Writing a Paragraph about Generation Gap

This is a lesson plan to help students write a paragraph about generation gap. The activity includes a pre-writing stage where students will be introduced to the vocabulary related to the conflicts between adults and adolescents. Then, the  teacher monitors  a discussion about the issue of generation gap. The final product is writing a paragraph about the topic. The writing may be guided or unguided depending on the level of the students.

The lesson plan

Pre-writing activity

  • Provide a picture of a teenager and an adult.
  • Ask about the differences between adults and youths. Do adults and youths have the same tastes? The same attitudes?…
  • Provide a list of adjectives like the following:
    • rebellious
    • mean
    • untidy
    • obstinate
    • authoritative
    • thoughtless
    • irresponsible
    • disobedient
    • old-fashioned
  • Ask students to complete the following table with the adjectives that go with each group.
    What youths think about adults… What adults think about youths …
    mean

    authoritative

    thoughtless

     disobedient

    thoughtless

  • At this stage, introduce the topic ( generation gap.)
  • Ask students to provide a definition of generation gap. They may use a dictionary.
  • Have students discuss the topic.

Writing

If the students’ level is high enough, you may ask them to write an essay about generation gap. However,  if they need guidance, they may use the following model to write a paragraph about the topic:

Generation gap refers to…. In fact, youths and adults differ in so many ways. For example, adults think that adolescents are…., ….., ….. and …. On the other hand, youths believe adults are…, ….., ….. and …..