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Robin Hood: A short story

Course: Elementary (A2), Unit: Heroes, real and imaginary

  • 60 mins
  • In class
  • Reading
  • A2


Learning goals:

  • Be able to understand and talk about a famous English story
  • Be able to read a story in several different ways

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria:

  • Before you read, think about the main ideas in a story, then check to see if you are right
  • Recognize new words from how they are used in the story
  • Correctly answer questions about the meaning of the story
  • Give your opinions about the characters in the story

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Activities (13)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

No instructions

 

Warm up

Warm up

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Class
  • Core
  • Web site


Student instructions

Watch the video. Then discuss the questions.

1. Who can you see in the video?

2. What are they doing?


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce the topic of Robin Hood and to have students identify main ideas in a video.

The video is the trailer for the film Robin Hood (2010), starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett and directed by Ridley Scott.

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Pair
  • Core
  • Multiple choice, closed


Student instructions

What do you know about Robin Hood? Decide if the sentences are ‘True’ or ‘False’.

Look up words you don't know in a dictionary.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce Robin Hood in more detail, elicit students' prior knowledge of him, and pre-teach new vocabulary.

Have students discuss the sentences in pairs before submitting their answers. For the false sentences, have them write the sentences correctly.

 

Main ideas: Predict

Main ideas: Predict

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Pair, Class
  • Core
  • Writing, open


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to practise predicting the content of a reading text.

 

Main ideas: Check

Main ideas: Check

Recommendations

  • 3 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to check whether their ideas from Main ideas: Predict were correct, and to practise skim reading.

 

Language

Language

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core
  • Text entry, model


Student instructions

Look at either the adapted story or the original story (more difficult).

Look at the key language in bold in the story. Then write the words for the definitions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce students to the key language from the short story.

 

Practice

Practice

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Support
  • Gap fill, closed


Student instructions

Fill in the gaps to complete 'The legend of Robin Hood'. You do not need to use all the words.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise the key language from the Language activity.

 

Apply

Apply

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Challenge
  • Writing, open


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to give students freer practice in using the key language from the Language activity.

Students can look online to find additional information about books, films, and TV shows.

Remind students that they can change the form of the word to create their sentences (e.g. singular to plural, or changes of tense).

 

Understand

Understand

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core
  • Multiple choice, closed


Student instructions

Read either the adapted story or the original story (more difficult) and answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise comprehension of a text.

 

Language extension

Language extension

Recommendations

  • 3 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Challenge
  • Categorization, closed


Student instructions

Look at the adjectives for describing people. Are they positive (good), or negative (bad)? Put them in the chart.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce some additional adjectives for describing personalities.

If necessary, have students use their dictionaries to find the words.

 

Respond

Respond

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core
  • Multiple choice, open


Student instructions

Discuss the characters from the story. Which adjectives can you use to describe them? Choose the best three adjectives for Robin Hood, the sheriff of Nottingham, and Robin's men.

If you need to, you can look at the adapted story or the original story (more difficult).


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to give students the opportunity to react to the ideas in the story and give their own opinions.

 

Follow up

Follow up

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Challenge
  • Discussion


Student instructions

Work with a partner or small group. Choose one of these activities to do.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to allow students to research and respond to the topic of Robin Hood and legends on a deeper level.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Individual
  • Support
  • Text entry, open


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to reflect on what they learned in the lesson and what they found difficult.

 
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