Possessive Pronouns

Students’ Learning Outcomes

·         Demonstrate correct use of my-mine, your-yours etc.

Information for Teachers

·         A possessive pronoun is a word that takes the place of names of someone or something and shows possessions. Possessive pronouns don’t require apostrophes (“)
·          Possessive pronouns are those designating possession. They may also be used as substitutes for noun phrases, and they are typically found at the end of a sentence or clause. There are only a few possessive pronouns in the English language, and there are only two specific rules for using them correctly. Keep these rules in mind when using possessive pronouns and you’ll discover that writing properly is easier. Express yourself in better ways
·         Possessive pronouns are used in English to avoid repeating information that is already clear. In general it makes the sentence less confusing because the same information is not being repeated.
·         There are seven possessive pronouns in English: his, hers, mine, yours, its, ours, and theirs.
o   This book is my book, not your book.
o   This book is mine, not yours.
(Mine and yours are possessive pronouns)
o   In sentence, mine is a possessive pronoun that replaces my book.
o   In the sentence, yours is a possessive pronoun that replaces your book.
Possessive Pronouns
?       I
?      you
?     He
?     She
?     It
?    We
?   Theirs
?     Mine
?    Yours
?    His
?    Hers
?    Its
?   Ours
?   Theirs
·         Time allocation is flexible and can change as per need of the activity.
·         While teaching the lesson, the teacher should also consult textbook at all steps where and when required.

Material / Resources

Chalk/marker, board, textbook

Worm up activity

·         Announce in the class that today’s lesson will begin by playing the game ‘Detective’. Explain to the students the rules of the game. One student will act as detective. He/she will be sent to the next classroom for one minute. When the detective comes back after a minute, he/she will be given an object. The detective then asks from one of the students: is this yours? He keeps asking this question till he gets an answer is yes.
·         Now play game.
·         Send the detective into the next classroom for one minute. Ask one student to give you some object (e.g. a pencil)
·         Instruct all the students that if the detective asks any of them about the pencil, they must say: no, it is not mine.
·         Tell the students that they can also say: no, it is not mine. I think it is hers/his.
·         Call back the detective. Give him/her the pencil. Tell the detective to ask the students one by one: is this your pencil or is this yours? (if the number of students is more than 20, tell the detective to ask from only those students on whom he/she thinks it can be theirs).
·         The detective asks one student whether it is his/her pencil. The student’s replies, as instructed: no, it is not mine. I think it is his/hers (pointing at another student)
·         The detective then asks the student indicated, and so on asks all the student (if the number of students is more than 20,the detective asks from only those students on whom he/she has doubt)
·         At the end, the detective has to try to identify who is the owner of the object. (through this activity, the students demonstrate correct use of my, mine, your, yours, his, hers. The game can be easily finished in 8-10 minutes).
·         After the game is finished, ask the students to recall the pronouns they used in the game. Write one pronoun on the board so that students start giving response.
·         Reinforce that possessive pronouns my, your, our, their, her come before noun. Write few examples on the board for students’ understanding(This is my computer. Our classroom is very clean. Her sister is playing with a doll).
·         Reinforce that possessive pronouns mine, yours, hers, ours, theirs are used without nouns. Write few examples on the board. (This computer is mine. That clean classroom is ours. This doll is hers. These pictures are theirs.)
·         They have already studied this concept earlier, hence they should be able to answer and respond well in class.

Activity 1

·         Write sentences on the board.
o   Finish the sentences with a possessive pronoun.
(The first one has been done for you)
1.       It is your money. It’s yours.
2.       It is my bag. It’s _____________.
3.       It is our car. It’s _____________.
4.       They are her shoes. It’s ______.
5.       They are your books. They’re __________.
6.       It is their house. It’s _________________.
7.       They are my glasses. They’re _________.
8.       It is his coat. It’s __________________.
Answer key:
2. Mine, 3.Ours, 4.Hers 5.yours, 6.Theirs, 7.Mine, 8. His
§  Give clear instructions to the students and ask them to do the work in their notebooks. Repeat the instructions if necessary.
§  Do the first sentence on the board for students to understand better.
§  Move in the classroom to monitor students’ work and provide help.
§  Give students some more sentences if they finish the work well before time.

Activity 2

·         Write at least five sentences, selected from the textbook, on the board. Tell students that sentences are taken from theirs textbooks and they can look for them in the books later.
·         Explain the students that they have to re-write the sentences in their notebooks by changing the possessive pronoun. For example, ‘my’ would change into ‘mine’, ‘your’ would change into ‘yours’, ‘our’ would change into ‘ours’ such as:
§  Re-write each sentence by changing the possessive pronoun.
1.       This is their book.      This book is theirs.
2.       Those are his shoes.
3.       That is her job.
4.       These are our paints.
5.       This is my handkerchief.
Answer key:
2. Those shoes are his. 3. That job is hers, 4. These paints are ours. 5. This hander kerchief is mine.
Sum up / Conclusion
·         Quickly review the lesson. Ask the students, “Do the possessive pronouns mine, hers, yours, ours come before a noun or my. Her, your, our come before a noun?”
·         Check how well students’ recall the possessive pronouns learnt earlier in the worm up activity through the correct demonstration of use possessive pronouns.
·         Check the written work given in the classroom to assess students’ ability to use the possessive pronouns correctly.
·         Assess students’ ability to demonstrate correct use of my-mine, her-hers, our-ours, etc.
·         Assess students’ ability to demonstrate correct use of possessive pronouns by giving them a short test at the end of week.
Follow up
·         Ask students to make sentences using the seven possessive pronouns.


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