Appositive Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Sailus

Chris has an M.A. in history and taught university and high school history.

In this lesson plan, we help students to recognize and understand appositive clauses and teach them good ways to utilize appositives during their own writing practice.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Recognize appositive clauses
  • Explain the difference between restrictive and non-restrictive clauses
  • Use appositive clauses effectively in their own writing


35 minutes

Key Vocabulary

At the conclusion of this lesson, students should be able to identify and define the following vocabulary terms:

  • clause
  • phrase
  • appositive
  • restrictive clause
  • non-restrictive clause

Curriculum Standards


Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.


Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)


  • Create and write five sentences up on the board that have appositive phrases. Be sure there are at least a couple that have appositive phrases in restrictive clauses and some that include non-restrictive clauses.
  • Have students watch the first half of the lesson Appositive & Appositive Phrases: Definition & Examples.
  • Stop it just before the 'Punctuation Appositives' section begins (1:56).
  • Review each sentence you have written on the board with the class. Have the class identify the appositive clause in each sentence, and place a square around it on the board.
  • Watch the rest of the lesson.
  • Go back to your five sentences on the board. Have the class determine whether each sentence contains an appositive in a restrictive clause or a non-restrictive clause and suggest the correct punctuation.

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