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Grammar Lesson Plan Adjective (relative) clauses

Context: This lesson is for low intermediate-level ESL learners at College of DuPage. These
learners are from a variety of backgrounds and have taken at least one formal semester of
English language instruction at COD. This lesson plan is for a 60-minute class period.

Materials: whiteboard markers, eraser, venture textbook, finish the sentence handout, famous
people handout

Students will be able to successfully identify adjective clauses.
Students will be able to correctly use relative pronouns (who, whom, which, that) in context.
Students will be able to combine two sentences by embedding with adjective clauses.

Warm-up (5 minutes) (Generate interest; review previous learning):
Get to know the teacher (inductive approach)

Write these sentences on the board:
Tony is a student who attends Wheaton College.
Tony is a musician who plays the guitar, bass, and drums.
Tony is a person who like to travel.

What do you notice is similar in these sentences?
Tony is the subject in every sentence.
They all describe Tony.
They all contain the word who.

Introduction (5 minutes) (Prepare students for new material; state purpose of lesson):
Today, we will be learning about adjective clauses (WRITE ON THE BOARD).
ASK: What is an adjective? A word or a phrase that modifies a noun or pronoun.
ASK: What is a clause? A group of words that contain both a subject and a verb.
An adjective clause is a clause that describes or gives more information about a noun.

Presentation of Adjective Clauses (15 minutes) (Present new material - Teacher directed):
Adjective clauses are like a sentence within a sentence.
Adjective clauses come after the noun it modifies or describes.
Adjective clauses follow nouns that are either a person or a thing.
Most common relative pronouns: who, whom, which, that.
Relative pronouns can function as the subject or the object in the clause.

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Refer back to earlier sentences from the introduction to identify the correct parts of the
sentence: adjective clause, relative pronoun, whats being described, subject or object, etc.

Practice Activities (15 minutes) (Practice new material) Guided (Teacher to Student):
HandoutFinish the sentence
1. I live in a neighborhood

2. I like teachers

3. I prefer to shop at supermarkets

4. I enjoy having neighbors

5. I dont like to be around people

6. I love to spend time with people

7. I grew up in a town

8. I like to wear clothes

9. A good friend is a person

10. I prefer to eat at restaurants

Embedding Activity (20 minutes) (Student to Student) (Produce use information in
communicative ways):
Teach the embedding technique of adjective clauses

HandoutStudents practice embedding with adjective clauses in pairs, then as a whole class.