To provide clarification of newspaper article headlines in the context of crimes and police
To provide gist reading practice using a text about newspaper articles in the context of police stories
Procedure (38-50 minutes)
We will be playing pictionary. I will explain how I read the newspaper this weekend and want to share a few with them. I will draw a picture(s) on the WB and they need to guess the news article. -cash machine destroyed and all money stolen -police stop a car on the bridge with all 4 inside drunk -prisoner escapes during police lunch break -police stop stolen motorcycle with 4 riders Then discuss how newspapers are generally written out, where the headline gives you an idea of the rest of the article. Elicit good headlines for each of the above.
Elicit the words by acting out and describing the word and using synonyms. Concept check them with questions on the teacher copy then drilled. Afterwards, write them out on the board, including the phonetic spelling, marking stress if applicable.
Students given a HO which has the short articles on one side and possible headlines on the other. Instruct how they should read for gist and then match up with the best headline on the right. Demo by using a new topic (there were reports of a water leak in the Maramaray, the underwater tunnel connecting Europe and Asia) What is a small headline for this? Pass out and have students complete then check with a partner for correct answers.
Students will be given the task to complete the sentences using highlighted words from the previous activities articles. Give them a few minutes to complete and then have them check answers with a partner. Once complete, have each student give one answer.
HO with fill in the blank from a word bank. Instruct students to complete and then peer check for the answers.
Break sts up into three groups and instruct them to mimic the previous exercise. They are to write a news story using at least three of the words from the bank. Once finished, rewrite the story leaving the spots blank. Swap papers with the group next to you and complete. Check answers.