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Superheroes: Comparative adjectives

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

  • 60 mins
  • In class
  • Grammar
  • A2


Learning goals

  • Be able to use comparative adjectives
  • Be able to discuss superheroes


Success criteria

  • Correctly answer questions on a fact file about two superheroes
  • Find examples of comparative adjectives in the fact file
  • Complete sentences about comparative adjectives
  • Use comparative adjectives to write about a new superhero, and present your superhero to the class

Published by

EF Education First


Topics

  • Free Time and Entertainment: Story genres, movie genres
  • Personal Identification: Characteristics and qualities, personality, physical appearance, skills and abilities
  • Society: Myths, describing people, famous people


Can-do statements

  • Can say what he/she likes and dislikes
  • Can tell a story or describe something in a simple list of points
  • Can give a short, rehearsed, basic presentation on a familiar subject
  • Can use a series of simple phrases and sentences to describe people
  • Can understand short, simple texts containing the highest frequency vocabulary, including a proportion of shared international vocabulary items

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Activities (13)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 1 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

A superhero is a character in a story (often a comic or film) who has special strength and can do amazing things. They help other people. Examples include Spider-Man, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman.

A fact file is a short document with information about a topic that you can read easily and quickly.

 

Warm up

Warm up

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Watch the video and discuss the questions:

1. Do you want to see this film? Why, or why not?

2. Which superheroes can you see in the video?


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce the topic of superheroes and to relate it to students' own interests.

The film is Avengers: Infinity War (released summer 2018).

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 3 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Discuss the questions about superheroes.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to relate the topic of the lesson and the text that students will read to students' own interests.

Encourage students to explain the reasons for their opinions.

Students will learn more about Thor and Wonder Woman in the Read activity.

 

Vocabulary

Vocabulary

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Support activity


Student instructions

Choose the best word to complete each sentence.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to pre-teach adjectives that will appear in a text that students will read.

All the adjectives (or their comparative forms) appear in the Read activity.

Have students work in pairs or groups to draw on their combined prior knowledge. Have students look up words they don't know in a dictionary.

 

Read

Read

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Read a fact file about two superheroes. Answer the questions. Write full sentences.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise reading for details and comprehension, to learn about the topic of superheroes and myths, and to engage with a text containing the target language for the lesson.

Encourage students to write full sentences. Any answers close to the model answers are acceptable.

 

Grammar focus 1

Grammar focus 1

Recommendations

  • 3 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Read 'Comparative adjectives: Introduction'.

Look at the information about Thor and Wonder Woman. Some comparative adjectives are already in bold. Highlight six more comparative adjectives.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to encourage students to notice the target language (comparative adjectives) in context before a presentation on the language in the Grammar focus 2 activity.

Have students work in pairs to build on each other's prior knowledge.

Remind students that some comparative adjectives are one word (e.g. stronger) and some are two words (e.g more famous).

Tell students that they do not have to highlight the comparative adjectives in bold.

 

Grammar focus 2

Grammar focus 2

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Read 'Comparative adjectives'. Then fill in the gaps.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to present the target language of the lesson (the comparative adjectives) and assess students' level of understanding.

Students can read the reference material 'Comparative adjectives'. Alternatively, give a class presentation on the target language.

 

Practice 1

Practice 1

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Support activity


Student instructions

Fill in the gaps with the comparative for the adjective in brackets.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise forming comparative adjectives.

 

Practice 2

Practice 2

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Support activity


Student instructions

Write sentences about the two things. Use the comparative of the adjective in brackets. Write about your own opinions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to provide freer practice in forming sentences using comparatives.

Remind students that sentences should give their own opinion.

Any answers close to the model answers are acceptable.

 

Speak

Speak

Recommendations

  • 9 mins
  • Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

In a group, you will create a new superhero.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to allow students to use the target language (comparatives) in a freer activity, and to engage their creativity in relation to the lesson topic.

If students are struggling for ideas for their superhero, brainstorm ideas. For example: animals (e.g. bat, spider, lizard), forces (e.g. fire, sound, magnets), abilities (e.g. flying, invisibility, intelligence), special skills (e.g. magic, martial arts, surfing), equipment (e.g. rockets, swords, lassos), body features (e.g. claws, extra arms, wings).

 

Language extension

Language extension

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Read 'Superlative adjectives'. Choose the superlative adjective to complete the sentences. Then discuss the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce students to the form and meaning of superlative adjectives, expanding on the target language of comparatives for this lesson.

Have students discuss the questions in pairs or small groups after deciding which words go in the gaps.

Students can read the reference material 'Superlative adjectives'. Alternatively, give a class presentation on the target language.

This activity presents examples of mis-formed English expressions as distractors (e.g. the goodest). If you feel it is confusing to expose students to poorly-formed language, this activity could instead be done as a class, with the gapped sentences projected or written on a board and students working together to decide on the superlative forms.

After their discussion, students can ask around the class to find out who is actually the oldest. Students can look up the tallest building in their country online.

 

Follow up

Follow up

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Challenge activity


Student instructions

Who is a real superhero?

Think of a person that is a hero for you. It can be a famous person, or someone you know (a friend, teacher, someone in your family, etc.)


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to relate the topic of the lesson to their own experiences and opinions, and to practise freer writing.

The 'superhero' that students choose can be either someone famous (a sports star, entertainer, entrepreneur, etc.), or someone they know (a friend, teacher, family member, etc.)

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Individual
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

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

 
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