Subject: ESL/ELL (English Language Learning)

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Declarative Sentences

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

Objective: Informing

Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.2

Standards:

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.

I Declare - Exemplar comic, panel 1 I Declare - Exemplar comic, panel 2 I Declare - Exemplar comic, panel 3 I Declare - Exemplar comic, panel 4

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 1.
  • Provide informational articles at students’ independent reading levels.