Modal Masters (I wish I could...)
A fun writing relay to practice modal verb "could" with a festive theme.
Submitted by GaeilgeAmee
December 6, 2022
Estimated time: 20 minutes
I had noticed that activities for "I wish I could..." were hard to come by, and my JTE really wanted some more dedicated practice time for it, so welcome to Modal Masters.
The premise is very simple;
Split your class into groups, ideally of 3 or 4.
Give each group a whiteboard, marker and eraser.
Students read the scenario and either fill in the blanks or write their own sentence that suits the scenario, using the "I wish I could..." structure.
They then race to you with the whiteboard, and act out the scenario by saying the both the prompt and the sentence they have written. (I sometimes give a bonus point for any particularly theatrical performances.)
I then award points in decreasing order for each group depending on when they get to me with the whiteboard.
Each slide has only one correct answer written on it, but I usually accept other answers if I feel they fit the scenario, and I encourage the students to think of original and creative sentences.
As an example, in a rather high level class, for the last scenario of "Superpowers are so cool!" one group wrote "I wish I could be Anya from Spy x Family" and I happily accepted it.
A few of my JHS 3rd Grade classes are at a decent level, so they've gotten through 8 questions in about 20-25 minutes. I usually use this as part of a mixed lesson for this and the 2nd Conditional, but feel free to add or change the PPT as you need for different grammar points or to cover a full class.
Please feel free to leave a comment with any feedback or questions!
Also this PPT is Christmas themed but please feel free to take the questions and put them into another theme.
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