15 Apr 2014

Unit 8 The Arts

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Lead in: Brainstorm words connected to “Art”. Use an App to organize your ideas.

Complete a survey about your favorite pieces of art.

Read & examine the poster on page 86. Answer comprehension questions:

Group Activity: Create an i-movie. Read the instructions uploaded on PLATO.

Photo Story:  Download the document. read the instructions and carry out the tasks.
11 Mar 2014

Quiz Show

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download (2)Dear Students,

As we are approaching EoT2 exams, today we will have a quiz show with some games and puzzles based on Unit 4, 6 and 7.

You will be divided into two teams, Team A and Team B with a captain for each team. One student will be selected to be the referee.

Each team will have to answer questions from 4 categories. You have only 3 minutes to answer.

Before we start the game, you will watch short video clips on each unit. This will help you review vocabulary, grammar, language function and main ideas of the themes.

So get ready to take the challenge and have FUN!!!

9 Mar 2014

Writing – Describing a Person’s Personality

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clip_art_pencil_021 1. PRE-WRITING

A. Think of a person you know well. Complete the survey about that person (worksheet).

B. Look at the results of the survey and answer the questions in the worksheet.


On a separate piece of paper, write a three  paragraphs essay about the personality of someone you know well. Use vocabulary and ideas from Lessons 3 and 4. Use the following questions as a guideline. If appropriate, use verbs and phrases from the lists below. Be careful to use parallel structure.

• Who is the person?

• What is the person’s relation to you?

• Who are the people in the person’s family?

• How many siblings does the person have?

• What kind of personality does the person have?

• What are the person’s likes and dislikes?

• Are there some things the person is excited about, bored with, angry about, or worried about right now?

Words to describe likes / dislikes

  • avoids
  • hates
  • can’t stand
  • doesn’t mind
  • enjoys
  • expects
  • hopes
  • would like
  • is happy about
  • is excited about
  • is bored with
  • is sick and tired of


Meet with a partner. Read each other’s paragraphs. After reading the paragraphs, complete the Peer Feedback Checklist. Then give your partner your feedback.

5 Mar 2014

Lesson 4 Examine the impact of birth order

Author: yasmeenshakoor | Filed under: Listening Skills

Screen-Shot-2014-03-04-at-10_31_24-AM-1m3hc4j-300x170Pre-listening Activity:

Group Discussion:

1. What is birth order?

2. Do you think the order children are born affects their personalities?

3. Find the meaning of the word “siblings”.

Listening Comprehension.

Complete the following tasks on page 82:

1. Listen for main ideas.

2. Listen for specific information.

Synthesize information.

Skim the personality traits on page 83 and underline new vocabulary. Find their meanings and share with class.

Circle the traits that describe you.

Do the exercise in pairs.

Critical thinking. 

In groups, discuss the following question:

Which child do you think has the most difficult place in the birth order? Why?

Complete the checklist for yourself on page 83. Share your findings with the class by using the comment box.

4 Mar 2014

Week 9 HW

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1Read the article “Personality: from Nature or Nurture?” on page 80 of the Student’s Book.

List 10 words and their meanings in PADLET, quizlet or any other app and send the link as a comment on this post. Try to include pictures for illustrations.

Your deadline for submission is March 6, 2014.

3 Mar 2014


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summary1.A summary is a shortened, condensed version.

2.The purpose of a summary is to share the main ideas.

3.Summaries keep the same tone as the original piece and do not contain opinion.

4.Summaries do not require a formal conclusion.

A summary is about 1/3 the length of the original passage.


Use your own words when you write.

Do NOT copy sentences from the text.

Practice: Read the article “Personality: from Nature or Nurture?” on page 80 of the Student’s Book. Then, without looking at the article, summarize each paragraph, using your own words. Use the worksheet emailed to you.

Use the Summary writing Checklist to evaluate your work. summary checklist

26 Feb 2014

Lesson 3 Discuss personality and its origin

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images perPre-reading activity: Look at the picture on page 80 and describe what you see.

- Read the title of the article and answer: Why do you think this picture goes with the reading? 

Pair activity: Find the meaning of extrovert and introvert. Explain in your own words with examples.

Discuss the following questions:

1. In what way does a parent’s behavior affect a child’s development?

2. What is your definition of personality?

3. What kind of personality do you have?

Share your ideas with the class.

Vocabulary: Match the words with their definitions.

While-reading: 1. Answer questions in the worksheet. 

2. Check the statements that are true, according to the article (worksheet).

3. Discuss critical thinking questions (worksheet).

4. Answer comprehension questions (worksheet).

5. Summarize the information from a reading in your own words to help you clarify the main ideas (worksheet).

Post-reading: Complete the survey to find out if you are an introvert or an extrovert or a little of both.

Use the comment box to write your reply. Provide a real example from your life to explain your choices. Use gerunds and infinitives.

24 Feb 2014

Lesson 2 Cheer someone up

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cheer Pair Activity 1: Look at the picture. Take turns in saying as much as you can about it to each other.

Based on the picture, predict what the conversation will be about.

Read and listen to the conversation. Answer comprehension questions.

Activity 2: Grammar-Gerunds as objects of prepositions

Practice: Complete the descriptions with prepositions and gerunds on page 78.

Pair work: Answer the questions about yourself, using gerunds. Then share the information with a partner.

Complete notepadding task.

Extend the conversation using ideas and the language in the recycle box.

Share your role-plays with the class.

22 Feb 2014

Enrichment Project

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 Designing your own Car

Evaluation 3: Visual presentation (Group Activity).

This is due on Monday 24th February 2014.

Produce a visual presentation of your car for the purpose of promoting your product. This can be a video or a poster.

Evaluation 4: Oral Presentation (Group Activity).

The final part of your assignment is to give an oral presentation of your product.

This is due on Thursday 27th February 2014.

Download Task 3 & 4 Visual Presentation  guidelines to complete the task of the Enrichment project.

19 Feb 2014

Lesson 1 Get to know what someone likes

Author: yasmeenshakoor | Filed under: Likes & dislikes

Grammar_Teams400Activity 1: GRAMMAR. Gerunds and infinitives as direct objects

Gerunds and infinitives come from verb forms but function as nouns. A gerund or an infinitive can be a direct object of a verb.

Gerund = an -ing form of a verb

She enjoys painting.

Infinitive = to + a base form

He wants to paint the kitchen yellow.


• Gerunds and infinitives: other functions

Grammar Practice: 

- Complete exercise A & B on page 76.

- Complete worksheet exercises.

Download this iBook and complete the tasks.


ShowMe results for gerunds and infinitives:


Gerunds and infinitives Tutorials: 


Online Practice:

reading2Activity 2: Read and listen to a conversation about likes & dislikes.

- Find examples of positive & negative adjectives in the conversation.

- List your likes and dislikes in Gerund forms.

- Extend the conversation  on page 77.

- Role-play.