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English Lesson Plan on International Day of Non-Violence

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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

The International Day of Non-Violence is on the 2nd of October. It is not surprising that this is also the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. The day started in 2007 after the United Nations General Assembly voted for it. The U.N. resolution asked all its members to observe the holiday in "an appropriate manner” and to spread “the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness." The Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi played a big part in starting this day. At the World Social Forum in Bombay in 2004, she suggested such a day should be created. India’s Sonia Gandhi and South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu also called upon the United Nations to adopt the idea.

Non-violence means rejecting the use of physical violence to achieve social or political change. It is sometimes described as "the politics of ordinary people". Mahatma Gandhi famously helped lead India to independence from Britain using non-violence. He has since been the inspiration for civil rights movements throughout the world. Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was motivated by Gandhi as he fought for racial equality in the USA in the 1950s and 60s. One of Gandhi’s most famous quotes summarizes the spirit of non-violence. He said: “There are many causes that I am prepared to die for, but no causes that I am prepared to kill for.” He also said: "Non-violence is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction.”

Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted sites.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

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It is not

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manner

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observe the

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the idea

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in an appropriate

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holiday

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public

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part

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played a big

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surprising

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adopt

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awareness

 

Paragraph 2

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rejecting the use of physical

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to independence

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achieve social or political

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rights movements

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lead India

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equality

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civil

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violence

5.

racial

e.

destruction

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weapon of

f.

change


LISTENING GAP FILL

The International Day of Non-Violence ________________ October. It is not surprising that this is also the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. ________________ 2007 after the United Nations General Assembly voted for it. The U.N. resolution asked all its __________________ the holiday in "an appropriate manner” and to spread “the message of non-violence, including through education and ________________." The Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi played a big part in ________________. At the World Social Forum in Bombay in 2004, she suggested such a day should be created. India’s Sonia Gandhi and South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu also called upon the United Nations ________________.

Non-violence means ___________________ physical violence to achieve social or political change. It is sometimes described as "the __________________ people". Mahatma Gandhi famously helped lead India to independence from Britain using non-violence. He has since __________________ for civil rights movements throughout the world. Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was motivated by Gandhi as he __________________ in the USA in the 1950s and 60s. One of Gandhi’s most famous quotes summarizes the spirit of non-violence. He said: “There __________________ I am prepared to die for, but no causes that I am prepared to kill for.” He also said: "Non-violence is mightier than the __________________ destruction.”


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

The International Day of Non-Violence is on the 2nd of October. It is not ____________ that this is also the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. The day started in 2007 after the United Nations General Assembly ____________ for it. The U.N. resolution asked all its members to observe the holiday in "an appropriate ____________” and to spread “the message of non-violence, including through education and ____________ awareness." The Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi played a big ____________ in starting this day. At the World Social Forum in Bombay in 2004, she suggested ____________ a day should be ____________. India’s Sonia Gandhi and South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu also called upon the United Nations to ____________ the idea.

 

 

 

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surprising
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Non-violence means rejecting the ____________ of physical violence to achieve social or political change. It is sometimes described ____________ "the politics of ordinary people". Mahatma Gandhi ____________ helped lead India to independence from Britain using non-violence. He has ____________ been the inspiration for civil rights movements throughout the world. Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was motivated by Gandhi as he fought ____________ racial equality in the USA in the 1950s and 60s. One of Gandhi’s most famous ____________ summarizes the spirit of non-violence. He said: “There are many causes that I am prepared to die for, but no causes that I am prepared to ____________ for.” He also said: "Non-violence is mightier than the mightiest ____________ of destruction.”

 

 

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CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs of italics.

The International Day of Non-Violence is on the 2nd of October. It is not surprised / surprising that this is also the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. The day started in 2007 after the United Nations General Assembly voted / voting for it. The U.N. resolution asked all its members to observe the holiday in "an appropriate / appropriately manner” and to spread “the message of non-violence, including through / though education and public aware / awareness." The Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi played a big part in starting / starts this day. At the World Social Forum in Bombay in 2004, she suggested such a day should be created / creation. India’s Sonia Gandhi and South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu also called upon / into the United Nations to adopt the idea.

