Parts of speech are an important aspect of the language taught in English Language Arts and English as a New Language classrooms. Not only do the parts of speech help in formulating correct sentences, they also help the reader to understand what is taking place. As a staple of clear communication and analysis, mastery of the parts of speech is essential for students. The eight parts of speech chart on the right is a great visual for displaying the 8 categories of words that are included.
Teachers use a variety of different approaches to engage students in their parts of speech lesson plans. One popular idea for a "bodily kinesthetic" activity for parts of speech is to conduct a scavenger hunt to have students identify the 8 different parts of speech existing around the classroom. There is also the classic lesson on parts of speech that instructs students to diagram and label sentences provided by the teacher.
A parts of speech writing activity could begin with students first writing about a simple topic like what they are going to do after school. After they have their sentences down, they could work individually or with a partner to label each of the 8 parts of speech. Another fun part of speech activity is to have students play "Grammar Bingo". They can fill in a bingo card that includes all 8 parts of speech!
These are all effective activities for part of speech where students can see the language in action or on paper and identify these important grammatical elements. However, the reality is that this particular part of language learning and development can be boring and dry for students. Teachers can liven up their parts of speech lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school students with Storyboard That!
Storyboard That can help teachers use more creative ways to teach parts of speech!
|Part of Speech||Definition||Example Words|
|a person, place, thing, or idea||pen, dog, work, music, town, London, teacher, John|
|action or state of being||(to) be, have, do, like, work, sing, can, must|
|a quality of a noun||some, good, big, red, interesting|
|describes or modifies a verb, adjective, or another adverb||quickly, silently, well, badly, very, really|
|stands in for a noun||I, you, he, she, we, they, your|
|links a noun to another word||to, at, after, on, before, around, over, of, in, for, with, throughout, from, beneath|
|joins words, clauses, and sentences||and, but, when, or, however, although, nevertheless, therefore, yet, so|
|short exclamation, sometimes inserted into a sentence||oh, ouch, hi, well|
(Part of Speech)
|Ouch! That hurts!||Hi! How are you?||Well, I don't know.||Interjection|
|I like dogs and I like cats.||I like cats or dogs.||I like dogs, but I don't like cats.||Conjunction|
|Tara is smart. She is going to college three years early.||George wants his paper back.||Rashad wants a book, so he goes to the library.||Pronoun|
|Facebook.com is a website.||I like Facebook.com.||I check my Facebook every day.||Verb|
|This is my dog.||He lives in my house.||We live in London.||Noun|
|We went to school on Monday.||Please look under the bed||The book is about a boy who gets lost in the woods.||Preposition|
|My dog is big.||I like big dogs.||My big German Shepherd is better than your tiny Chihuahua.||Adjective|
|My dog eats quickly.||When he is very hungry, he eats really quickly.||I often get out of bed slowly.||Adverb|
The parts of speech activity below shows how you can use the Storyboard That Creator to make storyboards depicting the different parts of speech, in this case three different verbs. Teachers can quickly create a parts of speech lesson plan using the "create an assignment" wizard where they can input directions and even a template to help students get started. The template could include the titles of the parts of speech for students to depict such as:
In reading and writing, it is important to make clear for your audience who or what is most important in a sentence, what is happening, and other important details that enhance the information being conveyed. Using the Storyboard Creator in your parts of speech lesson allows students to make visual depictions of the parts of speech and help them remember these important pieces of writing!
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Select games and activities that are engaging and appropriate for the age and skill level of your students. Examples of games and activities that teach parts of speech include Mad Libs, Charades, Parts of Speech Bingo, Parts of Speech Jeopardy, and Word Sorts.
Before starting the games and activities, make sure your students understand the basics of parts of speech. Define and provide examples of the main parts of speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections.
Model the use of different parts of speech to ensure that students understand how they function in language. Use sentences or examples from the games or activities you have chosen to illustrate the different parts of speech.
Play the games and activities with your students, making sure to explain the rules and provide any necessary guidance. Encourage active participation and engagement from all students, and provide support or additional practice for students who may need it.
After playing the games and activities, reinforce learning by reviewing the parts of speech used and how they function in language. Ask students to explain how they used different parts of speech in the games and activities and provide feedback or corrections as needed.
Encourage students to create their own games and activities that incorporate parts of speech. This can help them solidify their understanding of the concepts and provide opportunities for peer teaching and learning.
Finally, assess students' understanding of parts of speech through quizzes, writing assignments, or other assessments. Make sure that your assessments reflect the skills and knowledge you want students to acquire, such as identifying parts of speech and using them correctly in context. Use the results of your assessments to guide further instruction and support for students who may need it.
The 8 parts of speech to include in a parts of speech chart are:
There are many 8 parts of speech lesson plans that incorporate the storyboard Creator that will help students visualize and be able to demonstrate their understanding. Some parts of speech activities using the Storyboard That Creator are:
Creating assignments in Storyboard That is as easy as 1-2-3! The easiest way to create a lesson is to copy one of our awesome premade lesson plans and customize it how you see fit. To create a lesson from scratch, simply follow the “create an assignment” steps.
The difference between a proper noun and a common noun is that a common noun refers to general things, such as a mountain, river, or lake. A proper noun, however, refers to a specific noun, such as Mt. Everest, Nile River, or Lake Michigan.