Shakur Jabbar Shakur Jabbar

Reading: Reading an Article
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, Ss will read an article. Ss will do a variety of activities such as reading for gist to grasp the main idea, unscrambling a jumbled headlines, reordering reading passages and pictures in sequential order, and creating their own scanning questions.


Abc Fables HO
Abc The Justice System Process
Abc Gap-fill HO

Main Aims

  • To provide Ss an opportunity to practice reading and using the subskills of gisting and scanning.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency opportunities by allowing them create questions to search for the gist, and make predictions on the content of the article.


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

Ss wil divide into pairs and each will be given a different fable and headline for the fable. Ss first unscramble the title, then I'll ask them to give ideas on what they think the fable might be about. There's no right or wrong answer, but it will warm them up for the activity. Afterwards, they will unscarmble the fable, the see if their predictions were true.

Pre-Reading (3-6 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

While Ss are still standing we will give another jumbled title. This is a real headline to a story. Ss will unscramble the headline. This time I'll ask them to make predictions on what they think the article is about. I'll write their predictions, and then ask them what they want to find out about the text and write their questions on the board. Possibly prompt with the 5W's and How questions.

Pre-Teach Vocabulary (2-3 minutes) • To famliarise Ss with vocabulary they will see in the text.

I'll show a picture of 2 prisoners one adult and a juvenille and elicit the word by drawing attention to the age of the child. Elicit juvenille.

While-Reading 1 (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with an opprotunity to scan the article for answers to their questions

Ss will be given the articles and asked to find the answers to the questions they wrote earlier. If the information doesn't exist they can write any information they did find maybe 1-2 answers. Afterwards, as FB, we'll take answers and make note of any new information they may have found out.

While-Reading #2 (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Ss will complete a gap fill excercise to demonstrate comprehension of the text. Portions will be given of the text and Ss will complete the sentences with the words or phrases that fit from the article. Alone, then PW, and FB

Post-Reading (10-17 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Ss will work as a group and place in sequential order the process of the Judicial system from crime to verdict. All of the material will be placed in the lobby. Ss must bring the pictures and the words of the process into the room, put them together in the order they occur. FB will be to check the order. After, Ss will discuss among themselves if the process is perfect or not. What could/has gone wrong over the years? Ss will be asked to provide examples based on current events or personal opinions. This will be GW discussion with me monitoring only. I will try not to engage them. The hope is either they will disagree so there'll be a debate, or they'll agree and gives lots of opinions.

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