Proper Adjectives Activities & Games

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

Like many other English grammar topics, proper adjectives are important for students to understand. This lesson outlines proper adjective activities intended for a high school audience.

Defining Proper

Be sure your students have an accurate, working definition of proper adjectives. The following should suffice:

  • Proper adjectives are formed from proper nouns. They are used to modify nouns and pronouns.
  • For example, if the proper noun is 'America,' then the proper adjective is 'American.'

Product List

This activity will show your students how many proper adjectives they already know. To begin, put students into small groups. The goal of the game is for each group to think of different products or items that include a proper adjective. For example:

  1. Swiss cheese
  2. French fries
  3. Chinese restaurant
  4. Dutch oven
  5. Japanese sushi
  6. Canadian bacon
  7. French horn
  8. English bulldog
  9. Thai curry
  10. Mexican food

Give the groups some time to compile their lists. As they are doing so, divide the blackboard into the same number of columns as number of teams. When the lists are complete, assign each team a column on the board and instruct them to write down all of their proper adjective products.

Finally, discuss the similarities and differences between the student lists, and award a prize to the team who compiled the longest list.

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