Using Charts to increase speaking practice

Using Charts to increase speaking practice

Age Group: Elementary, High School, Junior High School
Subject: Sentence Structure, Speaking
Goal of Lesson: Students remember many specific facts from a story and can relate them back to teacher with good sentence structure.
Time Needed: 20-30 minutes
Materials Needed: none

Using charts is a great way to help students organize their thoughts, learn a story, practice longer and multiple sentence speaking.


When I have a story with many characters doing many things, I like to use a chart to help my students understand the story better and also to learn how to say the story back to me. Here is an example:


  • One story I read a lot has 4 characters that live in a different place, and eat different kinds of food.


  • The lion lived on a rock and ate rabbits.
  • The dog lived under a tree and ate bones.
  • The turtle lived near the water and ate bugs.
  • The horse lived in a barn and ate hay.


  • After we read the story, I would draw a chart on the board. With the students help, I would fill out the chart with all the facts from each animal.


Lion eats rabbits lives on a rock
Horse eats hay lives in a barn
Dog eats bones lives under a tree
Turtle eats bugs lives near water







  • For 2 or 3 classes, I will put this chart on the board. Remember to ask your students to tell you how to fill  it out.


  • For speaking practice, I would ask a student to tell me about Lion.   The student would say: "Lion lives on a rock and eats rabbits."
  • Another student would tell me about Horse,"Horse lives in a barn and eats hay."


  • I will call on all students a few times to give them a chance to practice.


ON DAY 3, I will make the lesson a littel harder. The chart will look like this....


Turtle bugs water
Horse hay barn
Dog tree bones
Lion rock rabbits








  • Now the chart gives less information so my students need to remember the sentence pattern and how to make it. I still want them to say, "Lion lives on a rock and eats rabbits."      BUT , I don't want them to read it. I want them to think and remember it.


  • The purpose of a chart is to help the students organize ideas and remember the facts. Then, they will be able to practice sentence patterns and learn a story better.



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