A few years ago, in the middle of a lesson on adjectives, I “confiscated” a student’s very detailed drawing he had been working on (instead of listening to my lesson on adjectives), and I didn’t think about the incident again until a few weeks later.
After testing my students on their knowledge of adjectives, I literally got a migraine as I was grading their papers- they had NO IDEA about the use of adjectives, their placement in a sentence, or their importance in the difference adjectives can make in writing a dull, boring paper or one that creates vivid mental pictures in the mind of a reader.
It was then that my thoughts traveled back to that detailed drawing. Luckily, I found the student’s crumpled drawing in my desk, and it inspired me to look at the skill in a different way. What if students used descriptive words to design a specific image? After some trial and error assignments, this format worked wonderfully!
"Adjective Artwork" and "More Adjective Artwork" are unconventional resources to help you introduce/reinforce adjectives.
Students recreate descriptive sentences by producing an accurate artistic depiction in an authentic piece of art. A teacher will be able to assess a student's level of understanding or confident mastery of adjectives quickly and easily by simply looking at the accuracy of the student's artwork and compare it to the provided rubric.
This approach has been much more effective than any other teaching strategies 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 complete a meaningful art project. With this activity, students no longer groan and moan about meaningless paperwork, I no longer have to check those "circle the adjective in the sentence" worksheets anymore, AND STUDENTS RETAIN THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF ADJECTIVES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR!!!
"More Adjective Artwork" contains 36 descriptive sentences-in task card format—that will continue to inspire your students to comprehensively and competently demonstrate their knowledge of adjectives through the creation of artwork!
RUBRICS ARE INCLUDED and provide a fast and easy way to assess student work.
THIS IS SOMEWHAT MORE ADVANCED THAN THE FIRST ADJECTIVE ARTWORK RESOURCE, however it is still appropriate for younger grades as well. I found that my students were much more advanced in their knowledge than I realized, so I continued to challenge them with this activity.