Often in class, we give students vocabulary lists with nouns or adjectives to help them develop the detail in their writing. However, one of the easiest ways for students to add detail to their writing is to use prepositions instead. This activity helps students practise using prepositions to create more interesting sentences.
How to use this activity:
1. Print out these two handouts – for each group of students who will do this activity:
2. Ask students to cut out each table separately and place them face down into two piles: a pile of pictures and a pile of prepositions
3. Students should randomly select two pictures from the noun pile, and a preposition from the preposition pile
4. Using the three words they have drawn, students should create a sentences that use all three words, like this:
- Write two sentences that connect the two nouns, like this: “I haven’t seen a film since I got a pet duck.”
- Write two sentences that place the preposition at the beginning of a sentence, like this: “Since ducks are hilarious, I decided to make a film about them.”
- Write two sentences that add extra information by using a preposition, like this: “One of the things most people don’t know about me is that I like films and ducks, since it’s a weird fact that doesn’t come up in conversation.”
For lots more activities like this, come along to our grammar PD next week.