Saeema Khan Saeema Khan

Subject verb agreement in the context of report comments
Intermidiate level level


In this lesson, students learn about subject verb agreement via the PPP method. The lesson will begin with reinforcement of adjective pronunciations followed by the rules on subject verb agreement. They will have some semi-controlled practice on subject verb agreement. They will then discuss the errors caused in report writing by correcting the errors in the samples. As part of free practice, they will write report card comments for their own student.


Main Aims

  • To provide review of subject verb agreement in the context of report card comments

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide product writing practice of a report card comments


Warmer/Lead-in (14-20 minutes) • to provide pronunciation practice for adjective which will be used in the report comments

divide the cards into the groups. Allow them 5-8 minutes to practice the words and discuss the meanings. Take random feedback on pronunciation and elicit meanings for each word. Clarify any misunderstandings.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for subject verb agreement in a report card comment

Work in pair and identify the errors; have them discuss in groups. Then take random feedback

Clarification (10-14 minutes) • To draw students' attention to some subject verb agreement rules

I will begin this part by eliciting students' prior knowledge of subject verb agreement rules. I will ask people randomly. After the elicitation, I will take them through each slide Slide #6: I will show them the example and elicit the rule. I will also ask what happens to the verb when it is singular. After that I will show them the rule and elicit 2 other examples from the audience. slide #7 I will show them the example and elicit the rule. I will also ask what happens to the verb when it is plural. After that I will show them the rule and elicit 2 other examples from the audience. Slide #8-18: I will follow the same procedure by eliciting the rule from the audience.

Controlled Practice (10-12 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

This worksheet provides practice for subject verb agreement. It has two parts. I will share the instructions on both parts. If clarity is needed then I will do the first sentence with the group. For feedback, I will give them the answer key and they can peer check.

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Each pair will be given a comment card, which they have to edit. For feedback - the pairs need to swap their card with another pair and I will provide each pair with a key for their comment card.

Highlight (6-10 minutes) • The aim of this activity is to discuss the format of the Report card comments

After the last activity is complete, elicit from students how did the comments began: Positive note. Then elicit what other thing did they note in their comment cards. Provide Specific Information Across Several Different Areas Was there a goal set for the student? How did the teacher end her comments… (closing) was it on a positive note? So let’s quickly review what a comment card should include: Lead them to slide #22. Elicit some examples of how to begin the comments. show the some examples. slide #23-What are some different areas in the curriculum? Elicit examples: then show them the slide. Elicit some what are personal attributes? Elicit examples statements. Behaviour? And so on. Elicit at least one example for each area Slide 24- elicit some examples of goal they can set for their students. Then show them the examples. Slide 25- Ending on a positive note. after this presentation, I will give them handout on How to write report comments for the next exercise.

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of writing report card comments

Individual work, each participant will think of one student that they currently have and write a comment card. I will inform the participants to use the adjectives used at the beginning of this workshop.

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