Bilgesu Bilgesu

Mysteries,problems,oddities - Reading
Upper-intermediate level


In this lesson, students are going to learn doing reading activities. They will skim, scan and read for details. They will learn pre-teach lexis and they summarise the text in the end.


Abc Reading texts in page 102-103
Abc Handout for summarising the texts
Abc Worksheets for gist,scanning and detail.
Abc pre-teach lexis activity
Abc google images
Abc Cutting Edge Student Book page. 102 exercise 3
Abc Cutting Edge Student Book page. 102 exercise 2

Main Aims

  • To have the students improve gist, scanning and detail by using the reading text called Real Life Unsolved Mysteries.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Teach the students some useful lexis to pre-teach about the reading.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

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.

Pre-Reading/Listening (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

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.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

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.

While-Reading/Listening #2 (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

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.

Post-Reading/Listening (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

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.

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