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Lesson 6: Daily Telegraph

Lesson 6: Daily Telegraph

Students read two Daily Telegraph articles and discuss the topics of the US midterm elections and the Shanghai Expo from a western point of view.

Level:  Advanced

Topic:  Midterm elections, Shanghai Expo

Time:  90 minutes

Preparation

Objectives

  1. Explain the situation of the mid-term elections in the US and the Shanghai Expo.
  2. Exchange ideas about the mid-term elections in the US and the Shanghai Expo.
  3. Formulate an opinion about the mid-term elections in the US and the Shanghai Expo. 

Assessment

  1. Students summarize the article in their groups and report to the class.
  2. Students discuss the article, the title, and their homework questions and responses in their groups and report to the class. Students discuss the author’s opinion and ask questions during the Q&A.
  3. Students give their opinion about their discussion questions in their groups and whole class discussion.  

Materials

Procedure

Warm up (10 minutes)

  • Ask the students to get a partner and discuss the question while you check homework.
    • “What do you know about elections in America?”
  • Discuss together as a class.  

 

Midterm Elections  (15 minutes)

  • The Daily Telegraph is a daily newspaper in the UK. It was founded in 1855. Its political stance is mostly center-right or conservative.
  • Ask the students to get into groups and choose a role. If there are only 4 people in a group, then the Facilitator can also keep track of time.
    • Facilitator: leads the group discussion
    • Note-taker: write things down as needed
    • Reporter: presents information to the class
    • English monitor: makes sure everyone is speaking English
    • Time keeper: keeps track of how much time is remaining for an activity
  • Ask the students to discuss the article in their groups. Guide the students by putting the following headings on the board. 
    • Summarize the article
    • Talk about the title
    • What is the author’s opinion?
    • Homework questions
    • Discussion:
      • “What are some reasons President Obama is criticized in this article?”
      • “What stereotype do the Chinese have of Americans?”

 

Whole Class Discussion (10 minutes)

  • Ask each reporter to comment about one of the topics on the board. Use the Article Notes as a guide.

 

Q&A (10 minutes)

  • Ask the students to look at their homework questions and/or responses to ask additional questions about the article.

 

Free Talk (10 minutes)

  • Ask the students to get a partner and discuss the question.
    •  “Did you go or do you know anyone who went to the Expo?”
  • Discuss together as a class. 

 

Shanghai Expo (15 minutes)

  • Ask the students to discuss the article in their groups. Use the headings on the board.
     
    • Discussion:
      • “Do you think the Shanghai Expo created a good image for China? Why or why not?”
      • “What do you think was the purpose of the Expo?”

 

Whole Class Discussion (10 minutes)

  • Ask each reporter to comment about one of the topics on the board. Use the Article Notes as a guide.

 

Q&A (10 minutes)

  • Ask the students to look at their homework questions and/or responses to ask additional questions about the article.

 

Homework

  • Read the next set of articles and write 3 questions and/or responses for each article.

Printable Worksheets

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Article Notes
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