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Special Places
to Love

improving sentences with thoughtful prepositional phrases


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Patricia MacLachlan is an amazing writer.  She brings you right into her story--All the Places to Love--by using prepositional phrases that tell you when and where things are happening.  Sometimes she puts the prepositional phrases at the beginning of her lovely sentences.  But sometimes they can be found in the middle or at the sentence's end. 

Here are some of her prepositional phrases:  beside the names of grandfather and grandmother; on the day I was born; in the open window; from the wool of her sheep; from rock to rock to rock.  Using these examples, can you explain to someone else what a prepositional phrase is?

You will be using her writing strategy today to create sentence fluency.  The buttons below provide you with prepositional phrases that show you when and where.  Write some of your favorites down on a piece of paper.  Use as many as you can to create your own description of a place that you (or someone else) could love.  You may use as many as you want and need.  Just be sure to try using prepositional phrases at the beginning, the middle, or the end of your sentences.

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Prepositional phrases to consider using when revising:

(It's okay to come up with your own prep. phrase, if you can think of a better one.)


(It's okay to come up with your own prep. phrase, if you can think of a better one.)  .

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