Secrets is a great concept to plan a lesson around. This lesson idea is similar to a lesson I've done countless times about gossip - I heard it through the Grapevine. (Lesson #119 for Supporters).
1. Write a secret you have on a piece of paper (just make one up!). Write a few words as hints on the board, along with the word ?secret."
2. Ask students if they know what it means and to give you some examples of "a secret" people might have. Ask students if they think keeping a secret is a good thing? When should you keep a secret and when should you share a secret? Tell the students you have a secret and ask if they can guess it. Take students guesses.
3. Show the video"The Secret" It is incredible and will motivate students.
4. Give the students 3 small slips of paper each. Tell them they should write a secret on each (they can make them up). As students are wrting / thinking - write these sentence prompts on the board:
Just between you and me
I really should keep this a secret but
Don't pass this around but
I really want to get this off my chest ...
I've been keeping this quiet for a long time,
Can you keep a secret?
Don't let anyone else know but ....
Keep this top secret okay?
5. Go over the phrases on the board, making sentences about students in the classroom.
6. Tell students they now have to mingle/walk around the class and share their secrets with 3 different people. They should give the slip of paper to those they shared the secret with
7. Next, Ask students to go in groups and share with each other, the secrets they were told. Tell them they can't keep secrets!
8. Lastly, share some of the best secrets, the funniest secrets told as a group. If time permits, play the video on last time to reinforce the language/learning.
It's a great lesson - please share, don't keep it a secret!
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