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1 Workbook-linked lesson plans and materials Elac WRITING A DIARY ENTRY: TASK 2 Note: You do not have to use all or even any of the activities outlined here. Below are some ideas which you may find useful when teaching this task from the workbook. Stage 1 language features of a diary entry 1. Write A Diary Entry on the board and elicit what it means. 2. Now hand out the first worksheet and get them to do it in pairs. 3. Combine the pairs into fours and get them to exchange ideas. 4. Feedback session you should be able to elicit the following but you may have to supply quite a lot. They should add to their worksheet as you go along. Content. What type of information is included? Personal lots of I and we Organisation. How are ideas organised? Short paragraphs headed with the date of the entry How are ideas joined together? Lots of time conjunctions and additives such as and, then, afterwards etc. Style informal Tenses usually past but some futures for plans especially going to Verbs: lots of action verbs such as went, did, visited, saw, enjoyed etc. but also a lot of projecting verbs such as hope, would like, expect, think, feel etc. Stage 2 Shouting dictation Taken from the book 'The secret diary of Adrian Mole' by Sue Townsend, the diary extracts will give your students some idea about the organisation and layout of diary entries. 1. Put students in pairs and make 1 'A' and 1 'B. Have all the 'B students sitting on one side of the room and all the 'A' students on the other. 2. Give them the corresponding sheet below. The A students have to dictate their entries to the B students who are on the other side of the room and vice versa. Tell students that unknown words should be spelt out to their partners. With everyone speaking at once, the activity can get noisy! 3. At the end of the activity, get the students to sit back in their pairs again and get them to compare the dictated entries with their partners to see how well they completed the task. 4. Go over an unknown/difficult vocabulary with the class. Stage 3 comprehension check 1. When you have finished the shouting dictation and checked the outcomes, you need to focus a little on meaning. 2. Handout the comprehension questions for your level of students. They should try the questions individually at first and then check together in pairs before you do any wholeclass feedback and checking. You will need to do some whole class feedback but try to keep it as short as possible. Stage 4 writing their own diaries 1. Get the students to write down the names of 5 days of the week on a piece of A4 and then tell them to think of one thing that happened on each day. 2. They must then write one noun, one adjective and one verb for each event. They must not write full sentences. 3. Put the class in pairs and get them to exchange papers. The task is to see if, from the clues, the partners can decipher each other s events and put them in a complete sentence. They should correct each other when / if they get it wrong. 4. Now, individually, the students can write their diaries for the week in the workbook while you monitor and support their efforts as well as you can.

2 Work sheet 1 Work in pairs and answer these questions about a diary entry: Content what sort of information do you find in diaries? How are ideas organised? How are ideas joined together? Is the style formal or informal? What tenses are used? What kinds of verbs are used?

3 C1/2 A I felt rotten today. It s my mother s fault for singing My Way at two o clock in the morning at the top of the stairs. Just my luck to have a mother like her. There is a chance my parents could be alcoholics. Next year I could be in a children s home. My father has got the flu. I m not surprised with the diet we get. My mother went out in the rain to get him a vitamin C drink, but as I told her, It s too late now. It s a miracle we don t get scurvy. The dog has run off because my mother didn t close the gate. C1/2 B I shall go mad through lack of sleep! My father has banned the dog from the house so it barked outside my window all night. Just my luck! My father shouted a swearword at it. If he s not careful he will get done by the police for obscene language. The dog hasn t come back yet. It is peaceful without it. My mother rang the police and gave a description of the dog. She made it sound worse than it actually is: straggly hair over its eyes and all that. I really think the police have got better things to do than look for dogs, such as catching murderers. I told my mother this but she still rang them. My father is still lazing about in bed. He is supposed to be ill, but I noticed he is still smoking! Nigel came round today.

4 B1/2 A I felt terrible today. It s my mother s fault for singing at two o clock in the morning. I'm unlucky to have a mother like her. There is a chance my parents could be alcoholics. Next year I could be in a children s home. My father has got the flu. I m not surprised with the food we get. My mother went out in the rain to get him a vitamin C drink, but I told her it was too late. The dog has run off because my mother didn t close the gate. B1/2 B I am going to go crazy because of lack of sleep! My father has made the dog sleep in the garden and it barked outside my window all night. My father shouted at it. The dog hasn t come back yet. It is peaceful without it. My mother rang the police and described the dog to them. I really think the police have got better things to do than look for dogs. My father is still being lazy in bed. He says that he is ill but I noticed he is still smoking!

5 A1/2 A I feel terrible today. My mother was singing at two o clock in the morning. My father has got the flu. My mother went out in the rain to get him a vitamin C drink. The dog has run away because my mother didn t close the gate. A1/2 B My father put the dog in the garden and it barked all night. He shouted at it. The dog hasn t come back yet. It is peaceful without it. My mother rang the police.

