Abdullah Omar Abdullah Omar

American culture - The flag of the United States of America
Grade 9 - 10 level


In this lesson, students learn about the American culture through guided discovery based on a reading text about the flag of the United States of America. The lesson starts with showing the class different flags for different countries around the world, and step by step grab the students' attention and focus more on the USA flag and national holidays . This is followed by exposing the students to the lesson's vocabulary- to prepare them for the reading text. Finally, there are some controlled practices using (WH) questions,(in case of more time) followed up by semi-controlled practices using MSQ, and a free speaking practice that will have the students to compare between the USA flag, Egyptian flag and national days in both countries. **As an extra activity, students will be asked to imagine and draw their own; country, flag, and national days.


Abc answer keys
Abc hand-outs
Abc markers
Abc Projector
Abc Sheets
Abc white board
Abc USA flag as a picture
Abc Egyptian flag as a picture
Abc colors
Abc Flags for different countries

Main Aims

  • To provide
  • To provide gist and scan reading practice using a text about American culture in the context of USA flag and national days

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a Conversation in the context of USA flag, Egyptian flag, and national days.


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

T tells the students to have a quick game before they begin the lesson, T starts to develop their interests by setting an energetic music as a background( set on low). T shows a random flag of a country and asks the Ss about the word (flag). What is this ?!. After the Ss answer " It is a flag of ........", T begins to tell them to guess the next flags. ex: Guess what country's flag this is?. T shows them the flags and Ss guess the answer. Finally, T pauses the pictures on the USA flag. T asks the Ss some general questions about how many stars, stripes and what are its colors?. T elicits the Ss answer using mind-map tech, Ss share and write their answers on the whiteboard.

Pre-Reading/Listening (4 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

T starts to teach the new vocabulary, that may block the Ss understanding, before Ss start to read. T uses ( eliciting, concept checking questions, drill, write) ECDW tech, to ensure that they got the new words, perfectly. Ex word (1) : stripe (adj) Step 1: T shows a pic of this word, then asks the Ss" What is this"?, T elicits the answer from the Ss. Step 2: T asks concept checking questions about 'stripe' : 1- Do they look like circles? NO 2- Do they look like lines? YES 3- Personalized question for the Ss, Do you wear something striped? YES-NO Step 3: T drills the word for 3 times to ensure the correct pronunciation. Step 4: T writes the word on the whiteboard, T highlight the stress. Ex word (2) : nation (n) Step 1: T shows a pic of this word. T asks the Ss "What can you see OR what is this"?, T starts to elicit the answers from the Ss. Step 2: T asks the Ss concept checking questions about 'nation' : 1- Is it a country or the people living in a country? YES Step 3: T drills the word for 3 times to ensure the correct pronunciation. Step 4: T writes the word on the whiteboard. T highlight the stress.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (3 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

T starts to have the Ss prepared for the reading text. T informs the Ss that they will read the reading text quickly and individually, answer a WH question after they finish reading, then check their answers in pairs. process: T gives clear instructions of what the Ss are going to do. T asks the Ss concept checking questions: 1- Are you going to write or read? read 2- Are you going to read alone or with a friend? alone 3- Are you going to answer the 1st question after you finish reading? yes 4- Are you going to share your answers with your friend next to you? yes T runs the process, and monitor the Ss, to ensure that the instruction were perfectly heard. After the Ss finish, T provides the answer keys on the whiteboard.

Free speaking practice (10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

T tells the Ss to take notes and write about the Egyptian flag; colors, stripes, what is special about the flag, national days in Egypt. T divides the Ss into American and Egyptian students, pair for each 2 different nationality. T tells the pairs to have comparing between the 2 flags. T plays some historical music as a background. T let the Ss practice the target language with the words they have learnt. Extended Free Activity: T tells the Ss to imagine and draw their own flag and what are the national days could be. It is so imaginative that the Ss could come up with their own national days, yet to share it with their classmates.

feedback (1 minutes)

This stage is to provide a delay feedback for the Ss mistakes during the whole session.

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