Level: Intermediate +
Goals: to practise speaking, listening, writing skills in the context of talking about creativity.
Materials: a TV or projector, A4 or A3 paper, colour pencils.
Step 1. Write Creativity on the board and ask students what it means.
Step 2. Ask students whether they think they are creative. Why do they think so? Can they provide specific examples when they were creative? How can they become creative? (you can write the answers on the board)
Step 3. Tell your students to watch a short video about the ways how they can be creative. Tell them not to write anything.
Step 4. Tell students to work in pairs and discuss the following questions:Creativity Lesson
Step 5. Tell your students to watch a video about creativity in architecture.
Discuss this video together. What do students think about this unusual house? Will people have such small houses in the future?
H/W: give your students this text and the topic for essay "How does creativity in architecture or technology help to improve peoples lives? Provide specific examples.":
Step 6. Tell students that they will have an opportunity to show how creative they are in the next 30 minutes.
Warning: You should prepare this activity in advance! Take a bag and put in it 7-10 different things such as used bus tickets, tickets to the concert, a key ring from another country, some photos or post-cards, books, a bottle of wine (if your group are adults), etc.
It is important to prepare 2-3 bags so that you could divide your students in smaller groups (4 people in one group).
Now tell them a task: students have 30 minutes to write a story (romantic, action, detective, etc.) and design illustrations to it. In the story, they must think of a logical plot and mention all the objects from the bag.
Divide students in groups and give each group a bag, color pencils and paper.
Step 7. In 30 minutes tell everybody to stop working and make pairs (people from different teams). Next step, they have to retell their stories.
When everybody finishes, say something good about students' creativity and imagination.
Step 8. Now play the SCAMS game. Students must write five-word sentences from the given letters (S-C-A-M-S), one letter for each word. For example: Susan Called Alex Making Surprise. Set a time limit - 5-7 minutes. You also can organize a small competition who will write the largest number of such sentences.
Step 9. Follow Up. Have fun with your students and ask them the following questions: Creativity Lesson
Well, the lesson is over. Your students practiced speaking, watching, wrtiing, and had a lot of fun in the second part of the lesson. Remind them about their homework!:-)
Hope you'll like this lesson plan. If you decide to use it, please reflect on it after the lesson and write to me.