Kristin Pollock Kristin Pollock

Lesson: The Power of Nature
Intermediate level


Students will begin with an introduction to vocabulary related to natural events. They will match words to their corresponding images. They will discuss whether any of these events occur in their country. They will then listen to an audio of two people talking about their experience during two different natural events and respond to questions. Then we will move onto grammar, specifically, narrative verb forms. They will use marker sentences from the audio to identify the use and tense of specific verbs. These tenses will include past simple, past progressive, and past perfect. Then they will do a comprehension check of the grammar by going through a text of the audio and identifying the correct verb form to use.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of narrative verb forms in the context of natural events.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of vocabulary related to natural events.
  • To provide gist listening practice using a text about natural events.


Warmer/Lead-in (5-7 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

1) Vocabulary – Natural Events a) I will project images and vocabulary of natural events on the board. We will match vocabulary to images as a class. Check pronunciation as we go.

Pre-Reading/Listening (1-3 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

In pairs, students will discuss whether any of these events have taken place in their country.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (7-9 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

2) Listening – Fran and Antonio talk about natural events • Instruct: students will have two questions to answer during the audio. Read them before. Question 1: Which events in 1a do they talk about? Question 2: What was the experience like for them? • Audio 1.36 • Instruct: discuss answers w/ partner – 2 mins • W/C FB (Fran → tsunami, scary; Antonio → solar eclipse, interesting but strange)

While-Reading/Listening #2 • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Don't plan on using this piece: prior to listening to the audio again, students read detail question asking what Frans says about her street, the water, moving and her family. Also a detail question regarding what Antonio says about the beach, the time of day, the sky, and his children. Replay audio. Check answers with a partner. WC FB to confirm comprehension.

Post-Reading/Listening (25-30 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

4) Grammar – use Fran’s sentence a) Groups of 3. Instruct: match verbs with uses – 3 mins • W/C FB (1B, 2A, 3C) • Project timeline of events to walk through with students for clarification b) Groups of 3. Instruct: match verbs with their tenses – 3 mins • Point out that hit is an irregular verb • W/C FB (was living → past progressive, hit → past simple, had been → past perfect) • Project grammar slide → elicit negatives and question forms of all three tenses 5) Grammar – identify correct verb forms a) Pairs. Instruct: circle correct verb forms in text, 1 person does A, other person does B – 5 mins b) Instruct: go over ideas with your partner– 3 mins • Pass out an answer key so they can double check – 1 min • Grammar review handout so they have the breakdown of the forms to review later if they want

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