This lesson uses a song to teach the conditional sentence pattern: If I were/was ..., I would/could...
The lesson includes song lyrics (If I Were a Rich Man from Fiddler on the Roof) and exercises build on each other and are scaffolded to lead up to a writing of a blog entry where the students can practice and show their mastery of the pattern.
Part 1: Filling in details --> use the song lyrics to fill in blanks
Part 2: My own ideas --> students come up with some ideas of what they would do if they were rich then are asked to add some details.
Part 3: Creatively using the sentence pattern --> students explore some unreal situations
Part 4: Looking at sample writings --> students look at 2 sample writings written by actual students (names have been left out)
Part 5: Writing --> students write their own blog about an unreal situation where they use and show mastery of the sentence pattern
Teaching notes, answers, differentiation suggestions and extension suggestions are included at the end of the document. The lesson should be paced according to your students abilities.
This was a very successful lesson in my classroom. The students really enjoyed the song and sharing their stories to their classmates.
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