Famous people (non-defining relative clauses)

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Grammar - non-defining relative clauses


non-defining relative clauses




With this flipped lesson plan, students learn and practise using defining and non-defining relative clauses. They also watch two videos and talk about famous people. 

B1 / Intermediate
B2 / Upper Intermediate
60 minFlipped LessonUnlimited Plan

This is a Flipped Classroom lesson plan. In a nutshell, it means that the first part of the lesson needs to be done by students at home. Learn more about flipped classroom and how we implement it in these lesson plans in our post.


In the pre-class part of the lesson, students watch a video about Meryl Streep and complete some statements about her. They also need to choose relative pronouns for defining relative clauses in different sentences. 


Non-defining relative clauses & video

The in-class part of the lesson starts with a warm-up activity in which students talk about biographies and biopics, as well as the video they watched at home before the lesson. Then, students read a definition of the word define and decide which sentences contain defining and which non-defining relative clauses. They also need to complete a table with the rules of using these types of clauses. After that, students do a controlled practice task in which they make one sentence from two using defining and non-defining relative clauses. Then, they talk about famous people mentioned in the sentences, as well as about the Oscars. Next, they watch an interview with Michelle Yeoh and complete notes about her. 


After the viewing, students do several tasks to practise the use of defining and non-defining relative clauses. First, they read a text about Michelle Yeoh and correct four pronouns and cross out one comma in it. Then, they look at a list of famous people. They need to choose two and say what they know or like about them. After that, students get cards with information about someone famous. They need to write sentences that include defining or non-defining relative clauses, while other students guess who the sentences are about. 


This lesson plan also includes an additional grammar task for students to practise defining and non-defining relative clauses further. The task is available in the teacher’s version of the worksheet. You can print it, and hand it out to your students. It’s also included in the e-lesson plan if you teach online.




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  1. ewazyskowska85

    The activity no.9 SV has a missing coma – the one students need to identify as a mistake.
    The plan itself is brilliant and my students really enjoyed the lesson!

    1. Justa

      Thanks for spotting that, we’ve just changed the SV. And I’m happy your students found the lesson engaging 🙂

  2. Lucy John

    This lesson is great and my students really enjoy it, but one thing has confused me a little – in the grammar rules it states you CAN’T use ‘that’ instead of which/who with the non-defining clause. However, in both sentences E and I of the practice exercise, the answer shows ‘that’ as an option instead of ‘who’ to introduce the non-defining clause?

    1. Justa

      Thanks for the comment, I’m happy your students found the lesson engaging! Answering your question, the rule you’ve mentioned refers to non-defining relative clauses and in ex. 6 point e) and i) are defining relative clause. Thus both options (who/that) are correct there.

  3. EveSmith

    Great lesson! My B1 student nailed relative clauses by the end of it! Thanks!

    1. Justa

      Awesome! I’m thrilled to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂


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