Pronouns: Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources
Avoiding Sexist Language by Using Gender-Fair Pronouns
This lesson plan engages students in a brief writing assignment that concretely illustrates how language and gender stereotyping interact causally. Students write a response to a short prompt which includes no information about the participants' gender. Once the writing is complete, students and teacher analyze the narratives for the use of pronouns and what the pronoun choices reveal about language use. This lesson requires 2 50-minute periods and is designed for high school.
Chalking Points: Me versus Myself
This downloadable YouTube video (3:22) explains when to use the objective and when to use the reflexive forms. Very engaging; will work with upper elementary through college. Includes advertising at the end.
Chalking Points: That vs. Which
This downloadable YouTube video (4:20) explains how to use these relative pronouns with restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses. Includes advertising at the very end.
This review activity asks students to identify the pronouns in a piece of popular music. It is designed for grades 6-8.
Pretests and answer keys for identifying nouns, pronouns, and verbs.
In this activity students find the pronouns in a newspaper article. It is designed for grades 3-5.
Interactive practice identifying personal pronouns, appropriate for elementary students and older.
Explanation, practice sentences, and answer key.
Reflexive and Intensive Pronouns
A complete lesson plan with handout and assessment, designed for secondary students. This 9-page document requires Adobe Reader for access.
Schoolhouse Rock: "Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla"
This Grammar Rock video is a good introduction. It runs 3:00.
Scrutinizing Stand-Ins: Working With Nouns and Pronouns
Students identify the connection between nouns and pronouns and discuss how the clarity of a sentence is affected by using a noun as opposed to a pronoun. This lesson is from the New York Times and includes a link to an article (informational text) and discussion/analysis questions. Depending on the article selected, this approach can work with anyone old enough to study pronouns.
Students read and analyze a mentor text (an excerpt from Roald Dahl's "Boy: Tales of Childhood," included), write their own narrative vignette, and analyze their use of pronouns. Designed for high school.