Reading: Reading an Article
Upper Intermediate level
To provide Ss an opportunity to practice reading and using the subskills of gisting and scanning.
To provide fluency opportunities by allowing them create questions to search for the gist, and make predictions on the content of the article.
Procedure (28-45 minutes)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.