Students’ age range: 08-10
Topic: Should a boy be considered a man because of his age? (Reading Comprehension)
Description: Before the lesson starts teacher will prepare students with background knowledge and tools for a discussion of the text. They will talk about different types of questions, practice writing open-ended questions and how they are to be answered. Students will be paired with a partner so that they can practice writing, asking and answering open-ended questions. The students will read the text “Should a boy be considered a man because of his age?” to get the main idea of the text. They will also prepare a higher-level question before discussing it with a partner. The class will then be arranged in two circles, each pair will send up one person to participate in the seminar. Students outside of the circle can use the “fire seat” which is in the circle, where they will be allowed to briefly participate in the discussion. Students are allowed to ask any question which pertains to the text and refer that question to anyone in the circle. There will be ten minutes for each session allowing students to switch partners within the seminar. During the seminar students are allowed to take notes and formulate more open-ended question which they are free to ask. Students will be to evaluate themselves and to keep track of their level of questions, making sure that they are giving other students the opportunity to ask and answer questions. Some of the rules are: Students are to stay on the topic being discussed. They must also speak so that others can hear them. Listen closely. Talk to others not just the teacher. Ask for clarification so that they do not stay confused, and know that they are responsible for the quality of the seminar. While the seminar is going on the teacher will evaluate each student making sure that they stick to the text. Give new insight and knowledgeable information. Ask questions and respond. Support others. Make real world connections and wait for their turn to speak. Students are not allowed to be distracted, joking for attention, speaking out of turn or repeating what others have said. After the seminar partners will share what they have learned with each other.