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23 May 2018

24 May

Lead in: Perfect Day (4 min) simply play this song before the class starts. Just for fun


'Big' reading using graded readers: The woman in black. Students to listen and read Chapter 4 of this from the screen (up to 23:00). Their task afterwards is to each create a diagram, picture or map of the action of this chapter. They are encouraged to look at each other's for help/ideas.

Smartphone research: Find out about ecotourism in Dunedin.


Prediction: Copy down and predict these 18 questions about what happens when children meet a ballet dancer. 

Is the dancer male or female?
What are the two 'give aways' that the person is a dancer?
Which bird does the costume look like?
Can the dancer do a back-flip?
What's her favorite ballet move?
At what age did she start?
When does the dancer get nervous?
Are the boys interested in ballet?
Has the dancer ever been dropped?
Does the dancer get dizzy doing turns?
How many of the children did some dancing?
What's inside the shoes? (apart from feet)
How often are the shoes changed?
What do her toes look like?
The ballerina cracks which part of her body?
At what age do ballerinas generally stop dancing?
What will the dancer do when she gives up dancing?
What accident occurs at the end?

Reading captions: Using Kids meet a ballerina play while showing captions.
Which questions did you predict? Then, in the same groups of 4, randomly choose 1 person. The other 3 'kids' ask questions along the lines of Kids meet someone from Japan, or Syria etc.



Information text: What questions might you be asked about this text? William will test you on this tomorrow!

Dibs in search of self:

1. Are the 6 texts, A to F, in the correct order?
2. Which 3 texts end with a full sentence?
3. Which text starts with the shortest sentence?
4. Does every text contain questions?
5. Is Dibs a boy or a girl?
6. What made Dibs frightened? (B)
7. What time does Dibs usually go home (A)
8. How does Dibs react to the music? (C)
9. How many of the four people mentioned believe in God? (D)
10. Whose love isn't Dibs sure of? (E)  

22 May 2018

Relief for Anne 2

Lead in: Pale blue eyes (5 min) simply play this song before the class starts. Just for fun


'Big' reading using graded readers: The woman in black. Students to listen and read Chapter 4 of this from the screen (up to 23:00). Their task afterwards is to each create a diagram, picture or map of the action of this chapter. They are encouraged to look at each other's for help/ideas.

Smartphone research: Find out about ballet in New Zealand and Dunedin.


Prediction: Copy down and predict these 18 questions about what happens when children meet a ballet dancer. 

Is the dancer male or female?
What are the two 'give aways' that the person is a dancer?
Which bird does the costume look like?
Can the dancer do a back-flip?
What's her favorite ballet move?
At what age did she start?
When does the dancer get nervous?
Are the boys interested in ballet?
Has the dancer ever been dropped?
Does the dancer get dizzy doing turns?
How many of the children did some dancing?
What's inside the shoes? (apart from feet)
How often are the shoes changed?
What do her toes look like?
The ballerina cracks which part of her body?
At what age do ballerinas generally stop dancing?
What will the dancer do when she gives up dancing?
What accident occurs at the end?

Reading captions: Using Kids meet a ballerina play while showing captions.
Which questions did you predict? Then, in the same groups of 4, randomly choose 1 person. The other 3 'kids' ask questions along the lines of Kids meet someone from Japan, or Syria etc.

Information text: What questions might you be asked about this text? William will test you on this tomorrow!

16 May 2018

L2 template

Lead in: One Cyclist in Lisbon (3 min) simply play this before the class starts. It's not part of the lesson; it's simply what we do ;-)

Narrative text: Practice test. Hand out the two half-sheets: Tom's mad on sausages & the 8 questions. Give students say half an hour to do this and collect in for me to mark tomorrow.

SRA voluntary reading: Students select their own SRA readings from the box in the classroom and spend 15 minutes reading. They write these up on sheets that they already have. Please return marked sheets to Wasim and Hasan for them to put in their portfolios. Some other students have partially completed sheets, and there are spares.

Big reading using graded readers: The woman in black. Students to read the first 2 chapters of this from the screen (up to 8:47). No sound. For each 'page' they must copy down either the first or last sentence. Individual choice. Afterwards, play the whole section again, this time with sound, and without pausing.

Smartphone research: Find out what Alzheimer's is.


Prediction: Children meet someone with Alzheimer's. What questions do you think they will ask? In groups of 4, students need to come up with 10 questions. Capture and correct some of these questions on the board (or on a word document that you open up on the computer).

Reading captions: Using Kids meet a woman with Alzheimer's play while showing captions.
Which questions did you predict? Then, in the same groups of 4, randomly choose 1 person. The other 3 'kids' ask questions along the lines of Kids meet someone from Japan, or Syria etc.

