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Please help: Need some advice for an amazing lesson!

Discussion in 'English' started by islandme, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. Hi
    I have an interview on Thursday, at a school I am desperate to work in. Howevever, I'm struggling with the lesson. I'm to teach 10 yr top set girls on writing to 'Inform' OR 'Explain'. Such a terribly dry topic, and for this reason I'm struggling to come up with something that's going to be different and 'innovative'. I've had advice from teachers to put them into 4 groups and to get them to analyse articles, but have also been told that this activity is 'boring' and won't get me the job.
    I have 30 minutes.
    Would really appreciate some ideas, as I've never taught this before.
    Thanks so much x
  2. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

  3. Hi,
    if you really want to stick with the initial idea, make it fun!:
    1) 4 groups 4 text types- 1st group have to they have to identify the correct text type (the explain/ inform one).
    2) Pass the text on to next group who have to highlight sections of text that make it explain/ inform.
    3) Pass the text on to next group who have to look closely at the highlighted sections (from previous group) and identify the techniques that make it inform/ explain (e.g.objective view, chronological etc).
    4) Return to original group- look at learning objectives- then rank what the most important- least important features of the inform/ explain text type are.
    5) Plenary: true or false questions about inform/ explain tasks.
    Good luck!


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