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KS2 Grammar and Writing – 5 Short Lessons on Using Pronouns to Aid Cohesion

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Five 15-minute KS2 lessons and supporting resources for teaching students about the role pronouns play in aiding cohesion.

  1. UNDERSTAND – Using the included ‘Challenge Sheet’, children are tasked with making a piece of writing less repetitive and dull; the concept of pronouns is then introduced, with children invited to suggest as many pronouns as they can.
  2. USE – The teacher establishes that overuse of pronouns can be as confusing as not using them enough; students then complete a rewriting activity and use a set of cards (included in this download) to complete a verbal, pronoun-based activity in pairs.
  3. PLAN – Working from a set of image prompts, the children practice writing sentences that include both nouns and pronouns and then suggest series of premises and openings for an original fiction or non-fiction piece of writing. The ‘What if?’ cards from the previous activity are used to provide further creative inspiration.
  4. WRITE – Following an opening refresher activity, each student proceeds to create an original piece of writing based on a suggestion shown on one of the ‘What if?’ cards.
  5. EDIT – Using the supplied uplevelling sheet, challenge the children to use what they’ve learned to improve a series of nine sentences, each in three different ways.

This download contains the following materials:

  • Pronouns challenge sheet
  • 4x A4 ‘What if?’ cards
  • 29-slide PowerPoint presentation
  • Teacher’s notes document

What is a pronoun?

A word that can be substituted for a noun or noun phrase when referring to someone participating in a dialogue or exchange (’you’, ‘I’), or to someone / something mentioned previously (’she’, ‘him’, ‘they’, ‘it’)

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Pupils should be taught to evaluate and edit by proposing changes to grammar and vocabulary to improve consistency, including the accurate use of pronouns in sentences.

  • PowerPoint
  • pronouns to aid cohesion challenge sheets
  • image cards
  • writing plan
  • uplevelling writing worksheet
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