Mysteries,problems,oddities - Reading
To have the students improve gist, scanning and detail by using the reading text called Real Life Unsolved Mysteries.
Teach the students some useful lexis to pre-teach about the reading.
Procedure (45-55 minutes)
I will stick the pictures of Bermuda Triangle and Atlantis and I will have the students have an idea about the context first and I will ask them to discuss the pictures with their partners for a minute. After they discuss I will ask their opinions and if they don't say the word unsolved, I will use CCQs such as; Do we know an exact fact about these pictures? What do we call the situations that can never be explained? to elicit the language.
I will stick the papers including pre-teach lexis on the wall and I will give the definitions to the students. They will make groups of 3 and they are going to stick definitions under the correct lexis. After they finish, I will ask them to check if all the definitions they stick is same and correct. I will do MFP of the lexis on the board by doing drilling and clarifying the part of speech.
Before I give the texts to the students I will ask them to read quickly and think about the general idea of texts. I will ask them to fold their papers and not to look at the other questions. They will answer the gist question in the worksheet given first and they will do peer-checking. Afterwards, I will ask them read for one time to search specific information and open their questions below and answer them individually. They will check their answers in pairs and I will do wcfb.
After the students finish reading for gist and scanning, I will ask them to read it again but this time to find some detail information. They will try to answer the detailed questions given in the book such as Why 1. Why did Fink have so much security?, 2.Why did the children’s father panic?. I will use ICQs to make sure that the students understand. ICQ : Are you going to read quickly or in details? After they finish they will check their answers with their partners.
I will ask the students to take notes about what they remember from texts and summarize it. I will give them a handout which includes the questions they can think about to help them summarise. I will regroup the students and they will discuss their summaries in groups.