ESL Describing People Lesson Plan

Instructor: Aimee Charles

Aimee has a Master's degree in Special Education from Arizona State University and currently teaches at the Secondary level.

In this lesson, students will have the opportunity to use words that describe physical traits and qualities of a person's personality. The activities provided allow students to demonstrate knowledge verbally and in writing to assess students in many different ways!

Learning Objective

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Describe their own physical appearance.
  • Describe the personality and physical appearance of others.


This lesson should take 60 to 90 minutes. The optional extension activities may add 30 to 45 additional minutes.

Curriculum Standards


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


Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 6-8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

Materials Needed

  • Printed or projected picture of a well-known celebrity
  • One mirror for each student
  • Old magazines
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Optional - lists of physical and personality descriptive words for students who need more support

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