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Duygu's lesson plan
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will practice reading through texts on Picasso and Hemingway (jigsaw reading). The lesson will start with brainstorming about art and literature and a categorizing vocabulary task to introduce some vocabulary for the reading texts. Then reading for details and guessing the meaning of the unknown words tasks will follow. The lesson will finish with a speaking activity.


Abc Vocabulary handout

Main Aims

  • To provide detailed reading and guessing the meaning of unfamiliar words practice

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency in asking questions in past tense and exchanging information


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

T asks "Who are or were the most famous painters and writers in Turkey? (assuming all students are Turkish) and writes the names on the board. T asks Ss to tell what they know about these people and give them a few minutes to think. Then T introduces Picasso and Hemingway by asking them to look at the pictures and discuss questions in exercise 2 in pairs.

Pre-Reading (4-6 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

T gives the vocabulary worksheet and ask Ss to work in pairs. After Ss discuss, T does whole class feedback.

While-Reading #1 (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading tasks

T asks Ss to discuss in pairs and do exercise 2 and 3 before reading. When students are ready, T asks half the class to read about Picasso and the other half to read about Hemingway and compare their answers in exercise 2 and 3 with a partner after they finish reading. T does whole class feedback.

While-Reading #2 (12-14 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed reading task

T asks students to read through the questions in exercise 5 and refer back to the text to find the answers. T makes sure Ss take brief notes to answer the Qs. She monitors and helps. Then she goes through the answers as a class after they finish the task.

While-Reading #3 (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with guessing the meaning words from context task

T asks Ss to look at the words in exercise .. and discuss what part of speech they are in pairs. Then T tells students to find the words in the texts and guess their meanings to match them with the definitions. T does whole class feedback.

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

T asks Ss to work in A/B pairs so each has read a different text. They work together and discuss to come up with three or four similarities and differences between Picasso and Hemingway. They share their ideas with the whole class.

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