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We will need writers who can remember freedom: poets, visionaries - the realists of a larger reality.

Ursla Le Guin (1929-2018)

National Book Foundation speech, 2014

Don't!

Function: Activity
Words: 9
Duration: 1:00
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Aim: Introduce a key control word
Don't!

Don't!
Don't!
Don't!
Don't!
Don't!
Don't!

Don't! Don't! Don't!

Usage

  1. Have the children sit down.
  2. Pick up some object (an inflatable plastic club or hammer is ideal) with which to menace the children. Start the track.
  3. Slowly move to hit someone but upon hearing the word "Don't" stop and look sheepish/guilty.
  4. Keep threatening the children but fail to hit anyone. React to the soundtrack and especially to anyone who says, "Don't!"

Follow-Up

Threaten the children and see if any of them will say, "Don't!" Try hitting yourself and see if anyone will say "Don't!"

Play Don't Move!

Notes:

This is a very important concept for children to understand and respect. Teachers as well.

getfile: Don't!

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