Emily Caglayan Emily Caglayan

Teaching Practice 8
Elementary level


In this lesson, ss will practice reading for specific information and reading intensively for detail using authentic material in the context of laws. The lesson starts with a lead in, and then the teacher elicits and reviews the new vocab. The first reading activity is a controlled one, reading for specific information, in which ss do a gap fill of sentences taken from the text. The second one focuses on reading intensively for detail in which ss must answer questions connecting specific cities and states to specific strange laws. For a post-reading activity, the ss will do a speaking activity in which they will work in groups in which they will personalize the topic and discuss strange laws in Turkey. In time permits, ss will create their own strange law, create a sign, and present their ideas to the WC.


Abc Vocabulary Matching Definitions
Abc Gap Fill - Reading for Specific Information
Abc Intensive Reading Activity
Abc Post-reading Speaking Activity
Abc Your Own Strange Law
Abc Magazine Article - Strange Laws in America
Abc Best Title

Main Aims

  • Reading - the students will practive reading for specific information and reading intensively for detail in the context of laws.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Students will practice speaking for fluency.


Warmer/ Lead in (5 minutes) • To create interest in the topic of laws, and specifically strange laws.

Begin by asking ss: What do you call the rules of a country? LAWS How do you know what laws a country has? SIGNS Show signs (no smoking, no pets, no parking, etc.)... In the United States these are some of our laws (explain what the signs mean) We also have laws, like: 1. You can't drive without a driver's license. 2. You can't break into someone else's home. 3. You can't steal someone else's things. 4. You can't hurt another person. Why do we have laws? To keep people safe? So, we can live together peacefully? What are some laws in Turkey? Do you agree with all the laws? Have you ever broken a law? Have you ever driven without a seatbelt? Most laws make sense. Most people agree with the laws. But there are some laws that are silly or strange. Here is a video about some strange laws that are in the United States. Watch and pick out 1 law that you think is silly, or strange. Play video (12 Dumb Laws) FB: What was the strangest law you saw in the video?

Pre-reading (10 minutes) • To prepare the ss for the reading and pre-teach the necessary words.

Divide ss into pairs. Explain to the ss that you want to check some words with them. Show them the pictures of the vocabulary words (or mime the verbs)... and try to elicit the word and meaning from the ss. When a word is said, focus on pronunciation. Use choral drilling to solidify accuracy, and perhaps backchaining when the word is used in a sentence. Then, show the Vocabulary Matching HO. Explain to ss that they will match the words with their definitions. Give them a few minutes to work on this with their partner. FB: Have ss check their answers with each other. Give Answer Key.

Reading #1 (10 minutes) • To have the ss practice reading for specific information.

Show the ss the best title HO. Tell them to read over the three titles first, and then you will give them the article. Then, distribute the magazine article. Tell them that they will first briefly glance over the article and decide which title would be best for the article. Once that is decided, show them the gap fill HO. Explain that they will now read the article and work on the gap fill. Give the ss time to read and then fill out the gap fill. When they are done, they should check with their partner. FB: Then have all the students check with each other. If there are no questions, move on.

Reading #2 (10 minutes) • The ss will read more intensively for details.

Now show the HO for intensive reading. Explain that they will now read the text again, and try to answer these three questions. Distribute the HO and allow the ss time to read and answer the questions. Once they are done, have them get in pairs to discuss their answers. WC feedback: What did you learn? Which states have strange laws about swimming, transport, clothes and animals?

Post-Reading - Speaking Activity (10 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned.

Speaking Exercise: Divide the class into small groups. Explain the HO: they must discuss in their groups: Which law was the most interesting? And does Turkey have any strange laws? What are they? Distribute the HO. Give students an opportunity to practice their speaking for fluency. Monitor and write down notes for delayed feedback at the end. If time permits: Divide ss into new groups. Explain to ss, they will now create their own strange law and they must create a sign for it. Give the HO. They cannot write any sentences... but they can take notes. Then, have the ss present their law (with their sign) to the rest of the class.

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