S1 E05: We're United! -
Each episode offers a choice of seven categories of activities, all downloadable for free. These include:
Worksheets (in many cases multi-level)
The intro and the outro are the opening and closing sequences of a song, piece of music or video. Each episode of Rags to Riches has an intro and an outro. The intro introduces a key element of the episode, inviting students to use their predictive skills. The outro highlights the main grammar and vocabulary areas contained within the episode.
For Episode 5 the Intro and outro worksheet contains 5 different activities. There are 2 different versions of the worksheet. One of the activities in the outro section is slightly different in each, and the numbers indicate the level of challenge. There is also a lesson plan and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation.
'On song': performing at peak efficiency or ability (Collins Dictionary)
In the On song section, pupils work directly with the lyrics of the Rags to Riches song for the episode.
Episode 5 is a little different to the usual format. In this episode students are guided through a step-by-step process to write the song themselves! Then they will compare their version to the Rags to Riches recording. There is also a lesson plan and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation.
A loudspeaker is a piece of equipment, for example part of a radio or hi-fi system, through which sound comes out. (Collins Dictionary) The Loud speakers section is about speaking!
In Episode 5 students work from a dialogue in the episode to create their own mini-interviews. There is also a lesson plan and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation.
In a recording studio, individual ‘tracks’ (recordings of an instrument or voice) are combined to create the final blend (or ‘mix’) of sounds that become the finished song. In the same way, language learners mix different skills together for every kind of interaction. This section is designed to help them work on various skills simultaneously.
For Episode 5, students practise phonics, speaking and listening skills by composing a new verse for the song We're United!. There is also a lesson plan and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation.
'Script doctor' (n): one who revises or alters a script to improve it. (Collins Dictionary).
The Script doctors section aims to familiarise learners with everyday language in the context of the episode script, encouraging them to interact directly with the script.
For Episode 5, students refer to a portion of the dialogue to create their own mini-dialogues about speculating what someone is doing. There is also a lesson plan and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation.
The Over to you section invites students to explore their own opinions of a given topic.
For Episode 5, students write a review of their chosen song. There is also a lesson plan and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation.
'Potluck' (n.): also pot-luck, 1590s. from pot (n.1) + luck; with notion of “one’s luck or chance as to what may be in the pot.” (Etymonline)
The Potluck section may contain any kind of fun activity based on the theme of the episode. For this episode, students consider songs with a message, and match the titles to the themes. There is also a lesson plan and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation.