Melody Norris Melody Norris

Reading - Blogs in Alaska
Intermediate level


This is a reading lesson based on an article about 4 blogs in Alaska. The students will practice sub skills reading for gist and intensive reading for comprehension. The lesson starts with pairs talking about how they feel in cold weather and then I will pre teach some words used in the article. A map is shown to introduce Alaska and the first task is set for students to skim read the article to get the general idea. Students are then required to read intensively to match 6 sentences with the correct blog. As an extension activity, students will identify which topics are mentioned in the blog. This will conclude the reading aim and will lead to the subsidiary aim of the lesson which is vocabulary. I will discuss metaphor and students will complete expressions using 'cold' as a metaphor.


Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about cold weather in the context of blogs in Alaska.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of snow weather words: igloo, parka, sled in the context of a holiday in Alaska.


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

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.

Pre-teach vocabulary (2-4 minutes) • To provide meaning of vocabulary used in the reading to be studied.

T brainstorms words associated with cold weather and tries to elicit igloo, parka and sled.

Pre reading task (4-5 minutes) • To introduce the reading text

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.

While reading task (8-10 minutes) • Reading for detail to get a greater understanding of the text.

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.

Post reading (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

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.

Metaphor (8-10 minutes) • To introduce metaphors and pratice using 'cold as a metaphor.

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

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of using 'cold' as a metaphor.

T tells the Ss to write 3 sentences using the metaphor 'cold'. FB: Volunteers read out their sentences

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