Manuel Padovan Manuel Padovan

Should I let my child take risks?
intermediate level


In this lesson students will read an article about the benefits of outside play. Students will then write a newspaper comment about their opinion, followed by an open class discussion.


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Main Aims

  • By the end of the lesson students will be able to discuss and express their opinions about the newspaper article.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Students will be able to read a piece of text using a number of reading skills


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

Ss will be shown a set of pictures, two will show children playing outdoors, and the other will show children playing on games console. T will then ask eliciting questions. T will ask "What do you see?" "What are the children doing?"

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

T will show the title of the article and ask ss what they think the article maybe about. T will ask - "what do you think the article is about?" "what type of writing is it?" Ss - "Maybe about playing outdoors?" "Could be a blog or a newspaper article?" "article could be talking about safety." T will write some key points on the board that the ss have mentioned, and use those points at a later stage to see if the predictions are correct. T will then tell the ss to read the text for only 30 seconds. After quickly reading the text, T will ask ss whether their initial predictions matched with the article.

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

T will then tell ss to read the article one more time, looking for any important information within the article, this will be a timed activity. Once ss have finished, T will tell ss to turn over their papers. T will then split the class into two or three groups. On a PPT will be a series of questions related to the article, with multiple choice answers. The first team to raise their hands and answer correctly will gain a point.

Post-Reading/Listening (9-15 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

T will then arrange ss into pairs. Ss will discuss and brainstorm some of the reasons they agree or disagree with the sentiment of the text. T will ask ss to write notes while they are discussing their opinions on the text. Once ss have discussed together, T will tell ss that they are now going to write a comment about the article for the online comment section. Ss can either agree of disagree with the article but they must write at least 5 sentences. After they have written their comments, T will divide the class into two groups, one group will be in agreement, and the other in disagreement.

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