Lesson 10: New York Times
Students read a New York Times article and discuss the topic of students and technology in western countries, and debate the pros and cons of students using technology.
Topic: Students and technology
Time: 90 minutes
- Explain the situation of students and technology in the US.
- Exchange ideas about students and technology in the US.
- Compare ideas about students and technology in the US to that in China.
- Debate the pros and cons of students using technology.
- Students summarize the article in their groups and report to the class.
- 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.
- Students debate.
Warm up (10 minutes)
- Ask the students to get a partner and discuss the question while you check the homework.
- “How much time do you spend using technology in a day? What kinds of technology do you regularly use?”
- Discuss together as a class.
- Note: Americans spend around 45% of their day using some type of technology, either online, on the phone, or watching TV.
Wired for Distraction (15 minutes)
- The New York Times is an American daily newspaper. It costs $2. It first started in 1851 in New York City. It has won the most prizes of any news organization. Many Americans think it has a liberal bias.
- 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
Whole Class Discussion (10 minutes)
- Ask each reporter to comment about one of the topics on the board. Use 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.
Brainstorm Debate Topics (10 minutes)
- Ask students to create topics for debate.
- For example: Is technology helping or hurting students?
- As a class, choose 2 topics to debate.
- Ask students to brainstorm points for each side of the debate.
Mini-Debates (25 minutes)
- Assign each group a letter: A, B, C, D
- Debate 1: A and B will debate. C and D will debate (A+, B-, C-, D+).
- Debate 2: A and C will debate. B and D will debate (A-, C+, B+, D-).
- Allow 10 minutes for each debate.
Whole-class Discussion (10 minutes)
- Ask students to comment about the topic and interesting points they heard.
- Read the next set of articles and write 3 questions and/or responses for each article.