On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning (Reading Lesson)

ESL Level: Upper-Intermediate and advanced

Skill Focus: Reading comprehension, vocabulary, speaking via discussion

Topics: Love, Fate

Material Downloadreading-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.

A girl under an umbrella

Reading Lesson Plan: Discussion Questions

  1. What is your opinion of the story? What is its meaning?
  2. If the author had told his story to the girl, what do you think would have happened?
  3. What would you have done in his situation?
  4. The author talks about his tastes in women. Do you think beauty is subjective or objective?
  5. Is the author in truly in love with the girl or just infatuated?
  6. 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?
  7. 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.

  1. to stand out (phrasal verb) =


  1. a rumbling (noun) =


  1. to correspond to something (verb) =


  1. ridiculous (adjective) =


  1. damp (adjective) =


  1. a lull (noun) =


  1. to undertake something (verb) =


  1. 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

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2 comments on “On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning (Reading Lesson)

  1. Joseph (Posted on 12-28-2016 at 08:41) Reply

    I must admit, your new style of lesson is nowhere near as effective as the previous design. That being said, your resources are really good quality, so, thanks a lot :)

    1. mb Post author (Posted on 12-28-2016 at 14:12) Reply

      Hello. Yes, I can agree. I no longer teach conversational English classes, so I don’t create the previous style of lessons anymore unfortunately.

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