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Lesson 11: The Guardian

Lesson 11: The Guardian

Students read two articles from The Guardian and discuss the topics of wikileaks and celebrities from a western point of view.

Level:  Advanced

Topic:  Wikileaks, Celebrities

Time:  90 minutes

Preparation

Objectives

  1. Explain the situation of Wikileaks and the Twitter Silence in the US/UK.
  2. Exchange ideas about Wikileaks and the Twitter Silence in the US/UK.
  3. Compare ideas Wikileaks and the Twitter Silence in the US/UK to that in China.
  4. Formulate an opinion about Wikileaks and the Twitter Silence.

Assessment

  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 during the debate and whole class discussion.  

Materials

Procedure

Warm up (10 minutes)

  • Ask the students to get a partner and discuss the question while you check the homework.
    • “What do you know about Wikileaks?”
  • Discuss together as a class.  

 

Wikileaks  (15 minutes)

  • The Guardian is a daily newspaper in the UK with its headquarters in London. It was started in 1821 and has a center-left political affiliation. The website has the second highest readership of English newspapers in the world behind The New York Times.
  • WikiLeaks is a non-profit organization funded by human rights campaigners, journalists, and general public. They do not accept government or corporate funding. 

 

  • 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
    • Discussion:
      • “Do you think the activity of Wikileaks is right?”

 

Whole Class Discussion (10 minutes)

  • Divide the class into 4 groups.
  • Assign one group to be for Wikileaks. Assign another group to be against Wikileaks. 
  • Ask the two groups to debate the issue of Wikileaks for around 5 minutes while the other two groups listen and take notes.
  • After the debate, ask the other two groups to comment on the debate.

 

Q&A (10 minutes)

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

 

Free Talk (10 minutes)

  • Ask the students to get a partner and discuss the question.
    • “What do you know about Twitter?”
  • Discuss together as a class. 

 

Twitter Silence (15 minutes)

  • Twitter is a website that has short messages. The message can only have 140 characters. You can have your own page and read other people’s messages. Celebrities have their own page and fans follow it daily. You can get the messages delivered to your phone. It was started in 2006 and has 175 million users.

 

  • Ask the students to discuss the article in their groups. Use the headings on the board.
     
    • Discussion: “What is your opinion of the Twitter Silence?”

 

Whole Class Discussion (10 minutes)

  • Ask the two group that debated Wikileaks to listen and take notes.
  • Assign one group to be for the Twitter Silence. Assign the other group to be against the Twitter Silence.
  • Ask the two groups to debate the issue of the Twitter Silence for around 5 minutes.
  • After the debate, ask the two groups that listened to comment on the debate.

 

Q&A (10 minutes)

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

 

Homework

  • Read the next set of articles and write 3 questions and/or responses for each article.

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