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UNIT 2. Balance Your School Life

2.1. Making the most of your school day

Word Bank

Phrase Bank

Communication Box

day planner

to surf the Internet a lot

Let’s go for it!

to prioritise

to study in a quiet environment

… I bet.


to avoid distractions

Thanks for sharing.


to organise oneself

It’s up to us to …



to sort out one’s life as a teenager

to set homework time

to run off one’s feet

to take control of something

to get good grades

For instance, …

I. Conversation Warm-up

Read what you can hear at different times of your school day. Say who usually says these words and when.

Example: My mum usually wakes me up at half past six.

II. Pronunciation Warm-up

Read the extract from the teen poem “School Life” and practise the sounds /ʌ/ and /v/. Say how you look at school.

School Life

School is a daily routine for us,

In the morning, we’re sure to make a fuss.

Even when the sun is still not up,

Here we are, awake at 6 a.m. sharp.

Late a minute and we have to run,

Eyes half open, shoelaces undone.

We reach school and we see our friends,

Immediately, discomfort ends.

Some may see school as a lot of pressure

Some cannot wait for the winter vacation

But it depends on how we look at school

Honestly, positively, school is cool!

Cheryl Theseira

(Abridged and adapted from the source: http://www.bestteenpoems.com/poem/school-life#6Zkmo5x3HVrwd9tb.99)

III. Grammar Smart

1. Look and recall.

Personal and possessive pronouns





























a) Play a grammar completion game. Use the pictures and the information given.

Example: A: This is my friend Sam.

B: He is a teenager, isn’t he?

C: His hobby is football, isn’t it?

A: Right.


Sam thirteen football



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b) Paraphrase the sentences.

Example: This is my daily planner. This daily planner is mine.

1. Are these your papers?

2. Tom is one of my friends.

3. I have my own time management method.

4. Does this book belong to you?

5. We are going to present our project to the class.

6. Whose folder is it? His or hers?

2. Read and remember!

Reflexive pronouns










• Use reflexive pronouns:

1. when the subject and object of a sentence are the same person or thing;

Example: You should organise yourself.

2. if you want to emphasise the subject of a sentence;

Example: I’ll do it myself!

3. with some verbs:

Example: Enjoy yourself!

Help yourself to ice cream.

Kids, please, behave yourselves.

Don’t forget!

Don’t use reflexive pronouns with the verb feel:

Example: How do you feel?

a) Let’s play a grammar transformation game (p. 43—44). Use the corresponding personal and reflexive pronouns for the pictures.

to organise oneself

to wash oneself

to behave oneself

to help oneself

to enjoy oneself

to hurt oneself

Example: A: to organise oneself

B: He can’t …

A: He can’t organise himself.

b) Add a reflexive pronoun.

Example: I’ll do it myself.

1. Behave___ !

2. You should organise__

3. How did you hurt__ ?

4. Please help_ to peaches.

5. Enjoy ___________.

6. Have you washed_ yet?

IV. Word Smart

1. Study these words and word combinations and:

a) Say what time management tips you are ready to follow. Give your reasons.

Time Management Tips

Get a day planner

• Make sure it is big enough to hold all your notes;

• Write everything down;

• Put your homework assignments, test dates and project due-dates on paper.

Organise yourself

• Keep your schoolwork and papers organised;

• Keep each class or subject in its own folder;

Set homework time;

• Make sure you study in a quiet environment to avoid distractions.

Prioritise your activities

• Make sure academic studies come first;

• List your leisure activities as the least important;

• Don’t spend too much time on the Internet.

Example: I am ready to get a day planner so that I could have all the important information in one place rather than on random pieces of paper.

b) Group up the word-combinations into Have-to’s and Want-to’s and say how you manage to balance between them (p. 44—45).

to watch a TV show;

to do school assignments;

to hang out with friends;

to be alone with your thoughts;

to read a book;

to practise a hobby;

to do sports;

to keep your room clean;

to surf the Internet a lot;

to help your little brother with homework;

to revise for a test.



to revise for a test

to watch a TV show

Example: Suppose I have to revise for a test, though I want to watch my favourite TV show. If I am trying to concentrate on my studies while the TV is on, I will be constantly distracted. So I have to stay away from the TV.

2. Complete the sentences and speak about your method of finding the perfect balance in your school life.

1. Sometimes I feel there isn’t enough … .

2. I just don’t know how … .

3. So I have worked out my own method of … .

4. It has … steps.

5. Step One is about … .

6. Step Two is … .

7. Step Three … .

8. It helps me to … .

At Home: Describe your recent school day and decide if you made the most of it (8—10 sentences).

