7th Grade Métis

 

DECEMBER

Words/Topics Review:

Advertising— Students learned and reviewed vocabulary and concepts related to advertising and marketing. For example, students learned new words like: endorse, manipulation, sentiment, perspective, audience, advertising agency, advertising campaign, jingle, slogan, logo, product placement, and strategy. We also watched different kinds of advertisements to practice these concepts and discuss how companies use different strategies to sell their products.

Music — Students learned vocabulary and concepts related to the music industry in the United States. We listened to popular artists’ songs with the goal of understanding the “meaning” in lyrics, and reviewing colloquial phrases.

Christmas — Students learned and reviewed vocabulary related to Christmas and the holiday season, including: Santa Claus, mistletoe, reindeer, holly, elf, chimney, mince pie, presents, stocking, bauble, star, bells, snowflake, sleigh, and Christmas cracker. We also spent a lot of time discussing traditions, both Czech and American, and why traditions are important to continue. Finally, students used the GATE Magazine to learn about American and British Christmas traditions, through a combination of reading and music listening activities. 


Games & Activities - While the activities focus on specific vocabulary and topics, the students spend a lot of time speaking generally about topics, so they get to use a lot of “outside” vocabulary to add to the conversation. For example, when students speak about animals, they might also include language about food, weather, culture, body parts, and color.

 

GATE Magazine — The program subscribed to GATE Magazine, an English-focus, educational magazine published for a teenage audience. The magazine focuses on pop culture topics, holidays, and celebrity news. We use the magazines to introduce topics, practice reading comprehension skills, and “bring to life” classroom topics (like music and advertising).

 

Sell, Sell, Sell — Using the concepts and vocabulary we reviewed about advertising, students had to create an advertisement for a product using a specific strategy to target a specific audience. Students presented/performed their advertisement and we used vocabulary to analyze the advertisement.

NOVEMBER

Words/Topics Review:

Advertising— Students learned and reviewed vocabulary and concepts related to advertising and marketing. For example, students learned new words like: endorse, manipulation, sentiment, perspective, audience, advertising agency, advertising campaign, jingle, slogan, logo, product placement, and strategy. We also watched different kinds of advertisements to practice these concepts and discuss how companies use different strategies to sell their products.

Music — Students learned vocabulary and concepts related to the music industry in the United States. We listened to popular artists’ songs with the goal of understanding the “meaning” in lyrics, and reviewing colloquial phrases.

Hollywood — Students learned and reviewed vocabulary related to movies and television, such as: actor, actress, director, blockbuster, independent film, budget (high or low), the leading role, main character, plot twist, genre, star, “lights, camera, action,” setting, screen writer, thriller, horror, comedy, action, romantic comedy, crime, and drama.

Thanksgiving — Students learned and reviewed a variety of words and ideas related to the American holiday of Thanksgiving, including: turkey, stuffing, feather, gobble, pie, Native American, mashed potato, pumpkin, pilgrim, Mayflower, cornucopia, grateful, harvest, and thankful. We also discussed the history of Europeans coming to North America and settling in what is now the United States. We discussed how Native Americans suffered greatly after making contact with Europeans, and the class had to practice “putting the history together” with various Thanksgiving flashcards.

 

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Games & Activities - While the activities focus on specific vocabulary and topics, the students spend a lot of time speaking generally about topics, so they get to use a lot of “outside” vocabulary to add to the conversation. For example, when students speak about animals, they might also include language about food, weather, culture, body parts, and color.

 

GATE Magazine — The program subscribed to GATE Magazine, an English-focus, educational magazine published for a teenage audience. The magazine focuses on pop culture topics, holidays, and celebrity news. We use the magazines to introduce topics, practice reading comprehension skills, and “bring to life” classroom topics (like music and advertising).

 

Sell, Sell, Sell — Using the concepts and vocabulary we reviewed about advertising, students had to create an advertisement for a product using a specific strategy to target a specific audience. Students presented/performed their advertisement and we used vocabulary to analyze the advertisement.

