As we celebrate Christmas on January 6th, I planned this lesson for my young learners for tomorrow.
The lesson is for A1 students
- Divide the class into two.
- Ask students to make a row in from of the board.
- On slips of papers, write short sentences and give it to the one at the back.
- Tell him/her to whisper the sentence to his/her friend so that he/she passes it to the one in front of him.
- Continue till the first person in the row.
- The one in the front row will write the sentence on the board.
- Check mistakes.
- Then the one in the front row goes at the back.
- Repeat the process until all the students come to the first row to write the sentence on the board.
I learned an activity similar to the one above at a drama workshopI attended last week. In that one, the instructor, showed us a picture and wanted us to make a sentence and write it on papers left for us. We even discussed to create a story that way but my 4th graders are slow learners and need a lot of practice and guidance. I want to try this one first and then maybe in a second attempt I can ask them to write their own short sentences.
is a fat black woman
walking the fields
pressing a breezed
to her cheek
while the sun lights up
is a fat black woman
riding the waves
drifting in happy oblivion
while the sea turns back
to hug her shape
Since Jeremy Harmer read this poem at Istek-elt this year, I have been searching for it. I knew I had it somewhere in my files and at last I found it.
I love this poem for many reasons.
So here is a sample lesson plan but I’ll be glad to hear ideas from you.
- Ask students to finish the statement ‘Beauty is —–‘
- Write all the words on the board and prepare a word cloud.
- As Jeremy Harmer suggested do wall dictation dividing the class into teams.
- Ask students to read the poem and discuss the followings.
- ‘Beauty is in the eye of beholder’
- fashion, idols, same kind of people everywhere.
- first impressions
- physical differences and bullies
- Is it really important to be beautiful?Why?
5. The poem is great for practising participles and time clauses. Write the skeleton of the poem on the board and ask them to write their own poems
Beauty is a/an+adj+noun
While something else is happening
I really want to use this poem next year in one of my lessons. And here is mine
is a little angle
running in the school yard
in her strawberry cake coat
playing with her friends cheerfully
while my eyes watch
thinking how beautiful she is
is a little girl
wearing thick glasses
admiring her friends
running in the yard
while her mum watches her
thinking how beautiful she is.