Defne TP 4 version 2
To provide gist, scan and detailed reading practice using a text about Princess Diana and the Moon Landing in the context of conspiracy theories.
To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of conspiracy theories.
Procedure (35-46 minutes)
Slide: a few famous conspiracy theories/photos I will ask the students what all these have in common to elicit "conspiracy theories". "Are they true?" "Do we know for sure?" " Who comes up with them?" etc. HO: Instruct students to get into groups of 3-4 and discuss conspiracy theories. They should be talking about whether or not they believe in them, why/why not? Can they think of any other conspiracy theories? [Monitor to find out gaps in their vocabulary] FB: Brief whole class feedback. A few students share the opinions of their friends. Vocab noted during monitoring.
Slide: A photo of the moon landing & Princess Diana Introduce the texts and connect them to the warm up by mentioning that they are some of the most famous conspiracy theories ever. Students will be given the first sentences of the texts ("For over 40 years rumours have been circulating that the Apollo moon landings were faked") ("The first Diana Conspiracy Site appeared on the Internet in Australia only hours after her death on August 31st, 1997"). They will be instructed to get into groups and predict what some of the conspiracy theories surrounding the moon landing/Princess Diana could be. They will note a few down. [monitor for vocab] While they are working on their predictions I will draw a simple chart on the board (one side for predictions, one side for true/false). Early finishers will be given markers to write some predictions on the board. I will let the students know that we will be completing the chart once we have finished reading the entire texts. (Instructions: 1 min) (PW: 5 min) (S-WB: 1 min) FB: Not at this stage, except for vocabulary, if necessary.
The class will be divided into two groups (Astronauts & Princesses). Astronauts will get the article on the Moon Landing, Princess' will get the one about Princess Diana. They will skim the text, and confirm their predictions. [Clear instructions, ICQs - they should know that they won't be sharing anything yet.]
Students will stay in their groups (Astronauts & Princesses) HO: Vocabulary exercise. In pairs, students will first read the vocabulary sentences and then scan their texts to find the corresponding statements. FB: Peer check (in their groups). Then HO (answer key)
Students will now practice more intensive reading. (In their groups) HO: Conspiracy questions. They will read through the text again and answer the conspiracy questions individually. They will write them down on the HO. When they are finished, they will go over their answers in pairs and peer-check. FB: No teacher feedback, just peer-checking
Jigsaw time! HO: Interview questions Students will get into pairs, each pair will have one astronaut and one princess. They will interview each other to try to find out more information on the text they don't know. They need to fill out the HO. FB: Once everyone is done, ask a couple of students what they found out.
Are there any Turkish conspiracy theories that you know? Do you believe any of them? They will get into pairs and discuss.