Ibtissam El Azrak Ibtissam El Azrak

Intermediate level


In this lesson, students practice reading for gist and reading for specific information based on five short newspaper articles in the context of demonstrations . The lesson starts with a discussion about some general ideas about demonstrations that Ss have already seen in their lives. Next, students work together to match some vocabulary from the articles with their meanings. The next step reading for gist, where students are supposed to read their article and go look for the deadline. Later, students are asked to answer some specific questions about the articles. Finally, students do a discussion on newspaper articles.


Abc answer key
Abc Copies of the text book
Abc Enlarged picture
Abc newspaper articles
Abc headlines
Abc Vocabulary cards
Abc definition cards
Abc question words
Abc missing sentences

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and scan reading practice using short newspaper articles in the context of demonstrations

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a discussion in the context of demonstrations


Warmer (4-5 minutes) • To set the context and to engage the students in discussion

Elicit the topic of "demonstrations " using an enlarged picture. Ask the Ss to get in pairs and talk about some of the demonstrations that they have seen. Elicit some of the issues that people might demonstrate about.

Pre-reading (6-8 minutes) • To reorient students to the topic of the lesson

Tell the students that they are going to read 5 short newspaper articles on the context of "demonstrations". Put the students in groups of 3 or 4. Tell the Ss that they will have 8 words and 8 definitions and they should match them. Give the HO and a time limit (3 minutes) If there are early finishers they can check with the other groups. Tell the students to check the answer key. Check pronunciation.

Reading for gist activity (8-9 minutes) • Allow students to practice their reading using a headline activity

Divide the students into two groups: articles and headlines Instruct the students that they need to either look for their article or for their headline. When they find it they should stand next to each other. Time limit 5 minutes Check if they have got the right headlines for the right articles. Take w/b notes.

Scanning (7-9 minutes) • To practice reading for specific information

Divide the group into groups of 5 where every Ss has an article. Explain to Ss that they will have 5 question words and they should think about a question to ask the other group using the chosen question word. Demonstrate the activity.

Reading activity: the last sentence (5-7 minutes) • To practice scanning reading

Post the last sentences from every article. In the same groups Ss will be asked to move from their chairs one by one and go look for the missing last sentence in their articles. Demonstrate the activity Ask the Ss to check their answers with the other groups. Take w/b FB.

Post reading/ freer activity (6-7 minutes) • To provide freer spoken practice on the context of "demonstrations"

In groups students discuss which of the protest in the newspaper articles they can participate on and why. Each group will have a spokesman/spokeswoman to present their opinions.

Remembering some vocabulary ( if time allows) • To get students to remember some of the learned Vocabulary

Ask students some questions: 1. what do we call a protest where people stop working? 2. what do we call a man who speaks for other people? 3. what do we call a place where legal decisions are taken?

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