As you can see, I've hacked this anchor chart. I can draw, but certainly not as well as Mel (Graphics from Pond). I was lucky to win her August giveaway and I'm already putting my prize into use.
I guess students sometimes find it hard to tell when they should be using a reflexive pronoun. It's harder if they don't really know what subjects and objects are. If they do, the best explanation is to say that they should use reflexive pronouns when the subject and the object of a verb are the same. In other words, the one doing the action is also the one being "affected" by that action.
"Mary cut herself while cooking" means that "Mary cut Mary" and not anybody else. Sounds weird, but that's the best way I've found to make my students understand.
However, you know very well that this is only one of the ways reflexive pronouns are used. There is, for instance, the emphatic use.
"Mary herself prepared dinner" is not about the subject and the object being the same. "Herself" is used to emphasize that Mary was the one making the dinner. Why the emphasis? Maybe Mary is not known for being a cook.
There's also the use of reflexive pronouns with the preposition "by" to mean "alone" as in "Mary hates to go to the movies by herself".
Now, I've got two resources to help you teach reflexive pronouns and I know that those working with the Common Core have a standard just for reflexive pronouns, the 2.L.1c.
One is a Free Reflexive Pronouns Poster, similar to the anchor chart above, that you can download by clicking on the image below:
|click to download a FREE poster in color and B&W|
The other is my Reflexive Pronouns Scoot, which actually includes 2 sets of 32 task cards. Here's what a buyer has said:
"This is great! I used the tougher ones whole group and the simpler ones for the actual game. Thanks!"
And by game, the buyer meant Scoot - one of the many ways you can use task cards.
|click on the image to check it out on TpT|
Finally, I'm linking up with Deb at Crafting Connections and her Anchors Away Monday linky. Click on the image below to check it out and maybe link up as well or at least discover more anchor charts!
But, before you go, don't forget to leave me a comment. I love to read what you guys think!
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