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Unit 13: Fashion show

Day One: Daily routines


  1. Students will describe the daily routine of a fictional character or a famous personality.
  2. Students will be able to recognize daily routine vocabulary in the context of a Pictionary game.

Setting the Stage (1 minute)

Teacher has placed a gym bag and an alarm clock on a table in the front of the room. Teacher is dressed with a robe (on top of regular clothing) and slippers. As students sit down at their desks, Teacher is sitting in a corner of the room and is pretending to sleep. The alarm clock has been set to ring as soon as the class comes to order.

Input (10 minutes)

The alarm clock rings and Teacher mimics waking up by stretching arms upward, yawning, etc. Teacher walks to the table and takes out one item at a time from the gym bag. With each item, Teacher describes what the item is and how Teacher uses the item. Teacher also writes down the name of the item on the board, a blank Overhead Transparency, or a Smart Board. Teacher reinforces the vocabulary by asking yes/no, either/or or personalized questions, such as "When do you shower, in the morning or the evening? Do you brush your teeth with a regular or an electric toothbrush?" Teacher pantomimes using each item to prepare for the day.

  1. Washcloth
  2. Towel
  3. Toothbrush
  4. Brush and comb
  5. Deodorant
  6. Manual or electric razor
  7. Nail polish
  8. Various make-up items
  9. Various jewelry, such as rings, earrings, bracelets

Guided Practice (20 minutes)

Teacher and students brainstorm the name of a famous personality (Actor, TV personality, musician, cartoon character, etc.)

Teacher and students brainstorm where this personality will be going, e.g. to the movies, to a rock concert, to a theatrical production, to the shopping mall, an office, etc.

Teacher and students brainstorm whom this famous personality will be meeting at this location, e.g. another famous person, a friend, a former teacher, a prospective employer, etc.

Teacher guides the students in creating a description of this personality's preparation for his or her date, business appointment or meeting. Teacher asks students many yes/no, either/or or personalized questions about each item. Examples:

Does Tom brush his teeth?
Does Tom wash his face?
Does Tom take a shower or a bath?
Does Tom brush or comb his hair?
Do you brush or comb your hair?
Do you take a shower or a bath?
Do you use (does your father use) a manual or an electric shaver?
Do you (does your mother) wear earrings and bracelets every day?

Teacher writes the story on the board, Smart Board, or overhead transparency) as the students brainstorm.

Independent Practice (15 minutes)

Students (using a Filmstrip format) draw a series of cartoon-style pictures of the celebrity's routine and write short phrases or sentences that describe each frame of the strip.

Closure (5 minutes)

Students show and read their cartoon filmstrip to several classmates.

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