Subject: ESL/ELL (English Language Learning)

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Declarative Sentences

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Standards / Framework:

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.

Hook:

  • 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.

Activity:

  • 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.

Differentiation:

  • 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.

Resources:

  • Comic to print or display: Comic.

  • Provide informational articles at students’ independent reading levels.