For the first time on my blog (and it certainly won’t be the last), I’m asking for my readers help. Currently, I’m teaching a developmental reading and writing course (developmental is the term we now use to define courses that we used to call “remedial), and my students are really struggling with understanding subjects and verbs. I have tried two or three ways to explain these ideas to them, but they seem lost about how to identify these parts of speech.

What ways, if any, have any of you educators (or readers) had for teaching these concepts to students? Has anyone had a particularly successful tactic?

Thanks for your help.