How do you make grammar sticky and relevant for students? It’s a well-known fact that students have long struggled year-after-year to understand basic rules of grammar. I noticed my middle schoolers struggled most with the most basic skill: the parts of speech. Our lessons would often come to a standstill as 30 deer-in-the-headlights faces couldn’t identify a pronoun.
I’ve found my students respond when it rhymes or relates to their lives. Rhyming can be trickier to pull off in middle school, so I’ve relied on relevance. I want students to connect the parts of speech to a more concrete, tangible scenario. Middle schoolers also love to daydream about their futures, so I decided to create a list of “Job Postings” for the 8 Parts of Speech relating each part of speech to a job.
Get the Parts of Speech Job Postings Quick Reference HERE.
Featuring a quick overview of the parts of speech and an explanation of how the parts of speech are like jobs, this quick reference can be printed and posted as an anchor chart in your room or handed out for students to use for grammar work.
Each Part of Speech is assigned a “job” to make the concepts sticky for students. Each part of speech includes a “job description” comparing it to the job and “key characteristics” and “examples” of the part of speech.
This quick reference is useful when students are answering Common Core multi-skill grammar questions to determine the part of speech and subsequently identify errors in a sentence.
I also found my middle schoolers were often too embarrassed to say they didn’t know what a noun or pronoun was, so they’d blindly guess when we were working on more complex skills. The beautify of a quick reference like this one is students keep it all year and pull it out when they need it.
This tool presents parts of speech in a different, dynamic, and sticky way for students. Whether you use it as a tool for students who struggle to grasp the parts of speech or as a scaffold in answering complex grammar questions, this quick reference is the perfect supplement for your ELA classroom.
You can pick up your copy on my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.