Using examples of five basic parts of speech, learners practice constructing their own descriptive sentences. Teachers can decide to use all five parts of speech in one go or to use the provided levels as multiple entry points for their students. Words in red must be used together to maintain subject-verb agreement (concord).
Great for getting creative writing juices flowing. Excellent for use as oral or written practice for constructing descriptive sentences.
Recommended usage strategy:
Appeal to learners desire to speak and write more descriptive sentences.
Introduce each part of speech to students using the examples provided.
Explain how to start writing using the examples under level 1.
Allow time for learners to write five level 1 sentences using the table of example words. Monitor and correct student writing during this time. Student who master this quickly could be used to coach slower learners.
Repeat process for levels 2-3.
At level four, encourage learners to write their own sentences like the ones they wrote in level 3, but this time using their own words or a combination of their own words and those in the table. Encourage learners to add more detail to their sentences if they can.
An alternative to writing these descriptive sentences would be to have the learners practice constructing sentences orally. The table of examples could be projected on the board or provided as a printout to each student. Learners take turns constructing sentences orally with a partner, progressing from level 1-4. Doing this activity orally could also be used as a warmup for creative writing.