Yun Pan Yun Pan

Copy of A dream within a dream
Upper Intermediate level


The lesson starts with brainstorming on a piece of poetry. Students gist read to answer some T/F questions. Then they read for detail and inference to do some tasks. They follow this up with a vocabulary matching activity and finally there is a writing activity.


Abc a picture of a quote:
Abc A picture of the poet:
Abc Cut up collocations from the course book pg. 93

Main Aims

  • To provide detailed and inference reading practice using a poem called Dream within a Dream in the context of Edgar A. Poe's poetry

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide writing practice in the context of imagination vocabulary


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

- Teacher displays the final line of E.Poe's poem on WB "Is all that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream?" and ask students what they make of it. - Students discuss it in 2 minutes in pairs. -Teacher shows the picture of E.Poe on the board.

Pre-Reading/Listening (2-4 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

-Teacher elicits some key words like brow, amid, pitiless, weep.

While-Reading #1 (4-6 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist reading task

-Students gist read (1 minute) the text about Edgar Allan Poe and then answer some T/F questions.(this gives students an indication about the possible nature of the poem.) -Check the answers in Pairs -WCFB

While-Reading/Listening #2 (7-9 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed reading task

-Play the recording 2.33 (poem). -Students read the poem to select the best summary in PAIRS. - WCFB

While-Reading/Listening #3 (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging inference reading task

-First, Students INDIVIDUALLY do a words matching activity (enables them to answer the following comprehension questions more confidently.) -Students check in PAIRS -show AK on WB -IN GROUPS of 3: -Students answer 5 comprehension questions. -They check the other groups' answers -WCFB (refer to the text if necessary) -If time allows, ask students if they like the poem. Why or why not? -They discuss in GROUPS. -Elicit some answers.

Post-Reading (12-14 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

IN PAIRS -Students do a matching activity with cut-up collocations (the poem can be used for help) -Give students AK. INDIVIDUALLY -Using the underlined phrases from the previous task, students write at least 3 TRUE sentences about themselves. -Students check in PAIRS. -Share some examples (ask partners)

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