Saturday, 18 April 2015

A fighter's Lines: Lesson Plan

Tomorrow is observation day! Yours truly will be observed by the PK1. Can't say am excited but it's something schools do as a routine. Even after years of teaching and observations, no one can really say they enjoy being observed :) I normally have a habit of outlining the lesson plan of the observed lesson and keeping all the necessary files in one folder. Well, here's the plan. Hope I can execute it well tomorrow. In case you have better ideas you can still advise me o.k :) Just leave your comments.

Happy teaching peeps!

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Time: 80 minutes
Objectives:  SS will be able to show understanding of the poem by translating the poem into BM with the correct nuances.



1.    WARM UP
       (5 mins)

1.       T plays the  Hangman Game: WORN, REMNANTS, WHEELCHAIR, VOICE
2.       T elicits ss reponses.
3.       T relates the words with the poem they will be studying.
marker pen

   ( 20 mins)

1.     Divide ss into groups of 4.
2.     Give each group a piece of the reconstructed poem.
3.     Tell ss to reconstruct the lines the way they remember the poem.
4.     Remember to ask SS to close their textbooks.
5.     T checks for hand signals (Thumbs) to check if SS understand instructions.
6.     SS discuss in groups.
7.     Call individuals to read the poem.
8.     Teacher shows the correct version on LCD.
9.     SS stand and read poem aloud with feelings.

(1 per group)

     (20 mins)

1.    SS recall poem by showing ppt of poem.
2.    T goes through poem line by line and prompts ss to answer.
3.    T calls individual SS to respond to questions.
4.    T calls SS to orally say what they have learned from the poem.


(30 mins)

1.     T asks SS to translate the poem in BM with the correct nuances onto a mah jong paper.
2.     SS do a gallery walk and use post-it notes to comment on peers’ work (2 stars and a Wish)
3.     T calls SS to read their version of the poem if time permits
4.     Poems will be printed and displayed on the English Board.

*Beyond the text activity
mah jong papers
marker pens
post-it notes
(5 mins)
1.    T calls SS to verbally say what they have learnt about the poem.

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  1. instead of translating it into BM, why don't you ask them to rewrite the poem?

    1. Good idea but perhaps in the next lesson? That is more challenging than translating I think. My aim is to use both the first and second language to help reinforce understanding of the poem. Rewrite in what way sintaicharles?

  2. Hello Pn Rahmah, I'm just wondering if you have any follow up lesson plans for this. I have a hard time thinking how to introduce themes and moral values to the kids.

    What I did as the follow up from reciting and finding the meaning of the poem is to get them to rewrite the content of the poem as a note to the future generation. As Induction, I've got them to write what they want to say to their grandchildren by giving sentence stem : "I wish my grandchildren will know that..."

    Then, we go through the poem again. I gave them a set of questions for every stanza. They have to be the persona and write the answer in the point of view of the persona. The questions are to help them understand between the lines and guide them before writing their note/letter to the future generation.

    The weaker ones needed prompts and translation because most questions might be a little HOTs.

  3. Sorry for the late reply, you may have them write dedications to people whom they think have contributed much to society. Just my two cents, don't know whether it works or not. But occasionally I will pick some Malay poems and ask the students translate them into English. But my colleagues will complain that they have nothing to do with the syllabus.

    1. Only English teachers understand what you were trying to do in class trust me! If they can, they will shackle not only your hands and legs but your creativity as well! Son't be disheartened ok :)


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