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The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost – introducing the communicative concept of negotiation, connecting to English language use in classroom, using experimental explanatory teaching methods.
- Interests vs opinions
- Inquiry & acknowledgment vs advocacy
- Ladder of inference – data, interpretation, conclusion
- Focusing on the goal – win-win
- Expressing empathy before offering solution
Lead-in / Preparation
- Choose the English center for this activity – it has two entering doors.
- Prepare signs for the doors to choose either one to enter – path one & two.
- Prepare two different boxes of sweets – toffies & candies.
- Ask students to choose and open one of the boxes.
- Handout worksheets with HOTS literature concepts.
- Handout vocabulary list of negotiation vocabulary/chunks/fill in sentences.
- Handout sheet to choose a summarizing activity – reflection/video clip/flashcards.
Estimated Class-Time Required
- 90 minutes-lesson for pre-activity, basic understanding and summarizing.
- 45 minutes-lesson to prepare post-activity.
- 45 minutes-lesson to present in class.
Description of Activities
- Meet students at English center and ask to choose a door to enter.
- Ask them to choose a box to open and pick a sweet.
- Handout WS to write process of decision – small groups.
- Switch candies – negotiation skills – inquiring, acknowledgement, advocacy.
- Relate to HOTS and ladder of inference – data, interpretation, conclusion.
- Start preparing the portfolio with WS.
- Read the poem.
- Answer LOTS questions from Literature book.
- Prepare flashcards with negotiation concept vocabulary/questions/chunks.
- Plan final assignment – post activity – reflection/video clip/poster/dance, etc.
Key Vocabulary / Phrases
- New vocabulary – HOTS, poem, negotiation.
- Asking questions chunks – interview, inquiry.
- Reflection vocabulary.
- Completing a Literature portfolio as per inspectorate request.
- Creating a video clip.
- Interviewing a family member/friend on a personal dilemma.
- Building similar activity for youth movement activity/dancing drill/sports drill, etc.
- Preparing a slam poem on the topic.
- Creating an activity using the skills of inquiry, acknowledgement and advocacy.
- Presenting it in class.
- Mentioning three new skills gained from this activity.
This activity is planned for 11th graders 4 points students, medium level of English.
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