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Heroes and Icons of Our Time
Intermediate level


In reading this lesson, ss will work on a text in the context of iconic figures who have helped people in need. Ss will be doing both skimming for gist and scan reading activities. For the post-reading part they will be talking about iconic people who they think contributed humanity and these people's characteristics and stories.


Abc CUs
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Abc Reading text
Abc HO

Main Aims

  • Reading - Scan reading, ss will try to get answers to some questions related to the text.
  • Reading - Skimming for gist, Ss will try to match headlines with paragraphs while reading quickly and getting a general idea about each paragraph

Subsidiary Aims

  • Speaking - Both in the pre-reading and the post-reading parts ss will talk about iconic figures and characteristics of them


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

- Show the pictures of Atatürk, Gandhi and Mandela, Ask. "Who are these people?" "Are they special people?" "What did they do? Why are they speacial?" - Let them talk in pairs

Pre-Reading (3-4 minutes) • To prepare ss for the reading activity

- Show ss the vocabulry CUs "Work in groups and match the vocabulary with the definitions." - Check in pairs and then give the AK.

Skimmng for the Gist (4-5 minutes) • To set a general understanding about the text in a quick reading activity

- Show them the text and the headline CUs "Here we have four paragraphs and four headlines." "Read the paragraphs quickly and match the headlines with them." "Work alone and you have 2 minutes." - Give the HOs - Pair chack and then AK.

Scan Reading (8-9 minutes) • To read the text in detail to get a deeper understanding about the text

- Jigsaw reading if there are enough students - Show them the questions "Now read the text again and find the answers to these questions." "Work alone and you have 4 minutes." - Check in pairs and AK.

Post Reading (8-10 minutes) • To do a production activity related to the reading text

- Tell students to put the actions of the people in the text in order of importance. - Write on board. 1. The most important.............................4. Important. - After they ordered tell them to talk about their decissions.

Free activity (10-12 minutes) • To let the ss do a free practice using the context

- Write on board "If I had the power. I would...........because.........." - Tell students what heroic, iconic important help they would do if they had the power. - They can take 1 minute to think by themselves, they can take notes if they like, and talk with their pairs.

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