Lesson Plan

Using Adjectives and Similes to Describe

Use this lesson to help your ELs explore adjectives and how we can use them to describe things. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Similes that Describe ME!* lesson.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Similes That Describe ME! lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Similes That Describe ME! lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to identify and write their own similes.

Language

Students will be able to describe a person with descriptive adjectives and similes using a graphic organizer and sentence frames.

Introduction

(2 minutes)
Describe with AdjectivesAdjectives in ContextWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceTeach Background Knowledge TemplateGraphic Organizer Template: Frayer ModelGlossary: Using Adjectives and Similes to DescribeVocabulary Cards: Using Adjectives and Similes to Describe
  • Facilitate a Think-Pair-Share by asking students to silently think about what it means to describe something. Have them turn and talk to a partner to share their answers. Then, call on students to share out their ideas with the class. Confirm and rephrase student answers as needed.
  • Explain that when we describe something, we are giving information about it. We use certain words to describe how it acts, looks, and feels.
  • Share a student-friendly language objective by reading it aloud (I can decribe a person using descriptive words). Have learners choral read the language objective. Explain that during today's lesson, they will learn what new words mean and their parts of speech, so that they can use them correctly in speaking and writing.