Three Interactive activities for Senior High ESL Classes
◎ 臺中家商應用外語科教師 Peter Wilds
In this activity, students work in pairs. The two students have a slightly different version of an interesting passage about 150-200 words in length. One or two words in each sentence are different. For example, the first sentence for student A is: “Halloween is a fun time for kids and adults alike.” For student B, the sentence is: “Halloween is a great time for kids and adults alike.” Student A reads while student B follows along. Student B should circle any different word(s) (“great”), and then student B must write down the word she heard (“fun”) below the circled word. The teacher should emphasize that the students need to actually write down the word they heard, because they often skip this part. When student A has finished reading the whole passage, now it is student B’s turn to read her passage to student A. (...閱讀全文)
One day, Johnson and his friends accidentally intruded Fruits Kingdom. The king was really mad at them so he casted a spell which made them become fruits in his kingdom. During their adventure journey, they were asked to ride a bike to cycle around the Fruits Kingdom. They could see many unique and fantastic attractions during the adventure. However, they would also face many difficulties and challenges, such as typhoon, mudslide, car accident, out of energy so as to complete the missions offered by the king. Only when they accomplish a series of special tasks, the magical spell could be removed. What would happened to them? Who would be confined in Fruits Kingdom and be a fruit forever? Who would be the winner and turn into human being again? Their destiny were on their own hands!
Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde
At my first sight, I thought it was a science fiction. But as I read it through, I found it’s more than that. It’s a mix of sci-fi and mysterious novel. I like the descriptive suspense very much, especially Mr.Utterson’s exploration into Dr.Jekyll’s life.
The book is talking about dual personality and personality splitt. Dr. Jekyll shows two characters; one is good and the other evil. Dr. Jekyll is well-respected by the public, but his nature hides evil. He invented some kind of magical liquid. As long as he drinks it, he will transform into Mr. Hyde automatically.
When I first read this novel, I really didn’t understand the story. The characters made me dizzy. After reading through the plot I came to understand the fun yet scary content of the story. I think the novel isn’t only challenging, but also attractive.
This book is very novel in the way of the creative and imaginative writing. Everyone has both good and bad sides. Yet the difference is whether evil desires can be controlled in front of common people. In the author’s description, Dr. Jekyll turns himself to the evil monster, Mr. Hyde.
Tuesdays with Morrie
Having graduated from university for more than ten years, Mitch was always busy doing the work he got from his boss and completely forgot that he had promised his old professor –Morrie, that he would come back to visit him.
This book is talking about a professor and one of his students. The professor and the author have not meet each other for a long time. The professor was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, he will die in a few months. Many people think that if they have more money, they will be happier.
A university professor named Morrie was going to die because of illness. After graduation, the author did not contact with Morrie anymore. After the author saw the news of Morrie, he contacted Morrie again.
I think the teacher, Morrie, is very brave because he encourage a lot about life and death . Morrie is an influential person, he change Mickey’s job , life and marriage. What is important in your life ? There are many, but the most important thing is to cherish every minute of your life, not to think of getting old, sick or regret about your life.
The Landry News
This book which was our class’s choice hit it big and famous around the world. There are not plenty of pictures, but there are a lot of new and long words that I have never learned and seen. So, I have a hard time reading it in the beginning. But, time after time, I have slowly understood what the story is talking about.
The Landry news is a story about a girl, Cara Landry, who likes to tell the truth by writing newspapers. The author uses not only brilliant descriptions but also some black and white pictures to finish this book, which make it more attractive.
The Landry News written by Andrew Clements introduces a girl whose interest is writing newspapers and wants to be a reporter.
Last semester, my English teacher asked the whole class to read a novel “The Landry News”. The story in this novel is really suspenseful and entertaining, especially the end of chapter five “Homework: Hard But Important”. This part impressed me a lot. I can’t agree with what Cara’s mom said anymore.
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children
I think this is a good novel to me, because I really love science fiction stories. Just like Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and so on. I think this novel is a very motivated story because Jack has the courage to go through many challenges. My favorite character is Miss Peregrine, She makes me feel very domineering,
The story narrated the boy, whose grandfather told him a real but like not real story since his childhood. Jake believed what his grandfather said, and also saw the monsters after his grandfather dead.
I think this novel is very interesting. In Jacob’s childhood, his grandfather always told the story about some children who have different peculiar abilities lived in a special boarding school. One girl named Bronwyn, who has very strong power to move anything. One girl named Claire, whose head has a scared mouth.
The story was about a boy who has some peculiar power. He's grandpa died and told him to go to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Child at Cairnholm, Wales. He not only found that he also had special power, but also fought the monsters with other peculiar kids. The story was kind of scary stories, especially when I saw the hollows.