The theft of a snowman – lesson plan

Credit for the idea for this lesson plan must go to Anna Musielak, in yet another example of Twitter to the rescue: Last night, I tweeted that, because my college had been closed due to snow, I had no idea what I was going to teach today. Luckily, Lika was on hand for some help with my Entry 1 class (beginner to elementary level) and some ideas for snow related activities, and Anna helped with a great suggestion for my upper-intermediate students in the afternoon. Here’s how I set up the theft of a snowman role-play: I wrote the word snow in big letters on the board and asked my students to write words or phrases they associate with it; there followed a brief discussion, asking them to explain the choices behind some of their words or phrases I then handed out the following word cloud with words from this news story reported recently on the BBC News website: Woman dials 999 to report snowman theft in Kent I asked my students to think of sentences using words in the word cloud to predict what the story was all about Then I showed them this word cloud, with words from the headline, and asked them to rearrange the words: I then played audio from the story (available at the BBC link above, and there is also a video version on YouTube – see below) We then discussed the woman’s use of language, and revised the students’ suggested sentences Role play I assigned the role play in three parts. Students were one of the following: the snowman’s maker, the snowman...