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Take risks
intermediate level


In this lesson, students will be reading a text about the importance of letting the children take some risks. The lesson starts with setting the context by an open discussion about their childhood memories and whether their parents let them do risky things or they were very protective. This is followed by pre-teach the vocabulary that might be a little challenging for some learners. After that, I will give them two general questions for the gist reading. Then, I will give them more five questions for scan reading. Finally, there is a speaking activity which is a role-play.


Main Aims

  • To provide gist and scan reading practice using a text about children take risks in the context of family issues.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a role-play in the context of a TV reporter and parents.


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

I will write the title on the board and show them two pictures of a kid climbing a small hill and a boy sitting on a swing playing quietly. Ask them " who is having more fun?" " Did your parents let you do risky things?" "when you have kids are you going to be an over-protective parent or a relaxed one?

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

I am going to pre-teach the vocabulary that they might be a little challenging for some of the students such as chronic, adolescent, eliminated, and sedentary. I will explain the differences by showing them some numbered pictures on the board and give them a sheet of paper with the definitions and in pairs they should match the picture with the definition. Then give them the feedback.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (1-2 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

The Ss will read for gist. I will ask them two general questions and I will let them read the text in one minute and answer the questions. I will demonstrate the skim reading for them. I will show them the questions on the power point: 1) What is the main idea of the text? 2) What is the text type? Is it social, scientific, or economic?

While-Reading/Listening #2 (2-3 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

The Ss will do scan reading. I will show them five questions. They should read quickly to find specific information. I will demonstrate the scan reading to show them how they are going to do the task. I will give them two minutes. I will ask them : 1) Why "risky play" is useful? 2) What is the percentage of the children who went to school alone in 1970? 3) What is the effect of a sedentary lifestyle for the kids? 4) What Trembly opinion about playing unsupervised for the kids? 5) What are Trembly's suggestions for the parents?

Post-Reading/Listening (10-15 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

there is a speaking activity. I will divide the class into three groups. One student in each group will be a TV reporter and the other two students will be the parents. The reporter should ask them about their opinions about letting the kids try risky situations and listen to their suggestions.

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