Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? ...If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn't have to draft me, I'd join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I'll go to jail, so what? We've been in jail for 400 years.
Muhammed Ali (1942-2016)
You You Me!
Introduction: This is a useful warm up exercise or space filler. We usually do it seated at a table though standing in a circle is perfectly possible.
Procedure: The teacher goes around the group in turn making a series of statements and gestures to each child individually. The aim is to repeat the sequence exactly. Here's a sample based on a group with four children:
Child A:"Me!"taps chest
Teacher:"Me! Me!"taps chest twice
Child B:"Me! Me!"taps chest twice
Teacher:"You!"points at Child C with an open hand
Child C:"You!"points at the teacher with an open hand
Teacher:"You! Me!"points at Child D, taps chest
Child D:"You! Me!"points at the teacher, taps chest
Teacher:"You! You! Me!"points at Child A twice, taps chest
Child A:"You! You! Me!"points at the teacher twice, taps chest
Statements and gestures should be synchronised. Go slowly at first and vary the speed anc complexity as required. Once you and me are solid introduce she and he (with single sex classes you are limited to one pronoun unless photographs are available. For they, arrange to have a group of objects to point at, or use a photograph. For we use a circular hand motion that encompasses everyone in the group.
It's very important to get the children gesturing strongly and speaking clearly. This can be encouraged by using a clear rhythm, varying the tempo and doing different sequences with the same child. Establish the idea that doing a sequence is a doable challenge and you've cracked it.
I use "he and "she" when gesturing rather than "him and "her". I think it is more important that these primary words are established before moving to the other forms.
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