Christopher Sanders Christopher Sanders

Pre-Intermediate (A2) level


In this lesson, students will do a jigsaw reading activity and practice there reading for details subskill. They will also be exposed to some new vocabulary and attempt decipher the meaning of some words from context.


Abc Active Teach
Abc SO PR p.48/161/163 reading cut-outs
Abc Staging Powerpoint
Abc Motorcycle Diaries cut-out
Abc Rabbit-Proof Fence cut-out
Abc Apollo 13 cut-out

Main Aims

  • By the end of this lessons, the students will have practiced reading for details and scanning in two activities and answered questions about the texts.

Subsidiary Aims

  • By the end of this lesson, the students will have encountered new vocabulary and seen it in use in a reading text.


Warmer/Lead-in (4-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Slide 1. Greet students as they sign in, small talk. Slide 2. Ask Ss. a question: What is the farthest trip you've ever taken? Sub questions: How far was it? How did you go? (what kind of transportation did you use?) Give some details about the trip. Tell Ss to think about their answer for a moment, then talk with a partner for 2-3 minutes (breakrooms if several Ss. present). T. monitors. Ask for feedback from select Ss.

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

Slide 3 Ask Ss to look at the pictures. "What do these pictures show? What's the common thing between them?" Give some more hints; if they cannot say "revolution" or similar, tell them. CCQs: Do revolutionaries like the government? - no Do they fight the government? - yes Was Ataturk a revolutionary? - yes Who was a revolutionary- Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker? - Luke Slide 4 Ask "Who is this?" - Che Guevara - "And who is he? What did he do?" - Cuban revolution Select S and backchain drill "Che Guevara was a revolutionary." Slide 5 Ask Ss what the 2 maps show. - trips, travels, etc - Try to elicit 'journey'. If not, give it to them. CCQs: Is a journey a trip? - yes Is it a long one or a short one? - long, usually Is it to somewhere close or far? - far, usually Slide 6 Ask if they know who he is (Sergio might). Tell them it's Ferdinand Magellan, a famous explorer. Select S and backchain drill "Magellan died on his journey." Slide 7 Ask Ss what the scientist is doing? - experiments CCQs: Are experiments important in science? - yes Do we do experiments to learn new things? - yes Can anyone do an experiment or only scientists? - anyone Slide 8 Show pic of lab. Select S and backchain drill "The lab is for experiments." Slide 9 Ask Ss, "What does this picture show?" - different races CCQs: Is French a race? - No Are white and black races? - Yes Slide 10 What show is this? - Prison Break You don't want to be in jail, so you climb over the wall and run away. What did you do? - escape You are in a very long, very boring meeting. You quietly get up and go outside. What did you do? - escape Do we escape good things or bad things? - bad things Slide 11. Select S and backchain "The bird escaped from the cage." Slide 12 Ss have 2 minutes to put the words in the sentences. Slide 13 Show pics of the simple words from the book: rabbit, oxygen, crash, fence Ask Ss to match the words to the pictures.

Pre-Reading Prediction (3-4 minutes) • To have the students predict what the text will be about

Slide 15 Show Ss movie poster from Motorcycle Diaries. Ask them to think for a few seconds about what the movie might be about. Then, talk to their partners about their prediction.

While-Reading (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading tasks

Slide 16. (I edited the book material so it would be visually easier to read; the design in the book is hard to view due to the background.) (Share file with Ss also.) Ask Ss to read the passage and see if their ideas about the text were correct. Give them ~5 minutes Slide 17. Ask students to answer the questions alone. Then have the speak or write in chatbox. Slide 18. While Ss see the text again, ask a few scanning questions, Golden Bell style. 1. Where was Che Guevara from? - Argentina 2. What was he studying? - medicine 3. What animal did they hit? - cow 4. How many miles did they travel? - 5000 miles 5. How many months was the journey? - 4 months 6. Which countries did he visit? - Chile, Peru, Bolivia

While-Reading (15-17 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Slide 19. Give Ss cut-outs of Rabbit-Proof Fence and Apollo 13, via QR codes. Ss will read their assigned text for 5 minutes, making notes and trying to understand it well. Then, after 5 minutes, they will explain their reading to each other. After, they will answer a few questions. Slide 20. Display the questions. The S who read Rabbit-Proof Fence will ask the other Ss. The S who read Apollo 13 will ask the other Ss.

Post-Reading/Listening (2-3 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Slide 21. Ask Ss to think about the three journeys - Motorcycle Diaries, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Apollo 13 - and which one they want to do, and why? Which one do they NOT want to do? Which of these movies do they want to see? (If extra time remains, include more questions: what is similar about the 3 journeys? How are they different? Do you know of any famous journeys in your country? Or a movie you saw about a journey?)

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