May 9, 2013
Purpose: To practice the use of “as….as” comparisons
Preparation Time: 5 - 10 minutes
Preparation: Make a list of some commonly used “as…as” comparisons. Think about how these examples could be modeled or demonstrated. Use visuals or objects when possible.
1. Plan to pre-teach any new vocabulary as you present the comparisons.
2. Illustrate each comparison, using people and objects in class or the classroom
itself as a context.
- Maria says that learning English is easy. She says it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!
- I brought some oranges for break today. They are as sweet as honey.
- The students work very hard in class. They always remember their notebooks and they always come on time. They are as good as gold.
3. Suggest a few adjectives and have students make up their own comparisons.
Do a few first with the whole group. Then have students work in pairs to make up additional ones.
For low level, appropriate adjectives would be: happy, long, short, pretty, smart,
clean, tall, small.
For intermediate: lazy, wise, powerful, ugly, fresh, colorful
For advanced: juicy, graceful, brilliant, humble, sly, delicious, terrifying
4. Have students share their comparisons and discuss them with the larger