Adjective Clause Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Sailus

Chris has an M.A. in history and taught university and high school history.

This lesson plan helps students understand adjective clauses by introducing them with a video, walking through examples, and encouraging students to work together to develop their own adjective clauses.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define adjective clauses.
  • identify adjective clauses and the signifying adjective pronouns.
  • use adjective clauses to enhance their own writing.


50 minutes


  • Index cards (10 per student)

Key Vocabulary

At the conclusion of this lesson, students should be able to identify and define the following vocabulary term:

  • dependent clause
  • adjective
  • clause
  • adjective clause

Curriculum Standards


Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


  • Write five sentences containing adjective clauses up on the board.
  • Show your students the video lesson: Adjective Clause: Definition & Examples
  • As a class, go through each sentence written up on the board, and underline the part of each sentence that is an adjective clause. Ensure that each student understands why the underlined sections are the adjective clauses.
  • Discuss adjective pronouns, and ask students to identify these in the sentences on the board.
  • To better illustrate adjective clauses, ask students to do some basic things, but use adjective clauses in the questions. For example:
    • Would all of the students who are wearing red shirts please raise their hands?
    • Would all of the students who are wearing white shoes please stand up?
    • Would all of the students who are using a No. 2 pencil please raise the pencil?
  • After each instruction, ask your students to correctly identify the adjective clause in the sentence.

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