Nouns: Review Part II

Contributor: Delaine Thomas. Lesson ID: 12427

The word "noun" is a noun. Isn't that interesting? The word "verb" is a noun, too. Joking aside, nouns are very important, so a concrete review is helpful. And learn about a bunch of collective nouns!



English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


What would you call this collection of people?

What name did you give the above collection of people?

  • Did you say, "friends" or "teenagers"?

When you give a name to a collection of persons, animals, or things, you are using collective nouns. In this lesson, you will be reviewing collective nouns as well as concrete and abstract nouns.

If you missed or want a refresher on the first Related Lesson in this Nouns series, find it in the right-hand sidebar.

Before you get into concrete and abstract nouns, take a moment to review what a noun is. A noun is a word that names a person, place, thing, or idea. A common noun is a word that names something in a general way. For example, "boy," "lake," and "love" are common nouns. A proper noun is a word that gives a more specific or exact word to name the person, place, thing, or idea. It usually begins with a capital letter. For example, "John" and "Laurel Lake" are proper nouns.

Take out a piece of paper and pencil. As you watch Harry Judd's Concrete Nouns Vs. Abstract Nouns, write down the definition of concrete and abstract nouns and give an example of each:


  • Were you able to write a definition for concrete and abstract nouns?

A concrete noun names something you can see or touch. An abstract noun names something that you cannot see or touch. Some of the examples in the video for concrete noun were "clock," "bed," "pillow," and "calendar." Some of the examples for abstract nouns were "time," "sleep," "dream," and "year."

Collective nouns name a collection of people, animals, and things. Some examples of this would be "team," "class," "family," "herd," and "flock."

Remember, nouns are an important part of speech. They are usually the subject of the sentence, the direct object, and object of the preposition.

Continue to the Got It? section to practice what you have learned.

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