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September- National Coffee Day!
A Seasonal Lesson Plan by Erin Herrick
www.TeachingHouse.com
Teacher's Notes
Level Intermediate +
Lesson Aims Learners will develop reading skills and develop their ability to figure out the
meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary from context
Approx Timing 45-60 mins
Notes to the September is generally back to school month, and that means a lot more coffee
teacher for all that studying! This lesson honors National Coffee Day by focusing on some
interesting, lesser known facts about the ever-popular drink. It's a fun lesson and
useful to develop your learners' reading skills and their ability to deduce meaning
of vocabulary from context.
The text is adapted from the Huffington Post- the full article has 15 facts, and here
we'll focus on just 7 in order to keep it achievable. Cheers!
Text Link http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/11/things-you-didnt-know-about-coffee_n_4738957.html
Image Links http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/11/things-you-didnt-know-about-coffee_n_4738957.html
Teacher's Notes
1) Warmer: Discussion
Show students a stock photo of coffee (or maybe a real cup!) and board the quote from the
article "Even bad coffee is better than no coffee at all"- David Lynch. Give your own opinion
about coffee and ask students to discuss how they feel about the drink in pairs. Ask for some
student opinions on this and see how much agreement there is in the class.
2) Pre-reading: Prediction
Tell students about National Coffee Day (September 29) and that they are going to read an
article about some things they didn't know about the drink. First, students should look at some
pictures and discuss how they can link to coffee. It might help to take one example to get things
started. After some discussion time, ask for some feedback. Don't confirm answers at this stage.
3) Reading 1: Reading for Gist
Before giving out the reading, set the task- read and decide what pictures are mentioned. After
they read briefly, get the students to check in pairs. As a class, elicit some feedback about which
pictures are relevant and which are not.
Answers:
4) Reading 2: Reading for Specific Information
Ask students to fold down and work together to find out what the eight numbers in the text mean.
If they do this alone, make sure they check with a partner before reviewing the answers as a
class.
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September- National Coffee Day!
A Seasonal Lesson Plan by Erin Herrick
www.TeachingHouse.com
5) Reading 3: Reading for Detail
Ask the students to read the text again and answer the true/false questions. They should correct
the ones that are false! As above, ask students to check in pairs and for some variety, get 1-2
fast finishers to board the answers. Confirm as a class and get students to explain the false
answers, as well as any that seemed challenging.
6) Vocabulary from Context
Now you can focus on some of the more interesting, challenging vocabulary in the text. The
numbers refer to the tip students will find the word in. They've been given the part of speech to
help. In reviewing together, it might help to ask some concept checking questions to make sure
students understand the words, and work on pronunciation as needed.
5) Speaking: Follow Up Discussion
Finally, get the students speaking in response to the text! Five discussion questions are given
and this can be worked through in pairs or small groups. Wrap up the lesson by getting some
feedback on interesting answers and if possible, finish up with some delayed error correction.
You could modify the speaking by putting the questions around the room and inviting students to
stand and discuss. If students finish early, you could ask them to create one or two of their own
questions on the topic to continue the discussion.
Have fun with it and happy coffee day!
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September- National Coffee Day!
A Seasonal Lesson Plan by Erin Herrick
www.TeachingHouse.com
Teacher's Notes: Student Worksheet Answer Key
3) Reading 1: Reading for Gist
Yes- Fact 3 Not mentioned Not mentioned
Yes- Fact 1 Not mentioned
Yes- Fact 4
6) Reading 2: Reading for Specific Information
30- locations of Tim Hortons 1794- The year Tontine Coffee House opened
34- Grandpa Rex Allen's age at death 1970s- When `americano' first started to be used
38- Cr?me Puff's age at death 2005- The year Cr?me Puff died
500- One customer bought 500 coffees 2800- Yen, the price to enter Yunessun
5) Reading 3: Reading for Detail
1. Only places like Starbucks use scent technology to get customers. F- Store bought coffee such as Nescafe also put
coffee aroma into their containers
2. Caffe sospeso began in France. F- It originated in Naples, Italy
3. The oldest cats in the world ate like regular humans. T- bacon, eggs and broccoli for breakfast
4. Coffee cups have changed a lot, as has how we drink coffee. T- The saucers were deeper and we often drank
from them instead of cups.
5. The Tontine Coffee Shop still exists today. F- It burned down in 1835
6. It's unclear how Americano got its name. T- There is still no definitive origin
6) Vocabulary from Context
a. entice (1) To encourage someone to go somewhere or do something (verb)
b. snowballed (2) To happen repeatedly in a very short time (verb)
c. specialty (4) Something unique that you become famous for because it's so good (adj)
d. pervasive (7) Spreading to gradually affect all parts of something (adj)
e. diluting (7) To make something weaker (verb)
f. definitive (7) Something final, being very certain (adj)
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Is Starbucks doing anything for National Coffee Day? While many give away free coffee on National Coffee Day, Starbucks does not. This National Coffee Day, we're focused on providing continued assistance to help Puerto Rico recover following the devastation of Hurricane Maria one year ago, where the coffee industry was decimated.

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