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The first two pages of a lesson on prepositional phrases can be a handy reference guide for your middle school learners. After reviewing the definition and examples for these phrases, kids then view a slide show to practice their grammar skills. Useful as a class activity or during a language arts computer lab session.
Students define adjectives and use adjectives and descriptive phrases to write a descriptive paragraph. They write a description of a sensory item, and read and discuss a five senses chart. Students then complete a chart using adjectives or descriptive phrases to describe nouns, and write a descriptive paragraph to describe a painting.
In these grammar worksheets, students will read a definition of prepositional phrase. Then students will match 6 prepositional phrases with words from a word bank that have a similar meaning, match 6 phrases with phrases that have the opposite meaning, complete 6 sentences using prepositional phrases, find and underline phrases in 6 sentences, tell how, when or where the action happens in 6 sentences and write 4 sentences using prepositional phrases.
Are you about to start a unit on prepositions and prepositional phrases? Provide your young learners with this 10-question quiz to assess their current understanding of the topic. This would be a great pre-assessment to help you plan for your unit, especially when striving to meet Common Core standards.
Identifying prepositional phrases is easy with this worksheet! For each of the 15 sentences given, budding grammarians circle the preposition and underline the phrase in which it's used. After every five sentences, they are encouraged to use the answer key to check their work. Great idea, as it's pointless to fill in an entire worksheet if a learner's struggling. Maybe this will help them catch their errors before it's too late!
Combine sentences with the help of this grammar resource! Learn how to combine sentences using appositives and present participle phrases. The first page focuses on combining two sentences and creatine one. On page two, writers practice combining sentences by using present participle phrases.
Secondary learners will study reduction principles in order to apply them to sentence structure. By going over phrases, clauses, adverbs, and adjectives, students learn and apply the concepts. Also included is an independent practice exercise and answer key. Tip: Break this into two days if time is limited.
Looking for a way to practice objective pronouns in your language arts class? Use the slides and the instructional worksheet featured here in your grammar lesson plan. Middle schoolers view a slide show (saved as a PDF), and can use the first two pages as a reference guide for their writing journal. A great addition to a instructional activity on pronouns!
Students use sensory adjectives in the game "I Spy". In this adjective and descriptive phrases lesson students create a list of sensory adjectives for an item in their classroom. The other students try to guess what item the student is describing. On a following day, the students build upon this activity by using more descriptive language.
Using interesting sentence structures found in Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen as a model, class members practice combining two or three sentences by adding participial phrases to increase sentence fluency. Action-packed settings and a familiar series of events are then chosen as the basis for descriptive paragraphs. Finally, pupils work with a partner to add participial phrases to their original writing. A great resource.
Clear up common questions about commas with this handy resource! Useful as a reference page as well as a grammar activity, it presents six different rules for comma usage, including fanboys, lists, and parenthetical words and phrases. A great way to reinforce basic grammar rules in a writing unit!
Why do some phrases contribute to a weak authorial voice? The first page of this packet explains what a strong and weak voice sound like, and it lists some common phrases that clutter writing, ultimately weakening it. The second page requires the writer to strengthen the voice of each of the eight sentences provided.
Have your class doing everything from reading literature, analyzing literary devices, identifying independent and dependent clauses, discussing, and writing creatively with the rich resource found here. After a mini lesson on independent and dependent clauses, your class will read, annotate, and answers questions on two different short stories by O. Henry: After Twenty Years and The Last Leaf. There is also an activity on optical illusions that explore similar themes without the language demands of a text. As a final task, get your class writing creatively with three potential writing prompts. Note: While many skills are practiced here, grammar in-context is the main focus.
A complete resource from BBC World Service provides informational text for English or ESL classes to teach vocabulary, grammar, and reading skills. Learners participate in small group work, whole class discussions, and role-plays to explore the universal topics presented in a current news article. Although the plan is thorough and easy to follow, the link to the referenced article is broken.
Nine lessons in a grammar and usage unit provide endless opportunities for drill and practice. Topics include the four types of sentences, subject and predicates, nouns, verbs, adjectives, pronouns, adverbs and prepositions, conjunctions and interjections, as well as capitalization and punctuation. The scripted unit includes a culminating activity, handouts, worksheets, a bibliography, and an assessment.
Do your young grammarians need extra practice identifying prepositions and prepositional phrases? An added feature of this activity is that learners stop and have there work checked before going on to another set of sentences. It would work well in class or as homework with the pupil working with a learning partner.
Read a short story, "A Day at the Park" together as a class. Have the class break up into groups to add prepositional phrases to each sentence to make it more elaborate and interesting. Consider having a volunteer from each group read their drafts to show how much variety evolves by adding these components.