A. We climbed into Dad's red, rusty, old pickup truck.
B. We climbed into Dad's old, red, rusty pickup truck.
C. We climbed into Dad's rusty, old, red pickup truck.
C is ordered correctly. It's obvious, right? To those of us who are native English speakers, it's the only one that "sounds" right. To my ear, A and B just sound awkward and clunky.
I must confess, that's how I went about figuring out the order of adjectives for the first 30-some years of my life. I went with what sounded right.
Then, I met up with the Common Core State Standards... CCSS ELA-Literacy.L.4.1.D to be precise. Order adjectives within sentences according to convention patterns (e.g., a small red bag rather than a red small bag). Yep, it turns out that there are "rules" when it comes to ordering adjectives. A quick trip to Pinterest filled me in on those rules, and I created an anchor chart based on what I found.
I set out to create a handful of engaging, student-friendly materials to address this standard. As you can see, most of the materials I created are related to the idea of "sliding adjectives into sentences" in the correct order. Just click on the image if you want to take a closer look!
Clearly, I have no recollection at all of learning this when I was younger. I'm curious... do you remember learning how to correctly insert adjectives into sentences when you were younger?