Here you’ll find some practical ideas for working with the clip. Choose the ones that suit your teaching aims, particular group of learners, your teaching style, and then plan your own lesson.
Put the following question to your students: ‘What’s the story of your generation?’ Give them some time to reflect on the question. Wait for them to ask for clarification. Explain that by ‘story’ you mean:
- What’s the world like for them NOW?
- How is it different from what the world was like 50 years ago?
- What’s it like to be a young adult / teenager now?
Write ‘crisis’ on the board, and ask your students to brainstorm as many words as they can which can stand in front of it. E.g. family -, financial -, economic -, teenage -, world -, environmental -, etc.
Then tell them that ‘crisis’ is one of the key words in the clip they will watch: What kind of crisis is mentioned and what’s the speakers’ attitude to it?
Check understanding of key vocabulary, language chunks. E.g. hardship, adversity, privilege, empowerment, violence, poverty, wealth, spiritual crisis, unprecedented crisis, coming of age, transcend boxes, civically engaged, cliff, edge, cusp.
‘Differences & Similarities’
Ask your students to think about the differences and the similarities among the people who spoke in the clip. They could consider the following:
- views expressed
‘In your own words’
Ask your students to paraphrase, explain the following expressions taken from the clip: ‘we’ll either fall or fly’, ‘civically engaged’ , ‘coming of age’ , ‘unevenly distributed’, ‘see the value in diversity’ . They can then watch a second time listening for these expressions. Who says them? What’s the context? What are they saying?
‘Watch again and choose’
Before a second viewing, ask each student to choose one person as they watch. Their task is to remember as accurately as they can what they say. It’s a good idea to pause the clip in one or two places. After viewing, the students recall the different views expressed. Help with language if necessary.
Here are some questions to facilitate this:
- What do you think about the name: Generation Waking Up?
- What does it mean to wake up? Does it happen all at once or is it a gradual process?
- What experiences, outside influences can help us to wake up?
- Can you think of any songs, films, books with a similar theme?