Ahmed Taha, Reading lesson
To provide gist, scan, detailed and inference reading practice the text is about 100 places to visit before you die in the context of travel
To provide a paragraph about a place he liked of those mentioned in the lesson.
Procedure (45-57 minutes)
I will print photos of the places in the lesson on flashcards to prepare the students for a game related to the lesson. After printing the photos, I will flip each one of them and on the back of every flashcard, I will write a number from 1 to 5. After that, I will divide the students into 5 groups and every group will have to choose a number then, they will have to flip the flashcard and tell any information they would know about the place. The model answer may be: 1- I think it is a mountain (for the Grand Canyon). 2- This site seems to be very old (for Petra, Jordan). 3- I think this place is in Europe (for Venice, Italy). 4- There are many hotels (for Las Vegas). 5- It sounds like a beach. (for Koh Samui).
- I will start this phase by teaching vocabulary which might block understanding of the text. These words are (incredible, splendid, abandon, amphitheater, replicas, and gondola). - I will begin by teaching the words " incredible and splendid" through their synonyms" amazing and wonderful". I will write 4 sentences and I will ask 4 students to read them. Ali is amazing. / Majed is wonderful. Mohammed is incredible. Ameer is splendid. I will ask the students if these sentences are alike. After I hear their answers, I will tell them all the highlighted words have the same meaning. -Therefore, I will teach the word " abandon" by showing a photo of a man who is smoking then I will show them a photo of a man who stops doing it. I will ask a question " what do you think happened to the man? He abandoned (stopped) smoking. -I will teach the word "amphitheater" by showing a picture to the students and I will ask them what do you think of this place? Is it used for sports in the old times? some of the students may agree then I will say it is like a stadium where people used to play sports. -I will teach the word " replicas" by showing the students two photos of the Eiffel tower. The first is the original one in France and its copy that exists in Las Vegas. I will ask what is the original and what is the copy or and I stress the word replicas. Then I ask if I want to say that a thing has an exact copy what would I say? I will pick one of the students who will answer" It is replicas". - The word" gondola " by showing them a photo of it and say it three times then, I will write it on the board and ask one of them to try to spell the letters till it is written correctly. - I will elicit the words, drill them. At the end of the activity, I will write them on the board.
This part is about giving students the chance to predict the topic of our lesson. I will ask the students some questions and their model answers are provided as well: 1- What do you think about our lesson today? • It's about several places as there are five different pictures. • Maybe the topic is connected to tourism. • They are not in one country. They are in five countries. 2- Why should we visit these places? • Because they look fantastic. • They are varied. I can see historical places like Petra and I can see modern places like Las Vegas. • They can attract people of various tastes. People who love history will go to Petra, those who love adventure will go to the Grand Canyon. 3- Look at the pictures and say what do you think? • I think the Grand Canyon is a mountain. • I think Venice is a coastal city. • Koh Samui is an island. 4- What do you expect about the genre of our text today? • It's a descriptive text as I can notice the description of the places here and there are numbers which assure my answer.
• This stage will be about " gist reading". I prepared videos of the places in the videos and every video is about 1 minute only. I will some them the videos to arouse their attention then, I will ask the students some questions so they can get the general ideas about the text. • How many places are located in the USA? • There are two places, The Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. • Why would think" Koh Samui" is an island? • Because I noticed that it is the second-largest island after Phuket. • Do you think that "Petra" is in the middle east? • Yes, because it is in Jordan. • Where is the city of Venice? • It is in Italy.
This stage about the inferring task. I will ask the students some questions which they can guess and infer their answers from the text. 1- Why is the Grand Canyon called a " mountain lying down"? • Because it stretches down for 443 kilometers. 2- Can you mention three synonyms for the word "incredible"? • Unique, wonderful, and splendid. 3- What does "rediscover" mean? • It means to discover again. 4- What is the antonym of the word "unknown"? • It is "known" 5- What does the word " quickie" mean? • It means very quickly.
I will ask the students to write a paragraph about a place they would like to visit and mention the reasons for their choice.