Top 10 ENGLISH grade 7-9 skills and popular lessons

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Imperatives

When we need to tell someone what to do, such as in instruction manuals, giving directions, and when learning lessons at school, we use verbs in the imperative form.  In other words, imperatives are commands.

For example:

Fold the paper. 

Turn left at the corner.

Shut the door please. 

Watch the video to learn more about imperatives, and then play the popular American game, Simon Says.

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Discussing controversial, or topics that bring up strong opinions that can differ from person to person, can be intimidating because of the potential for uncomfortable conversations and potential for disagreement. One of the most important things to do in life is to converse with people who hold different views, so watch this video to learn ideas on how to have successful and effective discussions on controversial topics.
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The best way to speak English fluently is to think in English!  Stop translating and start thinking in English with some of these good tips from Accent's Way

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Talking about past habits with "used to" Watch the video and write 5 sentences with "used to" about things you did in the past that you don't do now.
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Wh- questions Use WH- questions (who, what, when, where, why) to be an active participant in a conversation. Watch the video and then practice with a friend!
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Fourth of July in the United States - American Independence Day

Directions:

Listen to the song, America the Beautiful by the Quad and follow along with the lyrics below.  After listening, discuss with a partner what values you heard expressed that are important to Americans.

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The English language was introduced to the Americas by British colonisation, beginning in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Differences between the two include pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary (lexis), spelling, punctuation, idioms, and formatting of dates and numbers.
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Directions:

Go to the CNN YouTube Channel and watch three videos.  Write a 10-line summary, or a short report, describing what you saw.  

Questions to consider when writing:

  • Who were the subjects of the stories? (Men? Women? Children? Animals? Companies?)
  • What was/were the main idea(s) being talked about in the video? 
  • When were the stories taking place?  What day(s), month(s), or year(s)?
  • Where did the stories happen?  What country/countries?  What cities/towns/villages?
  • Why are these stories important?  Why are the ideas valuable for other people to know?
  • How do you feel after listening to the stories?
  • Are there any similarities between your life and the details described in the stories?  Are there any differences?
  • Now that you know this information, what do you think you can do with this new knowledge?
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Critical Thinking Exercise - Mass Media

Directions:

Go to the BBC homepage and browse (look around) the site's main page.  Look at the headlines and choose one article to read.  After reading, try to answer the following questions related to the article:

  1. Who is the target audience for this article?
  2. What is the goal of the article?  What idea does it give the reader?  
  3. Is the topic or main idea in the article controversial?  Why or why not?
  4. Does the author share a balanced perspective?  Why or why not?  
  5. What sources does the author use to support her or his claims in the article?  Are the sources well-known or have a good record of being accurate?
  6. Do you think there is any bias in the article?  If so, where?  If not, why?
  7. What kind of responsibilities do you think journalists have when reporting the news?  
  8. Journalism is sometimes called the "Fourth Estate of Democracy", meaning it is an essential part of a democratic government.  Do you agree with this opinion?  Why or why not?
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