One of the best lessons I've ever had to be honest! I think we had so much fun in 5 Bukhari today. Here's the lesson for you to try.
Topic: Descriptive Writing (Describing a place)
post-it notes, A4 paper
1. Warmer: Provide each student with a post-it note. On the post-it note, write three adjectives to describe
your partner next to you.
2. Stick the post-it note on your partner's back. SS mingle to find out the adjectives describing them. (5
minutes) - the noise level was a bit over the top but the objective was achieved for this part of the lesson.
Some of the adjectives elicited were "arrogant", "fat", "fun-loving". Since I joined in the activity, Danial had
to describe me and these were the words he chose to describe me-"rich" (LOL), "friendly" and "happy-
|Danial's description of me...|
3. Next, give each ss a blank A4 paper. Coloured ones are better but I ran out of them. Get ss to trace
the outline of their hand on the paper. Then relate those fingers with the five senses. Get them to tell you
the senses and write them on the board. The next step is to ask them to draw the five senses on each
finger. They can write their name in the palm if they like. This activity is to sensitise them to the need to be
vivid in descriptive writing, hence the use of the five senses. Here's an example:
that refer to the five senses. This was the passage I used (credit: 1119 English, Koh Suat Chin, Delta
Ah Mui's room was very small and dark. Heng smelled cockroaches and urine.
All the windows were close but some of the shutters were missing. The little
baby was sleeping semi-naked on the cold, bare concrete floor. Loud Chinese
opera music was coming from the next room.
5. Circle or underline the relevant words, if possible with different colours.
6. Next, put students in groups of 3-4. (I always change the composition of the group so students can learn
as much as possible from different group members) Here is my list:
a. A bedroom
b. A Clinic
c. A bus-stop
d. A coffee shop
e. Sea shore
f. A doctor's waiting room
g. A cinema
h. A restaurant
7. Teacher lists out eight places (if you have 8 groups) on board. Each group chooses one place and
describe the place in one paragraph using descriptive words/phrases. (20 minutes) Call a student from
each group to read out his group's description. Comment on the description on the spot.
8. Get students to copy the description and submit to the teacher for evaluation.
Simple isn't it? The next lesson should be a follow-up of this lesson. Perhaps, ss can be given descriptive sentences and get ss to underline the descriptive words/phrases and then write a longer descriptive piece.
I left the class feeling satisfied (you know how some lessons 'fail' sometimes...) and really happy :) Objectives achieved! Go ahead, have a go and your feedback is most welcome. I would love this blog to be interactive :)
The Thinking Teacher