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

 




Black Lives Matter

5 12 2020

Your TaskChoose a song, film, a book, or any other artwork to celebrate Black History Month. Present it to the class and explain the reasons for your choice.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 




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




Halloween: why some people like to be frightened

13 10 2020

1. Test your knowledge of Halloween. Do this LISTENING GAP FILL

2. Learn more about Halloween history? Watch the video and do these EXERCISES

3. Listen to psychologist Frank Farley explaining why some people like to be frightened and write out a short account.

Halloween

4. Will trick-or-treating still be possible in California this year?

 




Develop your English listening skills

11 10 2020

1. Watch this for some great tips. You can also visit their site for more. 

2. Listen for effective tips that you can use to improve your English listening skills.

3. Time for a bit of practice. Listen up to 1:35 and try to recap what you understand. Use this HELP

4. Can you sum up the message of this clip? Use this PAGE for help.

5. Sum up the story including enough detail. You can find some help HERE.  




Greek Life

25 09 2020

Speaking Task

With your best friend, you discuss whether or not you should join a fraternity / sorority. You disagree with each other. Imagine your conversation.

1. Why are they rushing? Take down details about their motivations. Read more about the topic HERE.

2. If it’s still ‘all Greek to you’, click below! 

3. Fraternity Culture and racism.  Click on the pick to learn more. Study a passage from Philip Roth’s Indignation HERE.

 

4. Who is Sydney White? Why isn’t she ‘Kappa material’?

5. What does Sydney fight for?




Creating a stress free workplace

20 09 2020

Your task: create a questionnaire on stress at work. Write 10 questions.

1. What are the main causes of stress at work? Use this PAGE to check your comprehension. 

2. What makes employees happy at work? Study an article on a similar topic HERE.