Information text: What questions might you be asked about this text? William will test you on this tomorrow!







14 May 2018

Serial reading


Serial reading

So here’s the idea: take a complete text such as a book. You need experience in reading these. However, in classes, teachers usually only give you a page at a time. You read short articles. Therefore, you don’t get much practice with how paragraphs link, and more especially how chapters link.

The solution, it seems to me, is to create an order of students from fast readers to slow. That way no one needs to either hurry reading, or need to wait too long.

Today, we are practicing with one page at a time from an actual book. Dibs: in search of self. I am handing out pages to the end of Chapter 1.

In future I think it’s a good idea to hand out whole chapters at a time. You could take 10-page chapters home for reading in your own time. You would be able to talk about the book—discussion!—and we would not get in trouble because of copyright, right? The only problem is that the book would need to be dismantled.

Relief plan for Anne

Lead in: One Cyclist in Lisbon (3 min) simply play this before the class starts. It's not part of the lesson; it's simply what we do ;-)

Narrative text: Practice test. Hand out the two half-sheets: Tom's mad on sausages & the 8 questions. Give students say half an hour to do this and collect in for me to mark tomorrow.

SRA voluntary reading: Students select their own SRA readings from the box in the classroom and spend 15 minutes reading. They write these up on sheets that they already have. Please return marked sheets to Wasim and Hasan for them to put in their portfolios. Some other students have partially completed sheets, and there are spares.

Big reading using graded readers: The woman in black. Students to read the first 2 chapters of this from the screen (up to 8:47). No sound. For each 'page' they must copy down either the first or last sentence. Individual choice. Afterwards, play the whole section again, this time with sound, and without pausing.

Smartphone research: Find out what Alzheimer's is.


Prediction: Children meet someone with Alzheimer's. What questions do you think they will ask? In groups of 4, students need to come up with 10 questions. Capture and correct some of these questions on the board (or on a word document that you open up on the computer).

Reading captions: Using Kids meet a woman with Alzheimer's play while showing captions.
Which questions did you predict? Then, in the same groups of 4, randomly choose 1 person. The other 3 'kids' ask questions along the lines of Kids meet someone from Japan, or Syria etc.

Information text: What questions might you be asked about this text? William will test you on this tomorrow!










13 May 2018

L4 Extra relieving

General

INTRODUCTION
As you can see, Michael isn’t here today. In his email to Aaron, he uses the idiom “sick as a dog”. I’m sure we all hope that he recovers quickly.

In the meantime, he has sent through six things for us to do. That may not be easy for you as well as me, but let’s have a go. They are:

1.  Write introduction and conclusion to an essay (helping homeless people out  with money)
2.  Writing cohesion (handout?) conjunctions, discourse markers e.g. first of all, complex/compound
3.  Sentence structure
4.  Full stops (89 sentences)
5.  Spelling test (dictation)
6.  Reading (William)
7.  Survey Phil Kerr


Give them money?
To what extent do you agree?

In pairs/threes, come up with some thoughts on this question.





Introduction: Write up to 100 words to introduce an essay that has the following sections.

This is an essay that examines the question of whether homeless people should receive money. Here we will address five main points.



1.  What is a homeless person? How do we define such an individual?
2.  Look at how people become homeless in the first place. Need to address that first, otherwise how will giving them money help?
3.  Third, we consider whose responsibility is it to care for them. Government? Community? Family?
4.  We consider whether it might be a disincentive to simply give money.
5.  Finally, we suggest that solutions must be tailored to the person. No universal solution.


Conclusion using cohesion. Use the following short sentences to write a conclusion to the homeless topic.





I think the problem is bad. Thousands of people in NZ are affected. To simply give money is not the best thing. People may use it stupidly. They may buy drink. They may gamble. Need to find out reason.

Family is important. Community is important. Government is most important. Not one path. Need to look at each person on a case by case basis.


How would you avoid the ‘I’ word? Use phrases like ‘in conclusion’ or ‘finally’. Use conjunctions such as ‘because’, ‘since’, ‘so’, ‘therefore’, ‘and’, ‘but’. There may be better words than path, stupidly, thing, money, drink.

What can children learn from a 101-year-old person?

BOOK CHAPTERS (we didn't do this)
Don't worry so much
Don't be bored
Get out of the city
Get rid of your watch
Stop competing
Escape debt
Forget government
Do less housework
Use your hands, not a machine
Never be lonely
Stop moaning, be merry
Live mortgage-free
Be an anti-nuclear family
Live free of the supermarkets
Stop working, start living
Reduce waste, be thrifty




Academic (Monday)


Covered much but not all of the Air travel material in book.

Academic (Tuesday)
Video discussion. 
Topic: Is it possible to conduct a classroom reading session according to the 'serial reading' model?

