ESL Level: Upper-Intermediate and advanced
Skill Focus: Reading comprehension, vocabulary, speaking via discussion
Topics: Love, Fate
Material Download: reading-perfect-girl-murakami-upperintermediate.docx
Foreword: On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning is a short story written by Haruki Murakami. The article can be accessed freely here. It can be printed in 3 pages. I cannot provide the text here as I do not own the copyright.
The below questions go with the article. I have used this lesson as weekend reading homework for my upper-intermediate adult students. This is a great short story for English class because i) it is short and easy to print, ii) the language is conversational/casual (not overly academic or dense), and iii) the topic is accessible to everyone. The majority of my students loved it except one business-minded student who wasn’t interested in emotions.
Below is a preview of the comprehension, vocabulary, and discussion questions I have made. Download the above document from the link above for a well-formatted version.
Reading Lesson Plan: Discussion Questions
- What is your opinion of the story? What is its meaning?
- If the author had told his story to the girl, what do you think would have happened?
- What would you have done in his situation?
- The author talks about his tastes in women. Do you think beauty is subjective or objective?
- Is the author in truly in love with the girl or just infatuated?
- Does the author believe in the idea of a 100% perfect partner for him? Do you for yourself? Can you measure love by a percentage?
- Do you believe in fate?
Write down two questions related to the article you’d like to answer your classmates next class.
Discuss the meanings of these phrases with a partner.
- Potentiality knocks on the door of my heart.
- The cold, indifferent waves of fate proceeded to toss them unmercifully.
Reading Lesson Plan: Vocabulary: Write a definition, and make your own sample sentence.
- to stand out (phrasal verb) =
- a rumbling (noun) =
- to correspond to something (verb) =
- ridiculous (adjective) =
- damp (adjective) =
- a lull (noun) =
- to undertake something (verb) =
- 8. full-fledged (adjective)
Note that I do not hold the copyright to the short story “On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning” by Haruki Murakami. This supplementary ESL lesson plan was created by Matthew Barton of Englishcurrent.com.
Best of luck with your ESL classes.
– Matthew Barton / Creator of Englishcurrent.com