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TP.7 - Reading, The cat came back
Pre-intermediate level


In this lesson Ss will read a text about four cats travelled long distances to reach home. First Ss will do gist reading and choose the best subtitle for the text, then they will read the incomplete sentences. Students will match the definitions with the words they find from the text. In groups Ss will write endings for cats' stories.


Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about The cat came back in the context of Four cats travelled great distances to come home

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of animals


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T shows pictures of some animals on WB and asks Ss to name them. For each picture Ss should find at least two words.

Pre-Reading/Listening (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Ss look at the pictures on WB and drill some of the words such as 'budgie' and 'hamster'. T asks the questions in vocabulary part. Ss will answer the questions as whole class. T checks if Ss understand tail, fur, fin, wing using gestures to clarify and drills new words for Ss. T hands out the first sheet and get ss to answer the questions in 3rd part in pairs. Additional questions for this part if necessary; How important is it for children to grow up with animals? Why do people keep pets? What sort of people keep pets?

While-Reading (20-22 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

T tells students that they are going to read a text about cats travelled long distances to reach home. T hands out the second sheet and asks Ss to tell which they prefer, cats or dogs. Ss discuss using the phrases. Then Ss read the introduction. T asks if they found out something interesting about their pairs. T asks Ss if they have any superstitions about black cat. Then Ss skim read rest of the story in 3 minutes and find the best title for it. Ss check with their peers. Then T hands out the next activity in which students will do an intensive reading task deducing words from context. T tells Ss not to use dictionaries yet. After Ss finished the task T writes the answers on WB.

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

T puts students in different pairs and gets them discuss which story is most suprising and asks them to tell the unusual pet stories that they know. Then Asks Ss to write those stories. When everybody finishes, Ss stand up and check others stories.

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