Academic Tuesday
Prep for discussion assessment

1. Go through the performance criteria outcome. Do they understand each of the 9 criteria? Which ones might they personally need to work on? (If there are 20 things people need to do, but they only need a few, is it worth teaching all 20?)

2. Set a discussion topic or two and get used to being recorded (in groups of 4, although 3 in the exam)
e.g. how to set reading activities in the classroom, given that it is expensive to print off large quantities of text, that it is time-consuming to engage in reading during the class, but that students typically do no read outside of the class. Also, how do we get around the copyright laws? W's idea is to introduce serial reading. How might that work?

3. Serial reading trial using a 16-page book.



08 May 2018

L2 Term 2 Reading and assessment schedule

L2 Reading assessment term 2, 2018

May 24: Information text practice
May 31: Narrative text practice
June 7: Information text
June 14: Narrative text
June 20 & 21 Resits if people need 1 more chance




Lead inOne Cyclist in Lisbon (3 min 30 sec)

Information text:10 ways how to prevent kitchen fires. What might they be?

Dialogue journal: What reading have you done? (Collect in)

SRA: 15 minutes' worth

Reading idea: collect phrases from The mystery of manor hall


Reading captions: Kids meet a deaf person
What questions might they ask?

Assessment calendar: Inform
Take a surfing tour online: Dummies


CDLP1
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CDLP4
CDLP5

How many? Who? Which? Choose. List. Before and after. What? Where? Why? Is? Will? Did? Can? How?

As per phrases work, create a set of 15 for a partner to do. (I'll give out the sheets.)

Run into the       listening
Someone is            answer
Tom isn't        white
Haven't got much        bed
Pictures on the    singing
Hear the             voice
Has got long black      story
Stops singing and          picture
In a quiet              treasure
Tom doesn't                      sea
We're going to          wall
Everyone calls me           ghost
Have lots of              night
The moon is            Billy
Be near the           door
For one             full
Someone brings the        corridor    
Afraid of the          smiles
His face is             hair
I must tell you my      time
lock the            water



How many sentences? The monk who sold his Ferrari.85 sentences of chapter 2.

16 separate sheets: The Railway Children

meeting G303 Hi all – last week on Thursday these students met a guy called Joe Morrison, who is doing some work around integrating former refugees into sport and community activities.
He would like to meet those who are interested again (some weren’t/won’t be) this Thursday at 12midday in G303. Could you let your relevant students know that this is happening, and that Joe will be there?

video clip
TED in 3 minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69HgC2KghBc


A city in California recently got some new buses. They cost $490,000 each. The new buses are different than the old ones.

These new buses are better for the environment. They are called hybrid buses. They run on diesel and electric power. This will help keep the air cleaner.

One bus driver said that the air smells much cleaner when he drives the new buses. He smells diesel all day when he drives the old ones.

The company that builds the buses had many good things to say about them. For example, they said that they use a lot less fuel. They also said that they are 90 percent cleaner for the environment. The buses are very quiet too.

The buses have a diesel engine in the back and batteries on top. When the engine starts-up it is powered by electricity. Then the diesel power takes over. The motor recharges the batteries.

Over time the city would like to replace all 50 of their buses with the new hybrid buses. They hope to do this over the next three years. The city has had help purchasing the buses with grant money.




A computer company has a special person who answers all questions that are sent to him. The person is a 63 year old man. He is known for always finding the right answers. On the Internet, more people are finding out about this smart man. 

He does not look like a computer expert. He has silver hair and is gentle. He feels that his age helps him with his job. He remembers a lot of things people ask about. He says that every day is different, so he is never bored. 

He tries to return the answers within 24 hours. He will answer any questions that he can. The questions he gets are very different each day. He loves his job. 

Other companies do not have a place for people to ask questions. If they do, it may take a long time to get an answer. Sometimes you may never get an answer at all. 

It is important for companies to have a person who will answer your questions. It keeps the customers happy. Happy customers will keep coming back.






Two tiny fruit flies were found. These flies can be harmful. People are worried. 

One fly was caught in a trap. The trap was in a tree. The other fly was found not far from there. 

These flies can hurt fruit trees. They damage many different kinds of fruit trees. The flies need to be killed. 

Some people make their money by selling fruit. These fruit flies are damaging their fruit trees. The fruit sellers will lose money if the flies are not stopped. 

Workers will spray telephone poles and trees. The spray will have poison in it. They hope this poison will kill the flies.



