By the end of the lesson the students will have improved their ability in reading for gist, for details, and for inference in the context of politics
To provide clarification, review and practice of political lexis in the context of Arnold Schwarzenegger rise from a body builder into politicion
Procedure (35-45 minutes)
The Ss are asked to solve the riddle that is written on the board: The blue man lives in the blue house. The red man lives in the red house. The yellow man lives in the yellow house. Who lives in the White House? Upon answering (by Ss or if not, T) The students will be asked these questions: - Who is the president of the United States? - Who do you think will be the next? A picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger will go on the board and Ss are asked if they know who he is and if they think he will one day become the president of the US.
The Ss will be given HO1 and instructed as follows: You have 3 minutes to match the words and meanings and check your answers with your pairs. After 3 minutes (or if observed that all Ss have finished earlier) the answer key goes on the board for the Ss to check their answers. If there is any clarification needed, T will explain and make sure everybody knows the meanings now.
The Ss are asked to turn the page (HO1) where they will find the text and the gist question (Question A) on top and they will be instructed to take 2 minutes to answer question A. Possible ICQ: Are you reading the text word by word or are you rolling your eyes on it? Upon answering, they will be asked to share their answers with their partners and say why. The answers will be put to vote so that T can have an idea how the Ss have performed through the gist task and pair-check.
HO2 is given, and the Ss are instructed to read the questions (Part B) and find their answers in the text in 5 minutes and write them in the space provided in the HO. They will then be put in new pairs to check their answers together and then the answer-key will go on the board and the Ss will be asked how many questions they answered correctly. If there is any ambiguity, T will refer to the text and ask the Ss to find where the correct answer is.
The Ss are asked to unfold HO2 and answer the questions in part C with more attention to the meaning of the text in 5 minutes, then check their answers in pairs and then with the answer key on the board.
The Ss are put in pairs and asked to discuss the question on the board: Can a body builder, an actor, a millionaire ... become president?
The Ss are instructed as follows: - Use the answers to part B in the box in order to retell the story of Arnold Schwarzenegger with your partners. Since the questions were in chronological order, the answers are so and therefore the retold story will be as well.
The Ss are asked to discuss this question in groups: If you had to choose a president among celebrities and famous people, who would you chose and why?