Lights, Camera, Action — Students are split into pairs. The teacher demonstrates the activity by pitching a movie idea, including all the information about budget, leading actors/actresses, the plot, plot twist, setting, genre, and how the movie ends. Student pairs try to come up with the best movie ideas for a given genre (action, drama, comedy, thriller), using all of the reviewed vocabulary. These ideas are presented to the class.

October

Words/Topics Review:

Animals — Students learned and reviewed the names of common animals we find at home, in our yard, in the forest, in the ocean, or at the zoo. This includes animals such as: dog, cat, bird, elephant, crocodile, fish, goldfish, hamster, mouse, wolf, turtle, monkey, eagle, shark, cow, goat, whale, chicken, pig, snake, lizard, squirrel, owl, turkey, fox, (brown, black, or polar) bear, bat, rabbit, and dolphin. We also reviewed vocabulary about how animals are different, such as: mammal, reptile, amphibian, fish, bird, scale, skin, gills, nest, live birth, poisonous, swamp, desert, prairie, and saltwater. Lastly, students learned new words about classification of animals, such as: herbivore, carnivore, and omnivore.

Hollywood — Students learned and reviewed vocabulary related to movies and television, such as: actor, actress, director, blockbuster, independent film, budget (high or low), the leading role, main character, plot twist, genre, star, “lights, camera, action,” setting, screen writer, thriller, horror, comedy, action, romantic comedy, crime, and drama.

Companies & Business — Students discussed and learned vocabulary related to companies, including what makes a company good or bad. This vocabulary included words or phrases, such as: ethical, unethical, logo, slogan, headquarters, good, service, employee, customer, hire, perk, best-selling, competitor, goal, and to face.


Games & Activities - While the activities focus on specific vocabulary and topics, the students spend a lot of time speaking generally about topics, so they get to use a lot of “outside” vocabulary to add to the conversation. For example, when students speak about animals, they might also include language about food, weather, body parts, and color.

Everyone Has Secrets! — This activity really encourages conversation and the students get to learn about each other (and the teacher!). On slips of paper, the students write three things about themselves that no one else knows, and the teacher does as well. The students then pick three slips of paper out of the hat (making sure not to pick their own), and students take turns reading the secrets, and guessing who they belong to. This activity improves reading comprehension, writing skills, and creativity.

Secret Code — The students are very competitive with this game, and they have a lot of fun. The teacher makes a secret code for the alphabet . . . for example, c = b . . . which means that every letter = the letter before (gjti = fish, bojnbm = animal, hsboegbuifs = grandfather). Then, the teacher splits the class into groups or teams, and gives the teams a list of words or phrases related to a theme. The teams race to decipher the secret code as quickly as possible.

Let’s Take a Trip to the Zoo — We use this activity to learn, review and memorize different types of animals and where they live. We also practice short questions and declarative phrases with this activity. Each student chooses to be a different animal in the zoo. He or she must know simple information about what the animal eats and how it lives. The teacher says, “Let’s take a trip to the zoo!” The students move around the room and ask/answer questions about their animals. One student might ask, “Do you fly?” or “What do you eat?”, and another student might respond, “I eat plants.” or “I do not fly.” The students also use the complex vocabulary about differences between animals, like whether animals use gills, or are omnivores.

Lights, Camera, Action — Students are split into pairs. The teacher demonstrates the activity by pitching a movie idea, including all the information about budget, leading actors/actresses, the plot, plot twist, setting, genre, and how the movie ends. Student pairs try to come up with the best movie ideas for a given genre (action, drama, comedy, thriller), using all of the reviewed vocabulary. These ideas are presented to the class.

Evil Company — Students use the vocabulary about companies and businesses to imagine the WORST company they can. For example, maybe there is a company that sells vegetables that make your teeth fall out. Or, maybe a car service always drops people in the wrong location. Students must use all of the new vocabulary to discuss the new company, and present their “evil” company ideas to the class. TO make the activity more difficult, the students must combine their evil companies in creative ways.

 

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