Copy of Reading: Suffering scientists
To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about scientists in the context of killing or injuring themselves with their own experiments.
If time permits (15 min+): To provide process writing practice of story-telling in the context of a scientist who killed or injured himself or herself in an experiment.(10 min or <): To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of which kind of scientist they'd like to be and what they'd like to study.
Procedure (41-54 minutes)
I will show an image of the periodic table on the projector. I will elicit science language from Ss and get them talking about science. I will put them in pairs, and discuss if they could be any kind of scientist, what kind would they be?
I have created a matching exercise for S to do their blocking vocabulary for exercise b. I have created this worksheet to make my blocking vocab more S centered.
Ss will do a quick read of all the scientists and try to find out which scientists were killed, and which ones were only injured.
Ss will do a deeper reading of the text and answer the questions in b that are more specific to each scientist. They will read and work alone, check in pairs, and then we'll do WCFB.
What I'd really like to do is a writing/story-telling exercise. But I think I'm being over-zealous and I won't have time. If I do have time, I'd like the Ss to make up a story about a scientists, what he or she studied, and how they died. I really think it would be a lot of fun. If time is short, then we'll either do the same question/topic but as a speaking exercise, which should take less time.