Madeeha Manzur Sultan Madeeha Manzur Sultan

'The Cost of a Cigarette' Reading lesson
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students develop their reading, speaking and writing skills in the context of "The Cost of a Cigarette".


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Main Aims

  • To provide gist, scan and detailed reading tasks in the context of The Cost of s Cigarette

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide process writing practice of a report in the context of The Cost of a Cigarette
  • To provide speaking ooportunities to ss and to make them write an imaginary interview at the productive stage


Warmer/Lead-in (5-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

My lead in will be a mingling activity. I'll distribute small cards to ss with different flight related rules that might either be good or annoying for passengers. Ss will walk around the room and tell each other about the rules: Is it a good rule? Does the rule get annoying at times? Would they like to change the rule? Have they had any bad experience related to the rule?

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

Using the IWB I will display a picture of a cigarette in the middle with related from the text words written around it. T will ask ss if they know the meanings: puff smoke on board no smoking light up prosmoking cigarette T will elicit from the ss as many words as possible; rest of the words will be explained to them. T will ask ss to work in pairs and match the words/phrases with similar words/phrases. T will ask ss to compare the answers within their groups. T will provide answer key on the board T will ask ss if there are any questions related to the terminologies.

While-Reading #1 (5-6 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Jigsaw Puzzle Activity: This activity is to break the text into pieces and let the ss assemble the pieces so as to complete the to complete the jigsaw puzzle. T will distribute the split text (puzzle) pieces. T will give 2 minutes to the ss. Ss will work in pairs for this activity and assemble the text. Ss will compare their text with the other pairs. T will give whole class feedback.

While-Reading # 2 (18-20 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading tasks

1. T will ask ss to work alone and complete the given sentences taking required information from the text. T will give 5 minutes for this task. T will ask ss to compare answers in their groups Finally T will provide whole class feedback. 2. T will ask ss to read the text and answer the questions.: Q. Why did Joan Norrish light up on the plane? Q. Where was she arrested? Q. How much was she fined? Q. Do you think she should have been fined? T will monitor and note down feedback. T will take feedback in groups. T will give delayed feedback on general errors made by ss

Post-Reading (15-20 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Eventually ss will be asked to write an article on any of the incident they had heard in the beginning. They may choose to sit next to the partner they are writing a report about incase they want ask any questions. Ss will write about what happened, why did it happen, how did it upset others, what were the results, how did he/she feel about it, should it have happened , how could it be avoided, what should be done about it now. Ss will conclude by writing their views about the incident. T will ask ss to put up their reports on the wall. Other ss will go around and read the reports.

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