Adjectives Lesson Plan

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.

Boost your instruction on adjectives with the help of two video lessons and a simple and fun classroom activity. For further reference, suggestions for supplementary activities and related lessons are provided.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • explain the purpose and types of adjectives
  • identify adjectives in text
  • compose adjectives


30 minutes to 1 hour


  • Several classroom items (e.g. stapler, book, apple, sweater, etc.)
  • Whiteboard or chalkboard
  • Dry erase markers or chalk
  • Notebook paper
  • Pens or pencils
  • Tablets, computers, or projector to access lesson

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.

Key Vocabulary

  • Adjective
  • Demonstrative adjective
  • Comparative
  • Superlative
  • Adjective clause


  • Ask students to watch the video lesson Comparison of Adjectives & Adverbs: Examples, Sentences & Exercises in its entirety.
  • While the students are watching the lesson, display several classroom objects for students to see. These things can include anything you have on hand such as a stapler, a book, an apple, or a sweater.
  • Now write the following key vocabulary words on the board:
  • Show the students the items on display and ask them to write a demonstrative adjective to describe each item on their notebook paper.
  • Have them write a comparative form of an adjective for each item.
  • Next, have them write a superlative form of an adjective for each item.
  • Now, have students watch the first 40 seconds of the video lesson Adjective Clause: Definition & Examples.
  • With the lesson paused at 00:40, ask the students to use the adjectives on their papers to form adjective clauses. They should have one clause for each item on display.
  • Once students have composed their adjective clauses, have them watch the rest of the lesson and complete the corresponding quiz.


  • Provide students with a list of adjectives in different forms and ask them to label 'demonstrative,' 'comparative,' and 'superlative' accordingly.
  • Have a contest in class to see which student can use the most adjectives correctly in a sentence.

Related Lessons

How to Identify the Subject of a Sentence

Pronouns: Relative, Reflexive, Interrogative & Possessive

What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?

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