Teaching Resources for Scuola secondaria di secondo grado - December

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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. 
To learn more about Scott Fitzgerald read the article Scott Fitzgerald 120 years on

Hogmanay

Hogmanay: 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 B1 level, on Hogmanay celebrations and traditions in Scotland: reading text with comprehension, and fun activities. Plus teaching notes
Christmas
  • Santa and the Police
    The story of a young policeman and a man dressed as Santa Claus with comprehension, vocabulary, and writing activities and teacher's notes
  • Christmas Wordsearch
    A wordsearch to practise the vocabulary of Christmas with Answer Key | Elementary A2
  • Christmas Connections
    A warm-up to lessons about Christmas. An activity about Christmas collocations. Pair work - B1
  • Christmas Charades
    A traditional game with a Christmas twist
  • Christmas Worksheet biennio
    A worksheet to practise vocabulary associated with Christmas with Answer Key - For Pre-Intermediate - Intermediate
  • Christmas Worksheet triennio
    A worksheet to practise vocabulary associated with Christmas with Answer Key - For Pre-Intermediate
  • Christmas Questionnaire
    A pairwork activity practising questions using Christmas vocabulary with present perfect and past simple - For Pre-Intermediate - Intermediate
  • Christmas shopping dialogue
    A dialogue about Christmas shopping, giving practice of present perfect vs past simple, followed by pairwork activity | For Pre-Intermediate - Intermediate
  • 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
  • New Year's Quiz
    A quiz about New Year in different cultures | For Elementary - Pre-Intermediate
  • New Year's Resolutions Lesson
    A lesson plan to discuss New Year's traditions and make resolutions, plus teaching notes and key | For Pre-Intermediate - Intermediate
  • New Year's Resolutions Activity
    A short activity to get students talking about New Year Resolutions using future tenses, plus teaching notes and key - For Pre-Intermediate - Intermediate
December Anniversaries

Authors of the month

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. Read more...

The Great Gatsby

During one hot summer on Long Island, Jay Gatsby throws an amazing party every weekend. He is an extremely wealthy man, although no one knows where he or his money have come from. But Gatsby has a purpose: he is following a dream of love. Will his dream come true?

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.
  • Dickens Warmer
    Learners read several small sentences around the room and try to identify the figure of British culture that is being described.

Words of the month

Improve your students' vocabulary with a couple of words for every month and activities to go with it!

Romance

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.

Carol

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

Jazz Something Up: (informal) to make something more attractive or exciting
For 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. Download the worksheet below to improve your students' vocabulary.

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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