What Would You Do?
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate, Prep Speaking level
To provide Ss with the opportunity for freer speaking practice within the context of news-worthy scenarios, framed as a 'what would you do?' activity.
To provide Ss practice with the use of the third conditional and 'would have' when discussing hypothetical situations and one's response to those situations.
Procedure (98-114 minutes)
Write on the WB INCREDIBLE STORIES. Write underneath the header MIRACLE MIKE and share with the WC the incredible story of Mike, the headless chicken. Project an antique photograph of Miracle Mike while sharing the tale. [T Note: the story occurred in 1946; the chicken lived for 18 months after it's head had been cut off; the headless chicken toured the US; he was fed with liquid food and water dropped directly into the oesophegus.] Try to elicit from the WC any amazing/shocking/extraordinary stories that they have heard in their lives. Elicit the source of these Ss' stories--where did they get this information from? Distribute a HO with images (or project those images) that illustrate some of the stories from the up-coming Exposure Activity. Have the WC guess, based off of the images, what amazing stories they are about to read.
Divide the WC into pairs and distribute the 'Incredible Stories' HO. One story per pair. Have the groups read and discuss their story. Instruct the Ss to consider and discuss the following questions during their conversation: 1) "Do you find your STORY EXTRAORDINARY? Why (not)?" 2) "Do you know of anything SIMILAR that happened IN TURKEY? Do you think it's even possible for your story to happen in Turkey? Why (not)?" 3) "Think about the people involved in each story. What do you think might be the REASONS BEHIND THEIR ACTIONS?" [write on the WB] Following PW discussion, bring everyone together for WC FB. Provide enough time for each group to present their story as well as respond to the stories from the other groups. Reference the previous LP, on news and 'newsworthy' stories.' Elicit from the WC which of these stories they would consider 'newsworthy' and why.
Write on the WB DIFFICULT SITUATIONS and the following survival situations: "lost at sea in a small boat; doing business in a foreign country and not knowing the language; losing your wallet, credit cards, and passport in a foreign country; lost in a forest; living in a dangerous neighborhood with frequent muggings; babysitting two 5-year-old nephews for a weekend; being the only one at a party who doesn't know anyone; your car breaks down on the motorway." Read aloud and describe the situations to the WC. Elicit from the WC which of these scenarios they would consider the worst (most difficult) for them to experience and why. Distribute the 'Difficult Situations' HO and, in groups, have the Ss order the survival situations from least difficult (1) to most difficult (8). Instruct the Ss to discuss with each other how they would best 'handle' (respond to) their top 3 most difficult situations. Following GW discussion, elicit a few responses for WC FB. Reorganize the WC into different groups and distribute the "What Would You Do?" HO, assigning one difficult scenario to each pair. Have the groups read and discuss their scenarios. "What would you do in that situation? Would you have made a similar, or different decision? Why?" Following group discussion bring everyone together for WC FB. Provide enough time for each group to present their situation and their decision, as well as respond to the situations from the other groups. Reference the previous LP, on news and 'newsworthy' stories.' Elicit from the WC which of these stories they would consider 'newsworthy' and why.
In the same pairs, distribute the HO on 'Survivors!' Inform the pairs that they are going to read a newspaper article on an incredible story of survival. "After reading your newspaper article, discuss with your partner what you would have done in that situation and whether you think you could have survived that situation." Following GW discussion, have the WC reorganize and regroup themselves so that the paired groups with Story A ('Boy Uses Belt to Stop Bleeding') can have a conversation with the paired groups with Story B ('Lost Man Survives in the Woods'). Have the reorganized groups share their articles with each other and discuss the same question. Write on the WB the five senses of the body, and speech: "sight, hearing, speech, smell, taste, touch." Present to the WC the following hypothetical situation: "If you lost one of your senses, which would be the most difficult to cope without? Why?"
Have the Ss organize themselves for their graded group project, to be completed in the following lesson. Instruct the Ss that the T is now placing them in some dangerous situations that they must survive. Distribute the HO on 'Survival of the Fittest.' Assign one survival situation per group. Instruct the groups to discuss and brainstorm on how they are planning on surviving their scenario. Following GW discussion, have each group share with the WC their scenario and survival strategy. Instruct the WC to decide if each group's response and survival strategy is appropriate or not. Inform the groups that they are going to role-play their scenario, and survival strategy, for the proceeding lesson's productive activity (a graded group project). Provide the WC with the project requirements and grading policy. Write this information on the WB.