A tale of two cities - Comparatives
High beginner/low intermediate level
To provide clarification of comparative adjectives in the context of travel.
To provide review of descriptive adjectives in the context of city life.
Procedure (30-47 minutes)
Show image of my friend Yasmine, explain that she wants to go on vacation, but can't decide which city to go to (Mont Tremblant vs. Toronto). Read aloud and project her story, or give as handout.
HO City Chart (one per pair). "With your partner, think of as many adjectives as you can to describe the two cities." T: Draw a t-chart on the board/on the projector, elicit or give 2 or 3 examples, give student 2 minutes to generate lists of adjectives. Have students write their adjectives on the board.
T: "Which city do you think is better?" Elicit student responses. Write the sentence frame on the board: "Toronto is ____ than Mont Tremblant; Mont Tremblant is _____ than Toronto"
Write - safe - big - noisy - beautiful on the board. Ask students to help transform these into adjectives, show the formations (add r, double consonant, remove y ad -ier, add more) Present incorrect forms and spellings: "Can I say "Mont Tremblant is more safe than Toronto"? Can I say "Toronto is beautifuller than Mont Tremblant? "
HO: Rule sheet One half of the class will argue for Toronto, the other for Mont Tremblant. 1) Each pair will create 2 sentences about why their city is better: > Model: "Toronto is better because it is MORE MULTICULTURAL THAN Mont Tremblant" 2) Teams of pairs then work together as a small group to develop their arguments 3) Toronto team vs. Mont Tremblant team will give their arguments about which city is best During stages 1 & 2, T will circulate, giving help with correct forms and other vocabulary.
Individually, students will write a short e-mail to Yasmin, advising her about which city they think she should go to. Students will write for 8-10 minutes, then swap their writing with a peer for feedback. Peer feedback will last about 10 minutes, and then these short pieces of writing will be collected as formative assessment.