How To Teach Subject-Verb Agreement Rules
To teach students the rules of subject-verb agreement in English, ensuring they can correctly match subjects and verbs in number and person for grammatically accurate and clear writing and speech.
Introduction to Subject-Verb Agreement Rules
- Define subject-verb agreement as the grammatical rule that subjects and verbs must agree in number (singular or plural) and person (first, second, third).
- Discuss the importance of subject-verb agreement in conveying clear and accurate messages, and highlight common difficulties, such as dealing with compound subjects, collective nouns, and indefinite pronouns.
Real Life Examples
- Provide examples from well-written texts, showing how correct subject-verb agreement enhances the clarity and professionalism of writing.
- Point out common errors in everyday language and media, emphasizing the importance of accuracy in formal and academic contexts.
- Conduct a ‘Correct the Errors' exercise, where students identify and correct subject-verb agreement mistakes in a series of sentences or paragraphs.
- Organize a ‘Subject-Verb Agreement Relay,' a game where students form sentences that demonstrate various agreement rules, encouraging quick thinking and application of the rules.