Time to deliver?

20 10 2021

YOUR  FINAL PROJECT: You take part in a radio programme / a podcast about the ecological situation and challenges for humanity. 

1. What are both the topic and tone of the documentary?

2. Can leaders be held accountable?

3. What can be achieved? Read MORE




How to make your words heard

13 10 2021

Your Task:

a. Deliver a speech to celebrate a leading African-American figure. Present her/ him to the class and explain the reasons for your choice (see this PAGE for more).
b. This is your magazine’s editorial meeting. Debate is fierce to decide which leading figure of the Civil Rights Movement to profile in next month’s issue.

1. Watch the video and find out what oratorial techniques Barck Obama uses.

2. How does Rita manage to her male colleagues? Find out HERE.

3. How to use rhetoric to get what you want. Take the TEST.  

4. Listen and pick out: a formula for making great phrases; one example of a figure of rhetoric and how it works; the reason why the speaker mentions Kate Perry; one example of a former president’s use of rhetoric; who the speaker predicted would win the 2016 election and 3 reasons why people use rhetoric. Read more HERE.




Black Lives Matter

29 09 2021

Your Task: a. Deliver a speech to celebrate a leading African-American figure. Present her/ him to the class and explain the reasons for your choice.

b. This is your magazine’s editorial meeting. Debate is fierce to decide which leading figure of the Civil Rights Movement to profile in next month’s issue.

1. Did Obama ever doubt his ability to get white support to win the presidency? Test your comprehension HERE.

3. Learn more about the movement. Focus on specific dates and names.

3. How old was Starr when she was given the ‘talk’? What else do you learn about her? Read more HERE.

4. What do you learn about the book and its impact? Study a passage HERE.

5. What was ‘Jim Crow’ originally and what did it stand for up until 1954? 

6. How does the clip upend racial stereotypes? Read more HERE.

 7. Click on the cartoon to boost your grammar skills.

 




And girls will be women

13 09 2021

Speaking task – Pair-work presentation:  compare and contrast the two stories below, highlighting the similarities and differences. Use the points you have noted in this  VENN DIAGRAM to shape your response, and aim for a lively and informative presentation style.

1. To what degree is this a more modern version of the original book? Study an excerpt from the novel HERE

2. Observe the painting closely (click on the pic to access a larger version and use either of these two APPROACHES) and listen to the recording (till 01:40). What changed for middle-class girls in the 19th century?

 

3. What happens to the four sisters in this coming-of-age story?

4. What is ‘Visual Literacy’? Learn more with the Toledo Museum of Art.

 




Powerful vibes

12 09 2021

Final ProjectChoose a cause and design a poster/ make a piece of art/ write a poem or a song to defend it.

Alternatively, you can choose one of the two options suggested HERE.

1. Labour or Labor Day? Take the QUIZ.

2. What role did Margaret Thatcher play in Billy Bragg’s career (up to 2:35)? Listen on to fill in the missing words in the song’s LYRICS

3. Who was Joe Hill, the original song writer? Take a few notes and write a short profile.

4. How did The Beatles change the world? Give 5 examples. Do a reading comprehension exercise HERE.

 




Land of the car

23 03 2021

Find out about your final task HERE.

1. Who was Henry Ford? Take notes and explain why he was “a man of contradictions“. Read more HERE.

2. Watch this clip and sum up Henry Ford’s main achievements. Use this PAGE to write a short bio of Henry Ford.

 

 




A Roaring Time

20 02 2021

Find out about your task HERE  

1. How did America change during the decade? Answer more questions HERE.

2. Watch the video and take notes. Who were the ‘flappers’?

3. What does Gatsby’s lifestyle reveal about the atmosphere of the 20s? Read more HERE.

 




Justice vs Retribution

16 01 2021

Your task: “Write up the script to your own trial or jury deliberation scene and then act it out!”

1. What is the significance of the scene? Read more HERE

2. How does art educate us? Read more about the song HERE.

3. Is this justice? What purpose does it serve? Read more HERE.

4. What’s a heretic? And what is a martyr? Read more HERE.

5. What lessons can we take away from these trials? Read more HERE

 




Yes she can!

8 11 2020

1. Listen carefully and take notes. Can you write a detailed account in French? Find some help HERE.

2. Can you explain why this was “a night of firsts in the U.S. midterms”? Find out about your task HERE.

3. How did C.J. Walker manage to become America’s first self-made millionaire woman? Take a test HERE.

 

4. Who is RBG? Why does every American now want to take a picture with her?

5. What barriers do women face in politics? How can we eliminate those barriers?

6. Is business giving women a bad deal?

7. Practice makes perfect, they say. Click on the pic to work on your grammar!

8. Who is Jacinda Ardern? What makes her personal story remarkable? Read more HERE

9. What happens when people don’t have access to economic rights? Read more HERE.

 




The world’s election

2 11 2020

1. What are the prerequisites and the main steps? Check your comprehension HERE.

2. Do all votes count? Take the QUIZ.

3. What makes the series so appealing? Learn more about the White House HERE; boost your vocabulary and grammar HERE.

4. Draw a portrait of Selina Meyer. Find some help HERE

5. Why did the Vice President-elect choose Howard University? Click below to learn why.

6. How does Kamala Harris explain her ‘breaking the glass ceiling’? Read more HERE