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  • toddsqui
  • Expert Waygook

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    • November 14, 2013, 02:53:30 pm
    • South Korea
Sentence Builder (Warning: Magazines required!)
« on: July 19, 2014, 04:02:43 pm »
Required materials: Magazine, paper, pen/pencil


(1) Distribute magazines and tell the students to copy five sentences on a blank piece of paper. They should copy them exactly as they see them in the magazines. They can be from advertisements or anything else that the students find interesting.

Now pay careful attention to this step, which is the most important...

(2) When they finish step one, tell them to proceed to make individual columns out of the sentences, such that the words run vertically instead of horizontally. Each word gets its own line. Tell the students soon afterwards that there can ONLY BE 5 words per column. Tell the students that the max number of words is 25. Here is a diagram of what it should look like, where the lines represent words.

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___     ___     ___     ___     ___
___     ___     ___     ___     ___
___     ___     ___     ___     ___
___     ___     ___     ___     ___

These two steps might take up the entire class. If they do, tell the students that you will collect their sheets. If the class isn't over, proceed to the powerpoint which has explanations for how to play the game.

(3) If you have collected the assignment from the students (presumably because the class ran out of time), modify the ppt that I have attached in this thread to include the words that your students chose. If not, just have them watch the first few slides of the ppt to get the idea of how to play and ask them to work quietly in their seats.

(4) HOW THE GAME IS PLAYED: The students, whether in pairs or in groups, have to build sentences with the separate words that run horizontally, in each row. They have five minutes to do this. You can play for points/candy or just do this as a warm-up activity before doing some other lesson. The attached PowerPoint visually demonstrates how the game is played. In case the students still don't understand the animated demonstration, there's also the Hangul to clear up any confusion (or reinforce understanding).

The attached ppt contains the words that my high school students (all of whom are male) chose in this exercise. We used People Magazine for the activity.

WARNING: If you use People Magazine, you should know that the magazine contains some pretty graphic images of males without any shirts on, with hair and nipples and all the rest. Make sure to run this by your co-teacher before using this material.

Happy playing!

I created a small web course for newbie teachers on Udemy here.