Starting a Lesson Differently Makes all the Difference!
To me the beginning is what hooks students and engages them in a lesson! So I always try to find an engaging activity for a good start. Piquing students curiosity at the start of a lesson with a picture, realia, music, or a thought provoking question relates them to the lesson, making them predict the topic, the content, targeted vocabulary or the characters involved in a story.This process stimulates their neurons according to a study from the University of Virginia, published in October 2014, it arouses their intrinsic motivation for an enjoyable learning experience.
This is lesson 9 from the first Form English Course Book (intermediate).
The hook in the lesson is the suspence atmosphere sparked by the soundtrack at the beginning. It engages hearing and feelings for immersion, motivation, and therefore results in a better retention. Click to listen to the audio. You'll find an explanation on how I used it in the detailed lesson plan below.
The following slides are my adaptation of the lesson. Using differentiation, storytelling, kinesthetic learning to respond to my students'different learning styles.