Students will master subject-verb agreement by playing a team game called D'Accord!. The game is based on KnowledgeBase's games Talk To Me and InTransit.
Teams take turns having one member roll a pair of dice (or three dice), which are labeled as follows:
Die 1: I, You, He, She, We, They (sentence subjects)
"SP" (for simple present tense) ("I go")
"PP" (for present progressive tense) ("I am going")
"PPF" (for present perfect tense) ("I have gone")
"PPP" (for present perfect progressive tense) ("I have been going")
Die 3: (Optional): "A" (for active voice); "P" (for passive voice)
Let's imagine that a team member rolled the following:
Die 1: She (sentence subject)
Die 2: "SP" (for simple present tense) ("I go")
Die 3 (Optional): "A" (for active voice)
Each team is then given a set of 10 action & descriptive verbs (one game sheet, or 10 individual cards).
Each member of both teams now writes (either on regular paper or on individual whiteboards) as many sentences as they can in 30-60 seconds using She as the subject, using each verb in its simple present tense, and in the active voice:
Using the verb bat:
She bats third in our team's lineup.
Using the verb acquire:
She acquires rare art at every auction she attends.
Both teams are then given 30-60 seconds to check the sentences of their team members. They are then given an additional 30-60 seconds to present their final sentences to the judge.
Points for each sentence are awarded as follows:
Incorrect subject-verb agreement - 0 points
Correct subject-verb agreement only - 1 point
Correct subject-verb agreement with clauses and phrases and correct usage - 2 points (with additional points awarded at the judge's discretion)
The team with the most points after 5 rounds wins the game. Additional rounds can be played to extend the game.
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