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Unlock 2 R&W - Unit 4 Reading 2
A2 level


Abc PPT 1 - The Sahara Desert
Abc PPT 2 - Total Body
Abc Handout 1 - Vocabulary
Abc Handout 2 - Reading for Details
Abc Unlock 2 Reading and Writing
Abc Whiteboard
Abc Survivor Critical Thinking Activity

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed understanding of a text on environmental sciencce.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To use existing knowledge to predict details in a text about the Sahara; understand key vocabulary – shock, rise, decide; read and identify the main ideas in each paragraph of the text; read and identify facts and figures; identify the text type; evaluate and prioritize items needed to survive in the desert.


Warmer/Lead-in (5-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T asks students to think of words related to desert and writes the answers on the board. Then, she asks them to think of things they might need in a desert.

Pre-Reading (13-15 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

T hands out a worksheet to pre-teach the vocabulary needed to understand the text better. Students work in pairs and do the worksheet. Feedback will be provided to the whole class. Later, to practice the words, a PPT game will be played.

While-Reading #1 (12-15 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

T asks students to answer some questions and predict the answers. Then, students read the first two paragrapghs of the text to check their answers. After that, T asks students to imagine that they are in a desert and to brainstorm what they would do to survive. T writes the answers on the board. Then T shows students the ideas from the book and asks them to read the remaining paragraphs and match the ideas with the correct ones.

While-Reading #2 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed reading tasks

Ss do a T / F / NG exercise for detailed reading. Once they have finished, T asks them to compare their answers with their friends and checks the answers with the whole class.

Post-Reading (15-20 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

T hands out a worksheet titled 'Survivor' where students imagine that they've had a plane crash and are in the middle of a desert. They need to work in groups and choose 5 items out of a list to hellp them survive in the desert. They will need to justify their choices to the class and the other groups will vote on how likely that group is to survive. Later, T will tell students that they've found a satellite phone near the plane, but it has 2% battery left. They will need to create a message that will take 1 minute to ask for help from the outside world. When they are done, T chooses some groups to read out their message.

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