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Adjectives ending in -ed and -ing

adjectives ending in -ed and -ing

LESSON OVERVIEW

With this ESL lesson students learn to use adjectives ending in -ed and -ing. They talk about milestones and other life events, read and create stories, and have a lot of other discussions

B1 / Intermediate60 minStandard LessonUnlimited Plan

WARM-UP & GRAMMAR

The lesson starts with a warm-up in which students define what ‘a milestone’ is and think of some examples of milestones. After that, students have a discussion and talk about milestones in their life, the importance of milestones and whether milestones can be negative. Then, students move on and learn the difference between adjectives ending in -ed and -ing. First, students read two texts and decide what the milestone in each story is. They look at the texts again and answer the questions about the words in bold. Students have to say which adjectives describe a thing or a situation and which describe how someone feels. 

PRACTISING ADJECTIVES ENDING IN -ED AND -ING

In this part of the worksheet, students have more practice. First, they look at the sentences and choose the correct adjectives (exciting vs excited, embarrassing vs embarrassed, etc.). Then, students work with the same sentences and brainstorm ideas of what people in the sentences felt inspired to do. Students also use the structure so + adjective + that. After that, students look at the stories about life-changing events. They continue the stories using at least three adjectives ending in -ed or -ing. To wrap up the lesson, students read some statements and agree or disagree with them explaining their opinions (e.g. Society pushes men and women to have different milestones: women are encouraged to have a family, while a man should have a good career.). 

HOMEWORK/REVISION

This lesson on adjectives ending in -ed and -ing also includes an additional task that you can use as homework or revision. It’s available in the teacher’s version of the worksheet. You can print it, cut it up and hand it out to your students. It’s also included in the e-lesson plan.

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