Interjections are a form of dialog that can set a tone or mood within text. The GrammarSong video “Interjections” explains that interjections are only used when a human is feeling intense emotions. Verse one highlights “happy” interjections, while verse two highlights “unhappy” interjections. It is valuable to recognize interjections as they come up in every day dialog to add genuine meaning to the concept.
Review Video & Follow These Instructional Guidelines
- Complete grammar sheet “Categorizing Interjections.” Make note of the interjections we use in our everyday oral communication. Point out interjections when reading aloud in class.
- Complete grammar sheet “Categorizing Interjections.”
- Extra Engagement: Allow students to brainstorm interjections that they use/hear in everyday life. Note that interjections are generally used when someone is very happy or very upset and are often punctuated using quotation marks.
- Hands-on Activity: Allow the student to record actual interjections they use on index cards (one interjection on each card). As a whole class activity, categorize the type of emotion the person using the interjection would be feeling to create a graphic organizer on a whiteboard or chart paper. Categorizing them can be a valuable way to give meaning to this concept.
- Note: Classroom discussion and interpretation will be necessary for some interjections. For example, I could say “No way!” if I won the lottery, or I could say “No way!” if I dropped my papers in a mud puddle. My feelings/emotions would be very different, so the inflection in my voice would not be the same.
- Review or repeat any recommendations from previous grade levels as needed.