I recently published a free lesson plan on Fluentize based on a news report video about the history of the conflict Russia and Ukraine.
I would say this lesson plan is probably most suitable for advanced (B1) students.
In order to view the video, please visit the lesson page on Fluentize via the link below.
This post contains the first half of the lesson materials. You can download the full lesson lesson directly from Fluentize when you're registered and logged in.
As you'll see in the lesson plan, students discuss topics and questions related to war in general and what they know about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Students also learn a few really important verbs and phrasal verbs from the video, including take over, ring out, rush, resolve, and dominate.
In the second Post-Viewing Activity on Fluentize, there is a short grammar activity on the difference between present perfect and past perfect.
"30 years ago, Ukraine became its own country. Before then, it had been dominated by Russia.”
You can follow everything up with additional discussion based on the following topics...
- Why topics such as war and politics can be difficult to talk about with other people sometimes
- The extent to which other countries are involved in the war between Ukraine and Russia
- What could the world or other countries could do to help the country of Ukraine and its people
- What students have you seen, read, or heard about Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
- Information about Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky
I would just like to note here that due to the sensitivity of the situation, I would use your best judgment on whether to use this topic and proceed with discussions about it in class. You know your students best, and you could probably even ask students whether they wish to discuss it or not. A teacher may have students who wish to discuss it, and other students maybe not. It could very well be too sensitive or distressing for some students. Of course, I also understand the importance for students to be able to have discussions and express their ideas and opinions about such an important global topic. All in all, a lot of it may depend on the background of the students and how closely they are tied to the situation. If teachers decide to proceed with this topic, I would advise them to steer things as objectively as possible and focus on the history and background of the conflict itself.
Jake from Fluentize