Pronoun: The Verb Family
- Do you remember the noun family?
- The child is invited to place the symbols (3 dimensional) of the noun family in order in a row.
- There is also a verb family.
- It is composed of the verb, adverb and pronoun.
- Place these three symbols in a row in such a way that the pronoun symbol is on the end nearest to the noun family.
- The pronoun is part of the verb family because it must always be close to the verb.
- Yet, it is also closely related to the noun because it takes the noun's place sometimes.
- The pronoun symbol can be moved toward the center of the two families to show that it is being pulled by both sides.
- Show the charts to demonstrate this relationship.
- The verb is energy like the sun; the adverb, like a planet going around the sun, has a close, dependent relationship with the verb.
- The pronoun, like a rocket, seems to be pulled away by the noun (not pictured).
- Thus, in spite of the fact that the pronoun is part of the verb family, it is strongly attracted by the noun family.
- The sun with its fiery rays on one side and gear teeth on the other, represents the verb.
- The adverb is again represented by a planet which also has gear teeth on one side that will mesh with those of the sun.
- The pronoun, still a rocket, has no gear teeth, thus it would not fit with the others in the family.
- The last chart is simply titled "The Verb Family" and has the three symbols pasted on.
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