Sunday, September 26, 2010

Lesson Plans for This Week

Time: 50 minutes
Prep: low (print worksheets and load youtube video)
Tech: high (computer hooked up to TV/projector)
Song: "No Air" by Jordin Sparks, featuring Chris Brown
Video link: here
Handouts: lyric worksheet, attached, with a reverse side on metaphors and similes (don't stress, it's super-simple)

1. Greetings and check-in. Question of the day: what did you do during Chuseok vacation?
2. Introduce the song. This didn't take long, as apparently Chris Brown is famous, and my kids know who Jordin Sparks is because we did "One Step at a Time."
3. Play the video once. Ask them for general thoughts on it (happy or sad, genre of song, etc).
4. Pass out the worksheet and play it again. And a third time. And a fourth time. It's a tough song! Check in with them after each one -- my classes on average had about 30% filled in the first time, maybe 60% the second time, and 80% the last. Yep, Chris Brown needs elocution lessons like whoa. :roll:
5. Correct answers with the class. If there are any answers that zero students got (apparently #5 is the stickiest of them), then replay that clip of the song until someone gets it. Tell them to bring their worksheet to the next class.

Time: 50 minutes
Prep: low (print compliments worksheet)
Tech: high (re-play "No Air" vid)
Handouts: "compliments with similes," attached
Objectives: Ss will understand the difference between "literal" and "metaphorical," will learn the phrase patterns "[subject] is as [adj] as (n.d.) [noun]" and "[subject] [verb] like (n.d.) [noun]." Ss will also learn some cultural differences between Korea and America in giving and receiving compliments.

1. Review the song from yesterday. Play the video again and have them sing along with the chorus.
2. Remind them that this song compares the feeling of a break-up with the feeling of having "no air." This song has many comparisons. It has two types of comparisons: metaphors and similes.
3. Have them turn over their "No Air" worksheet to the back. On it is an explanation of metaphors and similes and 10 examples that they have to categorize as a metaphor or simile. It's simple stuff, the vast majority of students seemed to get 8+ right.
4. Correct the metaphor/simile worksheet
5. Pass out the "Compliments with similes" worksheet. Instruct them to use the sheet to make compliments (in my class they complimented the 3 other students at their table and 1 celebrity). Give them 10 minutes to do this. Walk around and help. Tell students who finish early to turn their page over and look at the "How To Take a Compliment" do's and don'ts.
6. Briefly go through the do's and don'ts
7. Have students read compliments to each other and practice accepting them graciously.

Variation: You might be able to do the Tuesday lesson as a stand-alone. If so, I'd suggest filling the time left by the review of the song by having them to "good" and "bad" examples of how to take a compliment. Comedy will no doubt ensue.
Bonus: I skimmed through this before I talked to them about cultural differences with compliments. It's pretty general, but also interesting.

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