Elementary: Reading & Writing Lesson Plans


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A Caribbean Cruise

Target Language: Vacation vocabulary, Reading.
Description: Students work on different vacation vocabulary such as trekking, cruise, city break, etc. Then they read an ad for a cruise and answer comprehension questions with an optional writing assignment to end.
Duration: 45 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1R1
Tags: Vacations
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Chinese Lawns

Target Language: There is/are, reading, places of interest in a town.
Description: Students talk about sites of interest in their hometown before reading an article about an unusual property development in China. Some focus on there is/there are for describing towns and their amenities.
Duration: 50 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1R2
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The Man Who Saves Ships

Target Language: Present Simple to talk about routines, unusual jobs.
Description: An article (quite challenging for this level) about Jake, a man who spends 4 months looking after a lighthouse. Using present simple to talk about routines with a particular focus on forming interrogative sentences. Optional writing activity at the end.
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1R3
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What's On TV?

Target Language: TV program type vocabulary, talking about TV show preferences.
Description: After an initial exercise that focuses on the vocabulary used to describe types of TV shows, students read descriptions of different TV programs and the likes and dislikes of four people who live together. The final reading activity consists of a TV listings page in a newspaper that forms the core of a speaking activity.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1R4
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The Garbage Man

Target Language: Job vocabulary, present simple to describe jobs.
Description: Some job vocabulary for your students before they read about Derek, who picks up garbage at the sports stadium. There is a reading comprehension exercise and the lesson finishes with a game in which students use the present simple to describe jobs to their partner.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1R5
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The Gold Coast Welcomes You

Target Language: Infinitive of purpose.
Description: A lesson that practices the use of the infinitive to talk about why someone went somewhere (e.g. to see the pyramids, to eat pizza, to visit a friend, etc) The theme of the lesson is tourism and the reason people travel to certain countries, with a particular focus on the Gold Coast in Australia, which forms the basis of the main reading comprehension exercise. The lesson finishes with a speaking activity to practice the infinitive of purpose.
Duration: 50 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1R6


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Write To Me!

Target Language: Letter writing, review of elementary grammar.
Description: Some basic letter writing and organising skills are taught, focusing on paragraph content and ordering too. Another letter is used for an error-correction exercise to review this level's grammar.
Duration: 65 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1W1
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Please Write Soon

Target Language: Giving personal information, conjunctions, writing to a pen pal.
Description: Students write sentences about themselves, learn how to connect them using conjunctions and then respond to a fictional pen pal e-mail.
Duration: 50 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1W2
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Order Is Everything

Target Language: Basic sentence structure & word order rules for writing.
Description: After a warm-up game based on identification of language parts, students review rules concerning the word order of verbs, adverbs and adjectives. Fun poker-based game to finish with which gets students thinking again about sentence structure.
Duration: 65 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1W3
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Target Language: Writing to a pen friend about yourself, present simple.
Description: Your students have found an interesting person to write to on a pen friend website. They read through Jenny's e-mail and put together their first response. Quick review of elementary grammar included.
Duration: 65 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1W4

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