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Don’t miss the exciting first episode of the superhero comic Z-Men! Teach comparative and superlative adjectives to elementary level learners.
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Title of English / ESL Video:
Target English Grammar:
Comparative and superlative adjectives.
Student Proficiency Level:
Elementary level grammar
– Play the video in class after delivering a warm-up activity first.
– Pause the video whenever the narrator asks students a question to give students time to answer. For example, after elicitations and concept checking questions (CCQs).
Summary of English Grammar: Comparative and Superlative Adjectives
Approximate chronological order:
Introduction of superheroes:
– Zack: One-syllable and some two-syllable adjectives.
– Stronger than a lion. He is the strongest man in the universe.
– Bullet Boy: One-syllable and some two-syllable adjectives.
– Faster than a bullet. He is the fastest boy in the world.
– Lava Girl: One- or two-syllable adjectives ending with a vowel and a consonant.
– Hotter than the sun. She is the hottest girl in our galaxy.
– Xena: one- or two-syllable adjectives ending with a vowel and a consonant. – Deadlier than any weapon. Her eyes are the deadliest weapon ever.
– School: One- or two-syllable adjectives ending with “e”.
– Fighting bad guys is simpler than going to school.
– Dr. Bad Guy!: Other two-syllable and more than two syllable adjectives. Also, irregular adjectives.
– More dangerous than anyone. He is the most dangerous scientist on the planet.
Grammar: Comparative and Superlative Adjectives
– comparative adjective + than: To compare two people or things.
– Example: Zack is stronger than a lion.
– the + superlative adjective: To say which is the most ________ in a group.
– Example: Zack is the strongest man in the universe.
Changing one-syllable and some two-syllable adjectives:
– Comparatives: +er
– Example: strong – stronger
– Superlatives: +est
– Example: strong – the strongest
Changing one- or two-syllable adjectives ending with “e”:
– Comparatives: +r
– Example: simple – simpler
– Superlatives +st
– Example: simple – the simplest
Vowels and Consonants:
– Alphabet = vowels + consonants
– Vowels = a, e, i, o, u.
– Consonants = b, c, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, v, w, x, y, z.
Changing one- or two-syllable adjectives ending with a vowel and a consonant:
– Comparatives: x2 consonant, +er.
– Example: hot – hotter
– Superlatives: x2 consonant, +est.
– Example: hot – the hottest
Changing one- or two-syllable adjectives ending with a consonant + “y”:
– Comparatives: -y, +ier.
– Example: deadly – deadlier
– Superlative: -y, +iest.
– Example: deadly – the deadliest
Changing other two-syllable and more than two-syllable adjectives:
– Comparatives: more + adjective
– Example: dangerous – more dangerous
– Superlatives: most + adjective
– Example: dangerous – the most dangerous
– Comparative: bad – worse
– Superlative: bad – worst
Concept Checking Questions (CCQs)