Understanding Subjects

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Grade Level
High School
Special Education
Length of Time
45 minutes

In this lesson, students will learn about subjects. After you explain the study sheet, the students will have a worksheet that I have included in this lesson.


To understand subjects
How to recognize subjects in sentences

Materials Needed

The worksheet I have included in this lesson
Pencils and erasers or pens


To begin this lesson, you need to explain about subjects and how to recognize them in sentences. To help you, I have included a study sheet.

After that, you will pass out the worksheet for students to work on independently. You need to copy the worksheet ahead of time.

Study Sheet

In this lesson, we will discuss subjects. A sentence contains a subject and a predicate.


A subject is a noun or pronoun that is doing the action in a sentence. The subject can be simple, complete, or compound.

Simple Subjects

A simple subject is the main noun. It identifies who or what in the sentence. It tells what the subject is doing.

Let's look at this example.

The tall girl with long wavy brown hair stood on the porch steps.

The simple subject is girl.

Now, let's look at the complete subjects.

Complete Subjects

The complete subject is the main noun plus everything else that goes with the subject.

Let’s look at this example:

The girl with the long brown wavy hair jogged down the street.

The complete subject: Girl with the long brown wavy hair.

Worksheet on Subjects

Directions: Underline the simple subject in each sentence.

1. The dog chased the squirrel.

2. Sadey barked at the people walking in

the street.

3. The basketball player tossed the ball in the basket with three seconds left.

4. The dark clouds formed above.

5. The deer dashed into the woods.

Directions: Underline the complete subject in each sentence.

1. The slender looking girl with short hair and glasses was the life of the party.

2. The tall basketball player with the bandage around the right knee tossed

the ball into the basket with three seconds left.

3. The yard, with the chain linked fence around it, needed to be mowed soon because it was getting too tall.


You can grade the students on the total number correct out of the total number possible.

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