From one word, many


The start of the new school year deserves light-hearted English lessons. Here we show a game whereby students learn to make their writing colorful and more alive by learning to use adjectives.  The student is given one word and asked to make a sentence. Then the teacher adds one adjective. The student adds another adjective. The game goes on until the sentence is absurdly long and funny, but many new adjectives have been learned.


This example is done with a student in Russia.

Beginning word: cat

I have two cats.

I have two funny cats.

I have two funny, clever cats.

I have two funny, clever, strange cats.

I have two funny, clever, strange cats who like to sing songs at night, listen to my alarm clock and watch TV shows while eating dinner.

I have two funny, clever, strange cats who like to sing silly songs every night, listen to my awful alarm clock in the morning and watch nature TV shows while eating dinner.

I have two funny, clever, strange cats who like to sing silly songs every night, listen to my loud, awful alarm clock in the morning and watch nature TV shows while eating their cold dinner.


This example is done with a student in Afghanistan.

Beginning word:  teacher

The teacher is a light.

The beautiful teacher is a light.

The beautiful, hard-working teacher is a bright light.

The beautiful, hard-working teacher is a bright, shining light of knowledge.

The beautiful, hard-working teacher is a bright, shining light of valuable knowledge.

The beautiful, hard-working, dedicated teacher is a bright, shining light of valuable knowledge and truth.


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