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Choose Your Adjective

Published: 27.04.2010, Updated: 03.03.2017
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Choosing the right adjective is not just a matter of knowing lots of words, but also a matter of working on our attitude. Too often we focus on people's negative characteristics.

The world might look a little brighter if we choose to use more of those wonderful, positive adjectives, like - great, wonderful, creative, open-minded, resourceful, etc. Watch this video and see these people catch on to the idea.

Make a list

After watching this video, come up with one positive adjective for ten people you know. Make a list of names and characteristics.

Finding Your Adjectives

Discussion

Two guys once agreed to talk very positively about each other to everyone else. Guess what? After a while they were very well liked - not for being spoken of in positive terms, but for speaking about others in a nice way.

Do you agree that this is important?

Writing

Write a short story where you leave the adjectives out. Have your classmates suggest random adjectives to fill into your story. Finally, read the story out loud.

Grammar

Find the adjectives in this text. Compare with the hidden list after you have made your own.

"I've gone to some of the best schools in America and lived in one of the world's poorest nations. I am married to a black American who carries within her the blood of slaves and slaveowners -- an inheritance we pass on to our two precious daughters."

Hidden list

best
poorest
married
black
preciousHide

Find out who said this and on which occasion.