • Sit down please.
      • Please raise your hand.
      • Don`t go out alone.
  • Ask them which one of these are requests and which one of these are commands. And why?
  • Tell them that request is a polite way of asking people to do things you want them to do. E.g. if you are talking to your teacher/mother/father/an elder, you will make a request.
  • Note: you can write these commands/requests on the board to make it clearer or can prepare flashcards (with requests and commands written on them) for this activity.

Imperative: Requests and Commands


Activity 1

  • Divide the class into groups of 4-5.
  • Write the given sentences on the flashcards and give them in groups.
  • Then ask them to read aloud their sentence and tell whether it is a request or command.
  • Paste these flashcards in the class to aid students` learning.

Imperative: Requests and Commands

Activity 2

  • Tell the students they will be playing a game in the class.
  • Tell them one of the students will give commands and one student will have to change it into a request by adding please to it. E.g.
      • Take out your copies.
      • Raise your hand.
      • Stick out your tongue.
      • Put your hand on your head.
      • Close your eyes, etc.

Role Play:

Teacher: pick up the book.

Student: please pick up the book. (and does the action)

Activity 3

  • Divide the class into pairs.
  • Give each pair one of the following roles.
  • Ask them to perform a role play.
  • Tell them that one student will make a request and the other will give a command.
  • Give them 10 minutes to prepare and 1 minute to perform for each pair (according to their roles).
      • Father and Son: father to son (command) son to father (request)
      • Mother and Daughter: Mother to daughter (command) daughter to mother (request)
      • Teacher and Student: Teacher to student (command) student to teacher(request)
      • Elderly neighbor and a child: Elderly neighbor to child (command) child to neighbor (request)

Sum up / Conclusion

  • Revise the concept of request and command by asking students to give examples of each.
  • Ask the students the following questions:
      1. Why do we make requests?
      2. Who gives commands?
      3. Which has polite tone; request for command?


  • Ask the students to tell which of the following a request/command is.
      1. Give me my pen. (command)
      2. Please, sit on the chair.(request)
      3. Do your work. (Command)
      4. Pass the plate, please.(request)
  • The answers are given in brackets for teachers` convenience.
  • Now ask them to turn a request into a command and a command into a request.

Follow up

  • Ask the students to request their mother/father to give them a sweet/balloon. Tell them to use the word ‘please’.

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