This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short film called Vocabulary 1 by Becky James. In the lesson students write and tell a story, watch a short film and reconstruct the story it tells.
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Language level: Elementary (A1)– Intermediate (B1)
Learner type: All ages
Time: 60 minutes
Activity: Writing and telling a story, watching a short film, speaking and writing
Language: Vocabulary related to houses, past simple tense
Materials: Short film
Downloadable materials: vocabulary 1 lesson instructions
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Dictate the following words:
Snake Window Butterfly Lamp
Fence Table House Bookshelf
Toast Chair Cup Kettle
Toothbrush Rope Mirror Door
Elicit or explain the meaning of each word. Go through the pronunciation.
Tell your students they are going to write a story using the past simple in which they have to use all the items of vocabulary. Give them an example of how the story could start, such as:
“Once upon a time there was a beautiful green snake who lived in a big, old house. One day the snake got up and brushed her teeth. She went into the kitchen, turned on the kettle and made a cup of tea. Then she made some toast and put butter and jam on it. She put the cup of tea and toast on a table, sat on a chair and looked out of the window and saw a yellow butterfly …”
Give students 10 minutes to write their stories.
Pair your students and ask them to read out their stories to their partner.
Hold a plenary session and try to find the most creative/funniest/weirdest story. Next try to find out any common elements in their stories.
Tell your students they are going to watch a short film which shows a story in which all of the items of vocabulary are seen. As they watch their task is to try to understand and remember the story.
Show the film.
In their pairs students try to retell the story.
Ask the whole class to reconstruct the story.
Tell your students they are going to watch the film again. This time they should check if their reconstructed story was correct.
Get your students to retell the story again.
Ask your students if there were any similarities between their stories and the story shown in the film.
If you use a coursebook which has pages of vocabulary with illustrations or photos of the target vocabulary, choose 2 pages at random and select 10 words from each page. Dictate the 20 words and tell your students that their homework is to write a story which uses all the items of vocabulary. If you don’t use a coursebook with pages of illustrated vocabulary, choose 10 words from one subject area you are going to study and 10 from another, and follow the same procedure outlined above.
I hope you enjoy this ESL lesson.