Category Archives: The Rabbit and the Turtle

The Rabbit and the Turtle: The First Four Lessons

… The first four lessons of the Rabbit and the Turtle get students creating language, writing sentences with that language, discovering parts of speech from their sentences, and then writing a story with the vocabulary the whole class has generated. These lessons are great for […]

ESL Lesson: The Rabbit and the Turtle: Activity Seven: Phrasal verbs and prepositions

Phrasal Verbs and Prepositions Objective: Students will be able to recognize phrasal verbs and use them in a sentence and have a better understanding of prepositions and prepositional phrases as well. Materials: Handout: The Story Handout: Parts of Speech Chart (optional) Handout: Fill in the […]

ESL Lesson: The Rabbit and the Turtle: Activity Six: Adjectives and Adverbs

  Objective: Students will be able to recognize an adjective, and know its three forms: positive, comparative and superlative. They will also be able to recognize adverbs. Method: Groups of three Materials: Handout: “The Rabbit and the Turtle” Handout: Adjective Activities Handout: Adverb Activities Newsprint […]

ESL Lesson: The Rabbit and the Turtle: Activity Five: Reading a Story

.. The Objective: Spelling. In preparation for reading “The Rabbit and the Turtle,” students will spell the words the teacher says to them. These words are from the story. Defining. Each student will select one of the spelling words, define it, and use it in […]

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 Parts of Speech

… 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 […]