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April 03, 2007

Lesson Plan Activity- Reading/Writing Activity

Hello Readers,

Think about the following situations:
* deciding which article to read in a newspaper
* finding out if a food item contains nuts
* looking up a phone number in a phone book
* checking to see what the film critics say about a movie you want to go and see
* reading a novel on the beach
* reading a chapter in a textbook for school

Do you use the same skills to read each one? If you are an effective reader,

... you probably use a variety of different reading skills depending on the situation. Some of these skills might include:

reading for leisure
reading for gist
reading for detail
intensive reading
extensive reading

For this reading activity, a variety of different skills will be activated. Before you begin, find a text of reasonable length for your group of students about a controversial topic that you think might be interesting to them, as the more interested they are, the more likely they'll be motivated to read the text. Make enough photocopies for each student and make sure that the copy is clear enough for the students to read.

1. Find approximately 10 words from the text that you think the students will need to know in order to understand the text and write them on the board. Put the students in groups. Ask them to put the words in one of three columns: Words I know, Words I don't know, Words I think I know. If the students know the word, they should discuss the definition with their teammates. After approximately 5-10 minutes, get feedback from the students- how many words did they know as a group? What do the words mean?

2. Distribute the text to each student. Ask the students to look at the headings, subheadings, and pictures (if any), and then decide what they already know about the subject. Students then discuss in pairs.

3. In large group, students predict what the text is about.

4. Individually, students read through the text quickly to see if their predictions were correct.

5. Discuss in large group.

6. Ask students to write 3 specific questions from the text. They should also write the answer on another piece of paper. Check the students' work. When finished, have students swap papers with their partners and answer the questions that their partners wrote.

7. When finished, have partners check their work.

8. Ask students to write an editorial for the newspaper in response to the article. Do they agree or disagree with the author? Why or why not? Make sure to set a word limit.

Good luck!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, and lived and worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students that range in age from three to more than sixty years old. She worked in universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, as well as private tutoring. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she currently writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at the Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at April 3, 2007 09:47 AM

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