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Lesson 7: CNN

Lesson 7: CNN

Students read a CNN article and watch The Daily Show to discuss the topic of political comedians in western countries.

Level:  Advanced

Topic:  Political comedians

Time:  90 minutes



  1. Explain the situation of comedians in politics in the US.
  2. Exchange ideas about comedians in politics in the US.
  3. Compare ideas about comedians in politics in the US to that in China.
  4. Formulate an opinion about comedians in politics in the US. 


  1. Students summarize the article in their groups and report to the class.
  2. Students discuss the article, the title, and their homework questions and responses in their groups and report to the class.
  3. Students discuss the author’s opinion and ask questions during the Q&A.
  4. Students give their opinion about their discussion questions in their groups and whole class discussion.  



Warm up (10 minutes)

  • Ask the students to get a partner and discuss the question while you check the homework.
    • “Are you interested in politics? Why or why not?”
  • Discuss together as a class.  


Obama visits Daily Show  (15 minutes)

  • CNN stands for Cable News Network. It was started in the US in 1980. It was the first all-news TV channel to broadcast news 24 hours a day. The TV channel is now available world-wide.
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is a late-night comedy talk-show in the US that started in 1996. Many young, educated Americans watch the show.
  • Ask the students to get into groups and choose a role. If there are only 4 people in a group, then the Facilitator can also keep track of time.
    • Facilitator: leads the group discussion
    • Note-taker: write things down as needed
    • Reporter: presents information to the class
    • English monitor: makes sure everyone is speaking English
    • Time keeper: keeps track of how much time is remaining for an activity
  • Ask the students to discuss the article in their groups. Guide the students by putting the following headings on the board. 
    • Summarize the article
    • Talk about the title
    • What is the author’s opinion?
    • Homework questions


Whole Class Discussion (10 minutes)

  • Ask each reporter to comment about one of the topics on the board. Use the Article Notes as a guide.


Q&A (10 minutes)

  • Ask the students to look at their homework questions and/or responses to ask additional questions about the article.


Watch Video (10 minutes)

  • Ask the students to watch the video.
  • Play the video from the beginning until about 10 minutes.


Video Discussion (10 minutes)

  • Discussion: “What do you think about President Obama going on a comedy talk show?”


Whole Class Discussion (10 minutes)

  • Ask each reporter to comment.
  • Allow students to ask additional questions.


Mid-Term Exam Assignment (15 minutes)

  • Give the students the Mid-Term Exam Assignment handout and answer any questions.

Printable Worksheets

Article Notes
Mid-Term Exam Assignment


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