Student Projects

Duration: one session

Life Swap

People/Characters are placed in positions they aren’t used to and have trouble adjusting. Students use ‘too’ and ‘not enough’ for this project.

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Guided Recommendations

This project is for practicing CONDITIONALS. Students create a flowchart to establish a branching path for possible recommendations for their chosen topic. They’ll need to use Conditionals when they explain their chart.

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Essay Prompts: Modern Technology

Technology is such an integral part of our society and our daily lives, and there are some who question the extent to which its used. Students get to express their own opinions by writing an essay from one of these 10 prompts.

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Monster Rampage

This project is for practicing PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS. Imagine a normally cute creature is now giant-sized and is accidentally terrorizing the city! Your students are reporters sharing breaking news on how the city is reacting.

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Its Own Opposite

Many words have multiple definitions, and a handful of words have two or more definitions that contrast with one another. These words are called contranyms (or Janus words). For this project, students will define, describe, and give examples of contranyms.

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Closed Captioning

Writing Subtitles or CCs for a short video can be a great way for students to pay more attention to sentence structure, including identifying phrases and clauses. It may also be good for vocab exposure.

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Scene and Herd

‘Herd’ and ‘flock’ are words for groups of animals, but some animals have a group term specific to their species. These venery terms typically have addition (more common) meanings, so for this project students will combine the two definitions into one scene.

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Unlikely Hero

Students create a character with two very different jobs, one in a mild-mannered profession, and another as an action hero. How do they use their skills, tools, and knowledge of the former to help them as the latter?

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Scout Patches

Students create fun, challenging, and silly patches or merit badges, inspired by the ones that Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts might earn through their accomplishments.

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Clouds and Constellations

Different people can look up at the clouds or at the stars and see different things from the person standing next to them. In this project, students will have to defend what shapes they see by identifying its features.

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Pun-chlines

Here’s a great way to practice idioms and other sayings by changing a detail or two to fit a new context. Students get to deliver jokes by substituting one of the words from that expression with another word similar in either sound or meaning.

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Good Cop / Bad Cop

This project is for practicing INDIRECT QUESTIONS. Students will act as investigators asking witnesses for information. But some witnesses will only respond to Direct Questions, some only to Indirect Questions, and some only to Commands.

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You Know Me So Well

This project is for practicing QUESTION TAGS. Students play The Newlywed Game – except as friends – and instead of stating what they believe to be true, they’ll put it in the form of a question.

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Sillylympics

This project is for practicing GERUNDS. Students design and participate in silly activities in the style of the Olympics.

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