This lesson plan for teachers of young learners at elementary and above is based on a story about a diamond theft at the Rio Carnival in Brazil. Students will have an opportunity to participate in the storytelling process and develop their speaking skills.

Author: 
Fiona Lawtie, Teacher, Freelance materials writer

Introduction

Stories are a highly adaptable teaching tool and can be used in a variety of ways to teach a range of skills. This lesson focuses on extended listening skills and getting learners to actively participate in the storytelling process, allowing them to use their prediction skills in a creative and fun way. There are also some follow-up activities that develop speaking skills and different areas of language in the story.

Topic

Carnival in Brazil

Level

CEFR level A1+

Time

45+ minutes

Aims

  • To develop extended listening and prediction skills using a short story
  • To give learners the opportunity to participate in the storytelling process

  • To develop speaking skills

  • To reinforce the use of the past simple tense

Materials 

  • worksheet (one per learner)
  • script and cards (one set for the teacher)
  • story text (one per pair of learners, optional)
  • world map and/or pictures of Brazil and the Rio Carnival (optional)
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