The Memory Men
Speak Out Intermediate Unit 7.2 level
To provide gist and detailed reading practice using two texts about two different people who were born with unususal abilities.
To provide clarification and practice of necessary vocabulary to help students understand the texts.
To provide fluency speaking practice by giving Ss. the chance to speak about someone they know or have heard about who was born with an unusual ability.
Procedure (28-42 minutes)
T. shows a video about a 7-year-old child who has an unusual ability to lift heavy things easily. Ss. discuss what they have seen by answering some questions like: Is something usual to do that? why? Do all people have such abilities? Why? How do some people get these abilities? WC FB Students tell their opinions about these questions.
Ss. will be divided into two groups, each one will be given a text about a famous person who has an unusaul ability. Ss. are asked to look only at the pictures and titles of the texts to predict the kind of ability each one has. SS. work in pairs in this stage, then they compare their answers as a group. WC FB Ss. tell their predictions to the class.
Ss. will be given some True/ False questions about the people in both texts. Ss. are supposed to skim the text very quickly to find out the correct answers. In this stage again, students work in pairs, then they compare their answers in the same group. FB: T. shows the answer key to each group to check. 1- Stephen was diagnosed autistic when he was a child. T 2- Stephen liked drawing at school and started drawing his school. F 3- Stephen is only known in the U.K. F 4- In 2006, Stephen was given an award (present) from the Queen of England. T 1- Daniel was diagnosed autistic when he was a child. T 2- Daniel has a great ability with music. F 3- Daniel is only known in The U.K F 4- In 2007, Daniel published a book, Born on a Blue Day. T
Ss. will be given two questions about each person to find their answers in the texts. Ss. work in pairs to find the answers then, they compare their answers in the group. FB. T. puts the answers on the walls of the class and students run quickly to check. 1- What special talent does Daniel have? He has an ability with numbers. 2- How many languages does he speak? He speaks 10 languages. 1- What special talent does Stephen have? He is able to draw any building using his memory. 2- How many books did he published? He published four books.
Ss. are given some definitions of some new vocabulary found in the texts. They should work in pairs to look for the words that match with these definitions. Group check is done later on. The definitions are: 1- recognised that a person had a disease. diagnosed 2- prepared and produced ( a book, magazine) for sale. published 3- to have control of something. manage 4- everyone knows him. famous T. writes the answers on the board and asks some CCQ questions to check meaning of new vocabulary. She can also elicit form and pronunciation of these words as well. CCQs: Who recognises people's disease? a doctor Is it easy to know the what disease do people have? No Who can produce a book? a writer Can you produce a book? No why not? If the teacher controls the class, do students understand the lesson? yes Who controls a company? a boss / manager Do all people know Barak Obama? Yes Why? He is famous/ well known
T. regroups all students again into two groups. Each group will have two kinds of students. some of them read about Stephen and others read about Daniel. They will start telling each other what they know about each one. In this case, the whole class will speak and support each other with the required information about those two famous people. T. walks around and checks fluency of students. She might collect some errors to deal with them later on.
If there is time, I can ask students to think of other people they know in their culture or anywhere else to tell the class about their abilities.