Adjectives Grammar Lesson For High Schoolers

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9th - 11th
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  1. Use this parts-of-speech grammar bundle to teach nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs to high school students in a way that engages your students while allowing them to observe, discuss, and respond to mentor sentences, and then craft their own sentences. This bundle also includes a grammar review g
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Teaching adjectives has never been so effective! This lesson allows you to teach or review adjectives, then students will observe mentor sentences where adjectives are used well, and then they will focus on using adjectives intentionally in their own writing by using adjectives as sentence starters or by using adjectives behind the word they modify.

This lesson allows you to teach adjectives so that your students immediately transfer the knowledge to their own writing!

The lesson is no-prep for you, well-scaffolded, includes teacher notes and digital and printable handouts.


  • Includes a warm-up game that wakes your students up
  • Short, direct instruction to keep students focused
  • References to pop culture in the example sentences get students' attention
  • Beautiful and intriguing mentor sentences challenge students
  • Sentence frames allow your students to have a clear path to mastery
  • Video prompts give your students something fun about which to write

By using mentor sentences, you can teach what an adjective is, how great writers use them, and how opening adjectives and delayed adjectives can make students' writing more interesting and fluent. Students will observe, discuss, and respond to mentor sentences, and then craft their own using their own adjectives in new ways! They'll also learn the correct punctuation for these sentences!

The mentor sentence is a carefully selected sentence from a published work that highlights a specific grammar concept.

Students take time to observe what is happening in the sentence, then they will write their own sentence in a similar structure; part of the sentence is provided for them in a sentence frame. Last, they write their own completely original sentence using the concepts from the mentor sentence.

I can not emphasize the power of this method enough. Not only did it allow my students to finally "get" concepts ("oh! that's an adjective!"), but they actually started writing better in the essays they would turn in weeks after the lesson. The concepts stick!


  • Complete Google Slides lesson on adjectives (includes customizable slides)
  • Eye-catching guided notes in printable and digital versions

It's time to ditch the grammar worksheets and teach grammar in a way that helps your students become better writers!

This lesson takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

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Are you curious to know more about mentor sentences and how to use them? Check out my full explanation with examples on my blog here!

Total Pages
32 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


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