Sepideh Garakani Sepideh Garakani

TP6, People who changed the world
Elementary A1, A2 level


In this lesson, students learn about reading biography of a famous person who could have an impact on the world's history, they will read a biography text about Nelson Madella, followed with some controlled and freer practice to talk about the important people they know who have changed the world


Main Aims

  • To provide gist, scan and detailed reading practice using a text about Nelson Mandella in the context of people who changed the world(biography)

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a talking about biography in the context of people who changed the world


Warmer/Lead-in (4-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

The T greets the students and asks them if they know any important person who has changed the world, ss may come up with some ppl like Hitler, Ghandi and etc. and talk about how they made a difference in the world.

Pre-Reading (4-6 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Then shows some pictures of Nelson Mandella and some of his family members on the board and asks Ss to talk in groups of 3 and guess who each person is what are the relationships between ppl.

While-Reading #1 (reading for gist) (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading tasks

Ss sit in pairs and the T provides each group with a set of the cut and mixed paragraphs of the text and asks Ss to put them in order in 3 minutes. ICQ: will you read the whole text very carefully and understand the meanings?

While-Reading #2 (scanning) (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading

Ss pair up. T demonstrates and will ask one student of each pair to go to the teacher and gives each S a card with a piece of information taken from the text and asks them to go to their partner and find in which gap they go, the same S gets back to the teacher and checks whether they got the correct answer, if the T approves the answer, then the person goes back to the partner, approves the answer and then the next partner gets to go to the T to get a new flash card and the competition goes on till they complete the task. FB: T gives the answer sheet to each pair when they complete the task.

While-Reading #3 (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with specific information reading tasks

In groups of 4 Ss get 7 paper slips with an event of Mandella's life sentence on each and they have to put the events in order. FB: Groups check their answers with other ones and T will write the answers on the board.

Post-Reading (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Now Ss sit in pairs and are asked to talk about Ataturk or any of the important people who changed the world and come up with some differences or similarities that person has with Nelson Mandella. If i have extra time, pairs may change and report to new students about what they had talked about.

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