Superlatives

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Name of Teacher: Hollie Lightsey

Class/Grade/Language Level: JHS 2nd Grade

Textbook and specific lesson: New Horizon Unit 7

Goal: Students will be able to use comparative and superlative forms of adjectives

Preparation: Snow white scene/picture. Images of 3 different cars. Adjective flash cards.

Class time: 50 minutes

This lesson will be focused on superlative adjectives with a short review on comparatives.
At the beginning of class show the students pictures of two different cars. They should be as different as possible. For example: a Mazda and a soccer-mom van. Ask the students “Are these cars the same?” and when they answer no ask them how they are different. The students should have studied comparatives in the previous classes so they should be able to form a sentence describing the differences. “This one is faster than that one” or “This one is more expensive”. Make sure to elicit the form from them and put it on the board. [A + verb + comparative + than + B] You should highlight the differences in the –er form and the more + adj. form. Have the students explain to you how you know when to use either one.

Next, bring out a picture of a third car, a Ferrari perhaps. Tell the students “A car is faster than B car, but C car is the fastest!” Make a few more sentences and then ask the students to tell you what it means. Make sure you add extra emphasis on the superlative part of the sentence. After guessing the meaning, have the students tell you what they heard and put it up on the board [the + -est]. You should have a set of adjectives that you can practice this with. Elicit those from the students too and have them change the form. [Long > Longest, Big>Biggest, Small>Smallest, Fast>Fastest] When eliciting ‘expensive’, remind the students about how they used more + expensive for the comparative, instead of just adding -er. Highlight the differences on the board. They should now be ready to make full sentences. Hold up the adjective card you want them to use and have them make a sentence using it. “C is the most expensive of the three” “A is the largest of the three” “B is the smallest” for example. Correct any mistakes and have them repeat after you for pronunciation and intonation practice.

The last part of this lesson involves the infamous scene from Snow White where the witch asks the mirror who is the fairest of all. You can have a picture of this scene to show the class. Most students should be familiar with it. If not, just tell them that the mirror knows everything and they have to ask it a question. Give the students a small slip of paper to write their question about anything using superlatives. Give a few examples to get them thinking. “What is the most interesting manga?” or “Who is the coolest teacher?” Next, collect their questions and shuffle them, passing them back out to the class. Tell the students now –they- are the mirror and they have to answer the question. At the end of class collect the answers. You can either read them out for the class or put them on a poster for presentation. It works really well as a bulletin board project too! It’s all anonymous so the students can get really creative with their questions and answers for a good laugh. Encourage them to be original and use dictionaries for words they might not know.