Category Archives: The Rabbit and the Turtle

The Rabbit and the Turtle: ESL Lesson Four: Writing a Story and Using Correction Marks

… Introduction: If we want students to write well, it’s good to emphasize correction marks. When students use them, it helps them to focus on the writing and to think about punctuation and syntax. All correction marks are pretty similar. I’ve borrowed some of mine […]

The Rabbit and the Turtle: ESL Lesson Three: Discovering Adjectives and Adverbs

… Introduction: Adjectives and adverbs, and shortening compound sentences with neither, either, so, and too The first four lessons in The Rabbit and the Turtle are pre-reading, designed to get students used to working together writing, talking and thinking about language and syntax. In this […]

The Rabbit and the Turtle: ESL Lesson Two: Writing Simple Sentences

… Objective: Students will understand the simple structure of a sentence by writing four kinds of sentences using the completed Venn diagrams from Activity One as prompts: affirmative and negative sentences, and Yes/No and explanation questions. Students will write explanation questions of their own, ask […]

The Rabbit and the Turtle: ESL Lesson One: Similarities and Differences

… Introduction: Because a fable like the Rabbit and the Turtle deals with essential human truths everyone understands, it’s a good place for ESL students to start to work together. This lesson is geared toward High Beginners/Low Intermediates, but it can be ratcheted up or […]