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Reading Task in the context of genius kids
Elementary level


In this lesson, students are going to improve their reading skills and learn new lexis. They will be introduced two different reading texts about two kids who are super talented in painting and music and are called Little Miss Picasso and The New Mozart.The students will be improving their reading skills such as skimming, scanning and reading for detailed comprehension. Following the reading task, they will be given a controlled and freer speaking practice to expand on what they have learned in reading task.


Abc Gap-fill Handout
Abc Gap-fill Handout
Abc Dictionary
Abc Dictionary

Main Aims

  • To provide gist, scan and detailed reading practice using a text about super kids in the context of talents

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of lexis in the reading text in the context of super talented children
  • To provide fluency speaking in the context of super talented kids


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

I will bring a picture of Picasso and Mozart and ask students what they know about them in order to elicit 'could' from the students. Then I would provide samples about sentences with could to clarify the use of could. I would have the Ss focus on the pictures in the book and elicit their guesses about their talent. I would encourage students to use can in their sentences.

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

For the Ss to get better access to the test, I would hand out the matching vocabulary with the meanings exercise and ask them to work in pairs. I would give them 7 minutes to do the activity and have some feedback afterwards.

While Reading#1 (15-20 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading tasks

I would divide the class into two groups and tell Group A to read Little Miss Picasso and tell group B to read the New Mozart quickly in order to find gist and overall idea. I would ask them whether their predictions were correct or not. I would get the students to look at the questions in the second exercise and read the text again but this time more slowly focusing on finding the answers in the text. The group A and group B would prepare their answers. After they finish, each group takes turns to ask each other the questions in the book and to give replies.

While-Reading #2 (5-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed and deduction reading tasks

I would divide the Ss in pairs and ask them to read the text again more thoroughly and look for the common and different points between Alexandra and Lukas. Each pair will take notes and give an answer.

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

I would have the Ss involve in a role play speaking activity. I would choose the Ss work in pairs. Half of the class would be journalists and the rest would be divided into two as Alexandra and Lukas. Journalists would have interviews with super kids. I would monitor the students and give feedback.

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