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Parts of speech are an important aspect of the language taught in English Language Arts and English as a New Language classrooms. Not only do the parts of speech help in formulating correct sentences, they also help the reader to understand what is taking place. As a staple of clear communication and analysis, mastery of the parts of speech is essential for students. The eight parts of speech chart on the right is a great visual for displaying the 8 categories of words that are included.

Teachers use a variety of different approaches to engage students in their parts of speech lesson plans. One popular idea for a "bodily kinesthetic" activity for parts of speech is to conduct a scavenger hunt to have students identify the 8 different parts of speech existing around the classroom. There is also the classic lesson on parts of speech that instructs students to diagram and label sentences provided by the teacher.

A parts of speech writing activity could begin with students first writing about a simple topic like what they are going to do after school. After they have their sentences down, they could work individually or with a partner to label each of the 8 parts of speech. Another fun part of speech activity is to have students play "Grammar Bingo". They can fill in a bingo card that includes all 8 parts of speech!

These are all effective activities for part of speech where students can see the language in action or on paper and identify these important grammatical elements. However, the reality is that this particular part of language learning and development can be boring and dry for students. Teachers can liven up their parts of speech lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school students with Storyboard That!

Storyboard That can help teachers use more creative ways to teach parts of speech!

The 8 Parts of Speech Lessons Help You

  • Understand clearly what is being said in a sentence.
  • Know how and when to use words correctly.
  • Reflect more accurately on the English language.

What are the Parts of Speech?

Part of SpeechDefinitionExample Words


a person, place, thing, or ideapen, dog, work, music, town, London, teacher, John


action or state of being(to) be, have, do, like, work, sing, can, must


a quality of a nounsome, good, big, red, interesting


describes or modifies a verb, adjective, or another adverbquickly, silently, well, badly, very, really


stands in for a nounI, you, he, she, we, they, your


links a noun to another wordto, at, after, on, before, around, over, of, in, for, with, throughout, from, beneath


joins words, clauses, and sentencesand, but, when, or, however, although, nevertheless, therefore, yet, so


short exclamation, sometimes inserted into a sentenceoh, ouch, hi, well

Do You Know Each Part of Speech?

Example Sentences ANSWER
(Part of Speech)
Ouch! That hurts!Hi! How are you? Well, I don't know. Interjection
I like dogs and I like cats. I like cats or dogs. I like dogs, but I don't like cats. Conjunction
Tara is smart. She is going to college three years early.George wants his paper back.Rashad wants a book, so he goes to the library. Pronoun is a website.I like I check my Facebook every day. Verb
This is my dog. He lives in my house.We live in London. Noun
We went to school on Monday.Please look under the bedThe book is about a boy who gets lost in the woods. Preposition
My dog is big. I like big dogs. My big German Shepherd is better than your tiny Chihuahua. Adjective
My dog eats quickly. When he is very hungry, he eats really quickly. I often get out of bed slowly. Adverb

8 Parts of Speech Activity

The parts of speech activity below shows how you can use the Storyboard That Creator to make storyboards depicting the different parts of speech, in this case three different verbs. Teachers can quickly create a parts of speech lesson plan using the "create an assignment" wizard where they can input directions and even a template to help students get started. The template could include the titles of the parts of speech for students to depict such as:

8 Parts of Speech Lesson Plans

In reading and writing, it is important to make clear for your audience who or what is most important in a sentence, what is happening, and other important details that enhance the information being conveyed. Using the Storyboard Creator in your parts of speech lesson allows students to make visual depictions of the parts of speech and help them remember these important pieces of writing!

Some General Elementary School Parts of Speech Activity Ideas

  1. Use Storyboard That’s parts of speech template to create your own storyboard using the 8 parts of speech.

  2. Provide students with a sentence that has certain underlined or highlighted words by replacing "EXAMPLE SENTENCE".
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  4. Have students make a visualization of the sentences on the storyboard.

  5. While creating the storyboards, students will make sure to point out which part of speech they are illustrating by drawing attention to the word using an arrow or other indicator.

