Matthew Kasper Matthew Kasper

Is and Possessive 's Lesson
Elementary A2 level


In this lesson, SS will review the present forms of 'to be' and learn to and practice differentiating between the is and possessive 's through written and listening exercises in both PW and GW, as well as through word and picture prompts from the teacher designed to elicit responses from the students.


Abc Dry-erase marker(s)
Abc Listening exercises' mp3-files
Abc Realia
Abc Photograph prompts
Abc Whiteboard

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of the difference between is and possessive 's.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide review of the different forms of 'to be' in the simple present tense.
  • To provide listening practice to differentiate between similar sounding sentences.


Stage 1 (Lead In) (2-3 minutes) • To introduce the context of the first part of the lesson to the SS.

-Write on whiteboard and drill chorally/individually: I am from America. -Ask one S where s/he is from, write on board and drill chorally/individually: You are from (country/city). -Ask same student to ask another student where they are from and then tell me, write on board and drill chorally/individually: (Name) is from (country/city).

Stage 2 (Picture Prompt Activity) (5-7 minutes) • To practice third person 'to be' form and make the activity more interactive for SS.

-Introduce picture prompts one by one, ask: Who is this? Where is s/he from? -Drill answers both chorally and individually.

Stage 3 ('To be' Exercise) (5-7 minutes) • To review the three forms of 'to be' in the simple present tense.

-Pass out handout. -Instruct SS to complete task first alone, and then check answers with a partner. -Monitor while they are completing/checking. -Listen to answers from mp3 file, and check as a whole class. -Have select students read the answers aloud for FB and to be sure they all have the correct answers.

Stage 4 (Explain two types of 's) (3-4 minutes) • To introduce the difference between is and possessive 's to the SS.

-Write on board: My name's Matt -Ask student how old their brother/sister is, write on board: (Name)'s sister is (age). -Ask students if they can see what the the same in both sentences. ('s) -Explain how the first example means "Matt is," while the second example indicates possession. Illustrate possession with realia.

Stage 5 (Two types of 's Part 2) (5-7 minutes) • To reinforce the difference between is and possessive 's.

-Show picture of Sıla. Ask: Who is this? Where is she from? What is she? -Elicit answer, write on board: Sıla's a singer. -Ask: What does she sing? -Elicit answer, write on board: Sıla's song. -Drill both chorally. -Ask SS if they can explain difference. If one can, have s/he explain. If not, explain once more.

Stage 6 ('s Exercise) (4-5 minutes) • To practice noticing the difference between is and possessive 's.

-Explain activity to students, place them in closed pairs to complete activity. -Monitor and write word prompts for next activity on board. -After they have finished, have SS say their answers.

Stage 7 ('s Writing Exercise) (7-8 minutes) • To have SS apply the two types of 's through both word prompts and sentences they come up with themselves.

-Put students into groups of four. -Explain that they must place the 's where it goes on the word prompts, and that each group must complete the three word prompts and each group member must come up with one sentence (four sentences per group) -Monitor students as they complete task. -Have students complete the word prompts by coming up to the board and placing the 's where it goes. Ask what type of 's it is. Have a few groups say their self-created sentences. Again, ask what type of 's it is.

Stage 8 (Listening Exercise) (3-4 minutes) • To practice the ss's listening comprehension and once more check to be sure they have understood the difference between is and possessive 's.

-Explain task 3 on the handout to the students. -Play mp3 file once. If needed, play a second time. -Go over answers with class, if there is an 's in the answer, ask whether it is a possessive or is 's.

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