Comparing Men and Women Using Gerunds

Comparing Men and Women Using Gerunds
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Hello friends and colleagues,

This worksheet can be used in a number of ways:

1. to introduce the use of gerunds as both subjects and objects of common verbs
2. as a springboard for a discussion about male and female stereotypes

This activity works best when there is a mix of female and male students in the classroom.

1. Divide students into small groups, preferably all male and all female groups.
2. Handout the "From a Female's Perspective" to all of the female students and "From a Male's Perspective" to all of the male students.
3. Students work in groups to agree on the best completions for each sentence. (20 min or more depending on purposes and time availability)
4. As a class, groups share what they have come up with for each sentence.
* Students will have probably used some gerunds to complete some of the sentences (e.g. Playing video games is really fun.) although other options are possible (People who are rude are really annoying.)
5. Point out the use of gerunds as both subjects (1st section) and objects of verbs (2nd/3rd sections).
6. If the focus is on grammar, follow up with exercises from a grammar book.

I've used this activity both to introduce and review the use of gerunds. I typically use this as part of a unit on comparing men and women and using comparative language. (See "The Difference Between Men and Women - Fact or Fiction?")

I hope you enjoy this activity with your class and I look forward to hearing your feedback!

Thank you for your dedication to your students!

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