Teacher Led Whole Group Introductory Lesson
To the Teacher: Use this lesson to introduce the concept of appositives to your students. Use presentation equipment connected to an online computer,
or print out the Introductory Lesson (PDF), and instruct your students by making an overhead transparency and/or by making photocopies of this lesson.
You may also print out this Procedure for Using Whole Group Introductory Lesson (PDF.)
1. What are Appositives?
Appositives are nouns or noun phrases that act as adjectives, and describe nouns.
2. What are Noun Phrases?
Noun phrases may contain other parts of speech besides nouns.
an interesting story, a good friend of mine, a wonderful city,
3. Find the Appositives
1. Rita, a good friend of mine, works as a police officer.
2. Houston, my home town, is a wonderful city.
3. The insect, an ugly cockroach with hairy legs, is crawling across the kitchen table.
4. The altitude of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, is over 12,000 feet.
5. My favorite relative, Joan, is coming to visit next week.
6. My son, an honor student, is at the top of his class.
7. The car, a red Toyota, was badly damaged.
8. I enjoy my hobby, stamp collecting.
9. On the largest planets, Jupiter and Saturn, there is no water.
10. The sculptor, Michelangelo, will be remembered for his beautiful art.
11. Did you read Island of the Blue Dolphins, an interesting story, in fourth grade?
12. There goes the electrical contractor, Grant Long.
13. Mexico City, the largest city in the world, has many interesting archaeological sites.
If an appositive comes at the end of a sentence, there is only one comma.
4. Combining Sentences to Make Appositives
2. Houston is my home town.
3. The insect is an ugly cockroach with hairy legs
4. The altitude of Lhasa is over 12,000 feet.
5. My favorite relative is Joan.
6. My son is an honor student.
7. The car was badly damaged.
8. I enjoy my hobby.
9. On the largest planets there is no water.
10. The sculptor will be remembered for his contributions to art.
11. Did you read Island of the Blue Dolphins in fourth grade?
12. There goes the electrical contractor.
13. Mexico City is the biggest city in the world.