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Identifying Subjects & Verbs; Easy Mastery Using Prepositions & Prep. Phrases

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These 43 reproducible pages (plus answer keys) are designed to teach students to easily identify the subject and verb of a sentence.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This resource has been saved in a format that allows for printing in high resolution. However, file contents may NOT be changed, copied, or extracted. This file is NOT editable.

This approach can be introduced and/or reinforced using the companion product, Great Trick for Identifying Subjects and Verbs in a Sentence PowerPoint.

In a few weeks, using only the materials in this download your students will learn to:
1- identify up to 48 common prepositions,
2- locate and cross out all prepositional phrases in a sentence, thus eliminating all words that make up a prepositional phrase as the subject or verb,
3- scan the remaining words to identify the subject and verb.

The basic concept of using prepositions to identify the subject and verb in a sentence is introduced using a step-by-step student handout. The introductory lesson guides the entire class and keeps students engaged. Students soon learn how easy it is to eliminate prepositional phrases, and then identify the subject and verb from the few remaining words in a sentence.

How does it work? In the following sentence only three words remain once you remove all the prepositional phrases.

**Across the bridge and through the field, to Nana's house we go.**

One of the three remaining words-- "and"-- is a conjunction. That leaves "we" and "go"-- the subject and verb.

The goal of the introductory lesson is to provide immediate practice and success. Once students realize how well this system works, they're ready to learn more about using prepositional phrases to find the subject and verb of a sentence.

Another handout breaks the list of prepositions into six (6) mini-lists. This makes them easy to learn and use. Students use one list at a time to complete two or three independent activities. All practice worksheets, skill sheets, and quizzes are provided in this packet. Materials can be used in a variety of ways, depending on each teacher's unique instructional preferences.

This download contains:
1- 43 reproducible pages: introductory student packet, practice/review worksheets, and multiple assessments.
2- Suggestions for instruction, practice, review, remediation, and assessment.
3- Additional teaching ideas for differentiation.
4- Complete set of answer keys.
5- Resource list for additional practice.

Any student with a basic understanding of nouns and verbs will enjoy success with this approach. Using their handout of common prepositions, students can quickly identify prepositional phrases in most any sentence. As they practice, students rapidly build confidence. By the end of the second week many students will be able to instinctively identify prepositions and the prepositional phrases that go with them.

I've been teaching for over twenty years and this is the fastest, easiest way I've found to help students determine the simple subject and verb of a sentence. Once students master this technique, learning more complex skills is relatively painless. Learning this one "trick" sets the foundation for identifying helping verbs, verb phrases, compound subjects, and compound verbs.

Once the teacher has completed the introductory lesson(s) and handed out a copy of the prepositions lists, the program shifts into automatic. The remaining lessons require little preparation. Most practice and review materials can be used by students working independently or in pairs. Teachers can easily check for worksheet completion and all assignments can be graded as a whole group.

Identifying subjects and verbs is a foundational skill that will stick with your students their entire educational career. This program is complete, easy... and it works! Really. I know because I successfully use it year after year with students of all ability levels.

If I can do it, so can you!

This product relates to the following CCSS standard(s). Please note that this list may represent only a partial list of all standards and/or strands that apply.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.1a Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.1b Form and use the progressive (e.g., I was walking; I am walking; I will be walking) verb tenses.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.1c Use modal auxiliaries (e.g., can, may, must) to convey various conditions.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.1e Form and use prepositional phrases.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.1a Explain the function of conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections in general and their function in particular sentences.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.1b Form and use the perfect (e.g., I had walked; I have walked; I will have walked) verb tenses.

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68 pages
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Form and use the perfect (e.g., I had walked; I have walked; I will have walked) verb tenses.
Explain the function of conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections in general and their function in particular sentences.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Form and use prepositional phrases.
Use modal auxiliaries (e.g., can, may, must) to convey various conditions.

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