Title: Dangerous Weather
Topic: Vacation Activities / Weather Conditions
Focus Age Group: 15 to 18 years
National Standards Goals:
Communication Cultures Connections Comparisons Communities
Interpersonal Interpretive Presentational
NJ Cumulative Progress Indicators:
- 7.1.11 Interact with appropriate responses in limited social settings and basic situations
- 7.1.13 Engage in original and spontaneous conversation in the language studied
- 7.1.14 Organize thoughts into coherent oral speech
Timeframe: One class period of 40 minutes
Description of Task:
You will be assigned one of the attached role-play situations. You will have five minutes to conceptualize and orally develop the role-play with your partner. You are not permitted to write. The presentation must be at least three minutes long. Your presentation may be videotaped.
Materials Needed: Tape recorder / camcorder, role-play situations
Here is the suggested procedure:
- Give all students a class assignment which is to be done while other students are presenting their role-play situations.
- Randomly select pairs of students for the role-play.
- Randomly assign role-play situations to each pair.
- Each pair has five minutes to conceptualize and orally develop the role play.
- After five minutes, all students must stop practicing and separate.
- Pairs of students will be called to the front to present the role-play.
- Other students are doing the class work which was assigned previously.
Prior to doing this activity, the student should have been working with airport vocabulary in written and oral work. The first time the students do this type of activity, you may want to extend the time in step 4. These are spontaneous conversations, however, and extended time is not beneficial. It is suggested that you record/ videotape the presentations.
- usage of a wide range of vocabulary & structures
- appropriate, logical responses to more difficult communication
- pronunciation does not interfere with communication
- highly creative & interesting
- exceeds minimum time
- concerted effort to use vocabulary & structures
- appropriate, logical responses
- pronunciation may interfere with communication
- attempt at creativity
- meets minimum time
||Does Not Meet Expectations
- minor attempt to use vocabulary & structures
- some appropriate, logical responses
- pronunciation does interfere with communication
- little attempt at creativity
- does not meet minimum time
Adaptations: These role-play situations can be adapted to any of the upper levels.
Carol A. Meulener
West Windsor-Plainsboro High School
West Windsor, NJ 08550
- You and your friend are at the beach. The sun is shining, but suddenly you notice a storm approaching. It gets very dark, and then you see a man get hit by lightning. What do you do?
- You and your friend are mountain climbing. It is wonderful weather, but suddenly it begins to rain heavily. You take shelter and notice that the river is flooding. You can't get to your car. What do you do?
- You and your friend are skiing in the mountains. It is snowing, but the skiing is wonderful. Suddenly, your hear a loud noise. There is an avalanche and you can't find your friend. What do you do?