A Portrait of the Artist: Practice with Prepositions through Art

As I continue to discuss prepositions on YouTube, I find myself really searching for areas of confusion. Which prepositions do students confuse? In what contexts? How are some prepositions similar and what can I tell students to help them see distinctions?

I decided to study by, in, of, and with mainly in the context of art. In the video and in an interactive exercise, I explore other contexts. If you think your upper level students would enjoy returning to the context of art, I offer this: A Portrait of the Artist_handout. My suggestions make use of famous art and literary works. Other activities could easily extend from my handout. For example, students could be invited to read the works mentioned (Thurber’s “Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.”)

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