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NCTE: Identifying and Using Prepositional Phrases

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

In this activity, students will find examples of prepositional phrases in given excerpts of text and indicate the purpose that the phrases serve in the example.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the NoteFolio™ App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Distribute the NoteFolio file, EXPPREP.8xv, to the students. Prepare the overhead foils of the Teacher Guide pages and then determine if you will make copies of the student handout or make this handout into an overhead transparency.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the NoteFolio file(s) to your class using TI Connect™ and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Explain what a prepositional phrase is.
  • Explore the ways these phrases are used.
  • Find examples of prepositional phrases in given excerpts and independently.
  • Analyze the purpose of the prepositional phrases in the pieces explored.
  • Compose a piece that relies on prepositional phrases to convey meaning.
  • Assess the usage of prepositional phrases and provide evidence of mastery of their usage in written compositions.
  • After the Activity

    Ten minutes prior to the end of the class period, reconvene the class and debrief the assignment by calling on different students to locate and explain the examples of prepositional phrases that they found in the excerpts. If the students do not finish their work during class, then this exercise can be completed as homework provided that the students have a paper copy of the excerpts to refer to.