Relative pronouns

I can use relative pronouns when describing nouns.

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Relative pronouns

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Relative pronouns are one of many tools that we can use to describe a noun. Relative pronouns also allow us to combine information to avoid short and choppy sentences. The pronoun that we use depends on the noun, or referent, that the relative pronoun is referring to.

Common relative pronouns include that, which, who, whom, and whose. This lesson includes sentences that use these pronouns so that students can better recognize them.



Learning objective

Students will be able to use relative pronouns when describing nouns.


Students will use drag animals to their respective cages based on their adjectives. They will also help out a friend, Rima, with her food blog by writing two good adjectives for each of the foods she is reviewing.


Students will be introduced to relative pronouns, words that refer to nouns that were just mentioned in a sentence. They will see when to use relative pronouns and when to use "who," "whom," "which," "that," and "whose." Then, they will read sentences and choose the correct relative pronoun. They will also use relative pronouns to combine sentences.


These 10 questions (multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and open-ended) ask students to read sentences and choose the correct relative pronoun based on the noun to which it is referring.


Why is it helpful to use relative pronouns in our writing? How do we know which relative pronoun to use? Students will close out the lesson by helping Rima again with a blog—this time, a sports blog. They will look at pictures of athletes and decide which relative pronoun to use. Then, they will write a sentence about the picture.

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