"Once upon a time there were two boys, born on exactly the same day, but in different countries."
Thus began my Think-Pair-Share activity that in addition to having the students practice their auditory and speaking skills, would move into a compare-contrast theme.
|One-on-one instruction, works best!|
|The next step was to allow groups of three students to independently develop a "Compare-Contrast Graphic Organizer" based on topics I gave each group. Examples included to compare-contrast: a dog and a cat; an elephant and a pig; a chicken and a parrot.|
|Each group presented their "Compare-Contrast" graphic organizer to the whole class. One student read the way their two items were alike, then the other two monks read how their two items were different.|
|Providing some one-on-one assistance to a monk. Directly behind me is the white board, with part of the graphic organizer visible for the Compare-Contrast activity.|
|Providing immediate feedback to the students is key to my helping them improve their English language skills.|
The Compare-Contrast concept has been the theme for the whole week. Plan to conclude the week with having my students guess what two items I compare and contrast, by explaining how the two are alike and how they are different. Examples I'll use might include a book and a T.V., a river and a swimming pool. This will be challenging for the monks, but I'm sure they will enjoy it.