Paola Melis Paola Melis

Copy of Who is Virginia Woolf?
Grade 9 level


In this lesson, the students learn about the writer Virginia Woolf. The lesson will start with a picture of her and will go on the exercises about her.


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Main Aims

  • The main aim of the lesson is to introduce one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century English writer Virginia Woolf.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide detailed reading practice using a text about Timeline of Virginia Woolf
  • To provide product writing practice of a short essay in the context of free topics
  • To provide specific information listening practice using a text about Biography in the context of Virginia Woolf


Warmer/Lead-in (5-10 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

- Show the students a picture of the writer - Ask them "Who is she?" - Try to get answers from them - Draw small objects that form her name "Virginia Woolf" to the board - Circle all objects' first letter - Draw students' attention to the each letter. (their combination is her name and surname)

Exposure (10-15 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or a video

- Let the students watch a vidoe that is the life of Virginia Woolf - Tell them to listen carefully and take small notes while watching - Draw a star to the borad - Write a word from the biography of Virginia to each blank in the star. - Ask questions about the information - Get answers from the students.

Highlighting (10-15 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target topic

- Get students to work in pairs - Give a paper of the timeline of Virginia Woolf to each pair - Want students to prepare 3 questions that are the most important dates of Virginia's life according to them. - Show a demo to them. - When they finish, let them ask the questions to the class. - Give feedback

Controlled Practice (8-15 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

- Show a picture of her most famous novel - Ask students to look at the picture and want them to describe it. - Give a small information about the novel. - Write the term stream of consciousness technique to the board. - Want students to search it from their mobile phones. - Get answers from them.

Semi-Controlled Practice (15-20 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

- Divide the students into 5 groups - Tell them that it is a competition. - Want students to give a name to their groups. - Give them colorful papers for answers. - Tell them who first shows the correct answer is the winner.

Free Practice (10-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

- Write some themes to the board. - Want students to choose a theme. - Tell them to write with the stream of consciousness technique without thinking grammar rules and too much what they will write about. Write for about five minutes. - Let them start writing about it. - Choose some volunteer students to read. - Give feedback at the ende of the lesson.

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