The youth of the 21 st century
Upper-Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will read an article about the youth of the 21st century. They will read the text looking for specific information, they will discuss the article's main points, list many statements as true or false, they will either agree or disagree, and they will express their opinions regarding the youth of today.


Abc Adjectives in bold handouts
Abc Maggie Dawson's opinion about youth discrimonation handout
Abc True or false Handout

Main Aims

  • To provide gist, scan, detailed, inference and deduction reading practice using a text about how the world sees the youth today in the context of the youth in the 21st century

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide review, clarification and practice of prejudiced - disciplined - threatening - unfair in the context of How the world sees young people
  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in expressing opinions in the context of the youth nowadays.


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

- Students will be divided into groups. - They will think of 3 first ideas that come to their minds when they hear the expression : Youth nowadays. - Students will share 2 or 3 ideas.

Pre-Reading/Listening (3-5 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

-In Groups, students will recieve a sheet with 7 sentences on it. - Students will think about the adjectives in bold and will list them as negative or positive. - Ask students what's the topic in common between all of the sentences.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (10-15 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

- Students will read the text. - In pairs, Students will find a general idea for each of the 5 paragraphs. - In groups, students will look for Maggie's opinion about youth discrimonation, they will also look for words or expressions that highlight her opinion. - The class will correct the exercise.

While-Reading/Listening #2 (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

- Students will read the text again. - in pairs, students will list 6 sentences as true or false, they will also be required to correct the false sentences. - A whole class feedback and correction.

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

- In groups, students will be required to write a 6 lines paragraph about their opinion about young people in their countries. They will focus on : Their behaviour at school, at home, and public places. - Students will be required to use the vocab in the adjective exercise. - Students will share their ideas.

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