Good and Well

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SWBAT distinguish between using the words "good" and "well" appropriately.

Big Idea

Students will learn when to use the words "good" and "well."


1 minutes


4 minutes

I explain to students that many people use the words "good" and "well" inappropriately.  Today, we will learn when to use "good" and when to use "well."  I tell them that "good" is an adjective that is used to describe a noun.  "Well" is an adverb that is used to describe a verb.  These are grammar rules that should be used in writing, as well as speaking.


20 minutes

We use the attached Powerpoint presentation to practice using "good" and "well" appropriately.  I do slides 2-4.  We do slides 5 - 7.  Students do slides 8 - 11 independently.  When some students still struggle, I tell them in order to determine which to use, "good" or "well," stop and ask themselves whether they are describing a noun or a verb.  If it's a noun, use "good."  If it's a verb, use "well."

Study Bee

15 minutes

For this portion of the lesson, we have a study bee.  I have students to line up across the front of the class like it's a spelling bee.  They, then, take turns using "good" or "well" appropriately as I call out either word for them to construct a grammatically correct sentence using the word "good" or "well."  The last student left standing is the winner.


15 minutes

As a quick check for understanding, I give my students a quiz on the proper use of "good" and "well."  I have them to exchange papers to check the quiz.  The majority of the students have mastered the skill, but a few still struggle.  For them, I will incorporate small group, re-teaching into future lessons.


5 minutes

To close the lesson, I ask students to complete an exit ticket to write about what they learned about the proper use of "good" and "well" and share whole group.  I am listening for them to say, when talking about a noun, use "good."  When talking about a verb, use "well."