Looking for alternatives to pronoun worksheets, a non- pronoun worksheet? I am too.
Pronouns are important in English. Students need to recognize them as subjects, they have to identify pronoun-antecedent problems, and they need to interpret what they read.
I do teach pronouns as part of my eight parts of speech unit; however, pronouns get extra attention. Most language standards have specific requirements for pronoun understanding, and that is because pronouns are often difficult to use properly.
Pronouns lead to larger parts of grammar and language study, and I devote a decent amount of time to learning them. Because I don’t want to “grammar drill and kill,” I study pronouns with my students in varying ways.
Try some of these substitutes to pronoun worksheets.
- Pronoun Stations. Download this pronoun station activity for free. Then, design different learning stations around your classroom and have your students begin working. Yes, with stations, students are practicing. When I meet with stations, I can speak to students in a smaller group and older students feel less silly andmore comfortable asking questions in a small group. Teachers can fix common misconceptions and review individually.
- Anchor Charts. I ask students to create anchor charts. With older students, I don’t call them “anchor charts.” Rather, I encourage students to consult the posters that they created. As a helpful hint, have students plan out their sample sentences before they begin using the poster board. Then, decorate your room and reference the examples.
- Color by grammar. Students adore coloring and checking their work through coloring activities. What I like as a teacher is that when students are coloring, they are extra careful not to make mistakes. This worrying means that students check their answers twice, cementing the concepts in their memories.
- Literature. Notice with students how pronouns are used in literature. For instance, Poe loved to use pronouns to build suspense! Look at this line from “The Pit and the Pendulum.”
I WAS sick — sick unto death with that long agony; and when they at length unbound me, and I was permitted to sit, I felt that my senses were leaving me.
Who? Immediately, readers do not know the speaker because Poe uses pronouns without antecedents. Plus, who is “they”? Clearly, Poe wanted the reader to wonder, and he used pronouns to build suspense.
- Task Cards. Sure, you can use these non- pronoun worksheets with stations, but you can vary them even more. Task cards work well with partners or small groups. If you want students to move around the room and help each other, print out two sets of task cards and ask students to find their match. They are automatically partnered, and they will discuss answers. I use task cards for personal and compound personal pronouns; demonstrative, relative, and interrogative pronouns; and indefinite pronouns; . I try to differentiate, and when I use task cards, I find that manageable. Some students can study personal pronouns, others demonstrative, and so on.
- Pretest. If I am unsure of where students stand with pronoun errors, I will give a pretest. Doing so allows me to plan for further instruction, as I don’t want to repeat information students already know.
Pronouns are part of the foundation of understanding our language, and students must use them correctly. Before they analyze pronouns in literature and apply the rules to their writing, they must first identify pronouns.
Pronoun worksheets are not the only answer to understanding pronouns although a quick review might be all that your students need! If your students require more study and practice, I hope you can implement these alternative ideas with your students.