A lesson on reported speech and direct quotations in newspapers.

starter asks pupils to consider the difference between a sentence with
reported speech, and a sentence with direct quotation. After a few
simple translations from direct speech to reported (and vice versa),
pupils can watch a youtube video of a news story. Their speech has
been transcribed, and pupils can then use this to create their own
newspaper article on the incident, using a direct quotation and a piece
of reported speech for each of the three witnesses.

n the BrainPOP ESL movie Little Red Fairytale (L3U6L2), Ben retells the classic fairytale, “Little Red
Riding Hood,” as a puppet show. Ben’s version includes funny twists and a surprise ending!
Students enjoy the show as they listen carefully for reported speech. In this lesson plan, adaptable
for grades 3-8, students paraphrase statements using reported speech, and use context to
distinguish shades of meaning among reporting verbs.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Students will:

1. Restate dialogue from the movie using reported speech.

2. Distinguish shades of meaning among reporting verbs.

3. Research famous quotes and turn them into reported speech.


 BrainPOP ESL

 Puppets, or materials to make them

to report, reported speech, statement.
Fairytale, puppet, paraphrase, quote.
Reporting verbs: say, tell, add, admit, agree, complain, conclude, consider, convince, cry, explain,
guess, inform, observe, persuade, promise, remind, repeat, roar, suggest, tell, think, say, scream,
shout, whisper, yell.

For Activity 2, Reporting Verbs, make copies of the exercise below, or write the sentences on the

________ that the food was terrible.
________ that she had broken the window.

remind. bring in puppets or invite students to bring puppets to school. scream. Note: We will learn about Reported Questions and Commands in the next lesson. explain.” → Martin Luther King. Distribute the sentences to students (see Preparation). observe. Challenge students to make the reported speech statement. In a repeat viewing of the movie Little Red Fairytale (L3U6L2). I saw. For example: Martin Luther King. guess. or write them on the board for students to copy. or bring in materials for students to make their own puppets. Now You Do It. shout. There are many reporting verbs besides say and tell. Jr. conclude. Lesson Procedure: 1. 2. repeat. Remind students that they can make speech and writing more interesting by using a variety of reporting verbs. “I came. agree. ________ that I had done the right thing. 3. for students to confirm their statements. For homework. pausing before Ben repeats what he has said. have students fold their papers and look only at the left side of the page. Reporting Verbs. show the Grammar movie. and he had conquered. inform. say. consider. cry. “What did he say?” Students answer using reported speech. pause after a character says a line. yell. For the extension activity. Display examples of famous quotes and ask students to restate each one using reported statements. I conquered. complain.” → Julius Caesar said that he had come. roar. whisper. depending on the context of the sentences. Instruct students to change each sentence to a reported statement using reporting verbs listed in Know More: add. assign students to research at least three other famous quotes. ________ me that the movie would start at eight o’clock. ________ that he was very angry. think. tell. and ask. Jr. Julius Caesar said. Alternatively. ________ me that I should buy the pink sweater. promise. said that he had a dream. so you may not want to use those examples. persuade. he had seen.________ that he would never do it again. writing each . “I have a dream. said. convince. admit. _____ that there were around 50 gumballs in the machine. suggest. To differentiate for an added challenge. Then continue playing. Report the Quote.

Have them report the “story” of the song to the class or a partner. Guess the Song. In pairs or small groups. 4. Alternatively. Allow time to prepare and practice their skits. Puppets are effective tools for facilitating dialogue among language learners. Have students read their quotes. or in groups of three. Ask students to share what they know about puppet shows and to discuss ones they have seen. have students write dialogue to create a puppet show of their own. and then perform them for the class. students may want to create their own puppet shows. one on a separate index card. changing the reported statements to direct speech. If you have puppets. students turn the movie Little Red Fairytale (L3U6L2) into a dialogue. assign students to find a song they like and paraphrase it. turning them into reported speech. They may want to adapt another familiar fairytale. and the wolf. . For homework. Little Red’s mother. EXTENSION ACTIVITIES With a partner. reporting what the singer said. and discuss what the speakers meant in context. and ask the class or their partners to guess the song. Then ask other students what the original quotes were. You might show examples of puppet shows from the Internet. They should have three characters: Little Red. bring some in or have students create their own with socks or brown paper bags.