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Lesson 4: The Economist

Lesson 4: The Economist

Students read two Economist articles and discuss the topics of illegal downloading and the existence of aliens from a western point of view.

Level:  Advanced

Topic:  Illegal downloading, Existence of aliens

Time:  90 minutes

Preparation

Objectives

  1. Explain the situation of illegal downloading and the existence of aliens in the US/UK.
  2. Exchange ideas about illegal downloading and the existence of aliens in the US/UK.
  3. Compare ideas about illegal downloading and the existence of aliens in the US/UK to that in China.
  4. Formulate an opinion about illegal downloading and the existence of aliens. 

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.
  3. Students discuss the author’s opinion and ask questions during the Q&A.
  4. Students give their opinion about their discussion questions in their groups and whole class discussion.  

Materials

  • Make one copy of Having a Ball for each student.
  • Make one copy of Phoning ET for each student.
  • Make one copy of Article Notes for the teacher.

Procedure

Warm up (10 minutes)

  • Ask the students to get a partner and discuss the following question while you check the homework.
    • “How do you get the music you want to hear?  How much money do you pay for it?”
  • Discuss together as a class.  

 

Having a Ball  (15 minutes)

  • The Economist is a weekly news magazine from the UK that started in 1843. Its main features are world news, politics, and business, but there are also sections in science and technology. The reports target a more educated reader in the UK and the US. Most articles don't have the author's name, so the whole magazine can be seen as one voice.
  • 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 do you think about illegal file-sharing?”
      • “How does the music industry in China compare to that in the US and UK?”

 

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.
    •  “Do you think there is life on other planets?”
  • Discuss together as a class. 

 

Phoning ET (15 minutes)

  • Ask the students to discuss the article in their groups. Use the headings on the board.
     
    • Discussion:
      • “What do you think about sending messages into space?”
      • “Do you think it could be dangerous to attract the attention of aliens?”

 

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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