Jennifer Carpenter Jennifer Carpenter

Copy of Happy Birthday- Life Stages
Intermediate-Grade 7-B1 level


In this lesson, the students will mainly learn the skimming and scanning techniques through reading a passage about an old woman who is preparing to celebrate her 110th birthday. The lesson starts with a prediction and is followed by a gist-reading exercise. Next they read for more details to put some important events in her life in order. This is then followed by a semi-controlled practice in which students try to remember what they read first by sharing their ideas with their group and then by asking their partner. Finally, a personalized question adopted from the reading will be discussed in pairs.


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Main Aims

  • To provide gist reading practice using a text about Maria prepares to celebrate her 110th birthday in the context of family, life experience and new inventions and experiences
  • To provide detailed reading practice using a text about Maria prepares to celebrate her 110th birthday in the context of Family, life experiences, and new inventions

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a debate and discussion in the context of Life Length


Introduction (2-3 minutes) • To make sure if we can recall the Ss' names
Lead-in (4-5 minutes) • To get them interested in the reading

The Ss are asked if they know the oldest person who has ever lived in turkey and how long an average person lives in turkey, and then some ideas are taken in w/c FB. Then the title of the reading "Marina prepares to celebrate her 110th birthday"is put on the w/c and Ss are told they are going to read.about her.

Preparation to read-Prediction (4-5 minutes) • To prepare Ss for gist reading

The Ss are asked how they think Marina will celebrate her birthday. Some ideas are taken w/c FB. Then they are put into pairs and are given the questions in ex1. They discuss their ideas. And some ideas are taken w/b FB not being confirmed or rejected.

Reading for gist (6-8 minutes) • To get Ss read quikly to find the answers to ex1

The Ss are told they will read to find out if their answers are correct and they should read fairly quickly and they don't have to read every word-just for the answer to the questions. A time of 5 minutes is set. The texts are given out and Ss read individually to check the answers and see if their ideas were correct. Ss check their answers in pairs. Then some w/c FB are taken.

Reading for specific information (6-8 minutes) • To get Ss find details in the reading passage

Ss are told to urn the text face down. They are then told they are going to check how much they remember form the text. They are put in pairs to read the topics in ex 3 and put them in order according to Marina's life. Then they read the text again individually to see if their answers were.correct. Ss are told to check their answers with their partners. A w/c FB is taken.

Reading for specific information (5-7 minutes) • To get Ss find details in the reading passage

The Ss are divided into two groups- Group A and B (each 2). They sit separately so that they can't hear each other. The Ss are told to work together to answer the question from the text. Group A goes to ex4 p 128 and group B to ex4 page 131. They find the answers to the questions and then get the answer keys to check their answers themselves.

Semi-controlled speaking (5-7 minutes) • To check how much Ss can remember and if they can say the same idea in their own words

The Ss are told they have answered different questions and they are going to test each other on how much they remember about the reading and they cannnot look at the reading text. The Ss are regrouped into pair 1*A and 1*. Ss ask their Question and answer each other's and see how much their partner remembers. A w/c FB is taken.

Freer speaking-personalization (2-3 minutes) • To check if they can speak fluently using they structure and new lexial range

Ss stay in their pairs and discuss the question in ex5. Some w/c FB is taken

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