Teaching Lesson 4
To provide gist, detail and inference reading practice using a text about Alaina's two families in the context of Family and Living abroad
To provide fluency speaking practice in a Conversation in the context of Family, Living abroad
Procedure (40-59 minutes)
Ask students does anyone know the name Chernobyl? It’s a place. Where do you think it is? Something happened there. What do you think happened? Teach nuclear accident/disaster if necessary. Ask students what they think happened to the people there.
Have students read introduction, have questions up on slide. After finished discuss in groups. Where does Palina come from? (the village of Polessye, in northern Belarus) When was she born? (1988) Why didn’t her future look good? (Like many others in her village she had a lot of health problems). Have students discuss in groups. Nominate feedback.
Start with 'To occur', since it is in the reading. Elicit 'depressed, expert, contaminated, to give someone a warm welcome, to miss your family'. Follow instructions on the language analysis. Leave vocab up on WB
Pass out True/false hand out and Life in Polessye hand out. Ask students to do the reading and note if the sentence is true or false. Check in pairs when you’re done. S-WB feedback. Clarify any answers that are false by asking why. Clarify ‘to take away’ if necessary.
Talk about how Palina goes to Ireland. Ask students if they have ever spent a long time away from home. Ask them to think how Palina and her parents might feel and to discuss in groups.
Pass out Life in Ireland reading with questions. Check in groups. Nominate feedback, ask students to nominate the next question.
Show the title of next lesson “I’m so lucky” Have SS discuss why she is lucky in group. Elicit at least 3 answers. Pass out reading. Have students discuss in the groups again about why she is lucky. Elicit feedback from each group.
Ask do you think Palina was every homesick? Clarify meaning of homesick. Write it on board. Think about a time you were homesick. Split into groups. Smart, awesome, cool, the best. Find someone with your word and discuss this question. Switch partners after each question. Why were you not at home? Who did you miss the most and why? What did you miss the most and why?