Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Activity Roundup: Imperative Sentences, Eileen Myles, and Hamilton

I'm sorry these ideas are a little late, but better late than never! Here are a couple things to consider using in class this spring.

You may be familiar with these popular cooking videos that are all over Facebook. Tasty is a channel that produces short, easily understood videos of recipes for the home cook. I made a grammar activity specifically for low-level students in which they can practice writing imperative sentences about this extremely popular recipe.

Eileen Myles is having a moment in the spotlight. I found this article interesting, and the accompanying video of some contemporary literary and cultural figures reading her poem Milk would be nice for classroom use. I've drafted a simple handout which just contains the text of the poem as well as a few questions to think about, write about, or talk about. Reading teachers might want to do a short poetry lesson using this poem, and writing teachers might use this poem as a prompt for either creative or response writing.

Why not give in to Hamilton fever? The Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording is the first Broadway cast album to reach #1 on the Billboard Rap Album chart, which is just incredible! The first song on the album is called Alexander Hamilton, and introduces the man's life story. I created a vocabulary, listening, and discussion based activity to accompany it. Since the song is complex in terms of content, grammar, and speed, this activity is best done with higher levels.

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