Comparative Adjectives Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

If you are teaching students about adjectives, this lesson plan explores comparative adjectives. Students will learn the rules to construct comparative adjectives by reading a text lesson. They will then participate in a fun hands-on game and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson students will be able to:

  • Define adjectives and comparative adjectives
  • Discuss the rules for writing comparative adjectives
  • Create comparative adjectives


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Use context (e.g., cause/effect relationships and comparisons in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.


Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., photograph, photosynthesis).


Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.



  • Begin the lesson by asking students to define an adjective.
  • Reinforce their definition by explaining that an adjective describes a noun. Tell students they are going to learn about a specific type of adjective in this lesson, called a comparative adjective.
  • Tell the students that the base word of 'comparative' is 'compare.'
    • So, what do they think a comparative adjective does? (Don't discuss the correct answer - that will come in the lesson).
  • Distribute a copy of the What Are Comparative Adjectives? - Definition & Examples text lesson, and have a student read the first section, 'Comparing Things.'
  • Now ask students to define a comparative adjective.
  • Choose another volunteer to read the next two sections, 'Comparative Adjectives' and 'Using Comparative Adjectives in a Sentence'.
  • Pair students and have them write on a sheet of paper each rule in their own words.
  • Next, read each sentence below aloud and have the pairs write the correct comparative adjective:
    • Her house is (beautiful) than the house next door.
    • My brother's room is (dirty) than my sister's.
    • She said her hair is (long) than mine.
    • Ask him to take a picture to show if the blue car is (shine) than the red car.
    • A beet is (red) than a tomato.
    • He is always (careful) that I am.
  • Allow pairs to share their responses.
  • Next choose another student to read the last two sections, 'More Practice' and 'Lesson Summary', then discuss with students what they feel the most difficult rule is to remember and explain why.
  • Then work together to think of an easy way to remember the top three most difficult rules.
  • Next distribute the lesson quiz to demonstrate learning.

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