Adjective Word Order Lesson Plan

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

Use this lesson plan to teach your students adjective word order. A group activity, partner game, and use of stations keep the students engaged as they progress from identifying the sequence of adjectives in a sentence to writing and editing sentences on their own.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the lesson, students will be able to do the following:

  • identify the correct order for adjectives in a sentence
  • edit writing for adjective word order
  • write sentences using the correct adjective word order


This lesson will take 60-90 minutes. The extension activity may take an additional 30-60 minutes.

Curriculum Standards


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


With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.


Introducing Adjective Word Order

  • Ask the students to identify the definition of an adjective. Then, ask the students to provide examples of adjectives, and create a list of these on your class board. Encourage the students to think of different adjectives besides familiar ones, such as color or size.
  • Read through the lesson Adjective Word Order: Rules and Examples as a class.
  • Have the students discuss each adjective on the list the class created and identify what type of adjective it is, based on the lesson's categories. Select groups of two or three adjectives from the list and ask the class to identify the order they would be found in a sentence.
  • Use the lesson quiz to check for understanding.

Activity 1: Put It In Order

  • Divide the class into small groups. Have each group use the students' list of adjectives from the introduction activity to write sentences.
    • Challenge the groups to write a sentence with three of the adjectives, written in the correct order.
    • Then, challenge the groups to write other sentences containing four, five, six, etc., adjectives from the list.
    • Have the groups share their sentences with the class.
  • Discuss the following questions with the class:
    • What was the most difficult part of using the adjectives to create a sentence?
    • Was there a specific type of adjective that was harder to use in a sentence than others?

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