  6. Lesson Extension: Have students come up with their own sentences and use storyboards to depict them!

Example Project for the 8 Parts of Speech

More Parts of Speech Project Ideas

  • Make a storyboard that describes and illustrates the most common prepositions.

  • Make a T-chart that illustrates examples of action verbs and nonaction verbs.

  • Choose at least one prepositional phrase and make a storyboard to illustrate it.

  • Make a storyboard that illustrates adjectives that express emotion. Teachers can either give students a list so that students all have the same words, or have students choose their own.

  • Research and define the many different speech definitions such as: independent clauses, complex sentences, main verbs, and so much more!

  • A fun adverbs project idea is to have students answer a prompt in the storyboard such as the one below. The teacher can include the prompt in the template and have the students write and illustrate their answer using as many other adverbs as they can! To modify this assignment, the template could include the description box on the bottom where students can write more full sentences showing their understanding of how to use adverbs. This project could also be modified to be an activity for any of the 8 parts of speech.

Related Activities

How to Teach Parts of Speech with Games and Activities


Choose Games and Activities

Select games and activities that are engaging and appropriate for the age and skill level of your students. Examples of games and activities that teach parts of speech include Mad Libs, Charades, Parts of Speech Bingo, Parts of Speech Jeopardy, and Word Sorts.


Define Parts of Speech

Before starting the games and activities, make sure your students understand the basics of parts of speech. Define and provide examples of the main parts of speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections.


Model Parts of Speech Use

Model the use of different parts of speech to ensure that students understand how they function in language. Use sentences or examples from the games or activities you have chosen to illustrate the different parts of speech.


Play Games and Activities

Play the games and activities with your students, making sure to explain the rules and provide any necessary guidance. Encourage active participation and engagement from all students, and provide support or additional practice for students who may need it.


Reinforce Learning

After playing the games and activities, reinforce learning by reviewing the parts of speech used and how they function in language. Ask students to explain how they used different parts of speech in the games and activities and provide feedback or corrections as needed.


Create Your Own Games and Activities

Encourage students to create their own games and activities that incorporate parts of speech. This can help them solidify their understanding of the concepts and provide opportunities for peer teaching and learning.


Assess Understanding

Finally, assess students' understanding of parts of speech through quizzes, writing assignments, or other assessments. Make sure that your assessments reflect the skills and knowledge you want students to acquire, such as identifying parts of speech and using them correctly in context. Use the results of your assessments to guide further instruction and support for students who may need it.

Frequently Asked Questions about 8 Parts of Speech

What is included in a parts of speech chart?

The 8 parts of speech to include in a parts of speech chart are:

  1. Noun: Nouns are a person, place, thing, or idea
  2. Verb: Verbs are actions or states of being
  3. Adjective: Adjectives describe nouns
  4. Adverb: Adverbs describe a verb, adjective or another adverb
  5. Pronoun: Pronouns stand in for a noun
  6. Preposition: Prepositions link a noun to another word
  7. Conjunction: Conjunctions join words, clauses, and sentences
  8. Interjection: Interjections are short exclamations

What are some parts of speech activities to do with students?

There are many 8 parts of speech lesson plans that incorporate the storyboard Creator that will help students visualize and be able to demonstrate their understanding. Some parts of speech activities using the Storyboard That Creator are:

  • Create a visual part of speech diagram of a sentence using a storyboard! Many teachers instruct students to diagram parts of speech in their sentences by underlining or circling different parts of speech. However, by illustrating what is occurring in the sentence and how those parts of speech are related, students are more apt to retain the information.
  • Create a list of all of the different parts of speech with illustrations and definitions.
  • Make a quiz for a fellow classmate!

How can teachers create parts of speech lesson plans in Storyboard That?

Creating assignments in Storyboard That is as easy as 1-2-3! The easiest way to create a lesson is to copy one of our awesome premade lesson plans and customize it how you see fit. To create a lesson from scratch, simply follow the “create an assignment” steps.

What is the difference between proper nouns and common nouns?

The difference between a proper noun and a common noun is that a common noun refers to general things, such as a mountain, river, or lake. A proper noun, however, refers to a specific noun, such as Mt. Everest, Nile River, or Lake Michigan.

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