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Helping Verbs and the Verb Phrase: PowerPoint Lesson and Worksheet

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Helping verbs and how they work with verbs to create a verb phrase is a concept that benefits from detailed lessons and repetition. I developed this Batman-themed Power Point and accompanying worksheet to help my students understand how helping verbs, action verbs, and linking verbs work together to create verb phrases...just like the Dynamic Duo of Batman and Robin.

In this zipped folder, you will receive the following:

A 21-slide Power Point lesson that...

~reviews action and linking verbs (it is assumed students have already received instruction in these concepts. If not, check out my Action and Linking Verbs PowerPoint Lesson.)
~ introduces 23 helping verbs
~ discusses why helping verbs are needed
~ shares rules for how helping verbs work with main verbs to form verb phrases, and
~ includes tips on how to identify verb phrases in interrogatives where the subject is inverted.
~ contains an optional mini-lesson on "could have - should have - would have" versus "could of - would of - should of" and why what we hear isn't always what is correct.

A two-page PDF worksheet that can be used for practice or formative assessment.. An answer key is included.

Directions for a classroom activity to reinforce the differences between "could of" and "could have."

Please be sure to click on the preview to see sample slides from the PowerPoint and to learn how I structure this lesson in my own ELA classroom.


For more grammar lessons that make break down difficult concepts for students, check out my Pronoun - Antecedent Agreement Three-Part PowerPoint Mini-Lesson or my Pronoun - Antecedent Agreement Bundle, which contains everything you will need to teach and reinforce this point of grammar.

Shift into Gear: Three Mini-Lessons and a Practice Page on Verb Tense Shifts is a PowerPoint with three mini-lessons and a practice page to help students understand this concept.

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