Lesson Plan

Parts of Speech that Describe

Support your EL students in understanding and identifying parts of speech such as adverbs and adjectives in a text. This lesson plan can also support the lesson Varsity Parts of Speech Review.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Varsity Parts of Speech Review lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to name and use articles, prepositions, adverbs, and superlative adjectives.

Language

Students will be able to comprehend a fiction text with adjectives and adverbs using word banks.

Introduction

(2 minutes)
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  • Show students an item, like a ball. Pass it around and give them a moment to look at it and feel it.
  • Write a noun on the board to label the item (e.g., "ball"). Give students a moment to talk about what they noticed with a partner. Then, ask students to call out words that describe it (e.g., round, squishy, red). Record their answers on the board.
  • Perform an action with the item (e.g., roll or bounce the ball). Write a verb on the board to describe the action. Give students another moment to talk with a partner. Then, ask students to describe the action (e.g., slowly, softly, on the floor). Record their answers on the board.
  • Explain that the words that the students used to describe the ball and its action are parts of speech. Provide a student-friendly definition (e.g., "categories of words that are used to make a sentence") and then label the parts of speech on the board (e.g., "noun," "verb," "adjective," "adverb").
  • Tell students that they will be studying two parts of speech that focus on description, adjectives and adverbs.