Teaching Resources for Scuola secondaria di primo grado - December

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Each month this section is updated with new ideas and downloadable activities for teachers to use in class to engage and motivate their students.

Oscar Wilde

In the mid- to late-19th century, some artists and writers started to believe that art does not have to be "useful", that it should simply be beautiful and enjoyable, promoting freedom of expression, without necessarily teaching the public any moral, social or political lessons. One of this movement's most famous proponents was Oscar Wilde, so let's find out more about him with this month's resources.

  • Oscar Wilde and Beauty in Literature
    A worksheet at A1-A2 level about Oscar Wilde and Beauty in Literature. With Answer Key.
  • Oscar Wilde's Epigrams
    Oscar Wilde is famous for his witty humour and brilliant epigrams. Let your students discover some of the best ones with this A1-A2-level worksheet. With Answer Key.
F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Jazz Age

With Christmas and New Year's Eve coming up soon, everyone is getting in the mood for parties and celebrations. This year, we are proposing resources related to the Jazz Age period of the 1920s, best remembered for increased prosperity, liberated social behaviour, new literary genres, and unique styles of music and dancing. This period is closely associated with the USA, thanks to its most famous writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. Inspired by this, we are also looking at Christmas traditions in the USA and across the English Speaking World.

  • Jazz Age Worksheet
    An age apropriate worksheet at A1 - A2 level, about the Jazz Age (reading text with comprehension and speaking activities). With teaching notes
  • Christmas Traditions in the English Speaking World Worksheet
    An age apropriate worksheet at A1 - A2 level on Christmas traditions in the USA and other parts of the English Speaking World. With teaching notes
  • Penguin Readers Teacher's Guide to Using Film and TV
    A guide with practical advice on how to use videos of feature films and TV series with Graded Readers. It contains a variety of suggestions for activities to use in the classroom, and includes 12 photocopiable student’s worksheets

Scotland is famous for its New Year's Eve celebration, known as Hogmanay, and those Scots know how to party! Edinburgh hosts a huge street party that lasts three days and features some spectacular events, a torchlight procession, fireworks, great concerts and visitors from every corner of the globe.

  • Hogmanay Worksheet
    An age apropriate worksheet at A1-A2 level, on Hogmanay celebrations and traditions in Scotland: reading text with comprehension. Plus teaching notes
  • Pantomime - A British Christmas tradition
    An age apropriate worksheet at A1-A2 level, on Pantomime traditions, reading text with comprehension, and fun activities. Plus teaching notes
  • Christmas Wordsearch
    A wordsearch to practise the vocabulary of Christmas with Answer Key | Elementary A2
  • Christmas list
    A fun vocabulary game to play in class about Christmas shopping | Elementary A2
  • Christmas Tree Image
    Photo of a Christmas tree with presents beneath, as prompt for students' description and discussion using Christmas vocabulary | A1
New Year's Eve
  • New Year's Eve Wordsearch
    A wordsearch for the vocabulary of New year's Eve with Answer Key | For Starter/Beginner - Advanced

Authors of the Month

Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde (16 October 1854 - 30 November 1900)

A larger than life poet, playwright and author, Oscar Wilde was quite a celebrity during his lifetime. He became famous for his involvement in the philosophy of aestheticism and is best remembered for his plays, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, and his witty epigrams, still as relevant today as they were in the 1890s.

The Canterville Ghost
Mr Otis, the American minister, buys Canterville Chase, a magnificent manor house near Ascot, England. Lord Canterville warns him: in Canterville Chase there is a frightening ghost! Soon Mr Otis, his wife and his four children, meet the ghost, Sir Simon. He tries to frighten them, but the Americans do not go away. On the contrary, the twins, two terrible boys, play constant tricks on the ghost until Virginia, their young, blonde sister, discovers Sir Simon's secret…

F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald was a so-called ‘Jazz Age’ novelist and short-story writer who is considered to be one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century. His most famous and respected novel, The Great Gatsby, is one of the most penetrating descriptions of American life in the 1920s, and was inspired by events in the author's personal life.

The curious case of Benjamin Button and Other Stories

Benjamin Button is a very strange baby. Born with a white beard, he looks like his grandfather. As years pass, he seems to get younger. This brings many problems, for him and the people around him. In these three stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, people are not always as they seem.

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens is the most popular English writer of the Victorian age and author of, among others, Oliver TwistGreat Expectations and David Copperfield. Click below for a lesson plan with a range of actvities that you could use in class with the beloved classic of the season, A Christmas Carol.

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens is best known as the author of A Christmas Carol. The novella set on Christmas Eve, spreads the message of love and generosity by showing the transformation of Scrooge, an elderly miser, when he realises that love and friendship are much more important than amassing a fortune.

  • A Christmas Carol - Penguin Reader Factsheet
    Download the Free Factsheet with the author's bio, the main themes of the book as well as a range of activities to use in class to help practise new vocabulary and grammar, increase comprehension and develop all four skills.

Words of the Month

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Improve your students' vocabulary with a word for every month and activities to go with it! This month: stunning.

Stunning [adjective]:
1. extremely attractive or beautiful
You look absolutely stunning in that dress. A stunning view.
2. Very surprising or shocking
Stunning news

Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 6th Edition.


This definition was taken from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 6th Edition.

1 [countable] an exciting and often short relationship between two people who love each other Hemingway’s romance with his nurse inspired him to write ‘A Farewell to Arms’.
Michelle married him after a whirlwind romance
(=one that happens very suddenly and quickly) holiday romance (British English), summer romance (American English) (=one that happens during a holiday) a short holiday romance.
2 [uncountable] love, or a feeling of being in love The romance had gone out of their relationship.
3 [uncountable] the feeling of excitement and adventure that is related to a particular place, activity etc. romance of the romance of Hollywood.
4 [countable] a story about the love between two people romance novels.
5 [countable] a story that has brave characters and exciting events a Medieval romance.


This definition was taken from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 6th Edition.

Carol also Christmas carol [countable]: a traditional Christmas song.

Idioms of the Month

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: each person has their own idea of what is beautiful. If something is beautiful or not depends on the opinion of the person who is looking at it.
Example: I don't think Ariana's new boyfriend is very attractive, but I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • Idiom Activities for December
    A worksheet for students at A1-A2 level on idioms about beauty and appearance. With notes and key for the teacher.

Jazz Something Up:
 (informal) to make something more attractive or exciting
Example: She jazzes up a basic muffins recipe with chocolate chips, nuts and dried cranberries.
My friend told me that I should jazz up my wardrobe.

Break the ice
: to make people feel more relaxed and willing to talk to each other in a social situation.

City of the Month

San Francisco

Legendary originator of big-band jazz, Duke Ellington, often sang "I Left My Heart in San Francisco". That's because, besides being home to the Golden Gate Bridge, famous universities and cable cars, the "Fog City" also boasted a booming jazz scene in the early 20th century.

Did you know...?

Scott Fitzgerald

Although Scott Fitzgerald was an avid reader and a very talented writer from a young age, he was a bad student, a terrible speller, and was even kicked out of school at the age of twelve because he was not able to focus and had trouble finishing his work. It is now widely believed that Fitzgerald suffered from dyslexia.

Santa Run

How many Santas do you see?! Every year in early December, London's Battersea Park hosts the festive Santa Run, a 6km fun run in which all participants pay an entry fee and dress up as Father Christmas to raise money for the charity Disability Snowsport UK. This national charity helps people with disabilities.

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