Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

It is a brainstorming activity before introducing the theme and the moral of the literary piece “Mr. Know All”. The story presents that first impression is often misleading since physical appearances might be deceptive. The teacher presents to the class ten photos of various people around the world. In pairs, the students are asked to choose one photo and answer ten questions.

A Thousand Lights of Sun

Using the poem "As I grew Older" as both a trigger and a two-voice exercise for incorporating both Active Listening and the Ladder of Inference.

Media and its Impact on Us

Strengthen learners’ media literacy by exploring how two alternative strategies and approaches in bullying prevention media influence our perceptions of others. Learners will use these two approaches to analyze the behavior and motivation of two characters in the short story, “Tuesday of the Other June,” by Norma Fox Mazer. (For Grades 9-10)

More is Less or Less is More?!

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.

I Am All Ears!

Use role-play & fishbowl methodology to practice active listening and providing relevant information for the situation to gather data from the other's point of view to facilitate effective communication to achieve better understanding.

The Difficult Conversation That Never Was

The difficult conversation that never took place in A Summer's Reading by Bernard Melamud "Just think kids, if this difficult conversation DID take place, and Cattanzara was adept at negotiations, chances are there wouldn't be a story for you to learn.”

Mr. Kelada’s Real Identity

Students will create a dialogue between Mr. Kelada and the narrator that doesn’t actually exist in the story Mr. Know All (by W. Somerset Maugham).  The timing of this conversation would be immediately after Mr. Kelada stated publicly that he had been mistaken and that Mrs. Ramsey’s pearls were fake – BEFORE the narrator learns the truth at the end of the story.  The timing of this conversation would be immediately after Mr. Kelada stated publicly that he had been mistaken and that Mrs. Ramsey’s pearls were fake – BEFORE the narrator learns the truth at the end of the story.  Using Inquiry, Acknowledgement and Advocacy, the students will learn how to conduct effective conversations that aim at helping them better understand others.    I’ve also developed an extension activity which focuses on the concept of personal identity. It is aimed at more advanced students and for teachers who want to make their students more aware of the use of negotiation processes in daily interactions.

A Data Pool or a Swimming Pool?

The activity includes looking at pictures, watching a video clip and reading a poem to help students learn to judge a situation from different perspectives, acknowledging the fact that in the base of each ladder of inference there is a data pool.

Technology and Human Beings

The modern era controlled by technology creates a huge gap between people of old and young ages. Unfortunately, people are not aware of the disaster that they live without feeling and understanding their grandparents and parents who will pass away and always wished to share with them a meal, a conversation. Sons and daughters are busy chasing life’s changes without noticing that they are losing precious moment with their families. The video of “Changing Batteries” shows this point in the saddest way - how robots may feel human beings more than their sons and daughters. Student will discuss this social problem and creatively express their thoughts by writing a dialogue between the characters.

The Mysterious Voice

Students will guess and describe the speaker by hearing some lines about the figure or by reading a quote that the figure has stated. In order to make the game interactive, students will have several quotations from different characters.

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