Michael Gibson Michael Gibson

TP 3 Shakespeare's Tragic Families
Elementary level


In this lesson, students will learn about the use of the possessive - 's and s' - in the singular and plural, and will put it to use in speaking exercises. They will use the context provided by readings and exercises based around the theme of 5 of Shakespeare's most well known tragedies, and will develop very short stories and spoken examples of their own using the grammar taught and the context provided.


Abc Global Elementary Workbook Materials
Abc Handouts from Global Elementary Handbook

Main Aims

  • The main aim in this lesson is to teach the singular and plural uses of the possessive - 's and s' - and to clarify its function in speech.

Subsidiary Aims

  • The subsidiary aim of this lesson it to help the students accurately and fluently use the possessive in speech.


Warm Up, Intro (5-7 minutes) • Use The Shakespeare's Tragic Families Reading to Introduce the Context for use of the possessive in speech

Students will use detailed reading of the text HO on page 31 to introduce the topic of the possessive, and to understand family relations (connected to previous lesson). They will read the 5 short texts in groups of 5 (ideally) or less to warm up. I will monitor and give feedback

Example 2 (5-7 minutes) • To read for detail and correct the misuse of the possessive

Ss will read the text in exercise 2 of the Handbook, page 31, to detect the misuse of the possessive. They will work in 2-3 groups (depending on number) whilst I monitor and give feedback.

Grammar Teaching 1 (5-7 minutes) • Teach Basic use of the Possesive

I will put the basic grammar of the possessive - 's and s' - on the WB and students will work in pairs to write their own examples. I will use the examples from the texts - King Lear's daughters, et cetera - on page 31 of the Global Elementary Handbook.

Practice Exercise 1 (5-7 minutes) • To answer basic questions from the readings

Ss will work in pairs to pose and answer questions in pairs from Exercise 1 on page 31 of the handbook. 5 examples are given, such as "Who is Cordelia's Father" et cetera, to be answered. I will monitor and give feedback.

Workbook Exercise 1 (5-7 minutes) • To reinforce the usage rules for the possessive.

Page 141 of the Workbook. Working in pairs, the Ss will correct the 6 sentences given - the teacher of my son becomes "my son's teacher" et cetera, and will write them on the WB.

Teach Grammar on WB (5-7 minutes) • To introduce students to the Irregular uses of the possessive.

I will use the WB to teach the irregular forms of the possessive, from page 140 of the Workbook. Students will work in pairs to each come up with 2 examples of their own.

Student Activity (5-7 minutes) • Students will work in pairs to choose 4 members of their own families to describe.

Using exercise 3 in the Handbook, page 31, students will use the possessive to describe members of their own families with a partner. Might change the partner set up for this, to get different students talking.

Group Activity, Cinderella Story (7-10 minutes) • To have students mingle and produce their own sentences, based upon a telling of the Cinderella story

I will have the students stand and mingle, using my gap fill handout to encourage them to speak to each other and use the possessive, based upon my Gap Fill handout. They will talk to each other about the photos and make up 2 sentences that connect to or expand the characters depicted in the pictures. I will mingle and join different conversations to monitor.

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