A writing lesson plan with images and extracts for 3 levels
This is a lesson plan you can print out and take to class. It will help you develop a mysterious setting for a story, and it’s great for practising reading, vocabulary and writing. This lesson can be even more fun if you ask your students to bring in scary music to create a really mysterious atmosphere.
- The lesson plan
- The double spreads with the illustrations for each level you choose – they also work well if you use a projector or an IWB.
- You can also choose famous paintings and build the lesson around them.
- The graphic organizer charts and suggested answers for activity 7 (2 PDF files).
The lesson plan
1 Introduction and visualisation.
- Imagine a scary place you have seen in a film or have visited.
2 How do you feel about the place?
- At this point you might need help with vocabulary. Brainstorm words and phrases.
3 Look at the double spreads with the illustration and focus on the images.
The three stories
- Helbling Readers Level 3, CEF A2: Zadie’s Last Race by Martyn Hobbs
- Helbling Readers Level 4, CEF A2-B1: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
- Helbling Readers Level 5, CEF B1: The Fall of the House of Usher (in Tales of Mystery) by Edgar Allan Poe
4 Discussion questions
- Is it like the place you imagined?
- How do you feel about this image?
- Where is it set?
- Focus on the question words: Where? How? When? Who? What?
- Focus on the senses: What can you see, hear, feel, smell, taste?
5 Collect words and phrases (you can use a dictionary) that describe the images.
6 Now read the extract alone, and underline or circle phrases that refer to the images.
7 Collect words and phrases that give us information about the setting.
Write nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs in the boxes.
Write words and phrases that describe what you see, touch, hear, taste and smell in this setting.
8 Writing activity
- Work alone or in pairs and fill out the same charts for a scary and mysterious scene you have seen in a film or in real life.
- Write a short paragraph to describe the scene.
Would you like more writing lesson ideas and tips on using illustrations? Check out other posts on this Blog:
- Read to Write: Improving Writing Skills Using Graded Readers
- Write your own graded reader: 7 ideas to boost your writing process
- Write your own graded reader: Getting started
- Using the illustrations in graded readers – visualization
- Using the illustrations in graded readers – practical ideas and activities
- Reading Images: Illustration-based language practice