Stephen Davis Stephen Davis

TP3 The Human Mind
Upper-Intermediate level


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Main Aims

  • To provide gist reading practice using a text about To provide students an opportunity to read for gist regarding the human mind and it's relationship to differences between male and female thinking patterns and behavior in the context of The human brain and sex-selected characteristics
  • To provide detailed reading practice using a text about To provide students an opportunity to read an article for closer detail in the context of discussion and feedback in the context of The human mind

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of Stereotype, multi-tasking, ancestors, spatial in the context of The human mind especially as it relates to male and female differences regarding inherent thinking patterns and behavior
  • To provide clarification of language used for To provide a welcoming environment where students are invited to share ideas and express opinions while interacting with classmates and teachers


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

The students should be quickly greeted as the teacher briefly and politely introduces themselves. The Lesson topic is introduced with rhetorical questions : "Have you ever thought about the differences between the male a female brain?. We sometimes talk about how we assume males and females think and behave in separate ways. Everyone seems to have an opinion right? It's hard to know if our opinions are valid. So, what does the science say?" Let's begin with a few questions that will help guide us through this lesson.

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

Students should be informed that they will be answering several discussion questions before the reading. The discussion questions are displayed online for the class via Zoom texting : Do you believe that men and women are naturally better at certain things? Which sex, if either, tends to be better at the following? 1. Communicating with People 2. Languages 3. Map-Reading 4. Maths 5. Parking a Car 6. Cooking Students are partnered together in order to discuss these questions. An odd group of students may result in one three-person group. Otherwise, the teacher may choose to work directly with a single student. For larger classes, students may be placed in groups larger than a pair. Students should be told that they have 10 minutes to work with a partner to answer all of the questions.

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

Students are told that they have 10 minutes to read the short article presented sent as a pdf. through zoom text. Alternatively, the article can be provided as a screen share. The teacher should share the document for 10 minutes, allowing students to read and consider answers to the provided questions. Students should be placed in small breakout rooms where they can discuss their answer with a partner for several minutes before group discussion. Question : What is the best title for this article? A : Gender Gaps on the Brain B : How Society rules our Thoughts C : Grey vs. White, what "Matter" Matters most?

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

Students should now be given ten minutes to read the article again and answer the questions provided. After the ten minutes, the teacher should show possible answers to the questions and review them with the class.

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

If time remains, students should be provided the following questions to discuss in breakout rooms of 2-3 students each. Discuss the following questions in small groups. Do you think you have a typical male or female brain? In what way? Do you know anyone who is an exception to these stereotypes? Why? Which do you think is more important to the way your mind develops : the way you are born or the experiences you have? This portion of the class is now over.

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