Here, S.A.N.E. stands for some, any, no and every. These four words join with with four other words – body, one, where and thing. There are 16 possible combinations (something, anywhere, nobody, everyone, etc). This lesson plan uses 16 images of book covers whose titles each contain one of those words. The images were obtained using Amazon.co.uk, a fantastic resource for any English teacher (click here for a video that explains all). The images are provided in the accompanying PDF slideshow which can be downloaded below.
- Language level: Elementary (A1) +
- Learner type: Teens; Adults
- Time: 60 minutes
- Activity: Grammar drill; Gap fill
- Topic: Book titles
- Language: Some, any, no, every as determiners
- Materials: Slide show & worksheets
Lesson plan outline
- Tell students that you are going to give them 16 book titles. Give out copies of Worksheets 1 and 2 (included in the PDF download) and ask students to complete them by attempting to match the book titles with the descriptions. Offer help with any unknown words or language, or give out dictionaries.
- Once everyone has completed the worksheets, show the slideshow. The pictures of the books should reveal additional information about them – clues about genre and content, for example. This should allow your learners to correct their answers.
- Take back in all copies of the worksheets (this will prevent your learners from cheating during the next steps).
- Write the following on the board:
- Explain to your learners that all the words on the left can combine with all the words on the right. Elicit the 16 possible combinations and then use a pointer (or your hand) to conduct the following chant: Something, someone, somebody, somewhere
- Ask if anyone can tell you which word pair is the odd one out in relation to:
- Spelling (Answer: No one – it is the only pair written as two separate words)
- Pronunciation (Answer: Nothing – the ‘o’ changes from /əʊ/ to /ʌ/)
- Give out copies of Worksheet 3 for your learners to complete (included in PDF download).
- Allow your students to compare their answers with each other before showing them the slideshow again to correct their work.
Anything, anyone, anybody, anywhere
No one, nothing, nobody, nowhere
Everything, everyone, everybody, everywhere