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A Fun Way to Review Subject Complements in Your ELA Class


A Fun Way to Review Subject Complements in Your ELA Class

A Fun Way to Review Subject Complements in Your ELA Class

In this blog post, I will share a fun and engaging activity that I use to teach my students about subject complements. Subject complements are words or phrases that follow a linking verb and describe or identify the subject of the sentence. For example, in the sentence "She is a teacher", the subject complement is "a teacher". There are two types of subject complements: predicate nominatives and predicate adjectives. Predicate nominatives are nouns or pronouns that rename the subject, while predicate adjectives are adjectives that modify the subject.


Subject Complements: A Matching Game


The objectives of this activity are:


The materials needed for this activity are:

  • A set of cards with sentences that contain subject complements
  • A set of cards with labels "predicate nominative" and "predicate adjective"
  • A timer (optional)


The procedure for this activity is:

  1. Divide the students into pairs or small groups
  2. Give each pair or group a set of sentence cards and label cards
  3. Explain the rules of the game: The students have to match each sentence card with the correct label card, depending on whether the subject complement is a predicate nominative or a predicate adjective. For example, for the sentence "He is happy", the correct label card is "predicate adjective".
  4. If using a timer, set a time limit for each round (e.g., 5 minutes)
  5. The pair or group with the most correct matches at the end of each round wins


The assessment for this activity is:

  • Check the students' matches and provide feedback
  • Ask the students to explain why they chose a certain label for a given sentence
  • Ask the students to create their own sentences with subject complements and label them


The extension for this activity is:

  • Ask the students to write a paragraph using sentences with subject complements
  • Ask the students to find examples of subject complements in texts or media


The variations for this activity are:

  • Use different types of sentences (e.g., questions, commands, exclamations) or different verb tenses
  • Use different levels of difficulty for the sentences (e.g., simple, compound, complex)
  • Use different formats for the cards (e.g., pictures, symbols, colors)


The reflection for this activity is:

  • Ask the students to share what they learned from this activity
  • Ask the students to evaluate their own performance and identify their strengths and weaknesses
  • Ask the students to suggest ways to improve this activity or make it more fun


The notes for this activity are:

  • This activity can be adapted for different grade levels and learning objectives
  • This activity can be used as a warm-up, review, or assessment tool
  • This activity can be modified to suit different classroom settings and resources

Mr. ‏El-Sayed Ramadan ‎ ‎


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