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Lesson 1 (80 minutes) Name: Melina E. Ignazzi St. John’s University Program: Fulbright Theme of Larger Unit of Study: Recycling in NYC vs. Recycling in BA Grade/Age of Students: 17-18 years old Content Area Objective: Science Vocabulary Targeted: Recycling Technology Component of Lesson: YouTube videos, Spicynodes, Quizlet, Dropbox, Twitter Materials: Netbooks, earphones or headphones, Internet access (at school and at home)

Anticipatory Set

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Students watch different YouTube videos on recycling in the USA (listening). They are

7 minutes (for double

told to pay attention because afterwards they will have to complete an exercise.

watching)

Video: How to Recycle in New York City Guided Practice of Lesson Task A) Students do the following exercise:

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After watching the videos on recycling in the USA, choose the correct options

15 minutes

to make true statements. 1. People in New York generate 12,000 kilograms/tons of garbage every day. 2. You must/mustn’t mix newspapers and soft paper. 3. In order to recycle household goods, appliances and furniture that are less/more than 50% metal. 4. Someone will pick the items to recycle in your house if you call/call or visit a webpage. 5. There are two/three different colors to distinguish the types of items to recycle. 6. Batteries and light bulbs can/can’t be recycled. 7. Electronics recycling needs/doesn’t need special handling.


B) Speaking: students discuss with the teacher the differences and similarities between NYC and BA in terms of recycling. Independent Practice by Students

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A) Vocabulary: game on Quizlet.

50 minutes

B) Students create a chart or a Spicynodes comparing and contrasting the recycling systems in NYC and BA. Homework

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Students must check pictures on the NYC recycling system, which have been uploaded

3 minutes (to explain HW)

on a folder on Dropbox. Then they have to take similar pictures in BA and upload them on Twitter using the hashtag #wecanrecycletoo. Students must comment on their peers’ pictures (at least once). Assessment of Learning

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Speaking: Students briefly summarize the activities of the day and what their

5 minutes

homework is about.


Lesson 2 (40 minutes) Language Objective: Talking about the future using will/won’t Content Area Objective: Science Vocabulary Targeted: Recycling Materials: Internet access or copies of the articles students have to read

Motivation

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Speaking: students comment on the Twitter homework.

5 minutes

Guided Practice of Lesson Task

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Reading: students read different articles taken from the Web on recycling in NYC and

15 minutes

other cities, and do a T/F exercise. The readings are the following:  New York seeks to double recycling by 2017  New York City's New "Recycle Everything" Campaign Will Help Double the City's Recycling Rate Read the online articles on recycling in NYC. Are the following statements true or false? 1. The city depends highly on sanitation workers. 2. NYC is a step ahead other American cities in terms of recycling. 3. The recycling system involves schools, restaurants, groceries and hotels. 4. Recycling benefits taxation. 5. The current recycling campaign is the biggest in two decades. 6. The government cannot do anything as regards electronics. Language objective

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The teacher explains the use of will/won’t to talk about the future, by means of the X-

15 minutes

Word Grammar theory. The sentences to do so are taken from the two readings, and have been modified for the sake of simplification:  From July 2015 restaurants, delis and grocers will have to separate out


organic waste and recycling.  (…) the City will reach its goal to double the amount of waste New Yorkers divert from landfill by 2017.  Reaching this goal will save City taxpayers at least $60 million. The question hand is briefly explained, so are the negative constructions. Homework

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Students must start thinking about a school campaign to raise awareness on the

2 minutes (to explain HW)

importance of recycling and how to improve the system in BA. Assessment of Learning

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Speaking: Students briefly summarize the activities of the day and what their

3 minutes

homework is about.


Lesson 3 (80 minutes) Language Objective: Talking about the future using will/won’t Content Area Objective: Science Vocabulary Targeted: Recycling Technology Component of Lesson: Twitter Materials: musical instruments, such as maracas or kazzoes.

Motivation

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Speaking: students comment on their ideas for a school campaign to raise awareness on

5 minutes

the importance of recycling and how to improve the system in BA. Language Objective

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The teacher revises the use of the X-word “will” with the students. Comments are

25 minutes

made on its functions, including the tense it carries and its uses. The question hand is explained in depth. Guided Practice of Lesson Task

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Students are divided into teams of four. Each team is provided with three different

25 minutes

sentences. They have to come up with its negative counterpart, a yes/no question, and as many information questions as possible. Each time a team is done with one of the sentences, a member must stand up and stop playing. In this way, there will be less people in each group to assist their peers, increasing the degree of difficulty. Once all the teams have finished, their answers are checked by the whole class. The team with more accurate sentences wins.

Pronunciation

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The teacher takes some of the sentences created by the teams to show sentence stress.

10 minutes

Both the teacher and the students use musical instruments to mark the rhythm and stress. Guided Practice of Lesson Task

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Now it is students’ turn. They choose two other sentences they have created and show

10 minutes

the rhythm and stress patterns to their classmates. Students self-monitor.


Homework

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Students must share their ideas for the final project on Twitter, and comment on others’

2 minutes (to explain HW)

posts as well (at least one). Assessment of Learning

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Speaking: Students briefly summarize the activities of the day and what their

3 minutes

homework is about.


Lesson 4 (40 minutes) Language Objective: Talking about the future using will/won’t Content Area Objective: Science Vocabulary Targeted: Recycling Technology Component of Lesson: Voicethread, Blogger. Materials: netbooks, Internet access.

Motivation

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Speaking: students comment on their ideas for a school campaign to raise awareness on

5 minutes

the importance of recycling and how to improve the system in BA. Final Task

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Students divide into groups of four, and create a Voicethread presentation using their

30 minutes

pictures and ideas. They should produce at least one sentence using the X-word learnt, and using the correct sentence stress and rhythm. The link of each product will be posted in the school's blog. Assessment of Learning

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Teacher and peers’ feedback.

5 minutes

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