August 4, 2017
By Maggie Knutson

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Possession Obsession

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Students will be able to use possessive apostrophes with singular and plural nouns.

(5 minutes)
  • Ask students: What if there was a magic wand that could help you own anything you wanted?
  • Discuss what they would use their magic wand for to change ownership. Have each student share one thing.
  • Explain that a little punctuation mark can magically show ownership, but cannot change ownership.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask students to name the punctuation mark that can magically show ownership.
  • After identifying that it is the apostrophe, note that apostrophes also show where letters are omitted in contraction. They have two jobs.
  • Project the top part of the sheet Possession Obsession practise, and go over the rule for using an apostrophe or an apostrophe and the letter S to show possession.
(10 minutes)
  • Distribute the sheet so that students can complete the exercises with you. Go over the examples for singular nouns provided and complete them together.
  • Now go over the examples for showing possession with plural nouns.
  • Complete the exercises as a shared writing activity.
(15 minutes)
  • Ask students to write two sentences at the bottom that include as many examples of possessive apostrophes as they can.
  • Challenge them to include a singular and plural possessive example in each sentence.
  • Support:Have students try the slightly easier examples in the sheet provided below. See the link in the Suggested Media section.

  • Enrichment:Have students practise this rule with the worksheet Possessive Apostrophes and other online excercise on See the Suggested Media section for a link.
(5 minutes)
  • During the Review and Closing, observe student work as they punctuate their peers’ sentences. You may want to collect and evaluate one sentence that they punctuate.
(10 minutes)
  • Discuss: Share out examples of student-created sentences. Have students write them on the board without apostrophes and ask other students to insert the them.

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