Allison Munn Allison Munn

CELTA TP 8- Whoohoooo:) (Reading and Tag Questions)
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will start by looking at a short reading about a court-questioning to compare different question types, eliciting the format for question tags. Students will then complete another reading activity where they will read one paragraph at a time and complete question tags before reading the next paragraph. The will then write an accusation for the murderer using the format of a question tag. Finally, students will read the solution to the murder and answer specific detail questions relating back to the previous paragraphs. If there is time, we will finish with error correction and review of the TL.


Abc Adapted excerpt from "The Case for the Defense" by Graham Greene
Abc Who Killed George?
Abc Google Images

Main Aims

  • To provide scan, detailed and deduction reading practice using a text about "Whodunit" murder mysteries in the context of Crime

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice and clarification of tag questions in the context of solving a murder mystery


Warmer/Lead-in (2-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

I will start by writing "Whodunit" on the board, and asking the students to tell me what they think it means. If they don't have any ideas, I will ask them to read it aloud and sound it out. I will also be prepared with pictures to prompt ideas. I will explain it is a name used to describe murder mysteries, which will be the context for our lesson.

Reading for Target Language (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students to analyze target language within the context of murder mysteries

I will give the students the handout of the article and ask them to scan quickly and underline the questions. They will have 1 minute, and they can check with a partner. When they have read the article, I will ask 4 students to write the questions on the board. Two of these questions should be question tags. I will ask the students to compare the different styles of questions. Are the purposes of the questions different? (Yes, one is asking for more information, one is asking for confirmation of a statement.) Then I will choose two questions to analyze with the class: "Your eyesight is good, isn't it?" and "You told the police, didn't you?" I will use my Target Language analysis sheet to cover the structure and function of question tags.

While-Reading #1 (12-15 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading tasks that correspond to the target language

I will then give students the reading passage one paragraph at a time. They will be working in pairs and racing against other groups. Their task will be to read the paragraph and write a question tag for one of the characters before they will be given the next paragraph. I will be monitoring the students' progress and will do extra explanation or error-correction if needed.

While-Reading #2 (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading tasks

Once they have successfully written a question tag for the first 4 paragraphs, I will ask them to re-read the article and this time decide who they think committed the murder. They will need to decide with their partner who killed George, and then they will need to write one last question tag accusing the person they think committed the crime. (Ex: Mrs. Miller, you killed your husband, didn't you?! Charlie killed Mr. Miller, didn't he? Sylvia poisoned the orange juice, didn't she?) I will ask each group to write their last question on the board, and we will compare who they think committed the crime. I will also use this time to do any error-correction with the class that may arise with the sentences on the board.

Final Reading (8-10 minutes) • To provide a final reading task to summarize the previous context and practice reading for detailed information

Once we have reviewed each group's question tags, I will give everyone the last paragraph of the text. They will need to read closely for detail to determine what exactly happened and how it fits in with the previous accounts of the story, taking a look at the specific questions at the bottom. If there is time, we will finish with some error-correction to make sure they are clear on the structure of question tags.

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