Description: Read a law-related news item; learn legal vocabulary; practice critical reading
Target audience: First year law students
- Reading comprehension of legal reports;
- to expose students to some basic legal vocabulary;
- to expose students to narratives that combine-indirect and direct speech;
- to teach students to compare and contrast;
- to introduce concepts of critical reading.
Specific goals/objectives: (which grammar points are reviewed, vocab., etc.)
- Legal content words
- Grammatical structures-parts of speech
- Substituting words
- Separating narrator from speaker
- Writing both sides of arguments
- Ethical thinking
- Critical thinking
Materials needed for activity: (check the following)
- Listening to a TED on Veganism. Motivation
- Two articles summarizing the prosecution of parents who took veganism too far.
- Online dictionary, legal dictionary.
- Projector to show articles online to highlight vocabulary.
- Court case EXAM (not included here)
Time: 10 Academic hours.
- Introduce article with difficult vocabulary and legal terms underlined.
- Vocabulary exercises to help understand articles and acquire new vocabulary.
- Pronunciation exercise- noun verb change.
- Understanding legal terms.
- Reading comprehension questions
- The narrator v. The speaker
- Overall understanding of Article I
- Introduce article
- Comparing and contrasting information from both articles.
- Finding synonyms
- Cloze exercise
- Transitions that are used to negate.
- Transitions that are used to present both sides of an argument.
- Role Playing
- Writing an opinion
Activity 1 Activities 1-9 are on article one
A chart with two columns. One for nouns, one for verbs. The words are taken from the text and follow the order of the text. For each vocabulary item either noun or verb is supplied. Student must find corresponding verb or noun.
Activity 2 Pronounce the different parts of speech correctly.
Ex: conviction- noun a convict -noun to convict- verb.
Different sentences should be read using the different parts of speech.
Activity 3 The Matchmaker
Match the legal terms in column one with their definitions in column two.
Activity 4 TRUE or FALSE statements
Correct false statements. This is for both basic comprehension and accurate reading.
Activity 5 THE NARRATOR v. THE SPEAKER
Within the narrative, the writer quotes (uses direct speech). Identify the speaker as opposed to narrator by reading what is under quotation marks (direct speech).
Student must list the names and/or jobs of the people the narrator quotes.
Student must then choose three speakers quoted by the narrator and explain what each one says.
Do the speakers add to or detract from the story or message the narrator wishes to convey. Student must answer multiple choice question which sums up this issue.
"I have understood what I have read" The Magnificent Seven (7 multiple choice Questions)
Activity 9 Creative Thinking
Student must choose another possible title and explain his/her choice.
Activity 10 Activities 10-15 are on article two and both articles as a unit.
|Reception / Reading||Overall reading comprehension||Can read straightforward factual texts on subjects related to his/her field and interest with a satisfactory level of comprehension, i.e., understand most main ideas and supporting details (adapted B1)|
|Reception / Reading||Reading for information and argument||Can recognize significant points in straightforward articles on familiar subjects (adapted B1)|
|Production / Writing||Overall written production||Can write simple isolated phrases and sentences (A1)|
|Production / Writing||Creative writing||Can write very short, basic descriptions of events, past activities and personal experiences (A2+)|
|Production / Speaking||Sustained monologue||Can briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions, plans and actions (A2)|
|Reception||Identifying cues and inferring (spoken and written)||Can identify unfamiliar words from the context on topics related to his/her field and interests (B1)|