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Possesives Lesson
Elementary level


In this lesson, the students will learn to talk about themselves, their family and how to talk about personal informations. They will learn about possessive adjectives. They will also learn new adjective vocabularies, which can be used while describing people.


Abc Gap-fill Handout
Abc Gap-fill Handout

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of possessive in the context of family members.
  • To teach positive adjectives that are used to desribe people.
  • To provide accuracy in speaking practice in the context of people and family.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy in writing practice in the context of people and family.


Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • Revise the vocabulary from the previous lesson.

Teacher revises the vocabulary that the Sts have learned in the previous lesson. Teacher draws her own family tree including the names of her family members and what kind of people they are. T gets Sts talk about who those people are as a group.

Set the context (5-7 minutes) • Describe the situation from which the language will be presented.

Teacher asks the students who the people are pointing at the names on the board, showing the connections if necessary, e.g. "Who is this? Is this the teacher's mom?". T writes who they are under the names on the board. T shows the meaning of the new adjective vocabulary with the help of visual aids and makes sure all Sts understand them correctly. T gets the Sts talk about all her family members and write two-three example sentences on the board. e.g. "Mary is teacher's mother.", "She is intelligent."

Exposure (4-6 minutes) • Introduce the TL. Personalise the situation. Create a need for the TL. Gauge extent of Ss knowledge.

Teacher asks the students to draw a family tree on their notebook as they did in the previous session, but with their names this time, underlining who they are in the family.

Focus on TL (5-7 minutes) • Involve and give SS opportunity to produce the TL. Highlight the pronunciation.

Teacher asks students to hand over their family trees to one of their classmates. T gets them to have a quick look on the paper and asks questions individually, e.g. "Who is your friend's mother?". T makes sure they give the correct answer, e.g. "My friend's mother is...". T corrects pronunciation and grammar mistakes orally, showing examples on the board where necessary.

Clarify TL (3-5 minutes) • Check SS understanding of the concept. Highlight the form of the TL.

Teacher shows on the board how possessive structure works by giving examples. T makes clarification on the matters that the students might have trouble with in the future.

Practice 1 (4-6 minutes) • To provide controlled practice of the TL.

Teacher sticks 6 pictures that they have learned in the previous lesson and write 6 names on the board. T tells the students who those items belong to and asks them to remember the information and writes one example on the board. T asks the students to write 3 sentences that they can remember. Sts check their sentences together as a group. T monitors and corrects if necessary.

Practice 2 (3-5 minutes) • To give Ss an opportunity for freer practice of the TL.

Students complete 2 gap-fill activities based upon the usage of possessive. Teacher monitors. Students compare answers. Teacher checks and corrects where necessary.

Feedback (1-2 minutes) • To encourage Ss; to help Ss learn from their errors.

Teacher highlights some good language and some errors.

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