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SUBMITTED BY: Lindsay Upton



GRAMMAR: Demonstrative Pronoun

EXAMPLE: That  is my bag.

DATE ADDED: June 02, 2010


    Small Classes (1-15 Students)ÒLarge Classes (16-39 Students)ÓHuge Classes (40+ Students)ÔBad/Misbehaved ClassesÕ


25-40 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE:   The ALT and JTE "steal" items from the students' desks and the students must claim them using demonstrative pronouns.



  1. First, make sure all the students know the names of basic school items: pen, pencil, eraser, ruler, marker, white-out, notebook, textbook, etc. (scissors are technically plural, so tell them to put those away for now)
  2. Explain that both and ALT and JTE are "Thieves"! They are going to walk around and steal items from the students.
    3. Instruct the students to lay some of their items out on their desks and then put their heads down. No peaking!
  3. The ALT/JTE walk around and quietly, carefully remove items from the students desk and pile them at the front of the classroom. When you have enough, tell them to look up.
    5. The ALT/JTE alternate picking up items from the pile and asking, "This is my <item>."
  4. The owner of the item must stand up and answer, "No, it's not! That's MY <item>!" Encourage them to be loud and emotive, as though they were accusing a real thief.
    7. The owner comes up to the front to claim their item.



  1. Instead of saying "This is my...", you could have the owner of the item raise their hand and then you ask them, "Is this YOUR ____?" or point to a student "Is this AKEMI'S _____?"
  2. You can also alternative with your co-teacher, having the JTE/ALT hold up and item and the other teacher points and asks, "Is THAT my/your ___?" 



  • Writing the phrases on the board as a reference, if you don't have it written already, is a really good idea. Even the higher level students need a little reminder.
  • Students seem to really like this simple game. When you tell them you are a "thief", they usually make a fuss and try to hide all their items in their desk! Even the lower-level students found it entertaining.

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