Grammar - Comparatives and Superlatives
To provide clarification of Comparatives and Superlatives in the context of Family
To provide review and clarification of language used for Comparatives and Superlatives in the context of Family
Procedure (50-67 minutes)
Show a Youtube video of a family or show a personal video of your own family. Perhaps on vacation and make sure that there are simple narrations throughout the film to highlight differences between family members. Especially strive to highlight comparisons. In a video this should be in a comedic format to boost attention and create interest.
There are a lot of people in my family. I am older than my brothers and sisters. I have two brothers. One brother is shorter than I and one is taller. Both of them are younger than I. We lived in Texas and Arizona. Texas is bigger than Arizona. Arizona is much colder than Texas. Only one of my brothers has a beard. It is smaller than my beard.
Show the pictures one at a time and describe what they are. Use the language from the paragraph they will use in order to familiarize the students with it. They will be able to see context as they associate the pictures with their meanings.
Place the pictures on the board out of the order in which they appear in the paragraph. Have a class based activity in which the students voluntarily (or called upon individually) assist in reordering the pictures according to the paragraph.
From teacher to individual student inquire regarding their family, place of birth etc... Relate the questions to the paragraph and pictures. Ask each student only one question.
Pair students off and have them ask each other pre-selected questions.... 1. How many people are in your family? 2. Where were you born? 3. Tell me about the people in your family. 4. Are you taller than your brothers and sisters? 5. Are you older than your brothers and sisters?
Ask each student individually to provide the information they were given about their partner.
Pair the students off again, ideally with different partners class space allowing, and have them compare their families and situations with their new partner. Example: Your family is bigger than mine. My country is colder than yours. I am taller than you. You are shorter than my sister