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An adverb is a word that describes a verb. Adverbs often end with -ly. They answer three questions about the verbs they describe: how? when? where? The adverb is one part of speech that is often misused, as people often substitute an adjective when they need an adverb. "The car ran good," is not correct. "The car ran smooth," is also not correct. "Good" and "smooth" are adjectives that would describe a noun; good candy, smooth butter. If you are trying to say how the car ran, you need an adverb. "The car ran well. The car ran smoothly." Please see below for a selection of Leveled Lessons for Below Level (basic), and/or On Level (median), and/or Above Level (competent) readers.
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Try walking across the classroom in various ways to describe your walk. (Walk is a verb; a word that tells how your are walking is an adverb.) See if you can get your students to use the proper words. She walked slowly. (NOT "She walked slow." Slow is an adjective.) She walked quickly. She walked crookedly. She walked hurriedly. She walked gracefully. She walked wildly. What did all of these adverbs have in common? They all ended with the suffix –ly. She walked before lunch. She walked immediately. ("Before" and "Immediately" are adverbs telling when.) She walked backward. She walked near me. ("Backward" and "near" are adverbs telling where.)