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Reading and vocabulary
Elementary level


In this lesson, students will learn about life stories by focusing on reading about "an ordinary man" (Cutting edge, Elementary, p.62). The lesson will start by asking some questions and showing pictures for helping the students to brainstorm and eliciting new words. This is followed by pre-reading questions. Finally, the students will skim and scan the reading text and answer the related questions.


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Main Aims

  • To provide gist, inference and detailed reading practice using a text about life stories of an ordinary man.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of some vocabulary in the context of life stories.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To engage the students and introduce the topic generally.

-The teacher greets the students and asks some questions relating to the context. -The teacher shows some pictures according to the topic and new vocabulary. -The teacher asks some questions like "What are your ideas about...?" or “What did you think about…?” to help the students to brainstorm. -The teacher let the students express their feeling and ideas about the topic freely. -The teacher elicits new words.

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

-The teacher asks the students to put the phrases in the order and do one of these phrases as an example and give them 3 minutes to do it. -The students compare their answers with other students. -The teacher asks some questions about social networking and sharing their information in social networking sites(Ex.2, p.62) and asks the students to answer these questions in the breakout room. -The teacher will monitor them in the break out room.

While-Reading #1 (10-15 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

-The teacher asks students to look at the photos (p.62, I bring in the slid) and the titles of the article about Ben Silbermann. -The teacher elicits and explains a little about the pictures and some new words. Also, the teacher answers the questions that students may have. -The teacher asks the students to answer the questions: 1. What do you think are his interest? 2. What extraordinary businesses did he start? (p.62, Ex.3a) -The teacher gives some minutes to the students to skim the reading(p.62). The teacher asks to read the text quickly and check their answers. -The teacher asks some questions about the Pinterest website and shows the webpage to the students.

While-Reading #2 (8-12 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

-The teacher asks the students to read the questions about Ben Silbermann(p.62). -The teacher gives a few minutes to the students to read the article carefully and answer the questions. -The teacher checks the student's answers. -the teacher asks the students to answers the true/false questions that the teacher provides according to the topic.

Post-Reading/Listening (10-12 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

-The teacher asks the students to answer the questions in exercise 5(p.62, Ex.5). -The teacher asks students to discuss the questions in the breakout room and the teacher monitors them. -The teacher asks each group their answers.

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