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Preposition Pizazz

Zerelda Hammer


Students write a poem made up of prepositional phrases.


The student drafts and revises writing that -is focused, purposeful, reflects insight into the writing situation;-conveys a sense of completeness and wholeness with adherence to the main idea;-has an organizational pattern that provide for a logical progression of ideas;-has support that is substantial, specific, revelant, concrete, and/or illustrative;-demonstrates a commitment to and an involvement with the subject;-has clarity in presentation of ideas;uses creative writing strategies appropriate to the purpose of the paper;demonstrates a command of language (word choice) with freshness of expression;has varied sentence structure and sentences that are complete except when fragments are used and purposefully; andhas few, if any, convention errors in mechanics, usage, and punctuation.

The student produces final documents that have been edited for-correct spelling;-correct punctuation, including commas, colons, and semicolons;-correct common usage, including subject/verb agreement, common noun/pronoun agreement, common possessive forms, and with a variety of sentence structures,including parallel structure; and-correct formatting.

The student understands that there are patterns and rules in semantic structure, symbols, sounds, and meanings conveyed through the English language.


- Overhead projector
- Transparency of sample poems
- Graphics program such as PrintShop or PrintMaster (optional)


- Make sure overhead projector is working
- Download sample poems (MicroSoft Word 97)
- Make transparencies of sample poems


1. After your initial/formal lesson on prepositions, tell students that they will write a poem using prepositional phrases.

2. Show students examples and non-examples of poems on the overhead.

3. Give students criteria for poem (criteria can be changed according to grade level and ability as appropriate).

A. Poem must be at least twelve lines long.
B. Nine of the twelve lines of the poem must begin with a preposition.

4. Tell students that they can use the list of commonly-used prepositions from their grammar book to assist them (or you could have students brainstorm a list to put on the overhead or chalkboard in addition to using the list in the grammar book).

5. Tell the students to choose a topic, or give them a list of ideas to choose from.

6. Give students class time to begin writing their poems.

7. Assign remainder of poem as homework to allow students time to revise.

8. (Optional - beyond the 50-minute) After poems have been proofed for errors, allow students to type and illustrate their poems with a program such as PrintShop or PrintMaster.

9. Share and/or display poems in the classroom.


- Poem must be at least 12 lines long
- At least 9 of the 12 lines must begin with a preposition
- Poems must be edited for conventions of writing
- Use of graphics, if students are required to illustrate their poems.


The criteria for the poem can be changed by increasing/decreasing the number of lines as appropriate for grade level/ability. Criteria can also be changed to include poetic devices such as metaphors, similes, alliteration, etc.

Attached Files

Student samples of preposition poems.     File Extension: pdf

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