14 Song-Based Lesson Plans and Activities Although I know I like using music in my teaching, I never thought there would be so much of it on this blog when I started it over a year ago. Songs are fun, authentic sources with multiple possibilities in the classroom, but the main reason for having published 14 lesson plans and activities based on songs here is to a large extent due to copyright issues: while lyrics and songs are easily available for everyone online, access to other types of authentic texts is more limited because of copyright constraints. I also think the key to a successful song-based lesson is to deal with the text as you would with any other type of short text, whether written or oral, to practise a variety of comprehension skills, work on specific grammar and vocabulary, or introduce a topic for discussion.
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Songs and Activities for English Language Learners Songs can be an effective way to introduce or reinforce a grammar topic. Click on the topics below for companion songs and activities. (In a blog article posted Oct. 4, 2016 at AzarGrammar.com, I list some of the benefits of using songs to teach grammar that I’ve observed in my own classroom.) Adverb Clauses in the Song “Baby, I’m Yours”Comparisons with LikeGerunds as Objects of PrepositionsGerund or Infinitive after begin, start, continue, like, love, hate, can’t standGet to Do SomethingGotta: Informal Spoken English for Got ToI’ve Got It and I’ve Got ‘EmReflexive PronounsUsed to + a Verb in the Simple FormWish + Simple Past: Making a Wish About the Present Verb Tenses:Future with Gonna: Talking About the WeatherFuture with Gonna: Talking About PlansFuture with Will: Offering to HelpFuture with Will: Making PromisesPresent Perfect: It’s Been vs. Adverb Clauses in the Song “Baby, I’m Yours”Level: High Intermediate and AdvancedPair with the Song: “Baby, I’m Yours” (Arctic Monkeys, 2006)
Best Short Stories for Middle Schoolers, As Chosen by Teachers It can be a challenge to get middle schoolers interested in reading. The thought of tackling a thick novel can be overwhelming, especially toward the end of the school year when attention spans and patience for reading are often running short. Short stories are always a great choice. In addition to requiring less of a time commitment, they are an easy way to expose your students to new authors and genres. Also, the best short stories are every bit as engaging and meaningful as the best novels. Lesson Plans and Printables See below for links to the latest lessons and worksheet printables, as well as all previous lessons and printables in the Heads Up series. Materials are listed in chronological order with the most recent first. NEW! Be a Science Fact-Checker Use this lesson, student worksheet, and vocabulary list to reinforce comprehension of the student article “Be a Science Fact-Checker.” Students will build skills in science literacy to help them evaluate science stories and articles, especially those they encounter online and in social media. (First published 2018)
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English Vocabulary Exercises Exercises by Category All Adjectives: List of Words (click for definition) All Adjectives: Exercises Arts, Entertainment & Literature: List of Words (click for definition) Arts, Entertainment & Literature: Exercises Crime & the Law: List of Words (click for definition) Classroom Materials » BEG Song Lessons written by Patti Spinner and Maria Spelleri Azar Grammar Series: Basic English Grammar, 4th edition Song Lessons reinforce grammar structures using well-known songs. You may download, reproduce and adapt the material to suit your classroom needs. The Song Lessons are available as Word documents or PDF files. [Another good resource for teachers who like to use song-based activities in the classroom is Songs and Activities for English Language Learners.]
Short Stories at East of the Web A game of Scrabble has serious consequences. - Length: 4 pages - Age Rating: PG 'Twin Peaks': Meet Jake Wardle, Whose Accent Nearly Stole Part 14 Major spoilers ahead for “Twin Peaks: The Return” up to Part 14. It’s hard to steal a scene in a “Twin Peaks” installment, especially after everything that happened in Part 14. But Freddie Sykes, played by newcomer Jake Wardle, somehow managed to do just that. And it’s partially thanks to YouTube.
Caves Question time! Why have the girl and her companion entered the caves? Who do you think the girl is? Who is her companion?