Unit 7B: Reading for gist and content
To practice critical reading skills such as reading for gist and for specific content as individuals, in pairs and in groups.
To engage the students in conversation about cultural birthday practices as well as conversation about the text in order to further develop their reading skills.
Simply greet the students, restate my name and nationality. Afterwards, try to remember the names of the students and their home countries.
Teacher asks Ss from the WC about the average life span of someone from the Ss home country. Also ask who/how old is the oldest person you know.
Explain to Ss that they are going to read about this topic for gist and content. What does it mean to read for gist and to read for content? Pass out HO Unit 7B Happy Birthday page 70. Look at it but don't read it! Ask individual Ss from the WC questions 1.1 and 1.2 while writing their answers on the WB.
Show the Ss the text and explain that they will have one minute to skim the text and find the answers. How can this be achieved? Elicit ideas from students. Explain how to skim. Set a timer and begin. After reading, take answers from Ss and compare with those on the WB.
Divide the class into two groups. Pass out the strips of paper containing subject headings for the article. Explain that the Ss task is to place the strips in chronological order. After, have the Ss reread the text to find out if their memories were correct.
Pass out each group's respective questions (p128 and p131) and have the Ss work on them as a group. Later, have one person from group A ask a question to a person from group B, and visa versa.
Thank the class for a good lesson, and ask individuals if they would or wouldn't like to live to be 110 years old.