Lesson 8-1 The First lesson - Teaching how to follow an English Story: "The Big Daikon"...

Jan 15 2010 0 Comments by The ENB

Teaching how to follow a story...

(that is in English by the way)...

Finally... Stories in English!

"The Big Daikon (or is that Turnip...)"

(Well, what a terrible looking lesson from the get go. Well, that's what I thought any ways. I mean, just looking at the first page of the chapter you kind of think to yourself, "WHAT AM I SUPPOSE TO BE TEACHING HERE?!?!?")

The first page has 4 pictures of four famous stories on page 50 and on page 51 in Book 2 there is a picture of a big turnip or a big daikon still in the ground, unpicked, and 4 or 5 other little daikons in the ground next to it with no characters at all. (Nobody really threw me a bone on this one, you know, filled me in, or gave me a clue all the way up to this lesson.)

And did I really feel ignorant because just looking at the page 50 pictures (on the left) which are actually part of a quiz for the students, but I really had no clue in the world what those stories were about except for "Little Red Riding Hood."

Eigo Note Book 2 Lesson 8 page 50 and 51 full page view


But they all are (which I found out via the handy Teachers Book) Momotaro, Little Red Riding Hood, The Big Turnip, and The White Horse.

The Teachers Book helped but the lesson plan leaves much to be desired. But I'm not one to give up without a fight and if it's my job to make these Eigo Note lessons better and more interesting then so be it. (Whimper, whimper, whimper ...I need my job...)

Well, it needs a lot of revision and it looked as if we had done the lesson strictly by the Teacher's Book, it would have bombed! I mean the first half on page 122 in the Teacher's Book looks ok, but the second half of the plan on page 123 is just one big quiz!

Where did all this come from? Side by Side Book 1's Teachers Book? Well "lol" to all those who worked on it but this plan looks more like it is for an adult lesson than a kids lesson and if you're planning on using that plan just take into account first how many items you think half of the kids in the classroom could possibly answer.

And I'm not going to soften up another quiz like I did in the last chapter. But, I would have liked to quiz my homeroom teachers on Let's Listen 2 with what was on page 123 of the Teachers Book. So, my main point: "It's not as easy as 123." Get it? Page 123... Ha ha! That is so cheesy. (But I'm The ENB and "Webmaster" of this Domain so I can be cheesy if I want to... gosh... I've been living too long here... I'm starting to think "I'm a legend in my own mind"... like a few other webmasters out there, maybe.)

But I don't want to keep you waiting any longer so here's my plan:

1. Intro the class etc.

2. Review the Lesson 7 Chant. Praise the kids for remembering. Quiz them on each item from "get up" to "go to bed" just to see if they remembered.

3. Tell them they are all so great for remembering. (Do your good deed for the day...)

4. How about Time? "What time DID you go to bed LAST NIGHT? At ...? Use some student numbers to get a few volunteers to answer and the HRT can translate "last night" and "did you."

5. Praise the kids again, because they'll need it for this lesson. And tell them "I love you," (like Dr. Evil said to Minnie-me, in Austin Powers, the movie, if you really want to.)
(Why? Because they will hear "I love you." in the CD rom for the quiz about the White Horse story, so maybe one or two students will catch it then, too. You'll understand why in a lower point. The Dr. Evil skit was just for fun.)

6. OK, enough reviewing. Get back into Lesson 8. Tell the kids "Today's Lesson is Lesson 8!" And ask the kids, "Please read the title with me... Lesson 8... Please help me... Original No Geki o Skuro!" (Translated as "Let's make an original story.") (If you can't perfect the Japanese just mumble and the kids will help you or takeover and drown out your voice. Either way works for me to get the kids in focus from the start of any activity in the textbook.)

7. But seriously folks, ask the kids "What is "geki" in English?" (C'mon... if the kids can't figure out by now what you are asking, send them back to Grade 3... Well... that's just a joke...) But either them or the HRT should be able to come up with an answer.

(If neither can find an answer, you must be working somewhere deep in the "inaka" bowels of Japan, Okinawa, or just right in the heart of Osaka. If all the kids knew the answer, then you must be working in Akita-ken, right? That's not really a joke, but I think the whole Elementary School Aptitude Testing thing that was done all across Japan (last year wasn't it?) was a little rude too. I mean, according to the grapevine all the teacher's in Mie complained that they came in 50 something'th place because of all the foreign students living in the area. Plus, I have no idea why the results were released to all the news stations and media anyway's. Seems that was a little ignorant as well.)

8. Praise the one who does get the answer, and say "Yes! Story!" "Repeat after me... Story..." like in classic Teacher's Book style, if you want to. I had written it down on the electronic blackboard, so the kids could get some sight-reading in there and review the phonics for "st".

9. Then tell the kids "So, here are four famous stories... Do you know them?... Please teach me their names in Japanese?...
What is the first one...? Did you say "Momotaro"? Well, that means "Peach-boy" in English, doesn't it?"
Well, some kids or the HRT may tell you that Taro is a name and I even got asked by a student, "What would the title be in English using an English name?" (because I had written "Momo Taro" on the board and the HRT corrected it to "Momotaro" but I guess the kid had the idea in his head because of the "Momo Taro"). So, I answered, "How about Peach-Tommy, or Peach-Michael because you know who is really popular right now.

