1. Group gets set
Teacher conducts a whole-group discussion touching on the following questions:
What is insurance? What types of insurance are there? What is health insurance (or
medical insurance)? Who has health insurance? How did you get it? What can you do if you
don't have it? What does it pay for?
Teacher states the lesson objective: To practice the English you need to fill out an
2. Teacher presents the story of Ralph P. Burnett
a. Show visual of Ralph and repeat his full name. Ask learners to guess how old Ralph
is, whether or not he is married with a family or not, and what kind of job he has.
b. Teacher introduces new vocabulary, writes the words on the blackboard, and gives
simplified definitions of each in English.
c. Teacher repeats the story several times while cueing meaning with the stick-figure
drawings. Teacher asks comprehension questions:
Who is the employee? Who is the employer? What benefits does the employee receive? What
kind of policy is it? What is the policy number?
3. Learners read the story of Ralph P. Burnett
a. Teacher hands out copies of the story and learners read the story silently.
b. Teacher reads the story aloud while learners follow silently.
c. On overhead transparency of the story, teacher indicates paragraphs and paragraph
numbers. Learners ask questions about vocabulary, pronunciation, etc. Teacher leads a
short discussion to clarify meaning. Teacher writes on blackboard, when appropriate.
4. Brainstorm items for an insurance claim form
Whole group imagines the claim form Ralph needs to fill out. Lemers orally contribute
items they think Ralph will need to supply on his claim form. As learners
contribute ideas, the teacher writes them on the blackboard, organizing them into
categories such as Employee Identification, Employer Information, and Clann Information.
5. Learners create forms
a. Learners form groups of 3-5 people.
b. Teacher hands out sheets of blank white paper, rulers, and pens with dark ink
c. Using the information on the blackboard and hints given in the story as resources,
learners create the form they think Ralph needs to fill out Learners do not fill out their
6. Learners choose the best form
a. Teacher collects the forms, makes overhead transparencies, and shows each one to the
b. Students vote for the claim form they think best represents a real form. Teacher makes
a photocopy of the elected form for each learner in the class.
7. Learners fill out the best claim form for Ralph
a. Working alone or together in pairs learners use the information given in the story
to fill out the claim form for Ralph.
b. Teacher fills out the form on the overhead, with assistance from whole group.
c. Learners compare their work with that one the overhead and make needed corrections.
8. Learners transfer learning to a claim form on a Verification
a. Teacher hands out Verification Activity showing a teacher-made mock official
insurance claim form
b. Teacher reads and clarifies directions for the learners.
c. Learners fill out the Verification claim form for Ralph using only the story for
reference. All other materials are put away and learners are asked to work alone quietly.