Posted 7/2/11

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
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Lesson plan outline

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Take back in all copies of the worksheets (this will prevent your learners from cheating during the next steps).
  4. Write the following on the board:
  5. 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:
  6. Something, someone, somebody, somewhere
    Anything, anyone, anybody, anywhere
    No one, nothing, nobody, nowhere
    Everything, everyone, everybody, everywhere

  7. 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/)
  8. Give out copies of Worksheet 3 for your learners to complete (included in PDF download).
  9. Allow your students to compare their answers with each other before showing them the slideshow again to correct their work.
Posted 7/2/11

4 Responses to S.A.N.E. book titles

  1. Alessandra says:

    Hi JamieThis is really a well-done lesson.I really appreciate you can work at first just with titles and then with the true covers. In this way creativity and imagination could build a different idea about the same book in the pupils’ minds and this can offer an opportunity of productive discussions and sharing thoughts.

    I can suggest you to find an acronym for the other group of words (where,body,one,thing) and maybe mix up the sentences in the chant below:
    From:
    Something,someone, somebody, somewhere
    Anything, anyone, anybody, anywhere,
    No one, nothing, nobody, nowhere
    Everything, everyone, everybody, everywhere

    To:
    Everything, everyone, everybody, everywhere
    Something,someone, somebody, somewhere
    Anything, anyone, anybody, anywhere,
    No one, nothing, nobody, nowhere

    In this way it is catchier for our ears (so easier to remember) because the sentences have the same rhythm (1 and 2; 3 and 4).

    THANKS for your work!

  2. Jamie Keddie says:

    Thank you Alessandra
    I really appreciate your comment!
    Lovely idea to change around the order of the chant. I have tried to think of an acronym but without success. Any ideas?
    Jamie :-)

  3. Alessandra says:

    Hi Jamie!
    Actually I’ve just realized that the order I wrote is wrong; the correct order for me is
    a) Everything, everyone, everybody, everywhere
    b) Anything, anyone, anybody, anywhere,
    c) Something,someone, somebody, somewhere
    d) No one, nothing, nobody, nowhere

    In this way you can have:
    2 syllable in the rows a) and b) , using EVERY and ANY (e/very ; a/ny);
    1 syllable in the rows c) and d) , using SOME and NO.

    About the acronym, if you divide the words as you wrote on your point 4. (see above your “Less plan outline”), I was thinking could be nice BO.TH, from BOdy and THing, because it means “you should remember to take one word from the left side and one from the right side to get the final combination”.
    But I’m sorry, I have no idea how you could combine the other two words, WHere and ONe! :(
    Alessandra

  4. Jamie Keddie says:

    It’s a tough one! We’ll leave it at that and let teachers choose.
    Thanks again Alessandra. I appreciate your help.
    Jamie :-)