TP8 LP_Vikramjit Bal
To provide detailed reading practice using a text about living with less in the context of personal story.
To provide clarification and review of linkers in the context of reason or result.
Procedure (36-48 minutes)
T greets Ss. T poses instructions: "Hi everyone! Today we will be doing some reading. Before we get to that, I have a short activity for you. (share screen of Jamboard). I want you to get into groups, read this quote, and answer the two questions. You have 3 minutes." Share link: https://jamboard.google.com/d/1FE8qY9hoig-_c435QaLCY0HkJEOZFHqjkrmqfPxwGhY/edit?usp=sharing Open breakout rooms
T gives next instructions: Next, I have another activity for you all in which I give you excerpts of the reading material we have planned for today, and you will have to answer questions based on what you can gather. You will work in breakout rooms and you have 5-6 minutes to do this. Link: https://forms.gle/fPtkBtfDhKbNM1xTA Conduct Feedback for 2 minutes: Cover pronunciation of minimalist and possessions. Cover form for linkers if there is time. Answers: 1. True 2. puh-ZESH-ins 3. When someone tries to live with as few things as possible. 4. There was too much stuff in them. 5. They BARELY (very little) used these things. 6. She changed her shopping habits. 7. Because they have time for important things like family and traveling. Notes: The last two questions have linkers in them which are covered in the chapter. The formula for this is to have a "Reason" and then a "Result." Cover one of these in the feedback. Remember, you can share screen and use the pen option to point things out. Also, cover the pronunciation and meaning of possessions.
Now I will give you an excerpt from the article that we will be reading today and I want you to answer two questions: (share screen) 1. You have to guess the correct title based on what you read. 2. Then you have to write one or two short sentences on what you think the rest of the article is about. You have 5 minutes to do this by yourselves and then I will put you in groups to discuss your answers together. Open Breakout rooms after 4-5 minutes. Gist Link: https://forms.gle/VNoPxjXroCcjvKF98
"Now, you will read the full article and then answer the following questions with a partner. You will have a total of 8-9 minutes." Link: https://forms.gle/FhTHbCZkDS99Duxx5 Open Breakout rooms and observe what Ss say as their answers. Conduct Feedback: Nominate or ask for volunteers to give answers. 3-5 minutes. Possible Answers: They sold and gave away the things they hardly ever used. Their book collection went down from 300 to six, they gave away kitchen equipment, and clothes. They gave away their CDs and now keep music on the computer. They put all their photos in three albums and online. They also think before buying something new. They saved a lot of money. They are happier because their stuff is now with people who need it. Their home is easy to clean. Things are easy to find. Choosing clothes in the morning is easy. They have time for important things like family and travelling. They don't have many things, but they appreciate what they have. Some of their friends love their lifestyle, and others are worried that they aren't enjoying their lives anymore.
For this last activity, I'd like for you to get into groups again and this time discuss the following question: Do you think you could live a minimalist lifestyle? Why or why not? Take 4-5 minutes to discuss with a partner. Some suggestions in case the Ss get stuck: Do you go shopping a lot? Would you be happier if you had less stuff? Why do you think so? Rachel says she has more time for things she actually cares about. She also appreciates the little stuff she has now. What do you think of this? Listen to Ss's answers and then conduct feedback for the last few mins of class.