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School climate strikes

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Science, technology, and environment

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


Learning goals:

  • Understand and respond to the content and language of an authentic article about school climate strikes
  • Be able to use a variety of reading strategies effectively

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria:

  • Correctly sequence the main ideas from an authentic article about school climate strikes
  • Correctly define vocabulary from the article
  • Write a paragraph about an issue that you care about using appropriate vocabulary from the lesson
  • Write a short persuasive speech on an issue you are concerned about

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Activities (12)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

No teacher notes

 

Warm up

Warm up

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Class
  • Core
  • Video


Student instructions

Watch the video and discuss the questions:
• What is happening in the video?
• Do you know anyone who has done something like this?


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce the topic of climate change and the school strike movement. Suggested answers

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Pair
  • Core
  • Discussion


Student instructions

Discuss the questions. Make sure you understand the words in bold


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to generate further discussion around the subject of climate change protests and to pre-teach some essential vocabulary.
Suggested answers
1. Students will have their own answers. Some may say that they are an example of people taking extreme action which is impossible to ignore, thus sparking change. Others may say more negative things about school strikes.

 

Main ideas

Main ideas

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core
  • Sequencing, closed


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to understand the main ideas of an article about school climate strikes.
If necessary, explain how to skim a text or have students refer to the reference material.

 

Language

Language

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core
  • Matching, closed


Student instructions

Study the language in bold in the article. Then match the definitions to the words and phrases.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to clarify the meanings of the most difficult vocabulary items from the article.
Extension

 

Practice

Practice

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Support
  • Gap fill, closed


Student instructions

Complete the text about a student-led demonstration. You do not need to use all of the words.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise vocabulary from the Language activity. This is a different topic from the main reading text in this lesson, but it continues the theme of student protest.

 

Apply

Apply

Recommendations

  • 10 mins
  • pair
  • Challenge
  • Writing, open


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to use the key language to write about an issue they feel strongly about.
Remind students to refer back to the language activity to see the vocabulary items they must use in this activity.

 

Detail

Detail

Recommendations

  • 10 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core
  • Multiple choice, closed


Student instructions

Read the article again and answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to understand specific information in the article.
Extension
Have fast finishers write more questions about the text for the others, then have them ask the class at the end of the activity.

 

Respond

Respond

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Group
  • Core
  • Discussion


Student instructions

Read the questions and think about what you want to say. Then share your opinions with the class.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to give a personal response to the climate change protest.
Have students read the questions individually first and think about what they want to say. Encourage them to think about how they could use language they have studied in the lesson. Then put them in small groups to share their opinions.

 

Follow up 1

Follow up 1

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Class
  • Challenge
  • Video


Student instructions

Watch the video of 15-year-old Greta Thunberg giving a speech on climate change to the UN.
• Do you think it is a good speech?
• Why, or why not?


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to discuss a section of a speech by climate change activist Greta Thunberg. The speech will be discussed in Follow up 2.

 

Follow up 2

Follow up 2

Recommendations

  • 20 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Challenge
  • Writing, open


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to give students the opportunity to write a short speech on an issue they care about.
Allow students to work in pairs or groups if they prefer. They can search online for ideas, but they should use the knowledge they already have as much as possible.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Support
  • Text entry, open


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to review and practise using a new word that they learned during the lesson.

 
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