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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

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