To improve storytelling through narrative building exercises based on past personal experiences.
To practice detailed reading.
Procedure (48-64 minutes)
I will give a quick refresher of exercise 2 from Çiğdem's lesson. The ss will be asked to pick a topic from this exercise to tell their own important memory. I don't plan on spending much time in the warmer/lead in stage since Çiğdem's lesson is the preparation stage to the speaking and writing tasks that I will be going over.
It is time to think about how to tell your story. The ss will be given 4 questions to think about and make notes. These questions will help with the flow of the stories and. I will write the questions on the WB before starting the lesson. 1. What kind of event was it and why do you still remember it? 2. What was the background to the event? 3. What were the main things that happened? 4. How did it end? Elicit/introduce vocabulary- Background E- I am a singer. I sing behind Tarkan. what kind of a singer am I? C- First time I drove a car, I got into an accident. Is there a background to this event? I was sixteen years old when I first drove a car. Me and my brother took our father's car keys and started driving. It was very dark and I ended up hitting a tree. Is there a background to this event? D- Say background again and write on the WB
After writing their notes, the students will converse about their memorable moment with their partner. They will be reminded to listen with interest and to ask questions when their partner is finished. I want to introduce the useful language after the initial conversation. I would like to see where they take this conversation without key sentences given to them. I will monitor the conversations and offer support.
I will hand out the useful language sheet and go over it shortly. I will then ask the ss to have the same conversation again but this time they will be instructed to add the useful language. I will monitor the progress but will not intervene unless asked to do so. I will ask how the two conversations went and wait for questions.
The ss will be asked to read the most exciting thing I've ever done handout. It should be an easy read for the Intermediate level, therefore, I will not be introducing any vocabulary. The text will serve as a guide for the writing task, will give the ss a chance to compare their stories with the written one, and give them a chance to practice detailed reading. When they finish reading, I will answer questions, then proceed to the writing stage. The ss will be instructed to write their memorable moment to the space provided on the handout. When they are finished, they will have a chance to talk to their partner about the task. I will try to keep the grammar conversations to a minimum during the verbal and written assignments. I don't want them to lose their focus from the main objective, but I will provide brief input if necessary.
I will ask ss to provide feedback about the tasks. Ask if they have further questions and thank them for a lovely lesson.
I don't think we will need this exercise but if the lesson falls short of 50 minutes, I will instruct the students to read the legends about the discovery of fire handout. It is an easy read. The ss will be instructed to read the handout and will get a chance to compare the different styles of storytelling.