Ever want to teach students how to use apostrophes for possession BY PLURAL NOUNS but you aren't sure how to fit it into the curriculum in a way that makes sense? Well, I always wanted to and I finally did it on my own, with COMMON CORE ALIGNMENT, using John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.
This is a twelve page Microsoft Word doc. It is a five page lesson plan and a seven page overhead / handout. (You can use the seven pages as an overhead if you have an elmo or a projector, you can use the seven pages as a handout, or you can do both.) The lesson plan is incredibly detailed. It contains expected student responses to the do-now, the rationale behind the do-now, the common core alignment and standard, mini-lesson, definitions, pivotal questions, examples, group-work, summation, etc. It even has a reading log prompt if you want the students to do some additional reading and practice on their own. It is print ready and perfect in case you use this lesson during an observation or if you simply want to make sure you have the best, most detailed lesson plan you can have.
The students work with chapter four of Of Mice and Men to get a thorough understanding of how apostrophes are used to show possession by plural nouns.
The overhead / handout is very student friendly. It contains space and graphic organizers for answers, responses, and student work. If you have a differentiated classroom this will work perfectly for you.
This specific lesson teaches the students what apostrophes are, what they are used for, and how to use them appropriately when it comes to possession or showing ownership BY PLURAL NOUNS. If you haven't started teaching about apostrophes yet, or want to give the students a refresher, please see my lesson on "apostrophe use for possession" as that lesson prepares the students for this one. (Possession my plural nouns is a bit tougher for students to grasp.) This lesson draws from, and uses examples from, chapter 4 of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.
I have additional Of Mice and Men lessons, most of which center around grammar, sentence structure, and language use, so if you feel this lesson is a success, please feel free to check out my other lessons. There is an additional lesson plan on apostrophes, for use in contractions, as well.