Are you working with parts of speech? Want to add complexity to what is often a mind-numbingly-dull task? Here’s what I did.
I chose one word that could be used in multiple ways and wrote a paragraph using that word as many times as I could. Then, I’d ask kids to figure out the part of speech for each word. Here’s an example:
When my mom saw how much pepper I had ground, she grounded me for a week. I just sat on the ground in my room, grinding my teeth in frustration and eating ground pepper. My life had turned into a real grind and I vowed never to grind that much pepper again.
Ridiculous right? But my kids loved this. AND, it really pushed them to think about parts of speech in a way they hadn’t before. AND AND, it naturally led to them creating their own paragraphs bursting with the same word used in different ways.
Oh, and we called this a Parts of Speech Party. Here’s a PowerPoint file of the “ground” paragraph (with answers).
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