Teaching Tip: Questions Answered by Adjectives

In their writing, students often use simple sentences that lack interest. Encourage your students to use adjectives in their writing when they describe people, places, and things. Using adjectives will add interest and flavor to your students` writing. Be certain that your students know that adjectives answer the following questions about nouns and pronouns.
  • Which one? I picked out the smallest puppy from the litter.
  • What kind? I have always liked frisky puppies.
  • How many? There were seven puppies in the litter.
Point out that more than one adjective can be used to describe something. For example, I like red, juicy apples. To reinforce these uses of adjectives, have your students write sentences that contain adjectives about a noun or pronoun. Encourage them to write sentences that answer each of the questions shown above.
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