In my senior year of high school, I bought a couple of tickets to a rock concert as a gift to my boyfriend. The headliner was Bachman Turner Overdrive. They were late and their show was ... bleh. But the warm-up act was some no-name bunch of guys called Blue Öyser Cult and we were wowed! Their album, Agents of Fortune, went on to be part of the soundtrack of my freshman year at Virginia Tech.
The album title came to mind because last week my lesson plan called for discussing suffixes of agency with my higher level learners. Bottom line: a verb can often be changed into a noun which describes the performer of the action (the agent). We mostly use -er to form these nouns, but verbs with a Latin heritage are likely to end up with -or. Examples are: painter, writer, reader, creator, actor. (My plan included touching on -ist and -ian because they would probably come up during brainstorming, but the focus was to be on the -er/-or ending.)
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This was not an unplugged lesson. I'm committed to a rather fixed plan with this group through October. But I just couldn't pass up this opportunity (see Thornbury's "A is for Affordance" here). It was also nice to acknowledged and accept the initiative of the learner who brought the books into the classroom, and it encouraged noticing -- primarily of the affordance the book offered for learning, but also of the form in the book itself.