I combined some of the activities from here and added some follow-up writing activities.
1.First I asked my students who we thank in our lives. I wrote some phrases on the board to help them to express themselves. I gave them post-it notes and I divided them into groups I told them they have to thank the friends in their groups. I elicited the sentence and wrote some examples on the board “Thank you X for being very helpful” I also told them that they have to say a different THANK YOU to each of their friends. I put all the thank you post-it notes on the walls.
2. Then I asked them to list what the following words and phrases bring into their mind.
being late for work
3. I told my students to guess what the song we were going to listen be about using the words and phrases from exercise 1 and 2 write what the song we are going to listen will be about.
Then we listened to Dido’s Thank You and filled in the gaps on their handouts.
I also assigned them with a few follow-ups.
4. Understanding the song:
What kind of a day did she experience?
Why isn’t she unhappy?
How would she have felt in the song, if she didn’t have someone supportive in her life?
Change the song into a thank you letter. You may want to begin as below
You are sleeping now and I’m watching you. I know we couldn’t speak tonight as I was very tired but I want to thank you because —–
BTW I got really interesting letters written to their mothers 🙂
This song can also be used for revising narrative tenses or writing a narrative. After listening to the song you can ask your students to write ‘an unlucky day in the life of ——-‘ or you can tell your students to write a story of a day based on the song.
I’ve decided to prepare song lessons that I can use in class. I’m planning to share them regularly. If you love using songs in the class, please visit the blog for a new song lesson every week. I will also be very happy to hear your ideas.
Nowadays I’m in need of a good collaborative writing tool and while searching I’ve come across with these goodies. Have a look, you will like some of them.
StudentPublishing.com I liked the tool as it allows students to draw pictures, upload from desktop and create and publish their stories. You will also find lesson plans, useful links for teaching writing, worksheets and a good tutorial how to use the tool.
Writeboard.com is an easy-to-use collaborative writing tool. Create your whiteboard, write your text then invite others to add content to what you’ve started or ask others to edit what you’ve written. I think it is great for online collaborative projects.
TitanPad lets people work on one text at the same time. It works well with online writing projects.
Sync.in is another web based real-time collaborative tool which will work well for class project, writing stories and online projects.
If you have used another tool and think worked well with your classes, I’ll be glad to add them here.
Last week we revised modals with my year 12 students and after doing a lot of exercises, tests, etc ( they are studying for the university entrancre exam and they will take the language exam so they need to master the grammar and the skills as well) I realised they still got confused as most of the modals would be translated into Turkish as the same way. To make them focus on the meaning, I prepared some paraphrasing exercises and at the bottom of the page I decided to add a quotation to motivate studying and I started to search for a good one but found too many. Then I decided to prepare a gap fill exercise with these quotations omitting the modal verbs.
Finally in the class after doing the exercise we talked about some of the quotes, the ones they liked, etc. As a follow up I wanted them to choose one of them and reflect on it writing a 120-140 word article. I still didn’t get their articles and don’t know what I will recieve but the activity can be fun if your students like talking and discussing together.
Another activity I preparedwith quotes but haven’t used yet is
Find some quotes about any topic you want to discuss
Create a wordle
In groups ask your students to put the words into correct order to find out the quote.
Discuss them together
Ask them to write something on them
Tell them to create a poster using bighugelabs or another tool.