ESL Zodiac Signs Lesson Plan

Instructor: Della McGuire

Della has been teaching secondary and adult education for over 20 years. She holds a BS in Sociology, MEd in Reading, and is ABD on the MComm in Storytelling.

This lesson plan helps ESL students increase their vocabulary about personality traits and characteristics using a fun group exercise and presentation about their zodiac signs.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson plan, students will be able to:

  • Identify and define several vocabulary terms of personality characteristics and traits.
  • Differentiate patterns in the categories of astrological descriptions

Length

30 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.4

Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.6

Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, using formal English when appropriate to task and situation.

Vocabulary

  • Lesson vocabulary
    • Characteristics
    • Astrology
    • Zodiac
    • Constellation
    • Horoscope
  • Personality Characteristic Vocabulary
    • Active, Demanding, Determined, Ambitious
    • Security, Appreciation, Instruction, Patience
    • Indecision, Inquisitive, Intelligent, Changeable
    • Diplomatic, Intense, Impulsive, Selective
    • Ruling, Warmth, Generosity, Faithful, Initiative
    • Analyzing, Practical, Reflective, Thoughtful
    • Balance, Justice, Truth, Beauty, Perfection
    • Transient, Self-Willed, Purposeful, Unyielding
    • Philosophical, Motion, Experimentation, Optimism
    • Determination, Persevering, Practical, Willful
    • Knowledge, Humanitarianism, Serious, Insightful
    • Depth, Imagination, Reactive, Indecisive

Materials

  • Paper and pencil
  • Copies of the list of signs and traits

Instructions

  • Begin this lesson by asking students if they know about astrology.
    • Even if everyone says they know, explain that astrology is a way of assigning personality characteristics to constellations and planets.
    • These characteristics are said to influence people's personalities based on the positions of the planets and stars at the moment of their birth. These planetary positions at birth that determine someone's trait are called the zodiac.
    • Predictions about events and situations are made in brief descriptions called horoscopes.
  • Ask the class if they know their zodiac sign.
    • If anyone does not know their sign, ask their birthday and tell them.
    • Students take turns sharing their sign with the class.

List of Signs and Traits

  • Aries: March 21 - April 19 Sign Characteristics: Active, Demanding, Determined, Ambitious
  • Taurus: April 20 - May 20 Sign Characteristics: Security, Appreciation, Instruction, Patience
  • Gemini: May 21 - June 20 Sign Characteristics: Indecision, Inquisitive, Intelligent, Changeable
  • Cancer: June 21 - July 22 Sign Characteristics: Diplomatic, Intensity, Impulsive, Selective
  • Leo: July 23 - August 22 Sign Characteristics: Ruling, Warmth, Generosity, Faithful, Initiative
  • Virgo: August 23 - September 22 Sign Characteristics: Analyzing, Practical, Reflective, Thoughtful
  • Libra: September 23 - October 22 Sign Characteristics: Balance, Justice, Truth, Beauty, Perfection
  • Scorpio: October 23 - November 21 Sign Characteristics: Transient, Self-Willed, Purposeful, Unyielding
  • Sagittarius: November 22 - December 21 Sign Characteristics: Philosophical, Motion, Experimentation, Optimism
  • Capricorn: December 22 - January 19 Sign Characteristics: Determination, Persevering, Practical, Willful
  • Aquarius: January 20 - February 18 Sign Characteristics: Knowledge, Humanitarianism, Serious, Insightful
  • Pisces: February 19 - March 20 Sign Characteristics: Depth, Imagination, Reactive, Indecisive

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