Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 11019

Do you, a brilliant student, know what an "appositive" is? Watch a video, a short one, and practice online to learn enough to be positive about appositives and become a writer, a great one!



English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Cindy, the silliest girl I know, made me laugh until milk shot out of my nose!

  • According to the sentence, who is Cindy?

If you answered "the silliest girl I know," then you are correct!

That phrase describes the noun, "Cindy." You call that phrase an appositive. An appositive is a noun, noun phrase, or noun clause that is next to another noun. Its purpose is to either rename it or describe it further. "The silliest girl I know" describes Cindy in further detail.

Look at the phrase, "the silliest girl I know." What punctuation surrounds the phrase in the original sentence? If you said "commas," you are correct! A comma offsets the phrase. Appositives can be in the beginning, middle, or end of a sentence.

An appositive can be a single word or a whole phrase. For example:

  • The plant, a tomato, was growing in our garden.
  • The plant, a tomato the size of a pumpkin, was growing in our garden.

You can check out this Appositives - 2 Minute Teacher video to further review appositives:


To find more examples and the definition of an appositive, check out, Appositives Examples, and The Appositive.

  • What was something new you learned about appositives?

Share what you learned with your parent or teacher.

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