Him and Her – Bingo and Writing Exercise Worksheet
Print one per student. Hand out. Either be mocked for liking Mario or be praised for liking Mario. Either way, calm down – what do these kids know anyways? Mario is dope.
In my text book for JHS 1st year. There is a section just for Him and Her. I am not sure what other books have going on, but I found it was difficult to find “him/her” lesson plans online. So I did my best.
The idea here is to first have them identify each Mario character as a him or a her writing down the correct response underneath. I specifically put Yoshi at the last place as Yoshi could be both. Many identified Yoshi as a boy or a “him”…. But Yoshi lays eggs, right? Isn’t that more of a girl or “her” thing? Unless Yoshi falls into the male seahorse category…carrying the eggs from Birdo? Also, don’t get me started on the horrors that is Birdo….that black hole in it’s face….OH GOD! Maybe one day we can teach the gender neutral terms “They/Them.” But I am not qualified for that.
Write down two sentences using him and her plus “like,” which we had learned previously. “I like her.” and “I like him.” should be written down in the spaces below. 私 is “I”, the heart is supposed represent “like” or “love” if you are so inclined. And of course, the last image of a popular character and the identification factor, him or her.
Conversation bingo. Have the students stand up and ask each other questions about each character.
A: Do you know him?
B: Yes I do. He is Luigi.
If yes, then make a circle in the square in the upper right hand corner. If no, put an “X” instead. Once you’ve gotten three “O’s” or “X’s” in a row, you can sit down.
I purposefully added some characters that not everyone knows. The characters are as follows from left to right.
Luigi – or – Ruīji
Waluigi – or – Waruīji
Daisy – or – Deijī
Pom-Pom – or – Punpun (A mimetic word for a person being angry. Ain’t that neat?)
Bowser – or – Kuppa
Ludwig – or – Rudowiggu
Toadette – or – Kinopiko
Mario – or – Mario
Yoshi – or – Yoshi
I included the phrase “Do you know–?” as I felt everyone in my class already knew that phrase to some degree. Many of my students will say something very quickly in Japanese followed by the phrase “Do you know?”