Adjectives Lesson Plan for High School

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What are adjectives and how are they used in language? This lesson plan uses an informative video lesson to present key facts about adjectives. An activity highlights the function and importance of adjectives.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'adjective'
  • discuss key facts about adjectives
  • list examples of adjectives


45 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


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


Use various types of phrases (noun, verb, adjectival, adverbial, participial, prepositional, absolute) and clauses (independent, dependent; noun, relative, adverbial) to convey specific meanings and add variety and interest to writing or presentations.


  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated video lesson, one for each student
  • Assorted random topics (e.g. the beach, outer space, the waltz, jazz music, ice hockey and so on), with each topic being written on a piece of paper and then folded over. Enough so that each pair of students gets a topic.


  • Begin by writing the following question on the board: 'What is your current mood?'.
  • Ask students to take turns responding to the question on the board as you write some of their responses on the board.
    • Do these words have anything in common? If so, what is it?
  • Play the video lesson What are Adjectives? - Definition & Examples, pausing it at 2:13.
    • Were the words we used to describe our current mood 'adjectives'?
    • What is an adjective?
  • Resume the video lesson again pausing it at the following time markers. Allow students to try to come up with responses without using adjectives:

Time Markers
2:22 2:24
2:25 2:27
2:29 2:30
2:31 2:33
2:34 2:36
    • Do you agree with the video lesson's position that the questions cannot be answered without the use of adjectives?
  • Play the video lesson, pausing it at 3:08.
    • What might sentences be like without adjectives?
  • Play the remainder of the video lesson for the class.
    • Why are adjectives critical in writing and speaking?
  • Review key points from the text lesson with the class before continuing.
  • Pass out the worksheet and instruct the students to work independently to complete it.
  • When all students have finished the worksheet, have them pair up to compare answers.
  • Review each question and answer with the class as students check their work and ask any lingering questions they may have about adjectives.

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