Relative clauses lesson
Upper intermediate, C1. level
To provide clarification and practice of relative clauses in the context of a text about who holds power in society.
To provide scan reading practice using a text about the Superclass
To provide fluency speaking practice in a debate in the context of politics and power.
Procedure (32-40 minutes)
T. shows a picture with the most powerful people in the world according to Forbes magazine and asks: do you agree these are the most powerful people? what would they power consist of? Would you add any other? Ss. go into breakout rooms and discuss in groups of three the questions.
T. provides a link to a Jamboard activity to be solved in pairs. Ss. go to breakout rooms and solve the activity. They match word or phrase with word class and meaning. T. provides answer key
T. provides Ss. screenshots of the text. Ss. read individually for three minutes. Ss. go into breakout rooms and do an intensive reading task.
T. shows some sentences from the text in which the identifying relative clauses are of a different color. T. asks Ss to read the sentence without the relative clauses. CQ's Does it sound complete? Yes T. asks Ss to read only the relative clauses. CQ's Does it sound complete? No. Ss. go to Jamboard and carry out a similar activity in which they have to circle relative clauses. Ss. comeback and share their findings T. elicits form (relative pronouns and adverbs) and elicits the distinction between identifying and non-identifying relative clauses. T. elicits form by asking CQs
Students go to breakout rooms and fill in the gaps of 10 sentences.
Ss. take one minute to write their opinion on who holds the power today (using the language) and then go on to breakout rooms to read their sentence and discuss.