Yara Khartash Yara Khartash

Reading Comprehension
upper-intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn how to locate a specific information and how to summarize a reading text. The lesson is mostly done in GW. the first exercise requires 3 groups and the rest require dividing the class into 2 groups which compete to score points.


Main Aims

  • To provide gist, scan and inference reading practice using a text about Gold Fever in the context of Money

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of adjectives and nouns about business and risk taking


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context (Gold Rush) and generate students' interest

I will start by asking them about how money changes people's lives. Then raise a hypothetical question of them being rewarded 10000$ if they get an A+. Who are the people interested and who are not. Divide them into two groups accordingly then discuss the answers.

Pre-Reading (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

I will write the phrase "Gold Fever" on the board. Students then are supposed to write what they know about the topic on sheets of paper and stick them on the board. After that, I will explain the phrase in relation to the text they are going to read. Students then are advised to go through he questions before they read.

While-Reading #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading tasks

Students are divided into 3 groups each group takes an item of exercise 1 to explain after reading. Students are advised to read the questions carefully before they skim the text. (the reading process is an individual activity while discussing the questions is done in a group work.) (if students ask about the meaning of a word I will try to elicit the meaning from the students.)

While-Reading/#2 (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading tasks

1. I will ask students to read through the words on ex. 2. Then, I will post 2 pictures on the board and students are going to choose the two words of ex. 2 that best match the picture. If students ask about the meaning of the other words, I will elicit. I will divide the class into 2 groups each one represents a character in the text. They will choose the adjectives that most suitably match character. They have to find the appropriate evidence from the text that supports their choice. 2. I will pass stripes of colored paper that have sentences of ex.3 (a summary of the text). Students work in two groups to order the sentences of the summary. They post their sentences on the board. The group that finishes earlier is a winner.

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

The students are divided into two groups. Each of the groups try to summarize the idea of the text. The choice between the students is made by them throwing a ball and me playing music. when the music stops the student who holds the ball starts talking. If the other group likes the summary his/her group gets a point. If we have time, students work in two groups. each group should write 5 true/ false sentences about the text to test the other group.

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