Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Reading Lesson Plan

I had the pleasure to listen to a lecture, “Promoting Strategic Reading in College EFL”, by Dr. May Shih from San Francisco State University. She explained and demonstrated K-W-L: what I know; what I want to know; what I learned. Also, she drew my attention to post-reading activities which involve vocabulary learning and speaking. After listening to her presentation, I developed this lesson plan, based on Chapter Two of Neil J. Anderson’s Active Skills for Reading: Book 2.

In addition to the proposed activities, I think that this lesson plan could easily be modified to include online elements. For example, the students could create their surveys using Survey Monkey and post them to the class website or blog. Furthermore, the reporting of they survey results could be presented on the blog in written or spoken form. Finally, students could create graphs to depict survey results in a more visual manner.

Lesson Plan for U.S Teens: Reading is Interesting!

Students respond to the discussion questions in the textbook. These include naming recently read books and magazines, a favorite writer, and a favorite book.

Want to Know:
Ask students to predict what the article is about and ask questions to draw their attention to the key points (teens read different genres, they have other interests, etc.) and vocabulary (stimulating, fiction, give up, nonfiction, majority, etc.) that are actually contained in the article.
• What do you think the article is about?
• What kind of books do you think U.S. teens are interested in reading? Fiction or Nonfiction?
• Besides reading, what other interests do you think U.S. teens have?
• Do you think that teenage boys and girls read different types of material? What types of material do you think that boys prefer? Girls?

Read the article, “U.S. Teens: Reading is Interesting!” from Chapter Two of Active Skills for Reading.

Check comprehension by following the T/F and Multiple Choice exercises in the textbook.

Follow up with these original questions designed by the teacher.

1. According to the survey, reading is _________________ and ____________________.

2. Fiction or Nonfiction?
History books
Stories about young people
Detective stories
Japanese culture and heritage

1. The majority of students said that __________________ would be difficult to give up.

2. Preferred by boys, girls, or both?
Fashion and beauty magazines
Video games
Adventure stories
Social issues (Crime, Drugs, Poverty)

Post-reading Extending Activities (Speaking/Writing):
Each section of the article discusses the results of reading surveys. For your assigned section of the article, can you guess what two questions were on the survey? Here is an example. The article says, “Over half the teenagers interviewed said they read more than ten books a year.” The survey question probably was “How many books do you read per year?”
Reread your section of the article and write the TWO questions that the survey questions below.

Question One:

Question Two:

Ask your questions to at least 10 students!

After studying the results of your survey, complete these sentences.

According to the survey, ______________________________________

The majority of students ______________________________________

The results of the survey show that______________________________

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