Lesson Planning of Singular and Plural Pronouns
Students` Learning Outcomes
- Recognize that pronouns agree with their nouns in gender and number
Information for Teachers
- A pronoun must agree in number with the noun it refers to, such as;
- My brother broke his arm. (Brother-singular noun and ‘his’ singular pronoun)
- Example: My students always do their homework. (Students – plural noun and their –plural noun)
- Pronouns are a great way to avoid repetition of the nouns.
- While teaching the lesson, the teacher should consult the textbook where it is required.
Material / Resources
Writing board, chalk / marker, duster, selected text from the textbook
- Begin the lesson by reviewing the pronouns learnt previously.
- Ask the students a few sentences using possessive pronouns.
- Now divide the students into teams so that each row becomes one team (if there are 10 rows, 10 teams are formed)
- Give each team a paper. Ask half of the teams (e.g. five teams) to write as many singular nouns as they can in three minutes. Ask the other half of the teams to write as many plural nouns as they can in three minutes.
- Monitor all the teams to make sure that all the students are engaged in the activity.
- The team with the highest number of nouns (both singular and plural nouns), wins.
- The members of the winning teams will receive appreciation clapping.
- Ask the class to clap for the winning team.
- Choose a few singular and plural nouns from the students` lists.
Now write a sentence on the board containing a singular noun (from the students` lists) and its pronoun (singular). For example; the girl is eating her lunch.
- Underline the noun ‘girl’ and ask the students the word ‘her’ and tell the students that it is used in place of ‘girl’.
Tell them that ‘her’ is also singular.
- Tell the students that for a singular noun, a singular pronoun is used.
- Write more examples on the board choosing singular nouns from the students` lists. Involve the students in each example.
- Write a sentence on the board containing a plural noun (from the students` lists) for example; Friends and its pronoun (plural) for example; the friends are playing in their garden.
- Underline the noun ‘friends’ and ask the students if it is singular or plural. Then, underline the word ‘their’ and tell the students that it is used in place of friend. Tell them that ‘their’ is also plural. Tell the students that for a plural noun, a plural pronoun is used. Write more examples on the board choosing plural pronouns from the students` lists.
- Involve the students in each example.
- Ask the students to take out their textbooks.
- Read the students the piece of text that you must have selected already for the activity.
- Ask the students read with you, stop at sentences (where needed) and ask the students to recognize singular or plural nouns and their pronouns.
Sum up / Conclusion
- Review the lesson by asking the students questions like;
- For a singular noun do we use a singular pronoun or a plural pronoun?
- For a plural noun do we use a plural pronoun or a singular pronoun? What are the some plural pronouns? (Their, our)
- Ask the students to make two separate columns in their notebooks. Ask them to write all the singular pronouns in one column and all the plural pronouns in other column.
- Check the students` ability to recall the pronouns and produce singular and plural nouns learnt earlier in the introduction activity by asking them about pronouns.
- Assess how well the students recognize that pronouns agree in number during the reading session.
- Assess the students` understanding of pronouns number agreement by giving them a short test.
- Assess the ‘students’ understanding by checking the list of singular and plural pronouns they have made in their notebooks.
- Involve the students in solving the problems given in the exercise at the end of unit / chapter.
- Give the students five sentences. Ask the students to underline the correct pronouns in each sentence by looking at the noun. Do this activity work in the next class.
- Solve one sentence on the board.