Birth Order and Personality

   A. Discuss before you watch.

  1. What do you understand by “the birth order effect”?
  2. Do you think it could be true?
  3. What are the common personality traits connected to first- born, middle-born and last-born children?
  4. Do you believe there is a child who is in the favorable position in the family? Why?
  5. Are there any variables concerning how birth order might affect personality?
B. Look at the word cloud below and spot some personality traits. Then, watch the video and place them under one of the 3 categories.

First-borns tend to be…
Middle-borns tend to be…
Last-borns tend to be…

C.After you watch
  • Would you say the personality traits decribed in the video apply to your family? How?

D.Expand your vocabulary: Adjectives used to describe somebody's personality
http://www.esolcourses.com/content/exercises/grammar/adjectives/personality/words-for-describing-personality.html (elementary) 
http://www.esolcourses.com/content/exercises/grammar/adjectives/personality/more-words-for-describing-personality.html (intermediate)
http://www.lingolex.com/personalidad.htm  50 adjectives to describe the personality
in English and Spanish
http://www.englishexercises.org/makeagame/viewgame.asp?id=2941  (PRACTICE) 

E.Speaking: Get together with a classmate and write down the names of  4 people you know. They might be members of your family, friends or just acquaintances. Then, write two or more personality traits associated with each of these people, scattered on the sheet of paper. Take turns to ask each other questions and find out who the people are and what they are like by asking and answering questions.

F. Follow up Reading from Wikipedia. 
(the class may divide into 5 groups and each read and present one of the following parts)

1 Theories
2 Personality
3 Intelligence
4 Sexuality
5 Fourthborns

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