Nazila Nazila

Reading , The Masters of the Universe
Upper-intermediate / Grade B2 level


In this lesson, the students will read a text about "the masters of the universe" (a movie) and "The Bonfire of the Vanities" (a book); both of which revolve around the topic of power and money. The reading activity will be followed by a speaking task by the help of which the students will discuss some questions related to the topic of financial and political corruption.


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Main Aims

  • To provide the students with reading practice in the context of power and money

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide with some practice on speaking


Lead in1 (3-4 minutes) • To give the students some ideas about the theme of the reading

-The teacher will start the lesson by asking some questions to review what was discussed in the previous session :" what do you think of the man whose life you have just discussed?""do you like to have such a life?" "what about being the one and only one master and ruling the universe?" -this will be followed by asking students to discuss what the title "the masters of the universe" means and to whom it refers.

Pre-reading task (3-5 minutes) • To present the topic of the reading and pre-teach some words

-If there is a student who knows the movie, he will be asked to describe it; if not: - The Ss will watch a 2-minute movie trailer & two questions will be on the board to be answered: "what is the movie about?" a war. "who are the main characters?" He-Man/Skeletor (they can either say the name or describe him/her) - The Ss will be asked to discuss the answers with their partners. - whole class feedback -while getting the feedback some words will be pre-taught (struggle,comics,franchise)

While reading (Reading for Gist) (1-2 minutes) • To help students get the whole idea of the text

- The Ss will read the text to answer " who thinks of himself as the master of the universe in the text?why?" -Since they should read the text quickly, they need to be reminded of the time; so the teacher will ask an ICQ: "will you go through the text and check the words you don't know in the dictionary?no" Whole class feedback

while reading (Detailed reading) (5-10 minutes) • To help students focus on details to answer true-false task

-The Ss will be given 6 sentences to decide whether they are true or false, they will do this task on their own. - They will have a pair-check. - There will be an answer key; the reason why some sentences are false will be explained by students.

While reading (Inferencing) (3-5 minutes) • To help students use the context to guess the words

-The Ss will guess the meaning of words alone. -They will have a pair-check. -Whole class feedback (The teacher will ask them to give some examples)

post-reading task 1 (2-3 minutes) • To give the students a chance to talk about the real life topics related to the theme of the text

-Using the last question in the text, "how long could it last?", the T will review the word corruption and corrupt which are needed for the next speaking task. Whole class feedback

Post reading task 2 (3-4 minutes) • To get the students speak more and exchange ideas

-A representative of each group will be chosen - They will change their groups and give the Ss of other groups a report of what they have discussed. - Nominating one or two students, the teacher will get the feed back.

(8-10 minutes)

Being exposed to the idea of corruption, the Ss will discuss these questions: "Do you think power corrupts people? to what extent?how? How can you prevent corruption? Is corruption ever justifiable? "; Ss are given almost 2-3 minutes to think about them and make some notes of their ideas. -The Ss will be discussing the topic in groups of three. -In each group, one person will be responsible to take notes of the ideas being discussed. - ICQ: will everyone in the group take notes? no -The teacher will have some delayed corrections.

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