Books in our life (the 8th form)

Theme: Books in our life. Home-reading “ A suitcase of stories “ by J. K. Rowling

Form: 8

Objectives: to develop students’ reading skills (to practice reading for gist and for more detailed information ), to practice speaking skills, to practice useful vocabulary.

Motto of the lesson: Choose a book as you choose a friend.


1.    Organisational moments.


        Warm-up: Listen to a poem and say in what way children must be good to books.

                                                 Book Look

Since books are friends,                               Use book-marks, children,                            

They need much care.                                   To hold your place.     

When you’re reading them,                         And don’t turn a book

Be good to them and fair.                           Upon its clear face.                                  

                                   Remember, children, then:

                                   Books are meant to be read,

                                   Not cut or colour them-

                                   No, really never indeed.

Answer the questions:

1. Books need much care, don’t they?

2. In what way must we treat books?

3. Why do we use book – marks?

4. Why mustn’t we turn an open book on its face?

Say what new rules the poem “ Book Look “ teaches you.


2) Central part.

Vocabulary and speaking:

a)    Remember these different kinds of books: fiction, adventure stories, detective stories, historical dramas, fairy tales, novels, poetry…

Say what you can enjoy in each kind of book and why.

b) Match the quotations with the words in the box.

a)a best – seller     b)magazines    c)a newspaper     d)a textbook   e)a novel    a)a play     g)poetry   h) websites


        1) I like the way all the lines rhyme.                                           2) I saw it at the Royal Theatre

3) Two hundred pages of excitement.           4) I get one every day for the sport.     5) That book’s sold millions of copies.

                 6) It was really expensive, but the lecturer said we had to have it for the course.

7) I’ve got a lot of favourites which I look at every time I go on the net.

                                                         8) I usually read the ones in the doctor’s waiting room.

c) In pairs discuss the following questions:

1) Have you read a good book recently?

2) What genre  of books do you read most?

3) When do you usually read?

4) What did you read, or what was read to you, when you were a child?       


Pre-reading tasks

What do you know about J.K. Rowling and her books?

I know

What I want to know

What I know after reading





Read the article and explain the title “A Suitcase of Stories”

J.K. Rowling (the J is for Joanne ) is the best-selling author. Her books are written for children, but adults love them, too. In 1996, her big moment came when she heard that her first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, would be published.” The moment  I found out was one of the best of my life”, says  Joanne.

Before 1996, Joanne had been living in Portugal and teaching English. When she returned to the UK, she had a suitcase of fantastic stories about Harry Potter. She moved to Edinburgh and became a French teacher. It was there that she decided to finish the Harry novel and get it published.

As a child, Joanne had always loved writing and before she was six, she had finished her first story about a rabbit called Rabbit. From then on she followed her love of language. She enjoyed English at school and went on to study French at university.

Having achieved her ambition, what does she say about writing? “Writing can be a lot of fun. It can also be a lot of hard work, but don’t let that put you off!

My advice to young writers is to read as much as you can, like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary. Start by writing about things you know about – your own experiences and feelings. That’s what I do.”

Check your answers in the table.

Read the article again and put these events in the order they happened.

a) worked as an English teacher

b) moved to Portugal

c) worked as a French teacher

d) studied French at university

e) moved to Edinburgh

f) wrote a story called Rabbit

g) became the best -  selling writer

h) first novel was published

i) returned to the UK

Grammar point: Past Perfect Tense

Teacher explains the usage and formation of Past Perfect.

Pupils have to find sentences with Past Perfect Tense in the text, put them down in copy-books and explain their meaning.

Writing: write six sentences using Past Perfect Tense on the topic “ Books and Writers.”


3)Summing up.

Assessment of the students.