Abdelrhman Hussein Abdelrhman Hussein

Writing in the Context of Family and Friends
Elementary level


In this lesson, students will practice reading using activities based on the descriptions of family members and their interests. This lesson begins with reinforcing previous lessons of family and friends. This is followed by an email reading activity. This assignment elicits students’ ability to scan for details in the email and answer questions after a second thorough reading. Then, in a controlled practice activity, students will write their own email and have partners read them in order to provide details about their partners’ family members.


Abc T Handout. Answering Questions after Reading Partner's Written Email
Abc Skim Reading pg 22 Questions
Abc Reading Exercise 4, Preparing to Write
Abc Reading Exercise 2, Gist Reading

Main Aims

  • To practice writing in the context of family and friends.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practice reading an email in the context of family and friends.


Lead-in (2 minutes) • To reinforce Ss' knowledge of the topic of Family/Friends and their descriptions

T will write about family members and will provide descriptions. Ss will be asked to answer questions to check understanding. Question: Who is the tallest person in my family? Question: What is my favorite sport?

Preparing to Write (5-10 minutes) • To familiarize Ss with writing and generating ideas to write about

T will provide students with a model email. Ss will answer questions about the email Ss will peer check before checking answers together as a team. Ss will re-read and answer questions in pairs.

Useful Language (5-10 minutes) • To provide clarity on language that learners may find useful for completing writing task

I will cover examples of useful language, such as "I am writing..." "He likes playing..." to provides students with an idea of how they are to produce sentences. I will ask questions such as, "If I am going to describe a sport my brother likes, I may say...? This is designed to elicit students to come up with possible useful ways to write.

Writing Task (14-16 minutes) • To allow learners to practice writing descriptive emails about family/friends

Students will create notes to use for their writing exercise. T will cover Useful phrases. S will write email using Notes and useful phrases. Students will exchange emails, and in pairs, they will provide descriptions on HO about people their partners wrote about. Students will peer review and share answers about partners with class.

Feedback/Error Correction (5-10 minutes) • To provide Ss language feedback on task

T will use some of Ss email examples on board. Ss will make corrections as a group.

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