Describing people - vocabulary
To provide practice of adjectives describing people in the context of family and the Royal Family
To provide clarification of how to describe people's appearance versus personality
Procedure (45-55 minutes)
Look at SLIDE showing cartoon characters. See if the students know the names of the characters. Add the names to the slide. Who are your favourite cartoon characters?
Activity 1 - Read the list of sentences and have students say which character on the slide is being described. "She has brown, curly hair"; 'He's middle-aged," etc. Reminder - adverbs of degree - a bit, somewhat, quite, pretty, very Vocabulary - put descriptive words into correct categories- describing someone's face/hair, age, height/build, or general appearance. Then on the next slide, ask students to describe a character. Go around the group and guess who each character is that they're describing.
On the next slide, have students match the adjective with the photo and make a sentence. Ask questions to check understanding. "Is she happy?" "No, she's tired." Clarify difference between: What does someone look like? What is that person like? What does that person like to do? How is that person feeling? Next slide - What is he like? What is she like? What kind of person are they? Make sentences using the vocabulary words.
Using the Royal Family, review family words for relationships (aunt, cousin, stepfather, etc.) Then ask students to talk about their families. Choose one person in your family. Tell us what they look like and what they are like. What do they like doing? Example: My mum is quite elderly and has short, grey hair. She is very active because she likes to work in the garden every day. She is kind and she likes to help look after her grandchildren. Report back in whole group.
Homework: Write about some more of your family members. Tell us what they are like, what they look like and what they like doing.