A holiday report
To provide process and product writing practice of a report in the context of a holiday r
To provide students with the necessary language through reading a short report and answering questions about it, and to prepare them for the writing task
Procedure (38-44 minutes)
T shows students a picture about Rome on a PPT slide and let them guess where the place is. " Which country is this?" (Rome) "Where do people usually go? are there famous places that people tend to visit" Then T shows students one picture at a time about famous places in Rome to elicit as much ideas from the students as possible. (the Trevi fountain, the Colosseum Palace, The Vatican square, The Spanish steps) T asks students to close their eyes and imagine as if they are in Rome and ask them few questions to get them brainstorm and think of special things that can be related to that country. What can you see? What can you hear? What can you taste? Are there lots of people? What language do they speak?
T start by showing students a picture of Alex and his girlfriend "This is Alex and his girlfriend" "Where do you think are they?" 'In Rome" "Do they live there? (No) "Then, what are they doing? ( they are on holiday) T then hands out a text and the questionnaire. "Ok Now look, we have a short report about Alex and we also have a questionnaire here, we have 10 questions for Alex about his holiday." T demo the first two questions with one or two students and then let students finish the rest. "Ok let's do one and two together" "Now quickly read the text and answer the questions, you have 3 mins) Are you going to write long answers? (No) Once finished they check their answers together. Teacher sticks the answer key on the wall and get students to move around the class and correct themselves.
T highlights the importance of the use of the simple past when writing a report about a holiday that you spent. T ask students to find all the verbs used in the holiday report and circle them or underline them. "Now look at the text again and find all the verbs that Alex used to talk about his report" T demos with one or two students, and then give them a minutes to finish the rest. Quick feedback (OCF)
T asks students to think of the last place they went to in a holiday "Now, you have twenty seconds think of the last place you went on in a holiday, and write the name at the top of your pieces of paper" T asks students to stand up and leave their pieces of paper and move to write one question on the paper of the person next to them, once they finish writing the question they move to another person to write another question. until all of them have at least 5 to 6 questions "Ok Now you are going to write about your own holiday" T demos with one or two students while reminding them of Alex "Do you remember Alex? He went to Rome, When? (in August) T elicits some ideas from them, then gives them about ten minutes to write about their own holidays. Once they finish, students do peer correction.
T ask students to stick their pieces of wirings on the wall and allow them to read each others written works and correct the mistakes. T asks them few questions then "Now, as you read your classmates work, I want you to find two things that are similar to your holiday, two different things from your holiday" " Which holiday you thing is the most interesting" "Are there place you would like to go to in your next holiday?" T corrects few mistakes (OCF)