Reading - Blogs in Alaska
To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about cold weather in the context of blogs in Alaska.
To provide practice of snow weather words: igloo, parka, sled in the context of a holiday in Alaska.
Procedure (41-54 minutes)
T shows 5 questions on the projector and asks the students to choose 4 and write down their answers. T demonstrates with volunteer. T: What temperature is cold for you? S: 15 degrees In pairs students ask each other the questions one by one and the students say their answer.
T brainstorms words associated with cold weather and tries to elicit igloo, parka and sled.
T shows map and asks the ss; "Where is this?' Ss: 'Alaska" T shows picture of Alaska to set the scene for the reading article. T asks if anyone writes a blog and tells the Ss they have 4 mins to read the article to get the general idea of what the blogs are about. T writes on WB: What things do the people say about Alaska? FB: T calls on Ss to say notes made. S: Anything above zero Fahrenheit feels warm.
T puts Ss in to different pairs and HO the sentences and blog sheet. T: Read the blogs and put the sentences in the correct place. T monitors. FB: Teacher shows answer key on projector.
T tells the Ss to read the article again and in pairs answer the question. T writes on the board: Name 4 topics that they talk about? e.g. Do they talk about the people in Alaska? Answers: friendly people, sports, tourist, weather, clothes.
T tells the Ss that in English the word 'cold' is sometimes used as a metaphor for unfriendliness. For example, if Rahele didn't talk to me I would say, 'She's giving me the cold shoulder.' This means she is ignoring me. CCQ T: Does it mean that her shoulder is cold? S: No. T: Is she giving something? S: No. T: Is she talking to me? S: No
T tells the Ss to write 3 sentences using the metaphor 'cold'. FB: Volunteers read out their sentences