Students (and teachers) remember best when they associate the unknown with the known. Often we can learn the lyrics to a catchy song or beat much more quickly than if we read just the words alone. It’s the association that helps us memorize and retain the information.
Check out the Parts of Speech Song and memorize the key definitions of each part of speech. Examples follow each definition.
The author of the Parts of Speech Song is Mark Pennington, author of Teaching Grammar and Mechanics and teacher of the best seventh graders in the universe.
A proper noun is capitalized and gives a name to a person, place, or thing.
Ms. Doe-Thomas, Inn by the Lake, Statue of Liberty
A common noun can have an article before an idea, person, place, or thing.
(a, an, the) peace, uncle, school, rock
A pronoun is used to take a noun’s place in the subject, possessive, or object case.
I, their, us
An adjective modifies a noun with Which One, How Many, or What Kind.
that bird, few students, dark chocolate
A verb can mentally or physically act or states what a subject is to be.
thought (past), speaks (present), will be (future)
An adverb modifies an adjective, adverb, or verb with What Degree, How, Where, or When.
less, carefully, there, later
A conjunction joins words, phrases, or clauses to coordinate, correlate, or subordinate.
nor, either-or, unless
A preposition shows a relationship to an object at the end of a phrase.
through the gate
An interjection is a sentence fragment used to show emotion.
Hey! Shame on you.