In this lesson about books, students watch a video about the Harry Potter book series, learn vocabulary related to reading and write a short book review.
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VOCABULARY & SPEAKING
In the warm-up activity students talk about books they like reading. Then, they do a vocabulary task in which they need to complete missing words in sentences about reading (e.g. heavy-going, avid reader, captivating). They also discuss whether the sentences are true for them. Next, students read three short descriptions of famous books and try to guess what they are (e.g 1984, Pride and Prejudice, the Harry Potter books). They also have to find words or phrases in the descriptions and match them with provided synonyms (e.g. plagued with, diminish, bigotry). Finally, students talk about the three books and decide whether they are must-reads and why. The vocabulary learned in this part of the lesson about books will be used in the video and the writing task.
VIDEO & WRITING
Before watching the video, students read a statement about reading fiction and think of an argument to refute it. They watch the first part of the video and check their answer. While watching the second part of the video, students need to listen for arguments to refute three more statements about reading. After the video, students read some famous quotes from the Harry Potter books and try to decide what they can teach people. They also spend some time discussing the video, the Harry Potter books, other stories for children and different characters in books. In the last part of this lesson about reading, students write a short review of a book of their choice. They need to include some information about the listed topics (e.g. plot, their reading experience). They are also encouraged to use the vocabulary from the lesson.
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