Reading Skills Lesson Plans
Magnificent Failures

This is one of my free reading skills lesson plans, based on an article published in THE WEEK. Although the title sounds like potentially serious subject matter, the article is a collection of hilarious stories, about things that didn't go quite as planned.

Find out about the least successful romantic gesture, the worst safe-sex campaign, the least successful practical joke, the most over enthusiastic armed response and the least successful disguise. What would you do if you were locked out of your house naked, or found yourself in a hotel with an owner who is a control freak? What would your response be if you discovered a new species? Find out why a bargain bucket of KFC might not be the ideal thing for all occasions.

In my free printable worksheets, you will find a ready made lesson with teacher's and students' notes. Download them, print them off, and you will be ready for your next class J

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My reading skills lesson plans are suitable for advanced and proficiency level students (B2, C1 and C2). This lesson can also be used for upper-intermediate students (B1).

Language Focus

This reading lesson is perfect for conversation classes and vocabulary lessons.

I have divided this article up into the various stories and taken some vocabulary from the each text. The students are then given the title of the story, along with the words, and they have to try and guess what really happened. After lots of discussion, the students then get to do some reading and comprehension, as they read through the text to see how accurate their predictions were. The lesson then concludes with some commonly used English idioms.

I hope you enjoyed my free reading lesson. If you enjoyed it, have a look at some of my other reading skills lesson plans.

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