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Lesson 3: The Wall Street Journal

Lesson 3: The Wall Street Journal

Students read two Wall Street Journal articles and discuss the topics of recycling and marriage from a western point of view.

Level:  Advanced

Topic:  Recycling, Marriage

Time:  90 minutes

Preparation

Objectives

  1. Explain the situation of recycling and marriage in the US.
  2. Exchange ideas about recycling and marriage in the US.
  3. Compare ideas about recycling and marriage in the US to that in China.
  4. Formulate an opinion about recycling and marriage. 

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 Are your Nikes greener than your Adidas? for each student.
  • Make one copy of New Vow: I don't take thee 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.
    • “Do you recycle?  Why or why not?”
  • Discuss together as a class.  

 

Are your Nikes greener than your Adidas?  (15 minutes)

  • The Wall Street Journal is the 2nd largest American
    newspaper.
  • 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:
      • “Would you make a purchase based on an Eco index?”
      • “Who do you think should be responsible for recycling, individuals or companies?”

 

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 following question.
    •  “What is the best age to get married?”
  • Discuss together as a class. 

 

New Vow: I don’t take thee (15 minutes)

  • Ask the students to discuss the article in their groups.  Use the headings on the board.
    • Discussion questions:
      • “Is it acceptable for a couple to live together before getting married?  Why or why not?”
      • “What are reasons couples delay marriage in China?”

 

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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Are your Nikes greener than your Adidas
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Article Notes
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