Inverted Sentence Order Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is inverted sentence order and is it appropriate in language? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to explain critical points about inverted word and sentence order. An activity gives students practice in applying the concepts.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize normal word order
  • explain and utilize inverted word order
  • list the situations that call for inverted word order in writing and speaking


45 to 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


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


Explain the function of phrases and clauses in general and their function in specific sentences.


Choose among simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences to signal differing relationships among ideas.


  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated video lesson, one for each student
  • Photocopied transcripts of assorted well-known speeches or one longer speech divided into enough sections for each small group to have one.

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