Subject: ESL/ELL (English Language Learning)
Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins
Topic: Declarative Sentences
Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
LANGUAGE OBJECTIVE: Establish an objective or neutral stance through declarative statements to provide objective, factual information.
Brief Description: Students will read an informational text and practice using declarative statements to provide objective, factual information.
Know Before You Start:
- You will need to copy one or more informational articles for students to read and highlight during this activity.
- Use this lesson to help students develop a neutral and objective stance while writing.
- Share three statements with the class: a question, an exclamation, and a declarative fact. How are these three statements different? Which simply tells a fact?
- Read and discuss the comic. Explain that a declarative statement provides information or facts and ends with a period.
- Have students highlight declarative sentences in an informational article. Remind them that declarative sentences tell facts in a neutral and objective manner.
- Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a comic depicting declarative sentences.
- Panel 1: Explain what a declarative sentence is.
- Panels 2-4: In speech bubbles or captions, write three declarative statements based on the informational article read in class.
Closure: Have students practice reading their declarative statements with a partner, or in a small group.
- Allow students to work with a peer model as needed.
- Provide sentence starters as needed.
- Allow students to expand their comic by creating more panels while providing new facts on the same topic.
- Comic to print or display: Comic 1.
- Provide informational articles at students’ independent reading levels.