Ups and Downs: An activity to practice intonation patterns

Please click here to listen to my introduction to the activity “Ups and Downs”.

If you are looking for ideas to put intonation patterns into use, I hope you’ve already looked at my UFO Sighting activity. It gives a context for rising and falling intonation with questions and simple sentences. Today I’d like to offer a similar activity, but extend practice to include a pattern commonly used with longer setnences. Ups and Downs allows you to review rising and falling intonation and model how speakers sometimes rise slightly in the first clause of a complex or compound sentence and then fall in the second clause to show finality.

Click here for my Intonation Patterns_handout.

NOTE: If you have the time and inclination, you can certain create your own set of statement cards to reflect a topic that would better suit your students’ interests. Statements could center around career goals, vacation plans, music preferences and talents, or a number of other areas.


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