Charity is becoming more and more popular even among young people. Thousands of teenagers and students help people around. Why not organize a lesson about charity then? Here are some of the ideas.
Task 1 — Warm-up
Unusual warm-ups work best with teens (you know, they’re harder to involve). So rebuses help teachers out!
Here is an example:
Show it to your student and let them guess the lesson’s topic.
You can create whatever you want using The Rebus Creator Club.
As soon as your student solves it, you can ask whether he/she has done charity work in his/her life.
Task 2 — What is charity?
Let your student discuss the given quotes. Ask to express an opinion.
I bet that…
I have no doubt that…
I strongly believe that…
It’s often said that…
It’s generally accepted that…
You can also give a task to create your student’s own quote by asking questions (e.g. How do you understand charity? Is giving more pleasant than getting?). Your teenage student is probably digital-friendly and can create something colourful using online tools (e.g. Canva). If you work in a group, you may even organize a contest for the best quote and its presentation.
Task 3 — Vocabulary brainstorm
Ask your student to name all the words connected with charity and make a word cloud, e.g.
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At the end of the lesson, add words you’ve studied and demonstrate them to your student.
You can ask him/her to create a wordcloud at home as well. Challenge not to look for help (not the coursebook, notebook or the Internet). Tell that it’s important to use the words you’ve learnt during the lesson in order to remember them. As soon as a student manages it, he/she will be able to compare the number of words he/she knew before with the number of words he/she knows now.
Task 4 — Benefits of volunteering (video)
Brainstorm the benefits of volunteering. Show Ahmed’s story to your teenager and ask the following questions:
- What was his first volunteering experience?
- Did his friends support him?
- What benefits of volunteering are named?
- He helped older people use iPads
- Not really. His friend thought he was wasting his time and said that it’s weird. Other people around agreed.
- Benefits of volunteering: you can meet lots of new friends, enjoy sharing skills and learning from others. Moreover, you become more confident in talking to strangers.
Then ask students to compare the benefits mentioned in the video and the ones they named before watching it. Have they learnt any new advantages? Do they agree with the ideas from the video?
I suppose it’s also logical to connect charity with the COVID-19 pandemic as it’s really actual nowadays. See ideas below.
Task 5 — Charity Livestream
Teens usually love music and visit concerts. During the lockdown, charity live streams became a trend. So it would be great to discuss them.
- How can singers help people during the Pandemic?
- Did you watch any of the online concerts?
Let’s take a famous singer Dua Lipa and her live stream:
- What does she say in her introduction?
- What’s the difference between real and online performance?
- Which format do you prefer?
She hopes to see the end of the pandemic.
She wants to get closer to each other, to sing, dance, and celebrate.
You definitely know your students better than we do, so you can personalize this task and choose another singer.
Task 6 — Volunteering During COVID-19
Let’s check the website of the American Red Cross and analyze it.
- Which volunteer opportunities during the Pandemic does the Organization provide?
- If you apply for a volunteer position, what will it be?
- Are there any volunteers among your classmates/friends/family members?
- How do Russian volunteers help?
Keys: Blood donor support or volunteering from home (virtual positions)
Task 7 — Christmas charity project
Christmas is coming soon, and it’s quite connected with the charity as well.
Suggest that your student do some good during the most wonderful time of the year.
Ask him/her whether he/she wants to help children, retired people, or animals and ask to write a plan. This task is easier to organize in groups.
Other useful resources to use in the “charity” lesson:
Hope you liked our ideas and will use them while teaching. Good luck!