Writing Lesson, Shopping
To provide process and product writing practice of experiences in the context of shopping
To practice organising their ideas in preparation for writing and to be introduced to mind-maps
Procedure (42-55 minutes)
The teacher puts up some pictures on the board or have them projected on the board. Students look at the picture(s) and they brainstorm everything they know about shopping.
Teacher gives students mind-map. Student compare with their ideas and they can add new ones to the mind-map. Student can check unknown vocabulary in their dictionaries.
Here, students are given the jumbled reading text. They do skim reading and reorder the text. They work in pairs or in groups. The groups will try to order the paragraphs of the text. The teacher monitors along and gives feedback (on the board or while monitoring).
Students now compare their mind maps, the words that they have found for the shopping text, with the model letter and see if they can find any same words or similar ones. They can underline them or circle them. Here I might give my students HOs. In this HOs, students work in pairs. They sit face to face, all the first groups sit on the right of the class and the other groups sit on the left side of the class. And first group starts with saying the first few words written on their papers and the other pair listens to him/her and fills in the blanks in his/her paper. Now they change the turns and continue doing it until their text becomes full.
The teacher forms new groups ( maybe 4 groups) Each group thinks about one of their past experience on shopping, or they can invent one if they want. They make notes about their situation, the time when it happened, and if they are happy or not because of experiencing it and so on. They may also do some drawings to help them visualise the events. They start writing a letter of 100-150 words. The teacher monitors, corrects errors and help them with vocabulary or their sentence structure etc. In the final stage, we’ll pin up their stories in order for every group to have a look at each other’s stories. Students discuss and choose the most interesting story. If they finish writing early, the groups will change their stories after they’re displayed on the board. Students will discuss their friends’ stories and write a short reply.