40 Excellent Short Stories For Middle School Middle school is a funny place. Students can be mature and insightful one minute, obtuse and petulant the next. Yet even the most resistant scholar will enjoy a good story. The 40 stories below are sometimes surprising, other times hair-raising. They are all guaranteed to raise questions and instigate discussions in your classroom that can lead to meaningful dialogues about what really matters in the lives of your students. Five-Minute Film Festival: Freedom to Fail Forward Failure is an inevitable part of life, but it's often accompanied by shame -- most people do everything in their power to avoid it. But to paraphrase educational philosopher John Dewey, a true thinker learns as much from failures as from successes. What if educators worked to take some of the sting (and the stigma) out of failing, and encouraged reflection and revision to build upon the lessons learned? Perhaps there's a goldmine of opportunities if we can re-frame failure as a valuable learning experience, an essential step along the path to discovery and innovation. Check out this list of videos to help start the conversation about embracing failure.
The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies Listen to this article as a podcast episode: Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 38:22 — 53.1MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | When I worked with student teachers on developing effective lesson plans, one thing I always asked them to revise was the phrase “We will discuss.” Film clip Main Activities Prediction, listening, grammar (wishes) and speaking. Suitable for Teens and adults, Pre-Advanced (B2.2) and above. TEACHER’S NOTES (Click here for a pdf of theTeacher’s Notes.) Put students into groups of three or four. Tell them that they’re going to see a short extract from a film. Show the film from 07:18 to 10:11.
USEFUL EXPRESSIONS TO EXPRESS YOUR OPINION In my opinion, ... In my eyes, ... To my mind, ... As far as I am concerned, ... Speaking personally, ... 6 ways to teach growth mindset from day one of school Imagine if your new class this fall was full of students who would: Be willing to try new thingsStick with hard tasks and not give upPush themselves to do their best work, not just what’s “good enough”Believe in themselves and their own ability to learn Here’s the great news–these are traits that we can help develop in our students by teaching them about how their brains work. The Other Pair This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short film by Sarah Zorik titled The Other Pair and the themes of altruism and empathy. Students watch a short film, write a story, and speak about a story. I would ask all teachers who use Film English to consider buying my book Film in Action as the royalties which I receive from sales help to keep the website completely free. Language level: Pre-intermediate (A2) –Intermediate (B1) Learner type: All ages Time: 60 minutes
Verb Tenses Worksheets "What a comprehensive site! I espcially like your verb tenses worksheets. They allow my students to really practice all the many variations. Opinions Giving Expressing Agreeing Disagreeing in English. Opiniones en Inglés Below are some phrases that you can use to help express opinions. Some of these phrases are more appropriate for written English such as giving your opinion in an essay whereas some can also be used in spoken English. Personal Point of View We use these words and phrases to express a personal point of view: Lord of the Flies Lists of Nobel Prizes and Laureates Lord of the Flies Play the Lord of the Flies Game About the game The aim of this game is to introduce some basic analytical aspects of the book and to challenge the reader's memory through play.
5 Quick and Fun Verb Games to Liven Up Your ESL Classroom “Fluffy cat sneaky mouse yummy cheese.” What’s missing from that sentence? Well verbs, of course! Adding verbs between “fluffy cat,” “sneaky mouse” and “yummy cheese” immediately lets us enjoy the colors and energies of both language and imagination in full action: “A fluffy cat saw a sneaky mouse eating some yummy cheese!” For our students to enjoy these perks of English as well, we need to get them more comfortable with verbs.
Romeo and Juliet: Plot Overview In the streets of Verona another brawl breaks out between the servants of the feuding noble families of Capulet and Montague. Benvolio, a Montague, tries to stop the fighting, but is himself embroiled when the rash Capulet, Tybalt, arrives on the scene. After citizens outraged by the constant violence beat back the warring factions, Prince Escalus, the ruler of Verona, attempts to prevent any further conflicts between the families by decreeing death for any individual who disturbs the peace in the future. Romeo, the son of Montague, runs into his cousin Benvolio, who had earlier seen Romeo moping in a grove of sycamores. After some prodding by Benvolio, Romeo confides that he is in love with Rosaline, a woman who does not return his affections. Benvolio counsels him to forget this woman and find another, more beautiful one, but Romeo remains despondent.