6th Grade Oral Language Resources
Students will:• Learn about mentors.
• Access prior knowledge and build background about people in their lives who are mentors and what they do.
• Explore and apply the concept of the goals mentors help a person achieve and how to choose an appropriate mentor.
Students will:• Demonstrate an understanding of the definition of mentor.
• Orally use words to differentiate between mentors and other types of teachers or role models.
• Extend oral vocabulary by speaking about how mentors help people.
• Use key concept words [mentor, guidance, goal, interest, hobby, coach, teacher, boss, parent].
Explain• Use the slideshow to review the key concept words.
• Explain that students are going to learn about mentors:
• What makes someone a mentor.
• What subjects a mentor may teach.
• The difference between being a mentor and being a teacher.
• What kinds of people are mentors.
Model• After the host introduces the slideshow, point to the photo on screen. Ask students: What kind of person could make a good mentor? (teachers, relatives, coaches, etc.),
• Ask students: What are some types of goals a mentor can help you with? (virtually anything; playing a sport, playing a musical instrument, learning to paint)
• Say: Mentors are people who guide, support, and advise others. Mentors are people we look up to. What is the main difference between a mentor and a regular teacher? (teachers teach you things you have to learn, while mentors teach you things you want to learn.)
Guided Practice• Guide students through the next three slides showing them pictures of various activities. Always have the students discuss if a mentor could help someone achieve a goal in that activity. If the answer is yes, ask the students what those goals may be and what kind of person would make a good mentor for that activity.
Apply• Play the games that follow. Have them discuss with their partner the different topics that appear during the Talk About It feature.
• After the first game, ask students if they have any mentors of their own. After the second game, encourage them to talk about the goal that their mentor is helping them work towards.
Close• Ask students: Is there anything you wish you could do, but don't know how?
• Summarize for students that mentors can be anyone that we look up to who supports, advises, and guides us. Encourage them to work with a group and discuss their goals with each other. Then, using a piece of paper, have them compose a list of adults in their life who they think would make good mentors for the goals they wish to reach.