Do you remember 1998? Well, 1998 is history now, and the biggest historical event of the year was Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky. This is a 6-panel no-words cartoon that you can use with ESL or EFL students. It also comes with a page of text to guide you with some vocabulary, a narrative of the story, and some discussion questions.The goals are to strengthen your students' English storytelling abilities, to use past tense verbs correctly, to learn vocabulary related to politics and the President, and just to generate fun conversation in English.
The story is still basically PG and is very cute, but still fun for mature students to giggle at.
This lesson can keep one student or an entire classroom busy for 40 to 90 minutes.
The first page is the cartoon, which is perfect for photocopying. Go ahead and photocopy as many as you like for your own class use. The second page is the instructions and activities for the teacher to use. Don't let the students see page 2, or they will just memorize parts of it and parrot it. Stimulate them to create and connect their own sentences using the vocabulary words.
Here's what I do:
1. Give the cartoon to each student, or to every other student if your school is short on paper. Ask them to volunteer their ideas of what it is all about, and they can use English to describe what they see.
2. Then you introduce the vocabulary. Feel free to add your own. Tell a little story similar to the one that I have written on page 2, and use all the vocabulary. You can pause to ask comprehension questions or to ask students to make sentences with the new vocabulary.
3. If you feel like the students need a little break from the narrative, go directly to the discussion questions on page 2. If they don't need a break, ask them to tell the story themselves, using all vocabulary words. They can start by telling the story to their partners, or they can tell parts of the story out loud to the class. Correct their grammar as needed, but don't overdo it. They shouldn't get too frustrated.
4. If you didn't already do the discussion questions, do those now.
5. Ask the students to imagine that the final scene never happened. Now create some possible new endings!