Enhancing Sentences with Prepositions [Sentence Expansion Series]


Listen to the full episode to hear how using prepositions helps with sentence expansion:

We are now well into our series on how to enhance simple sentences using a variety of descriptive strategies. What I love about each new idea is that these are grammar concepts you teach your students, but now you’re able to dive deeper and use them in a whole new way. In today’s episode, I’m sharing another strategy which is using prepositions to enrich simple sentences.

Simply put, prepositions are words that show the relationship between elements in a sentence. While there are over 150 prepositions that we use, there are only a handful that are most commonly used in our language. Not only do I share the most common, but I also provide the different types of prepositions. Knowing the different types is important because it shows how to properly use prepositions in writing that add context and depth to otherwise simple sentences. In order to implement successfully, I provide the exact steps and sample examples for using prepositions with your students in your own classroom.

Prepositional phrases offer a way to add layers of meaning, context, and depth to basic sentences, which is another strategy you can add to your toolbox from this series. At first you may not have connected using prepositions to enhance sentences, but after this episode, you can definitely see the connection!

In this episode on using prepositions, I share:
  • A list of the most common prepositional phrases, along with examples and their relation to a sentence
  • What a complement is and its significance to prepositions 
  • The different types of prepositions and an explanation of each type
  • Steps on how to effectively implement in your own classroom
  • Examples you can directly use with your students and questions that provoke reflection on the addition of a preposition
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Hey, I'm Megan!

I am a literacy specialist and curriculum designer who loves sharing tips and ideas to help students thrive in literacy! It brings me joy to await those a-ha moments and to see light bulbs turn on!

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