This engaging grammar lesson for middle school will review action, linking, and helping verbs and how they function in sentences. Teach how helping verbs control tense, voice, and mood with example sentences about ancient Greece.
Begin with a one page pre-assessment to find out what your 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th-grade students remember from the elementary standards about kinds of verbs and tense.
Use this PDF slideshow as you would an interactive Verbs PowerPoint lesson that you project on your whiteboard with prompts for students to answer or discuss.
★ Presentation includes questions and activities to foster engagement and student participation.
★ Detailed Teacher Guide pages provide support (definitions, examples, or discussion questions) for each slide.
★ Pre-assessment allows you to track and document student growth or differentiate instruction.
★ PDF file format is easy to use on any computer.
✔ What is a verb?
✔ Action verbs: transitive and intransitive
✔ Choosing the best specific verb in writing
✔ Linking verbs
✔ Revising sentences with Show, Don’t Tell
✔ Helping verbs
✔ Subject-verb agreement
✔ Verb tense: simple, perfect, and progressive tenses
✔ Active and passive voice
✔ Indicative, interrogative, imperative, conditional, and subjunctive moods
✔ Basic sentence diagramming with verbs
Make one copy per student of the Verbs in Sentences pre-assessment (pg. 19 in Teacher Guide) if desired.
Before the lesson, preview the presentation file and Teacher Guide.
How to Use this Verbs Presentation
Use this PDF slideshow as you would any interactive Verbs PowerPoint lesson that you project on your whiteboard with prompts for students to answer or discuss. To aid navigation, Slide 2 is a Contents page with hyperlinks to each section of the presentation. This is a handy feature if you are teaching with the presentation over multiple class periods and need to quickly resume at the next section.
A Teacher Guide provides additional background information and questions to elaborate on the ideas in the presentation. You may want to print a copy of the Teacher Guide or have it open on a tablet for reference during the presentation.
This presentation coordinates with my Parts of Speech Interactive Notebook. If you purchase this presentation as part of the Parts of Speech Bundle, use the Verbs slideshow with the Sentence Patterns and the Verbs foldable graphic organizers.
For some teaching strategies to make your grammar instruction stick with students, see this post on Why We Reteach Parts of Speech every year.