V. Time to Read

1. Read / listen to the dialogue and say what tips for time management it has.

Talking about Managing your Time

Cheryl: Hi, Mike, where are you going? What’s your hurry?

Mike: Hi, Cheryl. I’ve been trying hard to keep up with school work, get ting good grades, and after-school activities.

Cheryl: I know what you mean. Do you feel there aren’t enough hours in the day and you just don’t know how some people manage to do everything in time?

Mike: Exactly. Have you got your own method for taking control of school-related have-to’s?

Cheryl: Not yet, but I’ve got some good tips. During the school day our schedule is made up for us. Once the bell rings, though, it’s up to us to find the perfect balance between have-to’s and want-to’s.

Mike: Let’s have a try!

Cheryl: Okay, okay. First of all, get a day planner to put your homework assignments, test dates and project due-dates on paper as soon as the teacher gives them to you.

Mike: Are you serious? I’m quite happy with writing everything down in my notebook margin or…

Cheryl: Or on random pieces of paper? If you keep your day planner with you, all this information will be in one place. Make sure you get the big day planner because little ones won’t hold all your notes.

Mike: Well, perhaps, I’ll try. What is next?

Cheryl: Then you need to organize yourself. Keep each class or subject in its own folder, set homework time and make sure you study in a quiet environment to avoid distractions, such as TV, the phone, or the Web.

Mike: It’s easier said than done. I prefer to have business and pleasure combined. For instance, I can read my homework while my favourite TV show is on.

Cheryl: I bet it will take you much longer to finish your reading because you’ll probably spend half your time listening to the show.

Mike: Perhaps you are right. But I’ve got so many things to do that I can’t afford to just sit and watch TV.

Cheryl: Same with me. Yet I’ve learnt to prioritise my activities. Academic studies should always come first, and I try not to spend too much time on the Internet.

Mike: Well, thanks for sharing. It seems to be an easy-to-follow guide.

I hope it will help me to manage my time.

Cheryl: It sure will. Good luck!

2. Choose the right variant.

Example: Half - (of; -) a kilo of meat, please.

1. I spent half________ (- ; of) my time listening to the show.

2. Nearly half________ (of; -) my classmates use daily planners.

3. There were half_______ (- ; of) a dozen people in the line.

4. Don’t worry, it will only take half______ (-; of) a minute.

5. She was only telling them half_____ (of; -) the story.

6. It happened in the second half_____ (of; -) the twentieth century.

3. Read the replies (p. 47) and match them to the characters of the dialogue. Reproduce the parts of the dialogue with them.

VI. Time to Communicate

1. Act as one of the teenagers and describe your time management method.


to try to keep up with something;

to take control of something;

to find the perfect balance between … and …;

to organize oneself;

to study in a quiet environment;

to avoid distractions.

2. In pairs, discuss your time management methods. Use the pattern. Pattern:

A: Hi, … , Where … ? What’s your hurry?

B: Hi, … . I’ve run off … .

A: I know what you mean. Do you feel …?

B: Exactly. Have you got your own method for. ?

A: Not yet, but I’ve got … .

B: Let’s go for it!

A: Okay, okay. First of all, get … .

B: Are you serious? I’m quite happy with … .

A: Make sure … .

B: Well, perhaps, I’ll try. Whatever next?

A: Then you need to … .

B: It’s easier said than done. I prefer … . For instance, … .

A: I bet it will … because … .

B: Perhaps you are right. But I’ve got so … .

A: Same with me. Yet I’ve learnt to … .

B: Well, thanks for sharing. It seems to be … . I hope … .

A: It sure will. Good luck!

VII. Time to Listen

1. Listen to the story about Philip’s day at Blackstable and say if the boy enjoyed his daily routine.

2. Match the times and the pictures. Describe Philip’s activity during the day.

VIII. Time to Write

Into Your Writing Portfolio:

A day planner is a chart, a book, or a computer programme with sections for each day and the different times of the day that helps you organize everything you have to do.

It contains personal information, a daily to-do list, ideas, and long-term goals, etc.

How to write in a day planner



Daily to-do list


Long-term goals

Phone number

Start with the most important items and end with the least important.

Write random things so that you don’t forget later.

Create a list of long-term goals and mark dates or deadlines.

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