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White House Lesson
Elementary level


In this lesson, students develop their reading focused receptive skills and work in groups to complete the exercises in the context of White House. SS will be engaged in scanning the text for specific informations and work on the divided tasks as regards to the White House. The lesson starts with teacher eliciting the context and introducing SS to the reading text. This followed by true/false statements, answering the questions exercise and text scanning activity.


Abc New Headway Elementary Student's Book

Main Aims

  • To provide scan and detailed reading practice using a text about the White House in the context of America's most famous address

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a group exercise


Stage 1 (Lead-in) (3-5 minutes) • To elicit how much students know about the White House and introduce them to the topic.

Teacher shows pictures in order which gives a clue about the topic. SS are expected to tell their assumptions for the topic and teacher asks some questions that lead SS to the right assumption. Then, teacher asks students to look at the pictures of the White House. SS are expected to describe the picture they see in the book. (Exercise 1)

Stage 2 (True/False Statements) (5-10 minutes) • To make predictions of the statements, compare answers with each other and provide a S-S based pattern of learning.

Teacher asks students to first work alone and complete the exercise two. SS are expected to decide whether the statements are true or false. After they are done, Teacher asks SS to compare answers with a partner. Then, SS are expected to read the text and check their answers (exercise 3) together with their partner. Teacher monitors and picks up points to deliver afterwards. After they are done with reading the text, teacher asks SS to share their answers with the whole class. If needed, teacher provides feedback for the answers.

Stage 3 ( Answering the questions) (5-10 minutes) • To provide a controlled reading activity based on jigsaw approach

Teacher splits up the text and gives the questions on exercise four accordingly. Students are expected to answer their own group questions. After they finish, teacher asks SS to tell their answers to the group members. Teacher monitors and gives the answer sheets for SS to check their answers. If needed, teacher provides feedback. 1st Group gets the first part of the text with questions 2,3,4,5, and 2nd Group gets the intro and second part of the text with questions 1,7,8,9

Stage 4 (Find the numbers) (5-10 minutes) • To provide a reading exercise based on cross grouping activity

Teacher asks students to get into two different groups and work on exercise 5. SS are expected to find the numbers with their references in their text. After group work, students are asked to find someone from the other group and tell answers to each other. Teacher monitors and picks up points, if needed, provides feedbacks.

Stage 5 (Follow Up) (5-10 minutes) • To provide students a post-reading activitiy and make them practise their knowledge of the topic

Teacher asks SS to close their books and think for a few minutes what they remember about the topic. Students are expected to write down a few things as a summary of the topic. Teacher, then, asks some of the students to share their things with the whole class. *This exercise may not be completed due to time limit.

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