BEATLEMANIA introduced at Experimental lyceum of University of Athens. Teacher: Ourania Koutrouli

13/04/2011 18:04

 

LESSON PLAN

Experimental School of The University of Athens

Number of students : 16

Teacher: Ourania Koutrouli

Grade / English Level: 1st Senior High School/ Mixed ability class (levels Pre-intermediate-Advanced).

Subject: Songs conveying messages relevant to the modern world.

Duration: 45 min.

Aim and description: Listening to while watching videos of authentic songs (The Beatles), exchanging opinions in order to produce a written response justifying their choice made through the process of jukebox jury.

Materials: Laptop, projector, speakers, power point presentation Beatles mania.ppt (228 kB), photocopies of song lyrics, photocopies of derivatives grid and exercise. See URL for lyrics and videos http://www.lyricstube.net/ 

Procedure

Step 1: Warm up (3 min).

Questions: Do you know the Beatles? Why still popular?

Presenting the advertisement in the Rolling Stone magazine and inviting them to take part in a competition with a view to winning prizes.

Objective: Providing motivation to students to perceive this as a real life task.

Step 2: Presenting new vocabulary.

Objective : To understand unknown words and hidden meanings in the lyrics.

Step 3: Watching the youtube video of the song.

Step 4: Getting students into groups to discuss and write the message of the song.

Objective: To do group work where one in each team acts as a secretary and writes the message.

Step 5: Reporting findings to the class.

Step 6+7: Repeating the procedure for the second and third songs.

Step 8: Voting for the best song, giving points on a scale from 1 to 5 (as a group) taking into consideration the criteria set by the magazine.

Objective: To take part in a relaxing activity.

Step 9: Writing the beginning of the letter in their groups.

Step 10: Assigning homework. Filling in the gaps with derivatives in the photocopy provided.

VERB

ADJECTIVE

NOUN

ADVERB

 

 

revolution

 

 

 

 evolution

 

 

 

destruction

 

 

 

 solution

 

 

 

contribution

 

 

 

 constitution

 

 

 

institution

 

change

 

 

 

 

lonely

 

 

bury

 

 

 

 

CHOOSE THE APPROPRIATE FORM OF THE WORDS IN THE BOX TO FILL IN THE GAPS IN THE BLANKS BELOW

1.       The School Principal has always followed a concise policy concerning disciplinary matters and this has been a …………. factor to the school’s good reputation.

2.       The invention of yet another successful gadget has …………….. the way office work is being done.

3.       Paul has always been an inveterate ……………..   so you will rarely see him enjoying the company of others.

4.       I have often been asked what ……………… happiness but I’m not sure I can answer precisely.

5.       The passage from adolescence to adulthood involves an ……………. process we have all been through.

6.       Do you know if this substance is water   …………….   ?

7.       Afternoon tea has become an …………… practice and we all enjoy it at the office.

………………………………………………………………………………..

    Key :   1. contributory    2. revolutionized     3. loner

                4. constitutes     5. evolutionary       6. soluble    7. institutional

Step 11 Next lesson

Finishing of the letter or doing a gap-filling activity on a modern-day mania (English mania).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjCYle0obcw 

 

Post -demonstration-lesson discussion

 THINKING   BEHIND THE BOX

Using songs in a classroom, a practice, we as teachers have being trying for the past two decades in our classrooms becomes an even more valuable tool nowadays with the downloadable uTube videos.

The songs chosen become more meaningful because they are about issues of interest to teenagers but also because of the way they are presented, the power of image. They foster a relaxed, stress free atmosphere in the classroom, where a variety of themes can be discussed, and as in today’s lesson they can provide a stimulus for writing, which if done in groups can prove an excellent opportunity to share knowledge about grammar etc.

This final point is of utmost importance for First Grade Senior High School pupils where a lot of emphasis should be placed on teaching writing and exposing them to as much written work as possible, as they are asked to produce a written piece of 150 words in their final exam.

With all these in mind, I chose songs and a class vote (jukebox jury) to give them input in an area they are familiar with (they are a very musical group) and also to make the whole activity challenging and meaningful.