Purpose:   to use real-life or authentic materials to help students learn new words; to show students how many words they already can read; to use visual clues to support comprehension; to practice prediction

Prep time: 10-15 minutes

Materials:  variety of cracker, cookie, and cereal boxes, copies of the handout; dictionaries

Purpose: reading comprehension and scanning practice for intermediate/advanced level learners

Preparation Time:  15-20 minutes

Materials:  pens, paper, newspaper articles

Students complete short readings about harvest festivals, compare and contrast them, and share information about harvest festivals in their respective cultures.
A listening activity prepares students to read a text before they actually see it.

Purpose:  To create meaningful dialogue about culture, while allowing students an opportunity to practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills; for intermediate to advanced levels, though lesson could be modified for lower level learners.

Prep time:  Approximately 15-30 minutes, depending upon resources available.

Materials:  Pencil, paper, a book of folktales or photocopies of a few folktales.  Visuals are helpful!

Purpose: To help low beginning learners with vocabulary building, reading and spelling

Preparation Time:  5 minutes

Materials:  a picture from class text or other picture related to theme learners are working on; look for a picture that is clear and fairly simple

Preparation: make copies of the picture, one for each learner, or work with an overhead transparency

Purpose: To help students increase their reading fluency by getting them away from reading word-by-word

Preparation time:  10 minutes

Materials:  Copies of a reading passage

Preparation: Choose a reading passage that is at the student’s independent reading level


Students help each other to complete a fill-in-the-blank during a listening activity.
A fun, visual way to practice the proper use of prepositions.
This lesson give learners cultural and historical information about the Thanksgiving holiday. This is also an opportunity to talk about Native Americans and how their lives were changed by the arrival of the first Europeans.



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