Are you smarter than a 6th grade grammar assignment?

Adjectives — easy peasy, right? I mean, we’re not even talking dangling participles here, we’re just talking about basic grammar. Adjectives describe nouns — how hard can this be?

I don’t consider myself a grammar whiz, but I do consider my grammar to be at least above average (when I choose to use it, I choose to ignore it quite frequently, but that’s beside the point.) The point is, that my daughter’s 6th grade grammar workbook has really been making me feel grammar illiterate lately! I graded her worksheet yesterday and as I was marking the ones she missed I was thinking, “Even I wouldn’t have gotten that one!”

So the question is.. “Are you smarter than a 6th grade grammar assignment?” Grab a pen and see for yourself.

For the following sentences, write down on a piece of paper the adjective and the noun it describes. For example:

The lonely man sat in the dilapidated house.

In the above sentence, the adjective ‘lonely’ describes the noun ‘man’ and the adjective ‘dilapidated’ describes the noun ‘house.’

  1. My rambunctious puppy knocked over the valuable flower vase.
  2. His grades showed his tremendous effort.
  3. There are many purple flowers in the large arrangement.
  4. These sweet peaches are the best I’ve ever tasted.
  5. My evening pottery class is full of interesting people.

So what do you think? Easy peasy? Click here to see the answers! How did you do? Are YOU smarter than a 6th grade grammar assignment?

*The above questions are part of an assignment from Princess’ “English & Grammar Grade 6” by Brighter Child. I’ve been quite impressed with it so far, it’s been a good choice for working & practicing grammar skills. It’s a very cheap little workbook we found on Amazon.

I’m also linking this up to the Hip Homeschool Hop! Welcome Tuesday hoppers!! Did you enjoy my little grammar quiz? ;0) Incidentally, they’re giving away a grammar book today, so if you needed help with these 5 questions, maybe you’ll win their giveaway for a little bit of grammar help. 😉

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Anne Galivan
Anne Galivan
October 19, 2010 3:34 pm

I’ve been home-schooling for over 20 years so I have to admit I didn’t have much trouble with this. But I can definitely relate to what you’re saying. I had a couple of my kids use Easy Grammar and Daily Grams and I think I found a similar phenomenom there. I don’t teach grammar anymore. I got VERY tired of having to grade grammar pages. The reading comprehension program I use (Bob Jones) with my 8-year old has enough grammar for now. When he hits 6th or 7th grade I will start him in “Write With the Best” which also… Read more »

See Jamie blog
See Jamie blog
October 19, 2010 4:28 pm

Sounds like a good program, & a thorough review. 🙂

Just stopping by from the Hip Homeschool Hop!

October 19, 2010 5:16 pm

Visiting from the Homeschool Hop! I never really enjoyed grammar, but I have always been pretty good at it. The only adjectives I missed were “my” and “these”, so I guess that’s not too bad. Homeschooling really educates the whole family, not just the child who is engaged in the lesson.

Susanne Barrett
Susanne Barrett
October 19, 2010 6:57 pm

I think these answers are incomplete. The articles (“a,” “an,” and “the”) are technically adjectives, and “the”s were not marked as such in this exercise’s answers. Also, “very” is an adverb, not an adjective.

But I’m a grammar teacher, so I get a wee bit picky. 😉

Here from the Hip Homeschool Hop–nice to meet you!

Susanne 🙂

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