Ammar Ammar

reading lesson: Saroo Brierly story
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn about the story of Saroo Brierly through reading the text provided about him. The lesson starts by a discussion about the movie "lion" which describes the remarkable story of Sarro Brierly. Some controlled practice activities will be provided to ensure that students do understand Sarro's life story.


Abc task sheet 1 - Task Sheet 2 - PPT - YouTube video.

Main Aims

  • For students to able to read for gist and for details in the context of the story of Saroo Briely.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Students will be able to know the meaning of some new words and write about Sarro Briely as well in the context of writing Sarro's life style. (nap - hordes-foul play-struck gold)


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

- Show students a story of Saroo and see if they know him or not. - display the trailer of the movie "lion" and ask students if they have watched it before - listen to the answers of those who watched it. - ask students these 2 questions ( display the questions to them) - what is the nationality of Saroo? - Where was Saoro born? -T listens to their answers and tells them that were are going to read about Saroo's life story.

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

- T demonstrates and explains some new words that might be difficult (nap-hordes- foul play -struck gold) - T hands students the task sheet. - T asks students to answer the following questions: - Is Saroo still alive? - where does he live now? - T listens to the students response with no confirmation that their answers are correct or not.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

T displays some questions and asks students to scan the text quickly to find the answer: 1. Saroo and his brother both had jobs cleaning the trains (true & false) 2. Saroo fell asleep at the station at calcutta (T & F) 3. He was given food and shelter by a man. (T & F) - T discusses the answers with students.

While-Reading/Listening #2 (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

- T asks students to read the text carefully and discuss the following questions in pairs.(reading for gist) 1. why do you think it is important to Saroo to find his family? 2. why do you think his story made a good film? 3. why did the little boy had to become a beggar? - T monitors and keeps track of what is happening in the classroom. - T gives instructions and asks the students to discuss their answers in pairs.

Post-Reading/Listening (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

- Display HO2 - Give clear instructions - Ask students to discuss their ideas in groups - Monitor and support when needed. - Ask students to write four facts their knew about Saroo

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