Verbals and Phrases Review Activity

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9th - 11th
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This review of verbals and phrases will allow you to revisit the concepts of gerunds, participles, infinitives, and appositives in a hands-on format that will engage your high school students while allowing the grammar concept to sink in deeper.


  • You will prep this lesson by cutting out the cards and placing them in envelopes for your students
  • Hand out a set of cards to individual students or to pairs
  • Each card has a mentor sentence printed on it (a sentence taken from a published work)
  • Students will work individually or in pairs to match cards. Each mentor sentence with a participial phrase in it will be matched with a card that says "Participial phrase." The same thing for appositives, infinitives, and gerunds.
  • Walk around and guide students as they work, or wait until the end and see who has separated all the cards correctly
  • Give students the optional handout included in the lesson for further discussion and reflection on the sentences


  • High school students rarely get to do hands-on work with grammar, but they LOVE it (trust me on this).
  • Moving the cards around engages their hands which engages their minds
  • By separating the sentences, they will naturally compare the sentences, thus bringing further understanding of the differences between the types of verbals and phrases


  • 8 pre-printed mentor sentence cards plus the terms that match for each sentence
  • A customizable sheet so you can add your own mentor sentences from books your students are reading
  • Handout for further reflection and discussion after the activity
  • Detailed lesson plan with optional discussion questions

By engaging your students in each part of the lesson, the concept of verbals and phrases will stick.

Are you curious to know more about mentor sentences and how to use them? Check out my full explanation with examples on my blog HERE!

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Total Pages
7 pages
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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.


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