Topic: Noun phrase

These resources cover noun phrases: phrases with a noun or pronoun as the Head word. Noun phrases can be quite short and simple, like this hat or an egg, but can also be built up into longer and more complex structures, like a very nice guy, every single person without a computer background or the woman who'd led them for their entire political career.

Noun phrase competition

Noun phrases can be of any length, from one word to very many words. This activity is a team competition where students' goal is to score as many points as they can by creating longer and longer noun phrases. As they do this, they will implicitly rely on their knowledge of grammar, and they will begin to see a range of different ways to expand noun phrases.

Noun phrase generator

Students can generate noun phrases using a quick and easy smartboard tool.

Goals

  • Create some new noun phrases.
  • Examine what can and can't happen in noun phrases.
  • Evaluate example noun phrases, looking at why they do or don't work.

Lesson Plan

The teacher explains that today, we will be generating noun phrases. 

Identify the noun phrase head

Identify the Head in each of the following bracketed noun phrases.

Identify the phrase type

Identify the phrase type:

Determiners

Determiners form a class of words that occur in the left-most position inside noun phrases. They thus precede nouns, as well as any adjectives that may be present.

The most common determiners are the and a/an.

Here are some more determiners:

Noun phrases

Noun phrases are phrases which have as their Head word a noun or pronoun.

Phrases

phrase consists of one or more words that belong together. It takes one of the major word class elements (noun, adjective, etc.) as its Head.

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