Intensive Pronouns


With our Intensive Pronouns lesson plan, students learn what intensive pronouns are and when they’re used in writing. Students practice identifying intensive pronouns and including them in their own writing.

Included with this lesson are some adjustments or additions that you can make if you’d like, found in the “Options for Lesson” section of the Classroom Procedure page. One of the optional additions to this lesson is to have students use their creativity to design a poster that explains the differences between intensive and reflexive pronouns.

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What our Intensive Pronouns lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Intensive Pronouns reviews reflexive pronouns and focuses on the correct identification and use of intensive pronouns. This lesson is for students in 6th grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the green box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. The only supplies you will need for this lesson are scissors and the handouts. To prepare for this lesson ahead of time, you can gather the supplies, copy the handouts, and group students together for the lesson activity.

Options for Lesson

Included with this lesson is an “Options for Lesson” section that lists a number of suggestions for activities to add to the lesson or substitutions for the ones already in the lesson. One of the optional additions to this lesson is to give each student in the class a different pronoun and have the class conduct a conversation using their assigned pronouns. You could have students write a story that uses an intensive pronoun in every sentence. You could also plan an Intensive Pronoun Day, during which students will use intensive pronouns as often as possible throughout the day. Another fun additional activity is to have students use their creativity to design a poster that explains the differences between intensive and reflexive pronouns. Finally, you can have students circle the other types of pronouns they find on the practice and homework pages.

Teacher Notes

The teacher notes page includes a paragraph with additional guidelines and things to think about as you begin to plan your lesson. This page also includes lines that you can use to add your own notes as you’re preparing for this lesson.



The Intensive Pronouns lesson plan includes two pages of content. The lesson begins by stating that we use pronouns very often when writing and speaking. Pronouns represent people, places, or things, and replace them in sentences. We have several different types of pronouns, like personal (I, you), possessive (his, its, ours), interrogative (who, where), and demonstrative (this, those). Students are likely familiar with pronouns and how to use them. We use them to avoid saying or writing the same nouns over and over again, and they help your speaking or writing flow more smoothly.

Another type of pronoun is the reflexive pronoun. These pronouns always include the suffix -self or -selves, and we use them as emphatic pronouns (when someone or something does something to itself). These can be singular or plural.

Some examples of reflexive pronouns include itself, myself, herself, yourself, himself, ourselves, themselves, and yourselves. Words like hisself, ourself, theirself, theirselves, and themself are not reflexive pronounsThe lesson provides several examples of correct ways to use reflexive pronouns in sentences.

In all of the examples, the reflexive pronouns refer to the subject of the sentence or clause. You can’t remove the reflexive pronoun from these sentences and have them still make sense. This is a helpful tip for identifying reflexive pronouns. If you can remove the pronoun from the sentence and have it still make sense, it is an intensive pronoun instead of a reflexive pronoun.

Intensive Pronouns

Intensive pronouns include all reflexive pronouns, but we use them in a different way. These pronouns emphasize preceding nouns, which sometimes appear directly before the pronoun. You can also use the reflexive pronouns listed earlier in the lesson as intensive pronouns. The lesson then includes sentences that include intensive pronouns.

If you remove them from each sentence, they still make sense. This is a great indication that they’re intensive rather than reflexive. Removing intensive pronouns from a sentence simply removes the emphasis from the preceding subject. We can still understand the sentence without this emphasis.

All reflexive and intensive pronouns end in either -self or -selves. We use both types  to add emphasis to either nouns or subjects. If you remove a reflexive pronoun from a sentence, that sentence will no longer make sense. However, if you remove an intensive pronoun, the sentence still makes sense, but it will not add emphasis.


The Intensive Pronouns lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. You can refer to the guide on the classroom procedure page to determine when to hand out each worksheet.


Students will work in groups (of two or three) to complete this activity worksheet. They will begin by cutting apart each of the reflexive pronouns on the worksheet. They will fold each of them in half and mis them together in the provided container. Each group member will take turns picking one of the pronouns out of the container, and will then conduct a conversation with their other group members. This conversation can be about any topic, but each member must speak in order and using complete sentences; every sentence spoken must include one of the reflexive pronouns they chose. Once each student speaks their sentence, the other group members must determine if the pronoun is being used as a reflexive or intensive pronoun. This continues until time runs out and they choose new pronouns.


The practice worksheet asks students to complete two short exercises. For the first, they will decide whether each underlined pronoun is reflexive or intensive. For the second, they will fill in the blanks in the provided sentences with an intensive pronoun.


For the homework assignment, students will first write two original sentences for each pronoun listed, one reflexive and one intensive. They will then rewrite two incorrect sentences correctly.

Worksheet Answer Keys

This lesson plan includes answer keys for the practice worksheet and the homework assignment. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information


6th Grade


Language Arts

State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.

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