Lesson Tutor : Lesson Plans : Elaine Ernst Schneider : Language Arts : Grammar : Adverbs

by Elaine Ernst Schneider

Objective(s): By the end of this lesson the student will be able to: 
1. Define the term ‘adverb’
2. Identify and justify examples of adverbs from a sentence.

Pre Class Assignment: Completion or review of VERBS

Resources/Equipment/Time Required: 


The adverb is the fifth of the eight parts of speech. Just for the record, here are all eight:

noun, pronoun, adjective, verb, adverb, preposition, conjunction, and interjection.

First, let’s start with a basic definition:

Adverbs modify verbs. An adverb can also modify adjectives and other adverbs.
Adverbs answer these questions:




                 HOW OFTEN?

                 TO WHAT EXTENT?
Commonly used Adverbs:

              Here, there, away, up — tell WHERE

              Now, then, later, soon, yesterday — tell WHEN

              Easily, quietly, slowly, quickly — tell HOW

              Never, always, often, seldom — tell HOW OFTEN

              Very, almost, too, so, really — tell TO WHAT EXTENT

1. The two dark cats were walking slowly on the fence. 

    Slowly – modifies the verb walking and tells how the cats were walking

2. Now it is time to trim the very long grass in the front yard. 

     Now – modifies the verb is and tells when

     Very – modifies the adjective long and tells to what extent

3. She is never too easily frightened away.

      Never – modifies the verb is and tells how often

      Too – modifies the adverb easily and tells to what extent

      Easily – modifies the adjective frightened and tells how

      Away – modifies the adjective frightened and tells where

Assignment and Answer Key:

Find the adverbs in the following sentences. 

1. Today, Sam suggested that we carefully clean the statue for the class service project. 
                        __________ __________ 

2. The bank book is often there on the desk. 

                        __________ ____________ 

3. Jeanne could always clearly see the mountain through the binoculars Dan gave her.
                        __________ __________ 

4. The teacher never asked the shy boy to give an oral report.


5. He was too scared to consider a lengthy conversation with the extremely beautiful girl.

                        __________ _______________

6. Do you have a special someone in your life now?


7. Her story was printed in the town paper much later.

                        __________ __________ 

              ANSWER KEY:

                     1. today – tells when 
                         carefully – tells how

                     2. often – tells how often 
                         there – tells where

                     3. always – tells how often 
                         clearly – tells how

                     4. never – tells how often 

                     5. too – tells to what extent 
                         extremely – tells to what extent

                     6. now – tells when

                     7. much – tells to what extent 
                         later – tells when


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