English lesson plans for Grade 7
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7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Speaking and grammar: managed to vs. could for past ability Listening and vocabulary: jobs and work customs Reading for inference: ‘Just leave the keys in it, sir’ Writing non-chronological information texts: Energy resources 188 192 196 199 202
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The lessons for Grade 7 do not represent a week’s teaching; they are drawn from different points in the teaching year to show spread rather than sequence. The objectives for the lessons are drawn from the content standards and the relevant standards in each case are indicated on the lesson plan. Main standards are shown in bold and subsidiary standards in normal print beside the objectives at the top of each lesson plan. Each lesson plan has sufficient material to support 45 minutes of direct teaching. Teachers may need to supplement the activities provided with additional simpler or more complex tasks if they have a mixed ability class. If there is too much material for 45 minutes (this depends on the class), it is up to the teacher to designate which activities will become homework or carry through to the next lesson. However, to maximise the learning cycle, teachers should be selective about which tasks to cut, and not just drop the last task because it comes at the end. Answer keys are provided to guide teacher correction and feedback but where the tasks are subjective, these answers are not intended to be presented to students as the only ‘right’ way of completing the given tasks. The lesson plans are organised as three-stage lessons with a feedback session at the end to sum up learning for students. In the speaking/grammar lesson, the three stages are presentation, practice and production. In the listening/vocabulary, reading and writing lessons the three stages are pre-, while, and post- (e.g. prelistening, while listening and post-listening). The lesson plans do not include revision warmers at the beginning to review language learned in previous lessons, nor do they include homework tasks at the end of the lesson because these lesson plans are taken out of sequence. However, the review and homework stages are necessary parts of the lesson and should be provided by the teacher.
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Speaking and grammar: managed to vs. could for past ability
• • • Use managed to to express ability in achieving one-off events in the past and contrast it with could to express continuing (life-long) ability in the past. Prepare and present a recount of past events. Revise and extend ‘adventure’ vocabulary.
Grade 7 curriculum standards 5.2, 5.3, 1.2
Resources Worksheet 7.1a Vocabulary locked (to) drown a trick
Set the scene
Give students worksheet 7.1a and elicit from them the answers to the questions. Use the pictures to pre-teach the vocabulary. Give students one minute to scan the text below the pictures. Ask the following comprehension questions to check general understanding. • • • What’s the man’s name? Houdini. When did he live? About 100 years ago. What was his job? A magician / an escape artist.
Elicit the following model sentences by questioning, get students to practise saying the sentences aloud with correct pronunciation and then write the model sentences on the board. Example question: Model sentence: Why was he famous? He could escape from anywhere.
Example questions: What happened in 1897? What are the exact words the text uses? Model sentence: In 1897 he managed to escape from a famous prison.
Get students to underline the model sentences in their worksheets and find any other sentences which use could or managed to. Get them to copy these sentences into their exercise books. Concept check
Elicit/check students understand the meaning, form and pronunciation of managed to and when to use it...
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