Common Core Language Standard 1
To possess means to own or control something. We might say that you possess a smart phone or you possess the ability to learn. Both nouns and pronouns can be in the possessive case because they can own or control something.
Today’s grammar and usage lesson is on possessive pronouns. Remember that a pronoun takes the place of a noun. A pronoun may also modify a noun.
Now let’s read the grammar and mechanics lesson and study the examples.
Possessive pronouns show ownership and may be used before a noun or without a noun.
Before a noun—my, your, his, her, its, our, your, their
When a possessive pronoun is used before a noun, it modifies the noun. The verb matches the noun, not the pronoun. Example: Our house seems small.
Without a noun—mine, yours, his, hers, ours, yours, theirs
When a possessive pronoun is used without a noun, the verb must match the noun which the pronoun represents. Example: Mary said that my jacket is nice, but hers is nicer.
Now circle or highlight what is right and revise what is wrong according to grammar and mechanics lesson.
Practice: We took our donations to the shelter. Their clothes were brand new, but my were used.
Let’s check the Practice Answers.
Grammar and Mechanics Practice Answers: We took our donations to the shelter. Their clothes were brand new, but mine were used.
Now let’s apply what we have learned.
Writing Application: Write your own sentences using a possessive pronoun before a noun and a possessive pronoun without a noun.
This writing opener is part of a comprehensive language conventions lesson from the Grammar, Usage, Mechanics, Spelling, and Vocabulary (Teaching the Language Strand) Grades 4‒8 programs. Complete descriptions, instructional scopes and sequences, introductory video, previews, and two-week test drives of the grade-level teacher guides and student workbooks are available here.