Lesson PlansAn archive of all activities and lesson plans on English Advantage by date order. All content is original and developed by me, and I try to give credit for anyone who inspired me or whose ideas I borrowed. You are free to use any lesson plans or activities in any way you like, to print out, download, modify, or link to anything on this site. However, please do not post any of my lesson plans on your site or present any content as if it was your own original work. Thanks.
Is there any better place to turn to start a discussion of a holiday than the Charlie Brown special about it? This comprehension and discussion lesson plan has students watch A Charlie Brown Christmas, discuss the true meaning of Christmas, and also be introduced to traditions like the Christmas pageant and snowball throwing!
“This is Halloween” is the opening song from the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. It makes a great introduction to Halloween, especially setting the mood. Note that this song is not to be confused with the Marliyn Manson song of the same name!
A Christmas lesson plan that discusses the American Santa Claus and his counterparts in other parts of the world. Since I teach in the post-Soviet Union, where Ded Moroz, or Grandfather Frost, brings presents on New Year’s Day and has some other differences, I thought a comparison of Kazakhstan’s holiday traditions and American traditions was a good introduction to Christmas. But of course, you could compare American Santa Claus and Sinterklass or other variations in your students’ cultures.
I hate teaching students new words. Finally, I developed a model that I really like that brings together all the theories of how students should be introduced and start to practice words. It also involves all four skills. This lesson plan explains the model and provides example materials, but presumably you would adapt them to your own classroom.
Teachers at my school dread teaching the opposing argument and rebuttal because students struggle with it so much. The first time I taught this it literally took a week to get them able to make an outline. So I developed this set of worksheets, handouts and lesson plans to teach students to write rebuttals into an argument or opinion essay. It’s been a huge success! After this lesson, students will understand why we write opposing arguments, how to use them, and the relationship between the opposing argument and support. This lesson is for more advanced students and will take around 3 days.
A great method from the Michigan Guide for writing good body paragraphs quickly and easily with 6 simple questions.
Randy makes an important scientific discovery and writes to the Nobel Prize Committee. But he doesn’t get an answer!
I’ve always thought St. Patrick’s Day was a good chance to teach about Ireland. I’ve found lessons focused on St. Patrick come out too religious and lessons about the holiday itself tend toward discussions of heavy drinking. One good activity that has worked well in the past for lessons on a country is a good old Webquest. So here’s a little webquest/scavenger hunt about Ireland with a few longer extension assignments. All the Webquest questions have been tested as being not too hard to find using key words, but some …Continue
A lesson plan that touches on bad grammar and slang used in pop music. Students will learn common terms like, “ain’t”, “got no”, and “we be”. They then discuss why pop songs often have bad grammar and spelling and also whether these terms are really all that bad.
This lesson aims to teach students the vocabulary of everyday tools like hammer, screwdriver and associated verbs–to hit, to screw, to lift. As well as other vocab related to technology and the functions of objects. Then they use that vocabulary to come up with a new invention. It can easily be adjusted to any level of student by raising or lowering your demands on detail from students.
What Do You Need? worksheet
What Can You Use worksheet
An example of a Rube Goldberg machine, such as Rube Goldberg machinethis one.
Hand out the What …Continue
This is a pretty simple discussion lesson plan to get students talking about food from different perspectives. It can be used as part of a lesson, or supplemented with activities, games, and so on. I found this was a good lesson to do when I was still getting to know students because it is a pretty universal topic and as a foreigner in a foreign country, students love telling me about their traditional food!
A listening exercise where students listen to the song Tom’s Diner by Suzanne Vega and fill in missing verbs in the Present Continuous. Then students discuss the song and why the Present Continuous tense is used instead of the traditional past simple so it’s great for reviewing verb tenses. You can find the song on iTunes or almost any music download site.
This is a lesson plan I originally devised to go with the Straightforward Intermediate textbook, lesson 8A on newspapers. I thought it would be good to bring in some realia so I bought an English newspaper and came up with this activity sheet for my student. I think it works well as a stand-alone activity. And of course it could be adapted to work with a news website
Randy makes a new friend. A reading that teaches possessive pronouns in a reading text for beginners and young learners, and also introduces Katie, the diamond-loving cat.
As the first day of school comes closer a lot of teachers are getting ready to start school. This is just a quick list of some lesson plans I like to do on the first day. Some of them are mine and some of them were written by others but I have used each one very successfully.