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Topic-based reading lesson plans

Jackie McAvoy provides a range of practical materials for teaching reading skills, covering a wide variety of topics to appeal to students around the world.

All of the lesson plans include tips for teaching and learning reading. If there's a subject area that isn't here which you'd like to see covered in a reading lesson, please let us know by contacting the web editor.

Topic-based reading lesson plans

  • Reading lesson plans: Alcohol

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Level: Elementary, Upper intermediate Print material

    Students complete a series of activities based on a text about alcohol.

  • Reading lesson plans: Astrology

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Level: Elementary Print material

    Students complete a series of activities based on a text about astrology.

  • Reading lesson plans: Bamboo

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Level: Elementary, Upper intermediate Print material

    Students complete a series of activities based on a text about bamboo.

  • Reading lesson plans: Banking

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Type: General lesson plan

    Jackie McAvoy asks students to think about banking.

  • Reading lesson plans: Birdsong

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Type: General lesson plan

    Jackie McAvoy asks students to appreciate the dawn chorus.

  • Reading lesson plans: Bridges

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Level: Elementary, Upper intermediate Print material

    Students complete a series of activities based on a text about bridges.

  • Reading lesson plans: Cats

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Level: Upper intermediate Print material

    Students complete a series of activities based on a text about cats.

  • Reading lesson plans: Cheating

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Level: Elementary, Upper intermediate Print material

    Students complete a series of activities based on a text about cheating.

  • Reading lesson plans: Chocolate

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Type: General lesson plan

    With the festive season upon us, Jackie McAvoy asks students to think about chocolate - and lots of it!

  • Reading lesson plans: Coffee

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Level: Upper intermediate Print material

    Students complete a series of activities based on a text about coffee.

  • Reading lesson plans: Colour

    Author: Jackie MacAvoy Level: Elementary, Upper intermediate Print material

    Students complete a series of activities based on a text about colour.

  • Reading lesson plans: Computers

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Type: General lesson plan

    Jackie McAvoy asks students to compare the use of computers in different countries.

  • Reading lesson plans: Dogs

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Level: Elementary, Upper intermediate Print material

    Students complete a series of activities based on a text about dogs.

  • Reading lesson plans: Fat Frank

    Author: Jackie MacAvoy Level: Elementary, Upper intermediate Print material

    Students complete a series of activities based on a text about obesity.

  • Reading lesson plans: Flags

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Level: Elementary, Upper intermediate Print material

    Students complete a series of activities based on a text about flags.

  • Reading lesson plans: Football

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Level: Intermediate, Upper intermediate Print material

    Students complete a series of activities based on a text about football.

  • Reading lesson plans: Genius

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Level: Intermediate Print material

    Students complete a series of activities based on a text about a genius.

  • Reading lesson plans: Hair

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Level: Elementary, Upper intermediate Print material

    Students complete a series of activities based on a text about hair.

  • Reading lesson plans: Homes

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Type: General lesson plan

    Jackie McAvoy asks students to think about unusual homes and the people who live in them.

  • Reading lesson plans: Hybrids

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Type: General lesson plan

    Jackie McAvoy asks students to think about strange hybrid animals and why they exist.

  • Reading lesson plans: Malaria

    Author: Jackie MacAvoy Level: Intermediate Print material

    Students complete a series of activities based on a text about malaria.

  • Reading lesson plans: Maritime mysteries

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Type: General lesson plan

    This month Jackie McAvoy asks students to compare modern and ancient mysteries at sea.

  • Reading lesson plans: Mobile phones

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Level: Elementary, Upper intermediate Print material

    Students complete a series of activities based on a text about mobile phones.

  • Reading lesson plans: Moonwalk

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Type: General lesson plan

    Jackie McAvoy asks students to think about events that are connected to the moon.

  • Reading lesson plans: Pearls

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Level: Elementary, Upper intermediate Type: General lesson plan Print material

    Students complete a series of activities based on a text about pearls.

  • Reading lesson plans: Plastic

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Type: General lesson plan

    Students are encouraged to think about the impact of plastic bags on the environment.

  • Reading lesson plans: Reviews

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Level: Elementary, Upper intermediate Type: General lesson plan Print material

    Jackie McAvoy asks students to think about restaurant reviews.

  • Reading lesson plans: Santa

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Level: Elementary, Upper intermediate

    Students complete a series of activities based on a text about Santa.

  • Reading lesson plans: Smell

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Level: Elementary, Upper intermediate Print material

    Students complete a series of activities based on a text about smell.

  • Reading lesson plans: Stamps

    Level: Elementary, Upper intermediate Type: General lesson plan Print material

    Students complete a series of activities based on a text about stamps and stamp collecting.

  • Reading lesson plans: Tattoo

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Level: Elementary, Upper intermediate Print material

    Students complete a series of activities based on a text about tattoos.

  • Reading lesson plans: Taxi

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Level: Intermediate Print material

    Students complete a series of activities based on a text about taxis.

  • Reading lesson plans: Tourism

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Type: General lesson plan Print material

    Jackie McAvoy asks students to think about the impact of tourism.

  • Reading lesson plans: Waste

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Level: Elementary, Upper intermediate Print material

    Students complete a series of activities based on a text about waste.

  • Reading lesson plans: Weddings

    Author: Jackie McAvoy Level: Elementary, Upper intermediate Print material

    Students complete a series of activities based on a text about weddings.

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