After many years of frustration over having taught adjectives for weeks and weeks and yet mastery of adjectives still remained elusive for most of my students—not to mention the many hours of grading those “circle the adjective in the sentence” worksheets-- I was at my wits end! As the old saying goes “Necessity is the mother of invention.” The necessity for a meaningful way to teach adjectives provided the inspiration to approach the skill from a different perspective.
Adjective Artwork is an unconventional way to introduce adjectives. Students recreate descriptive sentences (in task card format) by producing an accurate artistic depiction in an authentic piece of art.
Assessment is quick and easy! A teacher will be able to assess a student's level of understanding or confident mastery of adjectives both quickly and easily by simply looking at the student's artwork. The student’s level of accuracy can be seen immediately when compared to the description given to create in his artwork.
This procedural approach to learning the function and importance of descriptive language has been much more effective than any other teaching strategy I have used over the years.
Students have a heightened awareness of the function and purpose of adjectives because they actually use the descriptive words as a guide to direct them in their artwork. While learning about adjectives and their important function in our language, students also complete a meaningful art project they enjoy--- consequently it is a SWEET change for me as well—because I no longer have to check those meaningless and ineffective "circle the adjective in the sentence" worksheets anymore!
There are 2 levels of practice:
Level A is the less inclusive level- these can be used as beginning tasks, review tasks, differentiated assignments for students needing modification, etc.
Level B is a more advanced level- but still appropriate for lower grades.
I have also included 24 picture cards with suggested uses for writing and speaking practice when working with adjectives.
I personally could not go back to teaching adjectives in the “old school” format! If you are looking for something new and fun to spice up the old and boring- then this resource is for YOU! Happy Teaching!