Coordinate Adjectives Lesson Plan

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

In this lesson plan, students will learn about coordinate adjectives. After reading an informational text, they will practice generating coordinate adjectives about an image. The lesson plan ends with an engaging performance task.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Generate pairs of coordinate adjectives
  • Identify coordinate adjectives in a text


30-45 minutes.

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.1

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


  • Adjective
  • Coordinate adjectives
  • Cumulative adjectives


Lesson Instructions

  • Distribute copies of the text. Keep one for yourself. Read the text aloud to the students in a shared reading format. Pause at the end of the 'Using Coordinate Adjectives Correctly' section.
  • Now, post the picture of the girl. She represents Jaimie. Write 'smart, funny' and 'funny and smart' on a sticky note and place near the image of Jaimie. Have students turn and talk about other coordinate adjectives that describe Jamie (e.g. happy, pretty; pretty and happy). Record student responses on sticky notes and place them around the picture.
  • Continue reading. At the end of the reading, post the picture of the purple muscle car. Ask students to brainstorm three coordinate adjectives that could describe the car (e.g. sporty, flashy and fun).
  • Have students take the quiz as a quick, formative assessment.

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