This is my first post on writing. I have not written a post on writing because my students do not like to write and I felt that the textbook activities were enough for them. However, as I have to observe my younger colleagues, it so happened that I saw them teaching the same thing twice. And as I got bored I started to create a lesson that I would teach using the same topic. And this post is the result of the activity.
The aims of the lesson are these:
- To write a letter about their favourite toy with young learners.
- To learn some basic phrases for writing a letter.
- To practise their reading skills.
To achieve these objectives, I have prepared a reading activity, a vanishing drill and a worksheet with several exercises. I hope you find them useful.
Writing a letter – reading
Print the following set of letters. Cut them and place each letter around the classroom.
Print the following worksheet. You need to print it in colour, otherwise your learners will not be able to complete the first task.
Hand out the worksheet and tell the students to take their pens and walk around the classroom, read each letter and write whose toys are in the pictures. Students can cooperate and help each other here. This activity takes about ten minutes.
Check their answers in the end.
Writing a letter – vanishing drill
To teach the key phrases, I have prepared the following vanishing drill. Display the first slide and read each sentence aloud. Ask your students to repeat after you. Read the slide at least twice.
Display the second slide. Now, some words are missing. Ask the students to read the slide aloud (all of them at once). They have to say the words that are not there, too. Go on displaying more slides. Each time several new words vanish.
In this way, your students will learn to pronounce the words correctly and they will memorise the basic phrases from the presentation.
Writing a letter
After finishing the drill, ask your learners to complete the exercise two on their worksheet.
Check their answers and now ask them to think about their favourite toy. Elicit a few descriptions of their favourite toy and now tell them that they have to write a letter about their favourite toy.
Collect their letters at the end of the lesson and correct them. Ask the students to bring the toy they wrote about into the next lesson.
In the following lesson, ask the students to place their favourite toy on their desks. Choose several letters, read them aloud and students have to say who wrote the letter.