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Adjective Poems

This idea is based on an idea from Grammar Practice Activities by Penny Ur.

adjective poems

Procedure:

1: Before this activity, students should have learnt a range of adjectives.

2: Show/read students an example poem such as the one below. To make this stage more interesting, remove the noun from the poem and have students guess what it is about.

3: Highlight/elicit the pattern in the poem:

Noun
Noun is/are adjective
Noun is/are adjective, adjective
Is/are adjective, adjective, adjective
Adjective, adjective, adjective, adjective
Noun

4: Students choose their own topics and write a similar poem.

5: If students are confident they may read out their own poems. If not, you could place them around the room and have students read each others’ or read them out yourself.

6: Give feedback on language use including adjective order.

Example:
Fog
Fog is scary
Fog is scary, wet
Is scary, wet, thick
Scary, wet, thick, cold
Fog

Variations:

Other templates can be provided to write simple poetry. E.g. a diamante poem

Noun
Adjective, adjective
Verb -ing, verb -ing, verb -ing
Noun, noun, noun, noun
Verb -ing, verb -ing, verb -ing
Adjective, adjective
Noun

Example Poem Topics:

The students’ hometowns

A family member

A type of weather

A job

A dish

Covid/2020

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