Candice Bagley Candice Bagley

Family Relations
Beginner (third/fourth grade) level


Writing about your family in the present simple tense. Introducing your family and talking about their likes and dislikes.


Abc Guided Writing 2 by Liana Robinson
Abc Images of your family members

Main Aims

  • To provide process writing practice of a essay in the context of your favorite relative.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of family relations in the context of writing about your family.


Context setting: My family tree (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context of family relations and engage students by talking about my famiily tree.

Draw your family tree on the board. Include photographs of your family members or fictitious family members. Elicit the names of the family relations: sister, brother, mother, father, husband, wife, grandparents. This can be done by asking "She is my...?" or "Kim is Haydon's...?".

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

Read students an essay about your favorite relative following the format: My favorite relative is my sister. My sister's name is Liza Her family lives in Pitermaritzburg, South Africa. She likes likes to go shopping. She is a Lawyer. We like to bake cupcakes together. Liza is my sister and my friend Give the students a copy of this or write it on the board.

Useful Language (10-15 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Allow the students to complete the activities on page 6-11. Allow time for checking their work and give feedback on common errors. Continue to page 12. Have the students correct the errors in personal pronouns in small group. Correct their answers or go through the activity as a class by having one group volunteer their answer for each line, let the students see how many they managed to get correct.

Productive Task(s) (10-15 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills of writing about your favorite relative.

Direct the student's to page 13 where they will need to complete the writing practice essay.

Feedback and Error Correction (8-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Mark individual student's work and go through any common errors.

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