Class theme/topics discussed:
Goal of the class:
To firmly remember vocabulary about family and have deep conversations about new and current changes on the concept of family in society.
How did you structure the class?
Activity 1 (5min): Introduction. We talk about the weekend and upcoming events.
Activity 2 (10min): Warm-up: I give them an empty genealogical tree and, in pairs, they have to fill in the name of the different relationships.
Activity 3 (15min): Video and Discussion. I show a video from a news program that talks about new kinds of family (non-conventional families).
Activity 3 (15min): Debate in little groups: Different topics are written in different pieces of papers inside of a bowl. The groups pick up one of the papers and discuss (or try to answer) what is written in the paper. From time to time, I will stop the conversations to have them speaking loudly their opinions.
Activity 4 (15min): Famous’ genealogical tree. One by one, students pick a picture of a famous person and put it on the board making a genealogical tree. They have to say all the possible relationships between the picture they put and those that are already on the board.
What worked well in this class? What did not work?
How could this class be improved/ modified?
Students enjoyed the class, they found the topics very interesting and were very involved and participative. The last activity is super fun, choose any kind of famous people (from Obama to Putin, Cleopatra, Shakira…).