Lesson: The Power of Nature
To provide clarification of narrative verb forms in the context of natural events.
To provide clarification of vocabulary related to natural events.
To provide gist listening practice using a text about natural events.
Procedure (38-49 minutes)
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.
In pairs, students will discuss whether any of these events have taken place in their country.
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)
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.
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