Parts of speech are an important aspect of the language taught in ELA. 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 ELA students.

The 8 Parts of Speech Help You

  • Understand clearly what is being said in a sentence.
  • Know how and when to use words correctly.
  • Reflect more accurately on the English language.

What are the Parts of Speech?

Part of SpeechDefinitionExample Words


a person, place, thing, or ideapen, 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 nounsome, good, big, red, interesting


describes a verb, adjective, or another adverbquickly, silently, well, badly, very, really


stands in for a nounI, you, he, she, we, they, your


links a noun to another wordto, at, after, on, before, around, over, of, in, for, with, throughout, from, beneath


joins words, clauses, and sentencesand, but, when, or, however, although, nevertheless, therefore, yet, so


short exclamation, sometimes inserted into a sentenceoh, ouch, hi, well

Do You Know Each Part of Speech?

Example Sentences ANSWER
(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 is a website.I like 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 bedThe 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

Application: How do I Use this in the Classroom?

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, make visual depictions of the parts of speech to help you remember these important pieces of writing!

  1. Use Storyboard That’s parts of speech template to create your own storyboard using the 8 parts of speech.

  2. Provide students with a sentence that has certain underlined or highlighted words by replacing "EXAMPLE SENTENCE".
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  4. Have students make a visualization of the sentences on the storyboard.

  5. While creating the storyboards, students will make sure to point out which part of speech they are illustrating by drawing attention to the word using an arrow or other indicator.

  6. Lesson Extension: Have students come up with their own sentences and use storyboards to depict them!

Example Project for the 8 Parts of Speech

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