Lesson Plan

Prepositional Phrases as Key Details

Help your ELs familiarize themselves with prepositional phrases as they search for supporting details in nonfiction texts. This lesson could stand alone or be taught prior to teaching the Detective Reading lesson.
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Detective Reading lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Detective Reading lesson plan.



Students will be able to identify supporting details and examples in an informational text.


Students will be able to identify prepositional phrases to answer comprehension questions in nonfiction texts using a graphic organizer.


(2 minutes)
Part 1: Prepositional Phrases in Nonfiction TextPart 2: Prepositional Phrases in Nonfiction TextVocabulary Cards: Prepositional Phrases as Key DetailsGlossary: Prepositional Phrases as Key DetailsWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceTeach Background Knowledge Template
  • Ask the class to choral read the language objective for the lesson.
  • Tell students that today they will practice finding supporting details in texts by specifically looking for prepositional phrases.
  • Explain that when they read, it is important to pay attention to the details that give them more information to better understand the text, such as details that describe when or where something happened. Usually these details appear in nonfiction writing in the form of prepositional phrases, or phrases that begin with a preposition.