With this lesson plan, students discuss why we need to learn history and other school subjects. They also watch a video and practise the use of conjunctions.
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Conjunctions of purpose
Before the lesson, students do three grammar activities. First, they match halves to create sentences with conjunctions of purpose (e.g. in order to, so as not to, so that). Then, they should read the sentences again and complete a table with the rules of using the conjunctions. Finally, they correct mistakes in five sentences containing the conjunctions.
Vocabulary and video
The in-class part of the lesson starts with a general discussion about the importance of learning. Students also talk about learning motivations, and the school subjects that have proven to be useful in life. After that, students read five sentences and match the marked phrases (e.g. be hung up on, steer clear of) with their meanings. Then, they complete a set of sentences with the newly learned vocabulary. Students then move on to watch the video. They need to decide which of the statements from the previous exercise best summarises the video. Before the second viewing, students match historical events from the video (e.g. the Siege of Stalingrad, Lisbon earthquake) with the lessons they can teach us. This will allow them to practise conjunctions of purpose in the last part of the lesson. They watch a part of the video again and check their answers.
Practice and discussion
In this part of the worksheet, students first combine the historical events with the lessons using the conjunctions studied before the lesson. After that, students have a discussion about applying history in life and other lessons we can learn from history. They also discuss whether they agree with some statements about history. In the consolidation exercise, students share their thoughts on why we might need to study some other school subjects. When discussing the purpose of studying them, students should also use the conjunctions of purpose.
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