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Guerrilla art

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Arts and literature

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


Learning goals:

  • Understand and respond to the content and language of an extract from an authentic documentary about art
  • Be able to use a variety of listening strategies effectively

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria:

  • Correctly answer questions on the main ideas and details of the documentary
  • Recognize key language from the documentary
  • Relate the content of the documentary to your own opinions and experience

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Activities (10)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

Guerrilla art is a kind of street art which is usually illegally placed, and is often in the form of graffiti or the modification of an object in a public place.

 

Warm up

Warm up

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Core activity
  • Website


Student instructions

Watch the video and then discuss the questions:
1. What is happening in the video?
2. What does the video tell us about the creator of this piece of art?


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to activate students' knowledge of provocative art.
Hold a short class discussion on the events in the video and what students think about someone destroying something so valuable.

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Individual, Class
  • Multiple choice, closed


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce the main work of 'Plastic Jesus', the artist in the video in the Watch activities.
Conduct this activity as a poll. After students have answered, hold a short class discussion on what the piece means to students, and whether they would consider it to be a piece of art or vandalism if they saw it on a wall.

 

Watch: Main ideas

Watch: Main ideas

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Sequencing, closed


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to practise listening for main ideas.
Have students read the ideas before watching the video.
Language notes
Students will have a chance to work with some of the vocabulary from the documentary in the Language activity. However, you might want to pre-teach these items before students watch the documentary to help with understanding:

 

Language

Language

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity
  • Matching, closed


Student instructions

Look at the script lines and match the definitions to the words and phrases.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce key language from the video.
Have students read the script lines and try to infer the meaning of the words from the context.


 

Practice

Practice

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Support activity
  • Gap fill, closed


Student instructions

Fill in the gaps to complete the text about the history of guerrilla art.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise using the key language.
Variation
Have students work in pairs and help each other to complete the activity.
Extension
Students could create their own sentences using the key language.
Language notes

 

Watch: Comprehend

Watch: Comprehend

Recommendations

  • 9 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity
  • Multiple choice, closed


Student instructions

Watch the video again and answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to understand specific information in the video.
Extension
Students can watch the video one more time and find quotes to justify their answers.


 

Respond

Respond

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Challenge activity
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to give students the opportunity to react to the ideas in the video according to their own opinions.


 

Follow up

Follow up

Recommendations

  • 15 mins
  • Individual, Group, Class
  • Core activity
  • Writing, open


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to expand on the topic of the lesson and to allow students to express their own opinions on different works of art.
Have students spend a few minutes making notes on a piece of guerrilla or street art that they have found, using the words and phrases in the stimulus texts to help them. If students need examples, the following websites may be helpful:

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Individual
  • Support activity
  • Text entry, open


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to reflect on what they learned and what they found difficult in the lesson.

 
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