1) Spell pneumonomicro….Call it ‘mental challenge’.
2) To enable the metacognitive-‘thinking about thinking’- and rewarding higher order thinking.
3) Discuss the importance of patterns in English.
1) TI: Goa, India-Quest for the perfect beach to YouTube.
It is 3 mins 35 seconds long and gives enough imagery and surf sounds to generate ideas.
TI= TYPE IN
1) Introduce an image or a riddle or a mystery.
2) Murder mystery: Jose Matada fell from the sky and landed on a street in London. The police were baffled at first.
3) Fill in grids individually.
4) Let students fill in grids. Promote/reward point total.
5) Walk around/encourage/give 1 answer per student.
6) Provide 2/3 quietly for weakest: establish trust link.
7) Add up points and let students record them.
1) Dictionary for help with grids.
If the students ever ask why they are doing something from this book, tell them: “Wisdom that comes early has deeper roots but wisdom that comes late has greener shoots!”
HOMEWORK IF REQUIRED
1) Relate answers in grid to higher order thinking.
2) Ask for any other ideas/what they have learned.
3) Establish struggling students with intention of pairing with quicker students.
Think of and write, perhaps with their parents, 5 other possibilities to put into the grid. Explain that this is called ‘creative thinking’.
Title: FULL STOPS/ABBREVIATIONS
Lesson number: 3
Today is an opportunity to establish the importance of mechanics. In this case, it is full stops. Ask for verbal feedback on the 10 ideas they came up with for homework. Go through the most creative answers and give verbal praise. Write down the best answers on the board (either blackboard or whiteboard). Explain that this is called ‘brainstorming’. Let the class decide which one is the best idea.
They must write a short passage based on this idea. When they are finished (5/10 minutes), ask them to take out the full stops while rewriting it. Then ask one student to read the work of another student without pausing. Although it should be humorous as it is a breathless rush, it should validate your message on full stops. Passages of writing become cumbersome, unwieldy and unreadable without full stops. Fill in the full stop exercise in the book.
Then move onto the Latin abbreviations. Why are they in there? Doing project work may require more use of these than was the case in previous educational curriculums. Their portfolios may need the key words: ibid, et al, N.B. etc. by Christmas next year.
It is best to have a chat on the importance of student responsibility when it comes to portfolio work. Explain that tomorrow’s lesson includes a paired spelling test where they will be expected to test and grade each other. The results shall be logged in the front of their portfolio and signed by you. You are establishing behaviour norms that may take time to develop.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
1) Emphasise the importance of full stops.
2) Establish the importance of project/portfolio work.
3) Generate acceptable behaviour norms in single/paired/team and whole-class work.
1) Capital letters exercise:
2) Google Latin abbreviations and military ranks in class as ‘on task’ activity.
1) Previous days spellings corrected verbally.
2) Brainstorming/assessing best ideas.
3) Writing exercise with full stops/without full stops.
4) Fill in workbook exercises.
5) Discuss project work/Latin abbreviations.
6) Google Latin abbreviations.
7) Google military ranks as abbreviation exercise.
1) Let the students make up a mnemonic from the military rank:
Please Can Somebody Let Captain Major and Lieutenant Colonel Collect the Lieutenant General’s Generator?
HOMEWORK IF REQUIRED
1) Why is individual ownership of behaviour important?
2) Why is individual ownership of portfolio important?
3) Single/paired/team/whole-class work predicated on individual discipline, application and motivation.
1) Assign Latin abbreviations if there are time constraints.
2) Assign military rank exercise if not done in class. Spellings of same to be learned also.
Title: DESCRIBING A BEACH: 2nd GRID
Lesson number: 4
Definition: A problem shared is a problem halved.
Dictionary definitions, corrections, and synonyms.