6 Comprehension questions: C1/2 1. Give a synonym for the word 'rotten' (January 2nd). 2. Why does Adrian feel rotten on January 2nd? 3. What does 'to go mad' mean in this context (January 3rd)? i. To become really angry ii. To go insane/crazy 4. (January 3rd) To bark, to howl and to growl are all verbs which describe noises that dogs make. Which noise is: i. what a dog does when it is being aggressive? ii. what a dog does when it is bored, looking for attention or to tell you that someone has broken into your house? iii. what a dog does when it looks up at a full moon at night? 5. Adrian says 'Just my luck!' (January 3rd). Does he mean that he considers himself to be a lucky person or an unlucky person? Why? 6. Scurvy is a disease which you can get if you don't have enough Vitamin C. What types of food might you try to eat if the doctor told you that you had this disease? Give a few examples. 7. Name a verb which can be used instead of 'to run off' (January 4th)? 8. What does 'straggly' mean (January 5th)? i. Nicely combed, straight hair ii. Uncombed, untidy hair that (probably) hasn't been cared for very much 9. What tenses are used in the diary entries? Underline/highlight examples. 10. How are the diary entries laid out and organised (i.e. Paragraphs? Bullet points? Pictures? Full sentences? Do you start with your name?)? B1/2 1. Give a synonym for the word 'terrible' (January 2nd). 2. Why does Adrian feel terrible on January 2nd? 3. What does 'to go mad' mean in this context (January 3rd)? i. To become really angry ii. To go insane/crazy 4. (January 3rd) To bark, to howl and to growl are all verbs which describe noises that dogs make. Which noise is: i. what a dog does when it is being aggressive? ii. what a dog does when it is bored, looking for attention or to tell you that something is wrong? iii. what a dog does when it looks up at a full moon at night? 5. Adrian's father has the flu (January 4th). Can you think of examples of 4 more illnesses? 6. Name a verb which can be used instead of 'to run off' (January 4th)? 7. What tenses are used in the diary entries? Underline/highlight examples. 8. How are the diary entries laid out and organised (i.e. Paragraphs? Bullet points? Pictures? Full sentences? Do you start with your name?)? A1/2 1. Why does Adrian feel terrible on January 2nd? 2. On January 3rd Adrian's dog barks. When does a dog usually bark? a. when it is being aggressive b. when it is bored or looking for attention c. when it is looking up at a full moon at night 3. Adrian's father has the flu (January 4th). Can you think of examples of 2 more illnesses? 4. The following tenses are used in the diary entries. Underline examples of them in the text. a. Present simple b. Present perfect simple c. Past continuous d. Past simple

7 Teacher s copies of shouting dictation: C1/2 TEACHERS COPY I felt rotten today. It s my mother s fault for singing My Way at two o clock in the morning at the top of the stairs. Just my luck to have a mother like her. There is a chance my parents could be alcoholics. Next year I could be in a children s home. I shall go mad through lack of sleep! My father has banned the dog from the house so it barked outside my window all night. Just my luck! My father shouted a swearword at it. If he s not careful he will get done by the police for obscene language. My father has got the flu. I m not surprised with the diet we get. My mother went out in the rain to get him a vitamin C drink, but as I told her, It s too late now. It s a miracle we don t get scurvy. The dog has run off because my mother didn t close the gate. The dog hasn t come back yet. It is peaceful without it. My mother rang the police and gave a description of the dog. She made it sound worse than it actually is: straggly hair over its eyes and all that. I really think the police have got better things to do than look for dogs, such as catching murderers. I told my mother this but she still rang them. My father is still lazing about in bed. He is supposed to be ill, but I noticed he is still smoking! Nigel came round today. B1/2 TEACHERS COPY I felt terrible today. It s my mother s fault for singing at two o clock in the morning. I'm unlucky to have a mother like her. There is a chance my parents could be alcoholics. Next year I could be in a children s home. I am going to go crazy because of lack of sleep! My father has made the dog sleep in the garden and it barked outside my window all night. My father shouted at it. My father has got the flu. I m not surprised with the food we get. My mother went out in the rain to get him a vitamin C drink, but I told her it was too late. The dog has run off because my mother didn t close the gate. The dog hasn t come back yet. It is peaceful without it. My mother rang the police and described the dog to them. I really think the police have got better things to do than look for dogs. My father is still being lazy in bed. He says that he is ill but I noticed he is still smoking! A1/2 TEACHERS COPY I feel terrible today. My mother was singing at two o clock in the morning. My father put the dog in the garden and it barked all night. He shouted at it. My father has got the flu. My mother went out in the rain to get him a vitamin C drink. The dog has run away because my mother didn t close the gate. The dog hasn t come back yet. It is peaceful without it. My mother rang the police.

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