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Lesson Topic: Appositives Grade level: 11/12

Length of lesson: 56 minutes

Stage 1 Desired Results
Content Standard(s): Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas,
concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection,
organization, and analysis of content.
Use appropriate and varied transitions and syntax to link the major
sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex
ideas and concepts.
Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary, and techniques such
as metaphor, simile, and analogy to manage the complexity of the topic. Write narratives and other creative texts to develop real or imagined
experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and wellstructured event sequences.
Use precise words and phrases, telling details, figurative and sensory
language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or

Understanding (s)/goals
Students will understand:
What an appositive is
How to use an appositive correctly.
How appositives enhance writing.
Adding an appositive gives a
sentence more dimension and

Essential Question(s):
What are ways you can make your
writing better?
What is the value in using
What is an appositive?

Student objectives (outcomes):

Students will be able to:
Define an appositive
Recognize an appositive
Recognize the difference an appositive makes
Use an appositive
Stage 2 Assessment Evidence
Performance Task(s):
Other Evidence:
Show evidence that they understand
Be able to identify which sentence
what an appositive is, and how its
(out of a group of 2) is an appositive
used by using it in their writing.
and explain why.

Stage 3 Learning Plan

Learning Activities:
[10 min]Hook- Discussing 51 Terrific and 49 Crumby things essays- sharing
[1 min] go over plan for the day
Now were going to switch gears a little bit, but were going to keep
the writing spirit alive.
[1 min] instructions for prompts Use every other line, we are writing for
6 minutes, everyone needs something for what we do later.
[6 min] writing time
[3min] discuss similarities in the three sentences What is similar about
these sentences? Allow for some noticing of words if thats what
students notice, then turn focus onto the structure. What can you
see about the structure of these? What are some patterns? Yes there
are commas- what do they follow? What do they precede?
[1 min] define appositive
[5 min] the three examples Go through these. Its pretty obvious where
the appositive is, so ask students to talk about what it does for the
[2 min] tell why it matters, what it can really do. Now weve seen some
examples of how it enhances sentences. Using this technique
[6 min] practice with simple nouns Instructions are on the slides, they
can do this on lines on the same page as their freewriting
[4 min] show that it can be used in different spots. Its pretty common to
see thesein the middle of sentences. But it can be used anywhere AS
[1 min] show that it isnt adjectives out of order Remember that it has to
be noun phrase. It can have an adjective in it, but the adjective has
to be connected to the noun.
[5 min] use it in your freewriting This is why we had lines in between our
[3 min] instructions/ team making for flyswatter game. Dont mention
candy. Number off ones and twos. Ones by the wall, Twos by the
window. Let students move. There will be two sentences on the
screen, your job is to beat your opponent at swatting the sentence
with an appositive in it AND you must be able to explain it. We will
subtract a point for not being able to explain why that one is an
appositive or for swatting the wrong one. Also, we are not smacking
the screen. We are swatting. Demonstrate what a good swat is.
[6 min] flyswatter game Winning team gets first dibs at candy.