Language Arts Canadian Lead Primary School
Verbs: The Movers and Shakers
Just talking about things without talking about what they do, are or have is not a great idea. That’s where verbs come in. There are two major things that get missed a lot when teaching verbs:
- They are not just “doing words”. This will get you 1/3 over the line if you want a full, conceptual understanding of verbs. The other 2/3 of their job is to express being and having.
- For the nouns to have good relationships with their verbs, there has to be something called ‘agreement’. It’s a bit like life. People work better together if they agree. Sentences work better if their noun and verb agree.
Below is a diagram of the minimal components of a sentence.
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Place each sentence in either the do, be or have verb category.
- My dragon ate the teacher.
- The dog smells funny.
- The cat possesses talent.