Coordinate Adjectives

Coordinate Adjectives

Author: Katie Lathem

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to correctly use coordinate adjectives in a descriptive paragraph.

Based on CCSS L.7.2.a: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. a.     Use a comma to separate coordinate adjectives (e.g., It was a
fascinating, enjoyable movie but not He wore an old[,] green shirt).

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Coordinate Adjectives - CCSS 7.L.2a

Excerpt from "The Horsehealer's Daughter" by D.H. Lawrence

Use this document to practice locating coordinate adjectives. You can print the document for students to highlight the coordinate adjectives. Also, you can use an app such as Skitch to have students highlight an electronic version of the document. Follow this link to a Google doc that will also allow students to highlight the text and share their work with you. You could even have the students comment on the doc with their tests for each set of adjectives to show their reasoning.


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Have the students write a descriptive paragraph using 3 or more sets of coordinate adjectives. They can use the picture below to give them an idea for a writing topic.

Swing by the Lake

Use this picture (or one of your own) to give struggling students a writing idea.Use this picture (or one of your own choosing) to give struggling students a writing idea.