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Gaibrial's Functions Lesson
Upper-Intermediate level


In this lesson SS are taught how to write about a story that happened in the past.


Main Aims

  • To provide process writing practice of a story in the context of travel, free time or a strange event

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of adverbials of time in the context of writing a story


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T shows a picture of someone telling a story to others, as well as 4 easy sentence starters. T asks If you look at these words, could you tell me something that happened yesterday? If SS are struggling, T gives an example. T introduces the topic of telling a quick story.

Text Analysis (6-10 minutes) • To provide an example for the SS

T and SS read the text example (see slide 2) together. CCQs: Did this story happen in the past? How do you know? Can you give me examples of words that show that it is a story? Is there a logical sequence? What word(s) do we use to start the story? What do use next? And what can we use at the end of the story? How many sentences are there? How can we write what time something happened? Do you have to write more than 5-6 sentences?

Writing (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with an opportunity to write a quick story, following the example.

SS are given Slide 5 that is a story skeleton. SS will be able to use time connectors, and they can see how many sentences are needed. For those who can't come up with a story, a visual is shown (4-panel comic). T gives 10 minutes to write the story.

Feedback (6-10 minutes) • to give positive feedback and opportunity for self-evaluation

T displays a checklist, and asks SS to evaluate their own writing based on the questions. SS then are sent to breakout rooms to discuss their evaluation. Finally, OCF is used at the end.

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