Appositives Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the grammar term appositives. A text lesson defines the term and explains its role in sentences as students gain understanding through active learning.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define appositives
  • explain how appositives work


1 hour


  • Copies of the lesson Appositives: Lesson for Kids, one for each student
  • Newspapers or magazines on student reading level
  • Sentences that contain appositives
  • Sentence strips or index cards
  • Tape

Key Vocabulary

  • Appositives
  • Essential appositives
  • Nonessential appositives

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.1

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

Warm Up and Preparation

  • Distribute copies of the lesson Appositives: Lesson for Kids and read the first section 'What Are Appositives?' with students.
  • Define 'appositives' on the board and take a close look at the accompanying chart and work with students to identify the additional information given in each sentence.
  • Have students make a similar chart, leaving categories blank in their notebooks.

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