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An adjective is a word that describes a noun. This means that it is describing a person, place, thing, animal or idea. Demonstrative adjectives like "this, that, these, and those" point out nouns. They answer the question "which one?" Common adjectives are the ones we use most of the time to tell things like sizes, shapes, numbers, and colors. Proper adjectives are made from Proper nouns. They are always capitalized. America is a proper noun. American is an example of a proper adjective. Please see below for a selection of Leveled Lessons for Below Level (basic), and/or On Level (median), and/or Above Level (competent) students.
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Most students are already pretty good at using common adjectives. Write the words "America" and "American" on the chalkboard. Explain that "America" is a noun, the name of a thing, our country. "American" is a word that needs to be used with another noun. We could have an "American" story about an "American" hero in an "American" town. (In this case, the adjective, "American" is describing the nouns, "story," "hero," and "town.") Write the following words on the chalkboard - China, Mars, Texas, Florida, English - and instruct your students to write sentences that will change the proper noun to a proper adjective. If they find this too difficult, allow them to work in groups.