Unit: "What's wrong?" / "Probably . . ."
- Students will practice target language pattern: “What’s wrong with X?” / “She’s probably X.”
- Students will practice using context to infer appropriate language
- Students will practice language creativity
- Computers (Enough for the instructor and each student)
- Computer projector
- Premade ToonDoo comics
- Review: Begin lesson with a review of recently learned target language. For this lesson, the language will consist of the pattern “What’s wrong with X?” “[He’s] probably X.” (Example: “What’s wrong with Alex?” “He’s probably sick.” / “What’s wrong with the dog?” “It’s probably hungry.”) Note that this lesson could be adapted to multiple language patterns; this is only intended as one example.
- Introduction: Using a computer screen projector, introduce students to one premade ToonDoo comic exhibiting the target language. Sample cartoon:
- Practice: Practice applying target language to a comic together as a large group; project pre-made comic with blank word bubbles and ask students what language would be appropriate to fill in based on the context. Sample cartoon:
(Appropriate target language: “What’s wrong with Beary?” “He’s probably scared.”)
- Walk students through the beginning process of registering ToonDoo accounts:
- Go to http://www.toondoo.com
- Click on the “Sign Up for Free” button and register a new account.
- Under the “Toons” heading, select “Create Toon.”
- Select a layout and begin to select characters, backgrounds, etc. (Allow students to experiment with this step for some time, until they become comfortable with the format.)
- Use tools to manipulate characters (rotate, shrink/enlarge, adjust emotion, etc.).
- Insert dialogue by selecting word bubbles from the “Texts” heading.
- Save completed comic strip by clicking on the “Main Menu” heading and selecting “Save.” Title the comic, uncheck “Let others redoo,” and publish.
- Once students are comfortable with the ToonDoo creation process, instruct them to independently create a new comic strip modeling the target language. Provide a list of context and vocabulary possibilities, if necessary.
- Context possibilities: At a scary movie, at a restaurant, on a rollercoaster, at the beach, watching a drama, in bed, etc.
- Vocabulary possibilities: Hungry, cold, scared, sick, worried, angry, sad, hot, thirsty, tired, etc.
- Ask students to create a comic at home using ToonDoo and the target language pattern.