Using Different intonations to suggest different meaning

Subject : 

English Grammar

Topic :

Different intonations to suggest different meaning

Term :

Second Term 



Class :

Basic 6 / Primary Six  


Previous lesson : 

The pupils have previous knowledge of intonation in their previous classes



Behavioural objectives :

At the end of the lesson, the pupils should be able to

  • mention different types
  • say the uses of different types of intonation


Instructional Materials :

  • Wall charts
  • Pictures
  • Related Online Video
  • Flash Cards

Methods of Teaching :

  • Class Discussion
  • Group Discussion
  • Asking Questions
  • Explanation
  • Role Modelling
  • Role Delegation


Reference Materials :

  • Scheme of Work
  • Online Information
  • Textbooks
  • Workbooks
  • 9 Year Basic Education Curriculum
  • Workbooks


Content :

Intonation simply refers to the force that is used to pronounce a word at the initial , middle or final  syllable  for emphasis sake

There are three types of intonation which are The Rising intonation, The Falling Intonation and The Fall-Rise intonation


The Use Of Rising Intonation .

  1. The rising intonation words are used to express words with sudden happy expressions when we raise our voices when we want to pronounce a word at the beginning
  2. Raising intonation is also used when we are asking questions
  3. When we are making a list of grocery that we want to buy in stores
  4. When we make statements , commands and exclamation

The Use of Falling Intonation .

  1. We use falling intonation  at The end of a speech
  2. We use the falling intonation when the sentence  would sound very sarcastic or pun
  3. falling intonation is  also used  with the  wh-questions. eg who , what , why etc
  4. We use falling intonation  with circumflex inflection which means that  we haven’t finish yet but when we do finish we use a falling intonation



The topic is presented step by step


Step 1:

The class teacher revises the previous topics


Step 2.

He introduces the new topic


Step 3:

The class teacher allows the pupils to give their own examples and he corrects them when the needs arise




The class teacher wraps up or conclude the lesson by giving out short note to summarize the topic that he or she has just taught.

The class teacher also goes round to make sure that the notes are well copied or well written by the pupils.

He or she does the necessary corrections when and where  the needs arise.



  • What is falling intonation
  • Mention two instances when falling intonation is used
  • Write out three types of intonation
  • Explain rise and falling intonation




Prepare for the next lesson by reading about

Indefinite pronoun and indefinite Adverbs e.g. some, any, none


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