1. Brainstorm and record words and ideas associated with being
a good friend.
2. Distribute ‘Friendship’ handout. Students
complete the ‘I say’ section individually.
3. Divide students into pairs and ask them to record their
partner’s answers in the My classmate column
of the worksheet. (Students can select partners or they can
be assigned randomly).
4. Select 2-3 pairs to share their information for each situation
with the class. (Rather than reading out their own information,
ask students to read out their partner’s expectations
5. Select one of the worksheet situations, (for example, When
I am angry with someone…) and ask other more students
to read expectations of friends. Discuss possible ways that
friends can influence our feelings and behaviours. Questions
to ask might include:
• Do all students who answered expect friends to act
in the same way when they are . . . (e.g. angry)?
• Why might friends not behave the way we expect?
• How might someone feel if their friends do not meet
• Does being included or excluded by our friends influence
our behaviours? Why?
Conclude the lesson by drawing on student responses to suggest
that like families, the beliefs, values and expectations of
our friends and peers can influence us.
Worksheets to download
Feelings About Myself
ESL Activities 3: Cultural
Activities 4: Different
Activities 5: Iceberg
Activities 6: Pride
Activities 7: What
Activities 8: Who
Activities 9: Journeys
ESL Activities 10: Our
Paths to Australia
ESL Activities 11: A
Mixed Bag of Apples
Activities 12: Victims
Activities developed by teachers at Beverly Hills Intensive
English Centre, NSW