English speech analysis: Ricky Gervais and Greta Thunberg

2 to 3 full lessons based on close analysis and discussion of Ricky Gervais’ controversial speech at the Golden Globes, and Greta Thunberg’s address to world leaders at the UN climate conference,

  1. Transcript of both speeches, abridged
  2. 18 close reading questions based on language devices used. Answer key included.
  3. Creative writing task (with prompt phrases), where students have to write an acceptance speech that responds to some of Gervais’s allegations
  4. Essay writing task, based on whether Hollywood celebrities are not ‘living in the real world.’ Essay frame included.
  5. Additional comparative article based on climate change, with 5 comprehension questions (and answer key)
  6. Creative writing task (with prompt phrases) where students have to write a letter in response to Greta Thunberg’s speech
    Check out my other great lesson based on one of Trump’s speeches: http://bit.ly/2U15SwG
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Created: Jan 20, 2020

Updated: Feb 9, 2020

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