Sarah Abdel Hady Sarah Abdel Hady

Comprehension Reading lesson
Intermediate, Grade 6, B2 level


In this lesson, Ss are developing their reading skills of reading for gist, specific information and developing their understanding through discussion over the reading text and answering comprehension questions in the context of budgeting. Ss are encouraged to discover types of money personalities, followed by a prediction task and pre-teach the blocks. Then a gist reading where they read the headings carefully and match them up with correct sections. While reading loudly, T checks Ss' understanding by asking comprehension questions about the text. Finally, There's a communicative speaking follow up task, feedback through discussion and delayed error correction.


Abc Match-up activity
Abc Choose the best heading for each section
Abc Respond to your reader's email

Main Aims

  • To develop Ss' reading skills of gist, scan and detailed reading practice using a text about a penny saved is a penny earned in the context of budgeting

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a discussion in the context of budgeting and tips for saving money


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

T displays a pic and asks students to describe it and to think about the wise "a penny saved is a penny earned". T asks a personalized question about kind of things they usually spend their money on then, Ss are introduced to different types of money personalities for pair discussion.

Pre-Reading (exposure to the text) (3-5 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and pre-teach the blocks

T asks Ss to predict from the title of the article and the picture what's the article is about, then Ss are asked to guess the meaning of highlighted words and phrases through match up activity individually before comparing answers with their partners. T clarifies the meaning of new vocabulary before reading through MPF technique.

While-Reading #1 (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading tasks

T divides Ss into groups of 4-5 Ss where Ss are asked to read through the headings carefully to match them with correct sections in the text as a gist task before displaying the answer key.

While-Reading #2 (Reading for details) (10-15 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed reading tasks

T asks Ss to answer comprehension questions while reading the text loudly and tries to summarize each paragraph to check their understanding. As the class is divided into 2 groups, T asks Ss comprehension questions and listen to their answers then provides points to the team who answers more correct questions as a competition and nominates a student from the winner team to continue reading loudly to motivate Ss to be more attentive and concentrate while reading.

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

T divides Ss into pairs, spreads worksheets and asks Ss to imagine that they are money savings experts and they have to suggest some tips for their readers' questions on how to save money and stick to a budget. T provides 5 mins for Ss to prepare their answers and discuss the advice together as they could return back to the text to pick up suitable . T monitors closely, provides assistance if needed and make notes for some errors before giving OCFB and votes for the best money saving tip.

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