This is a fun and engaging lesson that I have used numerous times for both regular junior English classes as well as ELL / ESL / EFL classes. The subject – eating bugs – is enough of a hook that students are simultaneously repelled and drawn in.
This lesson is designed to be delivered over THREE DAYS (though often it extends beyond to four or five). Students practice various skills. First, they make PREDICTIONS and DISCUSS their thoughts accessing their PRIOR KNOWLEDGE, and practice their NOTE-TAKING skills. Then they WATCH and LISTEN to a short video (TED Ed) in order to practice pulling for detailed information. Students then watch the video, and take the low-stakes TED Ed quiz (full credits and links provided: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/should-we-eat-bugs-emma-bryce). Student continue to develop their ideas and responses to the ideas discussed. After ideas are fully formed, students are given specific step-by-step directions on how to write an EXPOSITORY WRITTEN RESPONSE PARAGRAPH. Students then write their paragraphs, share their paragraphs, and learn from each other to go back and improve their own writing. Finally, they publish their work online, and comment on other previous responses.
Contained herein is a 67-slide fully editable PowerPoint presentation, as well as a 1-page PDF handout to give to students on how to write an expository paragraph.
My students LOVE this lesson. At the start, they thrill at crying out their disgust at the mere thought of eating bugs, but they are eager to watch it again and again. They are fascinated by the idea, and discuss it enthusiastically referencing their own responses and ideas about eating bugs as a possibly solution to a variety of humanity's problems in the future. In the end, students can publish their paragraphs online and become part of the global dialogue.
In full disclosure, parts of this PowerPoint presentation are freely available from the TED Ed website: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/should-we-eat-bugs-emma-bryce#review
As such, no copyright infringement is intended, and all references and links are provided in the PowerPoint. The purchase price reflects the slides, activities, writing prompts, and formatting that I have created myself.
Overall, this is a fun, engaging three-day (minimum) lesson that will have your students scrunching up their noses but pleading with you for more. I hope your students enjoy it as much as mine do. :-)