1.)Introduce verbs by showing the PowerPoint presentation (attached) to the class, using the links to introduce students to the layout of the websites.
(What Is a Verb?
)A free use site by the University of Ottawa
2.)Hand out the brochure (attached). Allow students time to complete the sentences and collect for checking.
3.)For homework, assign students to look in newspapers, magazines, or online articles for action verbs. (In class, old newspapers and highlighters work well, especially the sports section.)
4.)Return to the teacher-made PowerPoint presentation Linking Verbs slide. Have students look at the tree and discuss the objects on it. Emphasize that some words can be either action or linking verbs depending on their use in the sentence. Have students create sentences on the board illustrating such verbs.
5.)To emphasize helping verbs, in the computer lab (or using classroom computers) allow students to use the websites listed in the PowerPoint. Be sure students read the story and point out to the students the hint about learning the helping verbs.
(The Wide World of Verbs
)Made by a gifted resource class, the site offers a good review and quizzes.
6.)Instruct the students to write a narrative about one of the following topics: an embarrassing moment, a quarrel with a friend, an attempt to imitate someone older than oneself, a first baby-sitting assignment, a scheme for making some money, an unexpected visitor.
7.)Remind students to follow a narrative plan: time, place, people, action, personal reaction, a beginning, a middle, and an end.
8.)Allow students time to transfer their handwritten papers to computer. Show them how to highlight their use of verbs in color: red for action, green for helping verbs, yellow for linking verbs.
9.)Allow class time for students to share their narratives with classmates.