This exercise is a differentiated reading and analysis exercise dealing with Sue Townsend's short essay Why I Like England. You may find the essay in her book, True Confessions of Susan Lilian Townsend (1989), in various anthologies, or online.
Not everyone reads at the same speed, which is often a problem when assigning your class to read something they need to work on subsequently. This exercise, however, takes advantage of this difference in reading speed. The text is divided into three parts, and your students must provide written answers after reading each part and have them approved by you before they can move on. After the reading, which your students will complete at different points in time, you can place them in small groups to work with further analysis and related questions, also provided in the work sheet.
The wording of the questions is sometimes altered from the words appearing in the text so that the students are also challenged on vocabulary. The exercise with also allow the students to work practically with irony as a literary device.
The exercise will give you about a hour's worth of class time. Enjoy :-)