Next you can introduce the quiz. If you want to follow this... try the next point.

Optional Point:

9b: Now if you really want to, and with the help of the HRT, you can introduce this next point, which I personally believe is the main point for this lesson and the items on page 50.

"When listening to stories or other things in a different language, think of this rule:
How many times have I heard in Japanese schools the words "wakaranai, wakaranai," when people or kids don't understand something in another language. In America, we sometimes say that but what most people think in those countries that are bilingual is "shoganai, ne" or it can't be helped. Of course, you wouldn't understand. It's a new language! So it's natural you wouldn't understand everything. TRY and GUESS a little for a few words that you might already know."

(Guess in Japanese is "yo-so-suru" I believe. )

10. So, let's try our best with the quiz: (which was sooooooooooooo easy... you really didn't have to understand English to get the answers...and I really loved the part when Momotaro said, "hello." A few kids cracked up too.)

Now the main point for the quiz in my view is of course, just listening for "gist" and for words the kids may already know. So, after we had done the quiz and checked the answers we asked the kids, "Who got perfect?" Well, all of them basically. But here's the kicker, ask them how? They'll tell you because of the sound effects, the old man's voice, the wolf's howl, etc. But that's not what we were looking for so we asked the kids to give us the "words" they had heard which gave them the right answer. You'll soon get a few words for each story like peach, boy, Grandma, I'm hungry, 123, Please come here, I love you (there it is so remember Dr. Evil ok?), white, horse. And maybe a few others.

So, great you've just proved your point in point 9b and then you can ask the kids, "Did you panic?"

11. As we introduced Let's Listen 2 on page 51, I guess the kids can already figure out it has something to do with the The Big Daikon story so why not have a little writing time for a break and have the kids write down "The Big Daikon" just below that picture on page 50 and the other titles only if they request for it. (Respect their freedom of choice ...ok.)

12. So, since, the theme is The Big Daikon, we told the kids we wanted to introduce the characters first. So, we went thru Grandpa, Grandma, the Girl, the Dog, the Cat, and the Mouse.

13. Then we introduced some of the vocabulary or rather those expressions which Grandpa and Grandma used in the first scene. It was really easy. Just pause and play, pause and play, the CD rom or CD after each expression
and explain it for the kids from "Please help me," one item at a time until you reach the chorus. We also had the kids do some speaking practice with the items just to let them sink in. I don't think you have to do the chorus since I was hoping the kids would ask us about those items on their own accord. (Respect their freedom of choice...)

14. We asked the kids if they have any questions, and when they were ready we told them this will take about three minutes to listen to the whole story in English so listen carefully. After a free question talk about it we moved on. ("Who panicked?" in your classes...)

15. After we finished, we skipped the teacher's book plan of testing the kids over and over and opted to do Let's Listen 3 and give the kids a chance to "really achieve some success in this lesson." The kids had first went thru a round of review for the character names, Grandpa to mouse, and the meaning of "pull" just before we started the quiz. The kids had fun using the electronic blackboard as we checked the answers together. I think playing each scene and checking it before playing the next one was the best way for us.

16. On for another review of the story, and we finished off with just listening to the chant.

17. The kids did look a bit tired and even though my kids won't admit it, I still showed a YouTube video on the electronic blackboard, as a little prize for being so brave. (You can show them on a powerpoint template or just use the internet if you haven't figured that one out yet. I'm not sure who is really interested so just send me a message if you want to know how. The kids really do get a kick out of it - these YouTube presentations of mine. Maybe I should post a few templates for the downloads page but I'm not really sure if anyone is interested so I guess I'll wait for a few requests for one by email. That way I'll know you are reading this and that you really want to create something original and not so static looking by adding a video or two. You know where my email is located...so feel free to contact me. Or, if you'd like me to create a full screen page for you here filled with videos you'd like to show your students I'd be happy to oblige. As long as they are safe for kids to watch like the one below:)




The one above I showed the kids. The one below is just one of my favorites. (Potter Puppets) and the creator's link of course... is... http://www.potterpuppetpals.com/





(I don't really visit the next site below as much as you might think, but once in a while you kind of discover things on the internet and just think to yourself, "Hey, maybe I can use this!"


18. As an addendum to point 9b: You can lead in this topic by showing this video from Cracked.com:


Then ask the kids questions like "Did you understand it? What's his name? What is he selling? How much is it?"
"How did you feel about watching this video?" "Did you panic.....?" "How did this make you feel?"

Wow! That's 18 points for one lesson. I couldn't believe we had filled in so much material. But the main point for today's lesson
was for listening and reasoning skills, so the kids could not really get in much speaking time. But we had a good time and I think
the kids felt better about themselves knowing it was alright to panic but not to really give up on themselves... and English.

Hope you have a good lesson...




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