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What's My Subject? A Subject-Verb Agreement Minilesson

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Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Minilesson
Estimated Time 50 minutes
Lesson Author

Patricia Alejandra Lastiri

Patricia Alejandra Lastiri

Villanova d'Asti, Asti


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology





Computers with Internet access

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1. Prepare to discuss subject-verb agreement with your students. You will want to have a basic definition available to share if they need it. Grammar Alive! A Guide for Teachers by Brock Haussamen, Amy Benjamin, Martha Kolln, and Rebecca S. Wheeler (National Council of Teachers of English, 2003) defines subject-verb agreement as follows:
Subject-verb agreement is "the matching of the number and person of the subject to the form of the verb. When the subject is third-person singular and the verb is in the present tense, the verb takes the -s inflection, as in: The dog barks all night. He bothers the neighbours. With other subjects and in other tenses, verbs (with the exception of be) do not change to match the number or person of the subject: I sleep, we sleep, he slept, they slept." (p. 106)
2. If you do not have computers with Internet access available in your classroom, reserve a 50-minute session in your school's computer lab. If there still aren't enough computers for each student to work independently, divide your class into pairs or groups.

3. Visit News Summaries and James Taylor lyrics - Rainy Day Man to familiarize yourself with these sites. Note that if your students are engaged in content-area research using other resources (i.e., additional newspaper or magazine websites), you may choose to use these instead. Add the sites you will use to the Favorites list on your classroom or lab computers. You may also want to visit Subject-Verb Agreement to determine if this website is a resource your students might find helpful.

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