Subject-Verb Agreement

Lesson/Unit Summary: 

This lesson plan aims to help junior secondary students to master subject-verb agreement. It adopts the idea of language across the curriculum. It links the English language with integrated science. Students are expected to write a short description about the respiratory system as the final learning outcome.

Present tense and subject-verb agreement are some general features of informational texts. Two videos on interesting facts about body parts are used to arouse students’ interest and draw their attention to the relationship between the subject and the verb. To help students complete the writing task on the respiratory system, another video is shown to build up students’ subject knowledge.

Catering for learning diversity is considered in the design of this lesson plan. For instance, in the card matching game, two sets of materials, one for stronger learners and one for weaker learners, are prepared. Stronger learners are required to fill in the blanks with verbs complying to subject-verb agreement while weaker learners simply need to match the subjects with the given verbs.

Level of Students: Junior Secondary 

Lesson Duration: 60 minutes

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the agreement between subjects & verbs.
  2. Describe the respiratory system using correct subject-verb agreement

Lesson Plan: Subject-Verb Agreement (Junior Secondary)

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We would like to express our gratitude to Li Man Yee for sending the project team her original lesson plan and allowing us to make modifications to it. 

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Kian, H. C. G., & Lee, F. K. J. (2020). Subject-verb agreement. Retrieved from

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