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Running: The Daily Mile

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Sports

  • 70 mins
  • In class
  • Reading
  • B1, B2


Lesson goals:

  • Understand and respond to the content and language of an authentic article about fitness
  • Be able to use a variety of reading strategies effectively

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EF Education First



Success criteria:

  • Correctly answer questions about an elaborated version of the article
  • Complete a text using vocabulary from the article in the correct form
  • Use information and vocabulary from the article to plan and produce a proposal to make your school a healthier place

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Activities (9)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

No teacher notes

 

Warm up

Warm up

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Class
  • Core
  • Multiple choice, mixed


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to activate students' knowledge of health and fitness in relation to running.
If you would like to draw students' attention to the topic of running, you may want to show this video of the men's 800m final from the 1972 Olympics, in which the winning runner comes from last place to take gold:

 

Main ideas

Main ideas

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to skim an authentic article for the main ideas.
Have students discuss their ideas, then check them by skimming the article.
Students can read the reference material 'Skimming' to find out more about how to read for main ideas

 

Reading elaborated texts

Reading elaborated texts

Recommendations

  • 10 mins
  • Individual
  • Support
  • Multiple choice, closed


Student instructions

Read the reference material Reading elaborated texts and then read the elaborated article. Answer the questions to guess the meaning of the vocabulary.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to understand how to read an elaborated version of a text.
The elaboration, which is explained in the reference material, is designed to help students acquire the vocabulary needed for a detailed understanding of the text. Understanding of the content of the article is checked again in Detail.

 

Detail

Detail

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Individual
  • Core
  • Multiple choice, closed


Student instructions

Read the article again and answer the questions. You can read the elaborated article if you need more help.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to check students' understanding of details from the article.
Students can use the original article or the elaborated one. They should choose one or another based on how difficult they found the earlier activities.


 

Practice

Practice

Recommendations

  • 10 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Challenge
  • Gap fill, closed


Student instructions

Complete the article about safe streets with the correct form of the words and phrases from the article. One word is used twice in different forms.
You do not need to use all the vocabulary from the article.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise using vocabulary from the article.
Students can use the elaborated article to help them see how the vocabulary is used in context. As there are many distractors, the activity may be challenging for some. Pairing students is one way to support those who are struggling.

 

Respond

Respond

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core
  • Video


Student instructions

Watch the video about The Daily Mile. It was made three years after the article was written. How have things changed in those three years? Make notes on the differences, then discuss the questions your teacher asks you.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to have students reflect further on The Daily Mile and relate it to their own lives by watching a video which gives an update on the project.
Following discussion about how things have changed, have students discuss these questions:


 

Plan and present

Plan and present

Recommendations

  • 20 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group, Class
  • Challenge
  • Writing, open


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to expand on the topic of the lesson by designing and presenting a similar project to The Daily Mile.
This should give students the opportunity to recycle language from the article and video as well as practise the skills of presenting, comparing proposals, and coming to an agreement.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Support
  • Text entry, open


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to reflect on what they learned and what they found difficult in the lesson.
Have students answer the questions in as much detail as they can.

 
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