Tomorrow (September 21, 2018) is our Pronoun Test!
Students should be able to identify and use 8 different types of pronouns. To help everyone out, below I have written the name of each pronoun and helpful hints that I have given the students throughout our study. Hopefully, students have notes written down regarding all of these pronouns in their ELA notebooks.
Don't Forget - There are several study resources on classroom.
1. PERSONAL PRONOUNS - Think about the word, "person." These pronouns are divided into two groups known as personal subjective pronouns and personal objective pronouns.
Personal subjective pronouns - usually come at the beginning of a thought because they talk about the person or thing doing the action.
"He" enjoys watching football on the weekends.
Personal objective pronouns on the other hand, usually come at the end or in the middle of a thought because they speak about the person or thing receiving the action.
The crowd waited for "him" to approach the stage.
2. POSSESSIVE PRONOUNS - these pronouns show ownership.
"His" new puppy dog is so fluffy.
Personal and possessive pronouns must agree in number and in gender to the antecedent.
For example, if the antecedent is Susan, then the pronoun should be she, her, or hers. If the antecedent is students, then the pronoun should be their, theirs, them, or they.
3. INDEFINITE PRONOUNS - These pronouns do not refer to anything specific. Remember the story about my brother loving Buzz Lightyear when he was little. Buzz Lightyear always says, "To infinity and beyond," and so do indefinite pronouns.
"Everyone" was silent during the assembly. Did "anyone" see my new backpack. "Several" of the students wore blue to the pep rally.
4. DEMONSTRATIVE PRONOUNS - Indefinite pronouns are not specific, but demonstrative pronouns are specific.
That/This - singular These/Those - plural That/Those - far away in distance or time This/These - close in distance or time
5. REFLEXIVE PRONOUNS - These pronouns always end with "self" or "selves." Just like you need reflexes in your body, you need reflexive pronouns for your sentences to make since. Remember the story about my cousin Bubba.
6 INTENSIVE PRONOUNS - These pronouns also end with self or selves. However, you do NOT need these pronouns for the sentence to make since.
To determine whether a pronoun that ends in "self" or "selves" is intensive or reflexive, read the sentence without the word. If the sentence makes since without it, then it is intensive, but if you need the word for the sentence to make since, then it is reflexive.
Reflexive - He made breakfast all by "himself." Intensive - He "himself" enjoys going to the games.
7. INTERROGATIVE PRONOUNS - How do you interrogate someone? You ask them questions! These pronouns always begin with a W and they are always used to ask questions.
"Which" one of the books is your favorite?
8. RELATIVE PRONOUNS - These pronouns share similar words with interrogative pronouns, but they do not ask questions. On the contrary, they add more information to a sentence.
My father "whom" I respect, congratulated me on a job well done. My first novel, "which" was published last year, was about my family.
My name is Shaunmarie Dotson and this is my second year teaching at FCMS. I am excited about this school year and I will do my best to help each sixth grader grow into a stronger and wiser student. Let's have a great year!