February 19, 2014 § Leave a comment
We have , M, and G. A full class!
We started with an Aesop’s Fable: The Goat and the Ass.
I decided to transcribe the story. Mule, not ass! And write it on the board. Maybe not the best idea, it’s longer than I thought. But writing is good…punctuation too. They were keen to write it down themselves.
I). The first hour of the class was preparing for the story:
Writing. Vocab mainly. To make sure they understood all of the words.
I explained periods and quotation marks.
Vocabulary: Phones and dictionaries in hand
fable, jealous, treat, badly vs bad, grind, mill, carry, heavy, pretend, seizure, ditch, hurt, lungs, moral, told, lie, should, kill, help, veterinarian
Grammar: To Tell and To Take – Simple PPF only. Gave examples of Take. Take a bath, take an exam, etc. Each spontaneously gave me great similar examples of Take.
II). The Fable:
- We each read the story aloud.
- I went through it line by line, clarifying with their help.
- I told the story.
- I had them tell me the story in their own words.
- Conclusion: The goat was bad. She told the mule to do something bad and ended up dead because of her bad idea.
At the end of class I was applauded!! Big satisfied smiles and good words from everyone. So awesome. We rocked it!
* I made sure they knew what a fable was before leaving class. Not just a story. Our conclusion: a moral story, ideas about conscientiousness.*
Finish Chap 1. Start workbook too?
Computer Lab ideas:
- Quiz about the story? Some vocabulary q’s? Using their notebooks.
- Exercises for Chap 1 that accompany the book on computer – Ventures site. Maybe the following week – after the Workbook.
More Lab Ideas:
Again: Set up gmail accounts. And/or get email addresses.
Spend a few/couple of minutes in lab writing to me. Punctuation important! One idea per sentence to start.
- Perhaps about class that day…likes, dislikes, more of something.
- How do they feel today? Tired, happy, worried? Present some mood words on the board first. Review To Be.
- Desires. I want to…I would like to…. Present their suggestions on the board first. Stress infinitives – I want To Do something.