For my very first post, a little grammar lesson on me, myself, and I seemed appropriate. Initially, I thought I would actually provide a mini introduction to the woman behind the blog, but you can always just read the about me section. We will save my narcissism for another evening. Of course, allow me to appreciate the wit in choosing this topic as my first. Clever, yes? Yes. Moving on.
First of all, allow me to provide a disclaimer about any grammar post we tackle here together. Two primary “grammar” camps exist (very exciting camps, as you can imagine). The first camp believes in prescriptive grammar, which pretty much means there is a right and wrong when it comes to grammar. Those in the prescriptive grammar camp believe in the rules about how language should be used. The other camp believes in descriptive grammar; this camp also has rules, but those rules are based on how language is used, not how it should be used. I am telling you this bit of information only because some of these grammar lessons you find on this site hang out in the prescriptive grammar camp while others hang out with the descriptive grammarians. We’ll talk more about those camps at another time, but here is a bit more information for the curious mind. Today’s grammar lesson falls a bit more in the prescriptive grammar camp, and that’s okay.
First, allow me to begin with a brief video on the difference between me, myself, and I and a few examples of when to use each one.
Second, I have some lesson ideas for you. You can find the Google doc version here. Download that document and edit it as you so choose. I am also including the information here in case you do not feel like going anywhere other than this page.
- Use a music video or song to gauge interest in the topic — consider playing the songs during a warm-up or as students enter the classroom
- Students pair up.
- Each pair of students has three post-it notes.
- On one post-it, the students write a sentence using the word me but draws a blank where “me” should be. On another post-it, the students write a sentence using the word myself but draws a blank where “myself” should be. On the third post-it, the students write a sentence using the word I but draws a blank where “I” should be.
- Students write their initials on the backs of post-it notes.
- Class activity
- Put three posters on chalkboard/wall/corners of room (one says me, another says myself, and the last says I)
- Using the post-it notes created by pairs of students, pass out post-it notes to different students.
- Each student brings sentences to the poster with the word that correctly completes the blank.
- Have students circulate to check that the sentences they wrote ended up on the correct poster. They will draw checkmarks on correct ones and an X on incorrectly placed post-it notes.
- Exit ticket idea (provided below)
Third, if you need a worksheet for students, I created one for you in a Google doc (so that you can edit it and have the answer key) here. If you want to edit it, just download a copy of it to your Google drive and edit the copy that you downloaded 🙂 Or, if you want to copy and paste it directly from this site, you can choose that option, of course.
Me, Myself, and I: What’s the Difference?
Part 1 Directions: In each blank, write the pronoun that best completes the sentence–me, myself, or I.
- In October, my family and ____________ go to the pumpkin patch to ride the hayrides, pick pumpkins, and drink apple cider.
- Since I broke my arm playing hockey, I took five minutes longer to dress _______________.
- He asked why ______________ took so long to get ready, and I told him it was because __________ broke my arm playing hockey.
- My brother scared ______________ so badly that, out of fear, I smacked him in the face.
- Why are you so mean to Nancy and _______________?
Part 2 Directions: For each sentence, if the underlined pronoun is correct, write a checkmark next to that number. If the underlined pronoun is incorrect, put an X on the word and write the correct pronoun above it.
- The other soccer players and myself were exhausted after the coach made us run for the entire practice.
- When we annoyed him, my brother rolled the dog and I up in blankets and let us roll around on the floor howling for thirty minutes.
- My classmates and I were tired of learning about me, myself, and I.
- When I get excited, I give me a high five.
- I asked myself if I really knew the difference between me, myself, and I.
Part 3 Directions: Write three sentences that correctly use me, myself, or I.
- Me: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
- Myself: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
- I: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Fourth, if you want a handy image for your class website or anywhere else for that matter, then here is a summary image for you to use.
Finally, if you like to teach using music, especially at the high school level, then two music videos (relevant as of the writing of this post) might appeal to you. Remember to preview them for appropriateness according to your school system’s standards before using either one!
- Beyonce’s “Me, Myself, and I” music video (some parts you will need to censor)
- G-Eazy’s “Me, Myself, and I” video (clean version, just the lyrics video, not the music video) — this version is great for students who benefit from seeing the lyrics as well as hearing them
Find a list of the educational resources that I use here. This list is continually updated.