Finding Four-leaf Clovers: Practice with compound modifiers

"Clover" by penninoSt. Patrick’s Day is around the corner. Although it’s one of the smaller holidays on our calendar, it still represents a chance to talk about culture and tradition. My Spring Playlist on YouTube highlights an old video I made in honor of March 17.

I’ve shared some teaching ideas in the past connected to St. Patrick’s Day. I’d like to offer a new activity for upper level students who could benefit from a review of and expansion on compound modifiers. Please consider using my  Finding Four-leaf Clovers_handout. Additional information on compound words was posted back in 2009. This newest activity challenges students to identify compound words by structure and form new ones based on these patterns. Enjoy the creative writing segment!

Photo credit:

“Clover” by pennino retrieved from Creative Commons


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Harvey Chan says:

    Hey Jennifer! Thanks for the post. It’s a nice reminder that Spring is just around the corner!

    A bit off-topic (but still pertaining to Grammar): have you ever taught or come across X Grammar? I’ve seen a couple of posts talk about it and was wondering if you have ever used it as a means of grammar instruction in the classroom.


    1. Hi Harvey,

      Sorry for the delayed response. I’m not very familiar with this approach. I’ve probably seen some of the same posts as you.
      I’m heading to TESOL in Portland in a couple of weeks. I’ll keep an eye out for this topic.

      Thanks for stopping by!


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