Grammar and Parts of Speech

Follow these links to lessons about specific parts of speech and sentence structure:
Sentence StructureSentence Fragments
Mechanics, Punctuation, ConventionsSubject — Verb Agreement
Lessons and Activities for Multiple Parts of Speech
Useful Resources (more for teacher than student)

Parts of Speech Mind Map
This printable poster uses color and specific examples to help students distinguish the parts of speech.

Lessons and Activities for Multiple Parts of Speech

Acrostic Poetry
Using newspapers or magazines, students create an acrostic poem where words are divided into parts of speech.

Active and Passive Voice
Links to explanations and handouts for teaching active and passive voice.

Analyzing Grammar Pet Peeves
Students begin by thinking about their own grammar pet peeves. They then read a Dear Abby column in which she lists several grammar pet peeves. Using a chart, students analyze each pet peeve and research it to determine its accuracy. By analyzing Dear Abby’s "rant" about bad grammar usage, students become aware that attitudes about race, social class, moral and ethical character, and "proper" language use are intertwined and that the rant reveals those attitudes. Finally, students discuss the pet peeves as a class, gaining an understanding that issues of race, class, and audience’s expectations help determine what is considered "proper" language usage.

Color Coded Parts of Speech
Three kinesthetic small group activities to help students identify parts of speech.

Creative Writing: Teaching Grammar and Writing Principles through the Arts
Students produce original songs, dances, poems, skits or artwork to teach writing and grammar creatively and effectively. This lesson includes an article from the New York Times, journal writing, vocabulary words, questions for discussion, and several extension activities.

Diagramming Sentences
Illustrations and explanations of sentence diagramming, organized by part of speech and by structure.

Enough about I — Let's Talk about Me
In this lesson students learn about common grammar mistakes and then create engaging presentations on grammar and usage rules.

Grammar Bytes! Interactive Grammar Review
An appealing site generous with explanations, handouts, interactive exercises.

Grammar Gorillas
An interactive review of parts of speech for elementary students. Choose "Beginner" (nouns and verbs) or "Advanced" (all parts of speech).

Grammar Ninja
Students identify parts of speech in this online game with a Ninja theme. Three levels of difficulty; Wii version also available.

Grammar Review using Sentence Auction
Students in small groups bid on correct and incorrect sentences. The group which 'buys' the most correct sentences wins. This lesson is designed for ESL students and includes sentences, but anyone could adapt it.

Grammarcise from
Designed for Grades 7 and 8, this activity has students making multimedia presentations of the parts of speech.

Learning Grammar Through Wordplay
students master some of the more interesting and challenging vocabulary words from a New York Times article by analyzing the writer's use of nouns and verbs in the article and then constructing original sentences using those words in different contexts. This lesson has multiple objectives-to teach the grammatical components of a sentence, to help students broaden their vocabularies, and to help students use wordplay as a means of teaching sentence structure.

Parts of Speech "Blabbers"
Students will create animated images in to define, explain, and give examples of usage for an assigned part of speech. Teacher will then compile saved video clips into a photostory presentation explaining all eight parts of speech and present final copy for class presentation.

Parts of Speech Worksheets
Multiple worksheets with answer keys for elementary students. Adobe Reader or compatible application required for access.

Plague Words and Phrases
A list of words and phrases writers should avoid like the plague, and an explanation for each.

Skillswise: Grammar
This grammar and writing site from the BBC is designed for elementary students. It includes practice with adverbs, commas, double negatives, and more. Practice using printable worksheets or the online quiz feature.

Sufficient Suffixes: Four in a Row
This game, designed for upper elementary, challenges students to add suffixes to change a word to a different part of speech. It requires Adobe Reader or equivalent application for access.

Wacky Web Tales
Students review parts of speech using an online format similar to the game MadLibs. Students can submit their own Wacky Web Tale, too. This site is designed for grades 3 and up. Free Trial offer

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