Blanchard Elementary, Year One
Hannan – Reeves
Learning Objective/Exit Outcomes:
- The student will be able to differentiate the difference between formal and informal forms of speech.
ELAGSE4SL6 Differentiate between contexts that call for formal English (e.g., presenting ideas) and situations where informal discourse is appropriate (e.g., small-group discussion); use formal English when appropriate to task and situation.
- The facilitator can ask students to write down informal on the paper.
- The class can be prompted to crumble up their paper and toss in the middle of the room.
- As they collect a new piece of paper, students should then right down the correct response to that informal statement..
- Students, again, are then prompted to crumble their paper and to toss it in a basket, in the middle of the floor, or the table.
- The facilitator then collects the paper and reads the response. As the teacher or facilitator reads the response, students are encouraged to respond “formal” or “informal”, “correct”, or “incorrect”, according to their response to the informal statement.
This is a great way to review for a test or to introduce the lesson, to build on prior knowledge. The activity can also be done in groups. Each group must come up with the correct response for formal or informal speaking. This promotes peer-learning and increases soft-skills.