MATCH THE LAST WORD TO THE PHRASE
1.     Run into the                    corridor
2.     Someone is                      singing   
3.     Tom isn't                         listening
4.     Haven't got much            time        
5.     Pictures on the                wall
6.     Hear the                          water      
7.     Has got long black          hair
8.     Stops singing and            smiles     
9.     In a quiet                         voice      
10. Tom doesn't                   answer
11. We're going to                bed
12. Everyone calls me           Billy       
13. Have lots of                     treasure  
14. The moon is                            full
15. Be near the                      sea  
16. For one                            night
17. Someone brings the        picture    
18. Afraid of the                   ghost
19. His face is                       white
20. I must tell you my           story                               
21. lock the                           door


There have been many weeks of rainy weather in one area of California. The rain has a tendency to seep into the cracks of the road. When cars and trucks drive on these wet roads it breaks down the base. This causes potholes to develop.

Potholes can cause a lot of damage to cars. Auto repair experts said the holes in the roads have been causing more damage than usual to cars. They said that they have already seen many bent and cracked wheels.

The rain has caused over $70 million in damage to roads in California in just one month. When the rain finally stopped for a bit, many workers began trying to patch the holes in the roads. 

One area actually lost a 40-foot section of road. The heavy rains washed it away. Crews have been working hard to try to fix it.

A new lane is being built around the damaged area. People will have to use this for a little while. Permanent repairs will begin later in the year.




Three men wanted to help survivors who lost their homes in a hurricane. They asked people who lived in their area to help too. People donated food, water, and even medicines. They collected a lot of supplies to send to the Gulf Coast.

The men who started collecting were ready to send supplies after five days. They loaded a semi-truck with food, medicine and other things. The first truck was sent to Louisiana to help people who had lost their belongings and homes. It took the truck about a day and a half to get there from California.

Seven more trucks were loaded and made ready. The trucks were sent to states that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Those states are Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi. The supplies will be given to people who survived the hurricane.

Chris Snow is a volunteer who is loading supplies into the trucks. He was asked why he was helping. He said, "It's a disaster and everybody needs to jump in and help."




1 Whose instructions should you follow? The manufacturer
2 What shouldn’t you place in a microwave? Metal
3 What is ‘grease’? Is it oil, fat, paper or dust? (Choose 1)
4 Why is long wrong? Because the grease is flammable.
Cooking on a dirty stove. Because it’s dangerous to have long hair and/or sleeves when you are cooking.
5 When is it most important to stay in a kitchen? When the oven is at a very high heat. Especially you’re cooking in grease.
6 What do dish towels, pot holders and paper towels have in common? Are combustible. Flammable. Inflammable.
7 Is a ‘spill’ a pill, milk, a mess, or spillage? (Choose 1)
8 What kind of stove do you need to light? A gas stove.
What kind of stove does one have to light?
What kind of stove must be lit?
You have to light what kind of stove?
People must light what type of stove?
What’s the name of the kind of stove that you need to light?



11 April 2018

L4 relieving


Warm upMan in woods 40 years View from 9 a.m. Early birds inform latecomers. Test.

Smart phone research: Get information about:
freak event, 
prelude, 
beast from the east, 
polar vortex, 
heatwave, 
climatologist, 
a jolt upwards, 
monitoring station, 
historical range, 
combined total, 
Michael Mann, 
anomaly of anomalies, 
natural variation, 
fluctuate wildly, 
wider implications, 
jet stream, 
act as a buffer, 
mid-latitudes, 
global average, 
methane, 
tundra, 
cascading, 
blindly hoping
political action, 
phase out

Vocab graph/tally 

Jack London short story to build a fire


TED talks climate change

Discussion re 27-storey Dunedin hotel. Jing Song 8 April


6 Space technologies that we can use to improve life on Earth


The Monk who sold his Ferrari blurb author 10 tips


wing suit video
which bits are missing?



Are you a reader?


  1. Can you name a book you recently read?
  2. Do you have a book on the go now?
  3. Did you read during the two-week break?
  4. Do you read for enjoyment or fun?
  5. Do you have a go-to place to obtain reading material?
  6. Do you know what to read instead of academic reading?
  7. Do you have a favorite place where you read?
  8. Do you have a favourite genre?
  9. Do you read of your own accord?
  10. Can you read for more than five minutes at a time?
  11. Would you stop reading a book if it got boring?
  12. Do you read without a dictionary?
  13. Have you read a book of over 100 pages this year?




The Monk who sold his Ferrari – one-word answers

Who is this about?
What’s his condition?
How many years ago did they meet?
What type of person was he?
What’s the relationship between the writer and the main character?
Was it easy to work for him?
Was he a good or a bad person?
Too much what was the problem?
Was he rich? Was he healthy?
Had he stayed the same, or had he changed?
What had he been inspired by?
What didn’t the author know?

Do we know whether he lived or died?



Stephen Krashen talk (up to midway point)
Primitive technology sandals

Driver and cyclist
You're 4 times
Uber