Kristin Pollock Kristin Pollock

Lesson: Social Networking Stories
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students are first asked to think about social media and answer questions about their personal preferences related to the subject. Then they are divided into two groups and given two separate jigsaw readings where they are to match their news stories with the correct headlines. After that, they'll answer a set of comprehension questions on the text which will simultaneously prepare them to talk about their story. They will practice retelling their story within their group and then will retell their story to a partner from the other group, guessing each others' headlines and then reading each others' stories. Finally, they will discuss a set of questions related to social media with their partners.


Main Aims

  • To provide practice in the integrated skills of reading for gist and detail, and speaking for fluency in the context of social networking stories.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Practice expressing opinions in the context of social media.


Warmer/Lead-in (5-8 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Board Questions: • Put students in pairs • Write questions on the board: 1. How many different social networking websites can you name? How are they different? 2. Do you use any of these websites? If you do, how much time per day do you think you spend on them? 3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of social networking sites? • Answer first question together o Write their ideas on the board o Show images of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter • Instruct: answer in pairs – 3 mins • Whole class feedback (a student gives answers to last 2 questions)

Pre-Reading/Listening (8-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Headlines: • Pass out headlines (headline: title of news story) • Go over A together • Instruct: pairs guess story behind each headline – 3 mins • Whole class feedback (a student shares guess about other 3 headlines)

While-Reading/Listening #1 (7-9 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Stories: • Divide class 2 groups • Put into pairs • Instruct: read 2 news stories and match with correct headline • Pass out stories – read 4 mins • Check with partner (answers: 1D, 2A) o Monitoring to make sure have correct answer

While-Reading/Listening #2 (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Story Questions: • Instruct: read questions • Pass out questions – 1 min • Instruct: read news stories again and answer questions – 4 mins • Pass out answer key – 2 mins • Retell story in pairs – 4 mins

Post-Reading/Listening (13-15 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Story exchange: • Pair up with other group (two lines facing each other, partner is person in front of you) • Instruct: retell story to partner – task: partner guess headline – 3 mins • Pair reads each others stories – 4 mins Extension Questions: • Instruct: discuss questions with partner • Pass out questions • Discuss with partner – 4 mins • Whole class feedback (ask a student for their answer to questions 1, 3, and 5)

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