This ELT lesson plan is designed around a delightful short film by Alyce Tzue titled Soar, and the theme of flying. Students listen to a description of a scene, visualise it, predict what is going to happen next, write a narrative, watch a short film and discuss it.
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Language level: Pre-intermediate (A2) – Upper Intermediate (B1)
Learner type: All ages
Time: 90 minutes
Activity: Listening to a description of a scene, visualising, predicting what is going to happen next, writing a narrative, watching a short film
Language: Vocabulary related to flying and planes, and present simple
Materials: Short film
Downloadable materials: soar lesson instructions
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Write to fly on the board and ask your students to come up with as many things or animals that can fly.
Elicit or explain different parts of a plane such as propeller, cockpit, wings, and fuselage.
Tell your students you are going to read them a description of a young girl called Mara who builds model planes and tries to fly them. As they listen they should visualise the situation in as much detail as possible. Read aloud the following description:
“Mara is standing in a large green field. She winds the propeller on a red and white model plane she is holding. She throws the plane into the air. At first the plane soars high, but suddenly it dips and crashes to the ground. Mara looks very disappointed. She walks to a table in the field which is covered with the blueprints for her model planes. She sits down and studies one of the blueprints, and the wind almost blows the blueprint away. Mara sighs and rests her head on a hand, and is very unhappy. All of a sudden, something from the sky hits Mara on the head and lands on the table – it is a very small blue case.”
Give students a minute or two to visualise your description.
Tell your students they are going to watch the start of a short film in which they will see Mara. Their task is to compare what they see in the film with their visualisations.
Show the film until 00:55.
Ask your students if the film was similar to their visualisations.
Pair your students and ask them to speculate on what is in the blue case and what is going to happen next.
Get feedback from the whole class on what they think is in the case and what is going to happen next.
Tell your students they are going to watch the next part of the film. As the watch they should compare what they see with their predictions.
Show the film until 01:58.
Ask your students what the mini-pilot wants to do. Elicit or explain that the mini-pilot wants to join his family’s armada which is quickly moving away.
Put your students into small groups and ask them to write the rest of the film. Give them 10 minutes to write their stories about how the mini-pilot is going to join his family. Help students with vocabulary as necessary.
Reorganise the groups so that there is a one person from each of the original groups in the new groups. Each person has to tell his/her group’s story to the rest of the new group.
Tell your students they are going to watch the rest of the film and that their task to compare their narrative with the story the film tells.
Ask your students what was in the small blue case.
Ask your students to discuss the following questions:
- Did you enjoy the film?
- How did the film make you feel?
- Does the film have a message?
Hold a plenary based on the questions.
Give your students a link to the film, ask them to watch the film and write a detailed description of everything that happens in it.
I hope you enjoy this ESL lesson.
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