Non-violence means ejecting / rejecting the use of physical violence to achieve social or political change. It is sometimes described as "the politics of ordinary person / people". Mahatma Gandhi famously helped lead India to independence from Britain used / using non-violence. He has since been the inspiration for civil writes / rights movements throughout the world. Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was motivated by Gandhi as he fought by / for racial equality in the USA in the 1950s and 60s. One of Gandhi’s most famous quotes / quote summarizes the spirit of non-violence. He said: “There are many causes that I am prepared / preparation to die for, but no causes that I am prepared to kill for.” He also said: "Non-violence is mighty / mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction.”


MULTIPLE CHOICE

The International Day of Non-Violence is on the 2nd of October. It is not   (1) ____ that this is also the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. The day started in 2007 after the United Nations General Assembly (2) ____ for it. The U.N. resolution asked all its members to observe the holiday in "an appropriate (3) ____” and to spread “the message of non-violence, including through education and public (4) ____." The Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi played a big part in (5) ____ this day. At the World Social Forum in Bombay in 2004, she suggested such a day should be created. India’s Sonia Gandhi and South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu also called upon the United Nations to (6) ____ the idea.

Non-violence means (7) ____ the use of physical violence to achieve social or political change. It is sometimes described as "the politics of ordinary people". Mahatma Gandhi (8) ____ helped lead India to independence from Britain using non-violence. He has since been the inspiration (9) ____ civil rights movements throughout the world. Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was motivated by Gandhi as he fought for (10) ____ equality in the USA in the 1950s and 60s. One of Gandhi’s most famous quotes summarizes the spirit of non-violence. He said: “There are many causes that I am prepared to (11) ____ for, but no causes that I am prepared to kill for.” He also said: "Non-violence is (12) ____ than the mightiest weapon of destruction.”

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

surprises

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surprising

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surprised

(d)

surprise

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votes

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vote

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manner

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mannered

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manned

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aware

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aware of

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awareness

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beware

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starts

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adoption

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adopt

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adopted

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rejecting

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reject

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rejected

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famous

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fame

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famously

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for

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of

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race

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racist

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racially

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(a)

death

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die

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dead

(d)

dying

12.

(a)

mighty

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might

(c)

mightier

(d)

mightiest


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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violence, including through education and public awareness." The Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi played a big

(    )

India to independence from Britain using non-violence. He has since been the inspiration for civil rights movements throughout

1  )

The International Day of Non-Violence is on the 2nd of October. It is not surprising that this is also the birthday

(    )

all its members to observe the holiday in "an appropriate manner” and to spread “the message of non-

(    )

a day should be created. India’s Sonia Gandhi and South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu also called

(    )

non-violence. He said: “There are many causes that I am prepared to die for, but no causes that I am prepared to

(    )

of Mahatma Gandhi. The day started in 2007 after the United Nations General Assembly voted for it. The U.N. resolution asked

(    )

equality in the USA in the 1950s and 60s. One of Gandhi’s most famous quotes summarizes the spirit of

(    )

the world. Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was motivated by Gandhi as he fought for racial

(    )

upon the United Nations to adopt the idea.

(    )

kill for.” He also said: "Non-violence is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction.”

(    )

part in starting this day. At the World Social Forum in Bombay in 2004, she suggested such

(    )

Non-violence means rejecting the use of physical violence to achieve social or

(    )

political change. It is sometimes described as "the politics of ordinary people". Mahatma Gandhi famously helped lead


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

Mahatma     also     Gandhi     the     birthday     This     of     is.    

2.

manner     appropriate     an     in     holiday     the     Observe.    

3.

part     this     Ebadi     big     starting     a     in     day     played.    

4.

be     such     created     a     day     She     should     suggested.    

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Nations     the     Called     United     adopt     the     to     idea     upon.    

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physical     the     of     violence     Rejecting     use.    

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people     as     politics     ordinary     Described     the     of

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The     for     rights     inspiration     civil     movements.    

9.

He     in     fought     the     for     USA     racial     equality.    

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destruction     of     weapon     mightiest     the     than     Mightier.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF NON-VIOLENCE SURVEY

Write five questions about International Day of Non-Violence in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.


WRITING

Write about International Day of Non-Violence for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information about International Day of Non-Violence. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about International Day of Non-Violence. Write about what happens around the world. Include two imaginary interviews with people who did something on this day.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. POSTER: Make your own poster about International Day of Non-Violence. Write about what will happen on this day around the world.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

ANSWERS

Check your answers in "THE READING / TAPESCRIPT" section at the top of this page.


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