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School shootings: #NeverAgain

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: In the news

  • 85 mins
  • In class
  • Listening
  • B2, C1


Learning goals:

  • Understand and respond to an authentic radio report about student activism
  • Use a variety of listening strategies effectively

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria:

  • Listen to a radio report and answer comprehension questions on it
  • Identify the meaning of new vocabulary related to activism
  • Prepare and present a short presentation on a cause you care about

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Activities (13)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Objectives


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

No instructions

 

Warm up 1

Warm up 1

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Class
  • Video


Student instructions

Naomi Wadler is 11 years old. Watch her speech and answer the questions in Warm up 2.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce the topic of gun violence and student activism.
Video note
On rare occasions, the links to the online videos in EF Class may become unavailable. If this is the case, you can find alternatives to the video in this activity by searching for the following keywords in the Video search tool: Naomi Wadler March for our Lives.

 

Warm up 2

Warm up 2

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Text entry, model


Student instructions

Make notes on what you saw in the video. Then discuss your answers with another student.


Teacher notes

The aim of this discussion is to discuss student activism, and the ways in which gun violence affects young people.
Students do not need to understand everything that Naomi says. They should just be able to work out the main details from the video's context, and from understanding key points in her speech.

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Pair, Class
  • Discussion


Student instructions

Discuss the questions with a partner.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce topic of gun violence in the United States.
Suggested answers
1. It is estimated that gun violence in the United States kills over 30,000 people a year, and injures over 70,000. There are over 300 million guns in the United States, and they are much easier to buy there than in most other countries. The debate around guns in the United States has in recent years centred on who should be allowed to buy and own guns, and whether reducing the number of guns makes people safer, or whether it makes them unable to defend themselves against other people who have guns.

 

Main ideas

Main ideas

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Individual, Group
  • Sequencing, closed


Student instructions

Listen to the report and put the main ideas in the order that they are mentioned.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to listen to radio report by a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting and put the main ideas in the correct order.

 

Language

Language

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Matching, closed


Student instructions

Match the definitions to the words from the radio show.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to identify the meaning of key vocabulary in the audio.
Refer students to the transcript sentences and have them match the definitions to the words.

 

Practice

Practice

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Individual
  • Gap fill, closed


Student instructions

Fill in the gaps to complete the text about the Iraq War protests. You will need to change the form of some of the words and phrases.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise using the key language.

 

Apply

Apply

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Individual
  • Writing, open


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is give students freer practice in using the key language.
Remind students to use the correct forms of the words.
If students cannot think of an activist or campaign to write about, have them search online, or describe one from a work of fiction, such as book, movie, or TV show.

 

Detail

Detail

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Individual
  • Multiple choice, closed


Student instructions

Listen to the radio report again and answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise listening for detail.

 

Respond

Respond

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Discussion


Student instructions

Discuss the questions in pairs or groups.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to discuss their opinions of the issues raised in the lesson. Have students talk about each question in pairs or small groups.
Suggested answers

 

Follow up 1

Follow up 1

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Class
  • Video


Student instructions

Watch the video about activists and think about the questions:
1. What were they campaigning for?
2. How did they get their message across to people?
Then complete the task in Follow up 2.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is generate discussion about activism and campaigning.

 

Follow up 2

Follow up 2

Recommendations

  • 15 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Discussion


Student instructions

Work in small groups to design a campaign to change the world for the better. Then present your campaign to the class.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to plan and present their own campaign.
Have students work in small groups and choose a topic that they feel passionate about. They are going to start a campaign to get it changed.
Refer students to the reference material 'Activism: Ways to Change the World' if they need extra support.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Text entry, open


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to review their work from the lesson, and identify what they did well and what they would like to improve.

 
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