ESL TV Lesson Plan

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 15 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

The hands-on activities in this lesson will give your ELL students a deep understanding of the genres of television shows. Discussion and a worksheet will help your ELL students comprehend terminology associated with television.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define ''genre,'' ''drama,'' ''sitcom'' and other vocabulary words related to TV
  • Demonstrate an understanding of television genres through role-play
  • Categorize television shows into genres based on their descriptions

Length

60-120 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.1

Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.1.C

Use words, phrases, and clauses to clarify the relationships among claim(s) and reasons.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Materials

  • Vocabulary worksheet including all vocabulary words with blank lines for students to write in definitions themselves
  • Large box (refrigerator box would be great, but any large box will do)
  • A television guide worksheet showing the programs scheduled on one station for a week's time (print and/or copy from a station website or a TV Guide magazine)
  • Large picture of a television

Vocabulary

  • Television
  • Genre
  • TV Guide
  • Sitcom
  • Drama
  • News
  • Reality show
  • Adventure
  • Entertainment
  • Movie
  • Commercial
  • Infomercial
  • Educational
  • Channel
  • Pay-per-view
  • Sports
  • Sci-fi
  • Docuseries

Instruction

  • Display the picture of a television.
  • Ask your students to give you all the English words they know that are related to this picture.
  • Write their suggestions on the board.
  • Hand out the vocabulary worksheet.
  • If your students have thought of other words not listed on the worksheet, instruct students to add these words to the worksheet.
  • Work through the definitions of each of the words with your students. Write the definitions on the board so that students can copy them.
  • When you define ''genre,'' ask students to identify types of shows they can see on television. Then, point out which words on the vocabulary list are genres of television shows.
  • When discussing the definition of commercials, have a brief discussion about why commercials are important for programming.

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