~ Dialogue ~ Topic 7 ~ Childhood ~ Discuss Questions and Answers ~
1) Where were you born? How long did you live there? Did you move?
I was born in Tuscany, Italy in the hill town of Vinci in the mid-fifteenth century. My parents
never married, but I had 12 half-siblings. When I was 15, I moved to Florence. Who am I?
2) What did you like to do when you were a child? Who did you play with?
I liked to play baseball and football with my friends in the neighborhood. We would ice skate,
go sledding, and make snow forts in winter. At nightfall, we would all play hide and seek.
3) Did you have any accidents or broken bones when you were young? What happened?
When I was ten, I fell through some broken boards from the loft of a barn and broke my arm.
My friend and I were trying to catch mice. The doctor and my father laughed at the story.
4) Who was your favorite teacher in childhood? What was your favorite subject? Why?
I liked my English teacher, Miss Kellogg. She was funny and fat. She would bring us
cookies, pies, and cakes on Fridays. She was a natural-born baker, may she rest in peace.
5) Did you have a best friend? How did you meet this friend? Are you still in touch?
Yes. I lived in a small town and my best friend lived across the street. His name was Stew.
We did everything together: ball games, board games, meeting girls, and other things.
6) Do you still do things with your childhood friends? How often do you meet?
No, unfortunately not. I left town and never really went back. On occasion, I contact
a few old friends on social media. As they say, “out of sight, out of mind”.
7) What was your family like? What did you do together? Where did you go?
We were middle class in the mid-west in the US. Both parents worked, but we always
had time to go out for meals. We took a road trip to Florida a few times, a two-day drive.
8) What were your favorite TV shows/movies/music/actors/performers?
I liked a TV series called “Kung Fu”. It was about a Chinese guy in the American Old West
beating down villains. The actor was David Carradine. I liked the Beatles movies and music.
9) Who were your mentors/role models when you were young?
My role models were mostly sports heroes: Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan.
My mentors were my parents and the instructors at the Tae Kwon Do gym.
10) When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was young, I wanted to become an astronaut. I grew up with the Apollo space
~ Original Questions ~ Childhood ~ Choose the questions you like ~
1) Where were you born? How long did you live there?
2) Did you move when you were young? Did that affect you in any way?
3) Did you have your own bicycle? Do you remember who taught you to ride a bicycle?
4) Did you have any accidents or broken bones when you were young? What happened?
5) Did you have any pets when you were a child? Describe them. Did they ever run away?
1) Who was your favorite teacher? What was your favorite subject? Why?
2) Did you have a best friend? How did you meet this friend? Tell.
3) Did you ever have a group of friends? How often did you hang out together?
4) Did you like going to school? Did you get good grades? In what subjects?
5) Were you or any of your friends ever bullied? If so, how did it affect you or them?
1) What did you like about school? What didn't you like about school?
2) Do you still do things with your childhood friends? How often do you meet?
3) What was your mother like? What did you do together?
4) What was your father like? What did you do together?
5) How are you similar to your parents? How are you different?
1) How many members were there in your family?
2) If you had brothers and/or sisters, what did you do together?
3) What are some of the best and worst memories of your childhood?
4) How old were you at the time of your first memories? What are they?
5) What foods did you like to eat? What foods didn't you like to eat?
1) Did you have a nickname? Did you like it? Do you still use it?
2) Were you afraid of anything as a child? Are you still afraid of the same things?
3) What were your favorite cartoons and TV shows?
4) Who were your role models when you were young?
5) When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
~ Food for Thought ~ Topic 7 ~ Childhood ~ Explore the Topic ~
Most Popular Childhood Games
Most Popular Children’s Snacks of All Time
Most Popular Pets for Kids
Most Popular Amusement Rides for Kids
Mentors and Role Models
Birth Order and Intellectual Development
Bullying and Mental Health
Lesson Procedures/How to make a lesson
1) To begin, as a class, in groups, or in pairs, select the questions you’d like to talk about.
2) Then, ask questions and share ideas in your conversations. Take notes. Take equal turns.
3) Share your ideas (each individual) in a classroom discussion (as prepared in 1, 2, and 3).
There are three sections for each topic:
1) Dialogue: There are ten selected questions presented with sample answers.
The sample answers are given to assist the learners in creating
their own answers. They tend to use a casual speaking style.
2) Original Questions: There are five groups of five questions with no answers.
They are introduced to give more choices to learners.
3) Food for Thought: Definitions, ideas, and links are offered for discussion and reminiscence.
Explore the possibilities. Use the web. Make your own questions. Take equal turns.
~ Topic 7 ~ Childhood ~ Questions for Conversation ~
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