I want him to challenge the necromancer

By Peter Swan, 23 March, 2017
Junior High
To practice sentence formation with infinitives in clauses, specifically focusing on 'want X to Y'.
attached worksheet

Just a dumb little activity for giving the kids a bit of basic practice with ‘want X to Y’.

1. ALTs introduce students to the scenario: an evil wizard has taken control of a small town on the outskirts of Kobe, and has begun construction of a deep dungeon from which he will begin a conquest of the free world. As the leader of a guild of adventurers, the students must select eight brave warriors from among their classmates to fulfil the roles needed to conquer the dungeon.

2. Students read the roles given on the worksheet, and select a classmate that they think would perform that task well. They then write a sentence that explains their choice, e.g.

‘I want Peter to fight with magic’.

If you have a bit of extra time, feel free to have kids give their choices in front of the class, and see if you can’t come up with a classroom dream team. Don’t like video games? Maybe try switching the theme to a building project, or baking a cake.

If they’re already too proficient with ‘want X to Y’, you could always make it more advanced. ‘I will ask X to Y’, or something.


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