Emma has a dilemma.
I’ll never speak proper English.
I don’t know the difference between a Noun and a Pronoun.
Just look at the F my teacher marked down.
Wizard Jake hears her crying.
But You already speak English.
Emma isn’t buying.
She has a valid fear.
Emma scratches her head.
I’m already dead.
For when my parents see this test
I’ll never get any rest.
An F means detention; did I already mention?
Wizard Jake waves his wonderful wand…
And creates a chalkboard in the sand.
He begins to write in green, but
It can barely be seen.
Then with the wave of his wand white letters appear
That are much more clear.
It’s all the questions from Emma’s test.
To that she’ll attest.
I got every answer wrong.
Why are we redoing something so long?!?
Wizard Jake is wise and will teach Emma where she lies.
This test you despise
Will consistently arise
Until you truly understand the Theory
You will remain ultimately bleary.
Now take a tissue and dry your wet eyes.
We are bringing Nouns and pronouns down to size.
Wizard Jake starts with a lesson
Which shows nouns and pronouns
In their most simple expression.
All you need to know is that nouns
represent people, places, things, activity, emotions and ideas.
That is great information, but I hardly see getting every question right.
That would be quite a sight.
Wizard Jake waves his wand once again so
Pronouns take the place of nouns in
Examples like: I, you, he, she, it, we, and they, you (plural), They (plural)
Although this is good knowledge
It won’t get me into college.
Please give me some examples
Before I feel trampled.
Wizard Jake does his best work
As he puts together samples of Nouns as a person,
place, thing, activity, emotion or idea.
There are Proper Nouns (Mr. McGraw) and Common Nouns (like clerk)
Person: Mr. McGraw is a genius. Place: Sally wants to go to Venus.
Thing: The pen is fake.
Activity: Susan baked a chocolate cake.
Emotion: The clerk is sad.
Idea: Amber’s idea is to just be glad.
Emma catches on quickly.
Showing Wizard Jake the difference between nouns and pronouns strictly.
I, You, He, She, It, We, They, You (in the plural), They (in the Plural).
Jake further clarifies Pronouns as words that can take the place of nouns in a sentence.
Emma asks to give it a try.
And Jake immediately agrees to comply.
I am above average. You can manage.
He is a guitar player. She is the mayor.
It is a pen. We went into the den.
They bake a vanilla cake.
You are cleaning chicken coops.
They are shooting hoops.
You’re done with your lesson.
So no more guessing.
Please retake the test keeping these rules in mind.
I predict an A and an understanding in kind.
Pronouns and Nouns are easy to miss.
But with the information above put that F in an abyss.
Emma is now smiling and so happy in Nouns.
As she rolls out the A, she has awaken the Pronouns.
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