Using Personal Pronouns

Contributor: Beth Price. Lesson ID: 10048

Bill took Bill's ball and went to Bill's home. Does that sound funny? That's why we have personal pronouns like "he." You will learn how personal pronouns make your writing sound so much friendlier!



English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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Come on and chant with me to the beat by clapping your hands and slapping your legs!

  • After 6 beats, shout "I" and point to yourself.
  • Then clap-slap 6 more beats, shout "you," and point to someone in your group.
  • Clap-slap 6 more beats and shout "we" and point to yourself and others.
  • Continue with "they," "he," and "she."

The words we just chanted are personal pronouns! Let's learn how they are used to make our reading and writing more friendly!

Bill and Mary went to the store. Bill and Mary bought Bill and Mary some candy. Bill ate Bill's candy but Mary saved Mary's candy for later so Mary could eat Mary's candy after Mary had Mary's dinner. Bill and Mary told Bill and Mary's parents what Bill and Mary did when Bill and Mary went to the store.

Do those sentences sound kind of goofy? This isn't the way you talk, is it? Using pronouns like he, she, her, and they would make it sound much more conversational.

Place common objects such as a toys, pictures of family at outings or events, and pictures of groups of people from magazines on the table or around the room. Place a sentence strip with each picture with a sentence describing the picture or object. For example, if the object is a ball, write, "Michael likes to throw the ball." If you have a picture of family, the sentence might say, "Mom, Dad, Joe, and Pam are at the museum."

Pronouns are words that can take the place of proper nouns in sentences.

Write these personal pronouns on index cards, one on each card:

  • I
  • you
  • he
  • she
  • it
  • we
  • they
  • us
  • them
  • him
  • her
  • you

Look at your list of names. Which of these pronouns could replace the names on the list?

  • Mom -- she, her
  • Bill -- him, he
  • Sue, John, and Tim -- they, them

Now, read each sentence strip that has been prepared for you.

Rewrite or state each sentence, but use personal pronouns in the sentence to replace the nouns in the sentence. Use the pronouns on the index cards to help you choose the correct pronoun.


  • Michael likes to throw the ball. He likes to throw the ball.
  • Mom, Dad, Joe, and Pam are at the museum. They are at the museum, or We are at the museum.
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