Hey! Remember these?
I’m teaching a class at CHS that is essentially a review of grammar, followed up by an in-depth investigation of basics of the writing process (we haven’t gotten to that yet, though… more on that later). Because I’m teaching grammar again, I decided to dust off the weekly Grammar Wednesday feature. You’ll be about a few weeks behind my students – we meet every day – but I’m figuring that, by the end of the semester, I’ll have my entire lesson plan for the course mapped out in a series of Wednesday posts. Cool, right?
Okay, so we started with nouns:
NOUNS are words that name a person, place, thing, or idea. There are many different types of nouns:
common nouns name a non-specific thing – book, table, city
proper nouns name a specific thing and are always capitalized – Lake Huron, Washington DC, Mrs. Chili
count nouns are things we can count and put a number on – people, cars, trees
non count nouns are things we can measure but don’t count – snow, dirt, money
singular one – school ,and plural nouns many – schools
collective nouns name a group of individuals – herd, flock, school, committee. Make the distinction here about what verb to use to agree with the action of that group – if the group behaves AS a group, the singular verb is used; “the staff gives workshops on Thursday” means that the whole staff works together to present the workshops where “the staff give workshops on Thursday” means that the individual members of the staff give workshops separately. If you’re not sure, switch out the noun for the correct pronoun; if the group is acting as a whole, use “it;” if the individuals are acting separately, use “they,” then decide which verb you need.
concrete nouns name tangible things – bike, metal, tree
abstract nouns name ideas, concepts, or feelings – love, anger, fear, faith
possessive nouns show belonging, and are usually identified with an apostrophe-s to distinguish them from plural nouns- cow’s, mother’s, school’s
Next week, VERBS!