Emotions for JHS year 2

Emotions for JHS year 2


“Emotions” with a sprinkle of subjunctive when and if. – If I see a snake, I am afraid. When I eat candy, I am glad.


Presentation – Download and present
Cards – Print 4 or 5 pages. Cut and make into cards.
Worksheet – Print one for each student.


Instead of separating out each of these things into their own “post/page” I thought I would go ahead and combine everything into one comprehensive thing. Heck, you might even say it’s an entire lesson plan.

In my textbook we have sections between major grammar points and occasionally it’s a list of New words. I have created a mock-version of my textbooks said page.

My fellow teacher wanted to teach these words and also drizzle on a little review of the subjunctive “if” and “when”. So, here we are.

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I tried to make it as simple as possible and provide GIFs that describe the emotion. While I think I did my best when correlating imagery with emotion, some things like disappointed, confused and upset are a little hard to convey in images alone. Make sure to converse with your students and even act out some of these things to help illustrate the meanings.

After the slide of upset. A selection of gifs are presented with out words. At this time, I like to ask the students things such as “How is he feeling?” “How about him?” and try to illicit the students response In English.

After a crying man on the couch. (Anthony Anderson) You’ll see an image of a blonde woman (Kristen Bell) start off happy and quickly devolve into tears. This is one of my favorites as it’s a complicated mixture of emotions, and it encourages the students to say more than one emotion at a time. We are all humans and we all typically experience multiple emotions at once. Sometimes I can be happy and sad at the same time!

After that, I inserted a few text questions using the If/when subjunctive form of questioning. This is hopefully getting the students to think about these “emotional” words and how to apply it to themselves. Also, it might be a good idea to get the students to form whole sentences instead of the usual one word answer. “If I see a snake, I’m surprised.”

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Gesture cards

Time to test your students acting skills. Get the students into groups. Make them play the good old standard of Rock, paper, scissors to figure out who goes first. The first student will pick up an emotion card and proceed to act out the emotion. The other students will try to guess what he/she is trying to convey. “You are confused!” “You are full!” that sort of thing. It’s like charades….

My addition to this game is round 1 is one card one emotion. Round 2 is the students pick up two cards and try to do the two emotions at the same time. Round 3 has three emotions and so on.

Of course, round 1 is easy but once you start adding more and more emotions, the acting can get outrageous. “You are shy and angry!” That’s a tough one. It’s supposed to be fun and help the students loosen up.


Ah, the ever dreaded worksheet. Hand the worksheets out to your students and ask “How do you feel about worksheets?” Maybe one of them will say “disappointed.”

Anyways, the first three lines/pictures are just for the words alone. Honestly, each one is up to interpretation, no wrong answers here.

For the second part I wanted to have the students make sentences about the images using the subjunctive when/if. For the first image, it’s usually the standard answer “If I see a snake, I feel surprised/afraid.”

As for the other images, I wanted to have some ambiguousness and let the students come up with their own sentences/ideas. The images include a dog covered in pizza, stack of money, and some Pokemon/ghosts. The final square is a blank space for some drawing opportunity. While I wasn’t able to procure a picture of my students finalized worksheets I recreated an example page for your amusement.

Example worksheet

Mock textbook page

Here is the downloads for the mock-version page I made. I printed an A3 version of this and put it on the blackboard during the lesson so the students could reference it when needed. While I didn’t do it, you could potentially hand it out to your students on A4 for keepsies.

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