Mr. Danoff's FWE 7A Lesson 13

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Grade 7
Lesson 13
Version 0.12
Chapters 11 Our different lifestyles

Introduction edit

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Before Class edit

Lesson Goals

  • Get as many students as possible speaking English.
  • Identify: opinion vs. fact & argument vs. conversation
  • Review context.
  • Cover natural English as it arises, like 'What's up?', correct Chinese English and so on.
  • Have long discussions about birds, wetlands and what the students brought for Show & Tell.

-- Focuses

  • Listening Set Skill = 6. Listen for gist in passages and conversations.
  • Listening Curriculum Statement = c) Follow discussion to identify fact/opinion.
  • Speaking Set Skill = A. Awareness of context.

-- Why?

  • Because knowing the difference between fact and opinion is important for making decisions.

-- Definition

  • Opinion = What a person thinks.
  • Fact = What a person knows.
  • Context = What a person or people is/are talking about.

-- Example

  • Hold up a book. Say this book is terrible. fact or opinion? this book is great! fact or opinion? this book is [color of the book]. fact or opinion?

-- Lesson Question

  • Is this fact or opinion?

-- Word(s) of the Day

  • lifestyle
    • the choices we make on how to live our lives

-- Contact Information QQ ID 867996874 QQ Name Danoff e-mail

-- Teaching Materials

  • FUN WITH ENGLISH 7A Textbook
  • Lessons Notebook
  • Stopwatch

-- Chinese English

  • If the following things are said by a student, address the whole class.
    • No why.
    • Give me!
    • I know! I know!

English Tips edit

  • If a student uses the adjective interesting, try to push them to use other words, as well.

Notes edit

  • Always ask if students have questions or be patient and what for volunteers to answer my quesitons before forcing kids to respond.




  • In classroom at least 30 minutes before my first class of the day.
  • Before class, make sure chairs are set up correctly
  • Write Lesson plan, Lesson, Definitions, my contact info, words of the day and that it's OK to say “I don't know” or “No reason” on the board.
  • Ask if everyone has their textbooks and pens. If they don't tell them to go get them.
  • Stopwatch ready to go before class.

1 Coversation 0 - 8 Minutes

  • start class with what's up?
    • go over the different responses
    • If the kids don't respond, ask them the questions directly.
  • Are you tired?
  • Are you hungry?
  • Are you cold?
  • What is happening in the news these days?
  • What did you do in your clubs after school yesterday?
  • Have you watched any good [movies, cartoons, tv shows, ....] recently?
  • Have you read any good [books, comics, articles ....] recently?
  • Have you watched any good recently?
  • What class did you just have? What did you learn? Do you like it?
  • what club did you have yesterday? what will you do in your club today?
  • Is it anyone's birthday today in class?
  • Any questions for me? Add that the longer we talk here, the less time we have to spend on the textbook.

2 Joke 2 Minutes

3 Introduction 2 Minutes

  • Point out the Lesson Plan, mention if we move fast, we can get to the game quicker.
  • Tell them my contact info, and say that I am busy. I want to talk to you, but if I can't it is not because I don't like them, it is because I am busy. I like all of you. Please say hello again or e-mail me. E-mail is much better.
  • Mention that if ask a question and they don't know the answer, it's fine to say I don't know. Write No why and that it's usually OK to say No reason.
    • Usually OK for No reason. because some times students need to answer why? - like, if you know they are cheating and you want to ask why they chose a certain answer?
  • Go over the words of the day.

4 Page 42 Let's get ready A & B 5 - 10 Min

  • Walk around the class, help the students who are struggling.
  • Tell the students if they have any questions, to raise their hands.
  • Try to get a conversation going, ask some of the following questions,
  • what is a healthy lifestyle?
  • do you like healthy lifestyles?
    • Say what I think about different things. Try to keep this going as long as possible, but not so long we don't get any other textbook activities done.. Call on as many students as possible.
    • End w/What is the context of our conversation?
      • If they don't know context, go through the definition.

5 Page 44 Let's listen B 5 - 10 Min

  • I read.
  • Try to get a dialogue going, ask
  • Whose lifestyle do you like more, David's or Karen's?
    • Say what I think about different things. Try to keep this going as long as possible, but not so long we don't get any other textbook activities done.. Call on as many students as possible.
    • End w/What is the context of our conversation?

6 Show & Tell Activity 15 - 30 Minutes [Depending on how many kids share.]

  • Be sure to bring something of your own down to class for the kids to discuss.
  • Ask the students if they remembered the homework?
  • Tell them if they forgot, it is OK, because they really did not forget! They all brought their clothes, pens and books.
  • Tell the students they have to write three sentences about what they brought.
  • If you can feel they are not understanding, as an example say and write three sentences on the board about what you are wearing, e.g.
    • I brought my coat.
    • It is [COLOR] and [WARM].
    • I like to wear it everyday.
    • Walk around and help the kids, if a kid forgot to bring something, remind them tochoose something they are wearing, or a pen or something like that.
  • After the writing time is finished, go first.
  • Then, ask for volunteers.
    • If no one does, start selecting students.
  • After the speaker has spoken, ask for questions. If there are none, chose two students.
    • Repeat every time.
  • Possibly have the speaker give their speech again, if they only speak quietly looking down into their book the entire time or if they mumble.

-- Extra Time

  • Competitive Hangman
  • Is 'Simon says' too easy for you?
  • What's the Question?


Lesson Review Notes

-- What I did well

-- What I could improve upon

-- Next Week

-- Thoughts

Time edit

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  • Materials Used
    • Focuses, taken from the curriculum section of the 2009/2010 East Meets West China Information Booklet.
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    • Two of my students at AFLS who gave me the idea for Competitive Hangman.
  • Materials Used
    • Competitive Hangman

-- Materials Used Which I Made

      • I will likely only use materials I created which I entered into the Public Domain, but read carefully in case I licensed one thing different which may be what you want to re-use.
  • Show & Tell Activity, which I entered into the Public Domain

-- Acknowledgments

  • I would like to thank all the 8th grade classes at Anqing Foreign Language School who had this lesson for their participation and feedback. I would also like to thank the Anqing Foreign Language School for allowing me to teach.
  • The idea for 'do lists to start naming as many birds as possible?' in the instructions for Page 50 Let's get ready A & B came from Mr. Brown.

-- Notes

-- Additional Questions & Instructions for This Lesson

-- Changelog Version 0.1 November 15th, 2009

  • Created in an afternoon train ride from Hefei to Anqing with Mr. Brown.
  • Original questions chosen: 42A, 43A&B, 44B, and 45A.

Version 0.11 December 3rd, 2009

  • Shaped the questions around the 8a.lesson13ver0.11 skeleton and did some alterations along the way.

December 4, 2009

  • added a new joke from the ITESLJ.

Version 0.12 11 September 2010

  • Removed some extraneous information and lightly made it Mediawiki friendly.

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