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The lesson plan

Lesson 3


Reading the article

Reading comprehension


Discovery – the act of finding or learning about someone or something that was hidden or not known. Invention– something that someone designed the first

This is the photo of one of the most outstanding American inventors – Thomas Alva Edison. He invented so much that it is difficult to say which of his achievements is the greatest. He was an experimenter and a practical man more than a theoretician. He improved Bell’s telephone, organized the first world electrostation in New-York in 1882, etc.).

I. 1. to invent, 2. laboratory, 3. a nap, 4. acloset, 5. hired, 6. light bulb.

II. 1. b. built a laboratory in his house

2. a. worked day and night

3. c. more than 1,300 things

III. 7He died in 1931, at the age of eighty-four.

4With this money he started to invent.

1Edison was ten when he read his first science book.

6 1876, he invented the phonograph.

2After that, he built a laboratory in his house.

3When he was twenty-three, he made a lot of money.

5He started his own laboratory at Menlo Park.

IV. 1. invented, 2. made, 3. sold, 4. hired, 5. worked, 6. took

resin– a thick sticky liquid that comes out of some trees;

to chew –to bite food several times before swallowing it;

sapodilla tree –tropical fruit tree;

exile-a situation in which you are forced to leave your country and live in another country;

frustrated– feeling annoyed, upset, and impatient, because you cannot control or change a situation, or achieve something;

vending machines –a machine that you can get cigarettes, chocolate, drinks etc. from by putting money in.

On/offline activity

The teacher may give this task for homework and ask to find the information about other inventors, constructors, for example, Alexander Bell, Leonardo da Vinci, etc. and to make a brief retelling about their life, activity, inventions.

  1. Active vocabulary (10 min)
  2. Lead-in (7 min)
  3. Reading the text, reading comprehension (20 min)
  4. Listening (20 min)
  5. On/offline activity. Speaking practice (25 min)
  6. Homework

I. Before listening ask students to try to guess the meanings of the following words and word combinations from the text, giving, first, their synonyms or explanation in English, and then, if they can’t guess themselves, give the translation of the words.

to carry out - to do a particular piece of work (выполнить, завершить, провести);

discoverysomething that is found, or something new that is learned (открытие);

nephew a son of your brother or sister, or a son of your husband’s or wife’s brother or sister (племянник);

quarrel an argument (ссора);

fortune 1) a large sum of money;2) good luck (судьба, фортуна; богатство, состояние);

iron a hard heavy metal that is used for making steel (желœезо);

powerful with a lot of physical strength or force (сильный,мощный, могущественный);

dynamite – a substance that is used for causing explosions (динамит);

to explode to burst with a lot of force and a loud noise, or to make something do this, usually in a way that causes a lot of damage (взрываться, взрывать).

II. Ask students to give synonyms or close meanings to the following words and word combinations (this task is given for advanced students, week level students may be asked to guess the meaning of this words in Russian)

industrialista person who owns or runs a factory or an industrial company (промышленник, фабрикант);

bankrupta person who is officially admitted bankrupt (someone who has no money and cannot pay he owes (банкрот);

to manageto succeed in doing or dealing with something, especially something difficult or something that needs a lot of effort (управлять, заведовать; справляться, уметь обращаться);

idealistsomeone who is idealistic (идеалист);

cheerful – behaving in a happy friendly way (веселый, жизнерадостный);

sad – feeling unhappy (печальный);

mankindall humans considered as a single group. Some people avoid using this word because it seems not to include women, and they use humankindinstead (человечество);

native landthe country where you were born (отчизна);

explosivea substance or object that can cause an explosion (взрывчатый);

explosion an occasion when something such as bomb explodes (взрыв);

peacetimethe time when a country is not involved in a war (мирный);

weapon something that you use to fight with or attack someone with, such as a knife, bomb or gun (оружие);

landminea bomb hidden in the ground that explodes when someone walks or drives over it (мина);

plenty a lot or enough (изобилие, избыток);

skillthe ability to do something well, usually as a result of experience and training (мастерство, искусство, сноровка);

imaginative - creative, able to produce new, different, or exciting ideas (одаренный воображением);

luck – success that you have by chance (судьба, удача, счастье);

will – what someone wants to happen (воля, желание);

outstanding – extremely good or impressive (выдающийся);

promotion – the activity of encouraging or supporting something (продвижение; содействие, поощрение).

Macmillan Essential Dictionary, International Student Edition,

Paul Falla Collin Howlett, The Oxford Russian Dictionary, Oxford-Moscow

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