A poster giving the definition and examples of action, saying, thinking and relating verbs.
An action verb expresses something that a person, animal, object or force of nature can do or be, as in, “The water gurgled all the way down the sink.”
Saying verbs indicate speaking. They can provide more information as to how things are being said, as in, “I’m really sorry,” sobbed Tony.
Thinking verbs tell the reader what the characters are thinking about the events or what they were thinking at the time, as in, “I wonder what’s for lunch?” he thought.
Relating verbs tell us how the characters relate to other parts of the story, as in, “Amazing Man was here saving people.” They also describe a state, as in, Europe is a large collection of countries.
Common Core Curriculum alignment
Distinguish shades of meaning among closely related verbs (e.g., toss, throw, hurl) and closely related adjectives (e.g., thin, slender, skinny, scrawny).
Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.
Form and use regular and irregular verbs.
Form and use the progressive (e.g., I was walking; I am walking; I will be walking) verb tenses.
Form and use the perfect (e.g., I had walked; I have walked; I will have walked) verb tenses.
Use verb tense to convey various times, sequences, states, and condition
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