~ Writing ~ Topic 1~08 ~ Common Idioms Two ~

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~ Warm–up Activity ~

 1) To begin with, as a class, in groups, in pairs, or by yourself, talk about, and practice the vocabulary.

2) Then, make a sentence (or sentences) relating to the topic (assisted by the teacher).

3) Next, as a class, edit your text to identify questions/errors (optional).

4) Finally, read your revised text to the class. Give and receive feedback and talk about the text as a class.

1) Word to Sentence ~ Three Verb Forms

 

Use three basic forms of verbs to write three sentences: present, past, and future (in any order).

 

1) present ~ used for habits and routines

    2) past ~ used for events beginning and ending in the past

       3) future ~ used for events that have not yet happened

 

Example 1) I usually have a second wind after my nap.

Example 2) I told my wife to put our shopping date on ice.

Example 3) The pizza will be delivered soon. Alls right as rain.

 

If possible, connect the three examples to make a story (consult teacher).

 

Note: In casual speech and writing, will and going to are often interchanged. In formal writing, they are

different. Will is used when referring to the future with certainty. Going to is used to refer to planned events.

 

 

2) Unscramble the Sentences ~

Write the sentences in the correct order. Check as a class. Make sentences into questions. Check. Discuss.

Example 1) to   be   a   chip    off   the   The   puppy   seems   old   block

 

The puppy seems to be a chip off the old block.

 

Do you have pets? Why or why not?

 

Example 2)   arise   always   cut    to   the   chase    When    problems

 

 

Example 3)   you   must   twist   my   arm   I   will   buy   but   the   champagne

 

 

3) Brainstorming Words ~ Use your Imagination

From one student to the next, think of a word and tell the class. Use the first/last letter technique: cat...time...every...year...run new weird...does/doesnt...etc. The teacher will write the list on the board.

Next, students make sentences using words as they like. Make a story if you can or just make sentences.

Take a few minutes to read and share your results. The teacher will provide edits and conversation.

 

For example: My new  cat is weird. It runs away every Christmas. I guess it doesnt like that time of year.

 

 

4) Dictation Questions ~ 

 

Write the questions dictated by the teacher then discuss the questions.

 

5) Diary ~

 

Write a memory from your (recent) past, about your daily routines, or about your future (any idea any time). It could be about your family, friends, a song, a meal, a movie, a painful experience, a fun event, a book, internet content, childhood, future goals, news, social issues, or anything else. Then present it.

Note: This activity may be used at the beginning of each class. As such, it may be assigned as homework. 

 

6) Describe the Picture ~

 

Write about the picture, then make corrections together, and discuss with the class.

 

 

 

 

 

1) chip off the old block

2) take it with a grain of salt

3) best thing since sliced bread

4) second wind

5) play it by ear

6) put it on ice

7) twist my arm

8) cut to the chase

9) blow off steam

10) face the music

11) right as ran

12) on thin ice