Man-Compounds Lesson Plan

Compound words ending in man

Compound words that end in man are common in English. The words that are used to form these man-compounds may have various meaning relationships and thus confuse English learners. For example a postman delivers letters but a snowman is a figure of a man-made of snow. As a classroom activity, these man-compounds may be used to enhance students vocabulary awareness.

Man-Compounds lesson plan

  • Inform students that man-compounds are like any other compound nouns.
  • Illustrate through model examples on the board that man-compounds are made up of two words:

    • postman
    • best man
    • fisherman
    • freshman
  • Prepare a matching exercise with a list of man-compounds like the following:
     1. best man a man who is a member of a police force.
     2. cameraman a person who carries and delivers mail as a profession.
    3. chairman a character in fairy tales and folklore who makes children go to sleep by sprinkling sand in their eyes.
     4. clergyman a person with advertising boards hanging from the shoulders.
     5. fireman a figure of a person made from packed snow, usually formed by piling large snowballs on top of each other.
     6. fisherman a man of gentle or noble birth or a man who is well-mannered and considerate.
     7. freshman a trademark used for a pocket-sized cassette player, compact disk player, radio, or combined unit with lightweight earphones.
     8. garbage man a man who is a nonprofessional.
     9. gentleman a man who sells or delivers milk to customers.
     10. hit man one who fishes as an occupation or for sport.
     11. layman a person employed to collect, haul away, and dispose of garbage.
    12. milkman a man hired by a crime syndicate as a professional killer.
    13. policeman a man who is a member of the church.
     14. postman a man who fights fires
     15. sandman the presiding officer of an assembly, meeting, committee, or board.
     16. sandwichman a student in the first-year class of a high school, college, or university.
     17. snowman the bridegroom’s chief attendant at a wedding.
     18. walkman a man who operates a movie or television camera.
  • Students work in small groups to match the compounds with the definitions.
  • After correction of the above matching activity, students answer the following questions:
    • Classify the compounds according to:
      1. who delivers things:
      2. who collects things:
      3. who sells things:
      4. who is something:
    • Which compounds can be used for bath man and woman?
    • Which compounds are occupations?
    • Which compounds doesn’t refer to a human being?

This lesson plan is an adaptation of the following activity:
A Man for Every Purpose – Increasing Learners’ Vocabulary Awareness

1 Response

  1. says:

    Good. Thanks

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