Grade 5 level
To give practice in reading for gist and guessing the content and the meaning of a word from the context.
To set lesson context (practice reading) and engage students.
To practice reading for gist and to find out the main idea from the topic sentence and the title.
Improve vocabulary so students can complete the reading task successfully and to predict what todays lesson is about.
To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading tasks.
To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading tasks.
Procedure (45-55 minutes)
The teacher asks students to look at the pictures in the flashcards and the title in the coursebook (unt 2d) and elicit what unit 2d may be about. (stories). Then elicit what stories may be about (fairies, gold, forests, princesses, etc).
The teacher writes some words on the whiteboard and asks the students to read them and see if they know them. (adventures, beasts, elves, fairies, folk tales, gifts, legend, myth, obstacle) The teacher explains the meanings/ synonyms of the words to the students. The teacher reads a few statements and asks them if they think those statements are true or false. The teacher doesn’t reveal the answers and lets them confirm if they were right or wrong when they are doing the reading.
The teacher plays the recording and students listen and follow the text in their books at the same time. The teacher elicits information about the creatures in the pictures. The teacher reminds students that every paragraph usually includes a topic sentence that identifies the main idea of the paragraph. The teacher asks students in pairs to find the topic sentence and think of the main idea of the text.
The teacher allows the students individually to read the text, each student reads a part, repeats the text until all students read. The teacher identifies the connectors to see how they link ideas within the text. The teacher then asks the students to work in groups and to find the connectors in the text and write them on paper. The teacher swap the papers between the groups and each group corrects for another one. (peer check)
The teacher prepares four or five simple questions and asks students in pairs to talk about those questions for 3 minutes and after that asks one member of each pair to go and talk to another person of the group.