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Offline ariel.jagusztyn

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Adjectives in HP and predictions
« on: January 31, 2013, 08:36:51 PM »
In a low-level ESL class, perhaps in primary school-5th grade. After the students have covered a lesson about adjectives...normally they are given adjectives to memorize-and the Spanish to English translations (or whatever native language they may be). They are then taught that they go before nouns in English and typically given practice in a grammar workbook. Whether or not the students have heard about HP, they could be given a short introduction and told to read the first passage. What we are looking for here is not comprehension of the work, but they are told to read as best as they can, highlighting all the adjectives that they can find. After this is done, they should present what they have found to the class. The teacher will write down all the adjectives on the board and the students should try as best they can to figure out what the adjectives mean. The teacher can even make broader categories to groups synonyms together. If the students found other parts of speech other than adjectives the teacher can then go into a lesson about the difference. The kids may often choose adverbs as mistakes for adjectives and the lesson would focus on the differences between adverbs and adjectives. Depending on the level of the kids, they can do some comprehension. After this application, the students should use the new adjectives they have learnt in this lesson, and for homework or in class, make up sentences of their own using these new adjectives.

Depending on the children's knowledge of HP a follow-up lesson can be done about predicting chapters. After the first chapter is read, the students should predict what will happen in the following chapters and go over them in class. After they read the chapter they predicted, they should write something about how the real chapter differed from their prediction, and how they were surprised, happy or disappointed. This may not work too well with HP, depending on the kid's prior awareness, but would work definitely with other novels.

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Re: Adjectives in HP and predictions
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2013, 12:46:21 PM »
I agree that a lesson about adjectives can be given using the context of Harry Potter. However, instead of a bottom up approach - having the teacher write down all the adjectives on the board and not focusing on comprehension of the work at first, a top-down approach would be a better idea in this situation. Because there is lots of descriptive language in this book and there might be enough information for students to try to figure out what the adjectives mean with the co-text. I think a better way to utilize this book will be, after having the students reading the chapter in class without a dictionary, the teacher will show the chapter with a projector with adjectives highlighted, and based on what the students have read, they will guess what the words mean.