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Suggested Year Plan - English Social Studies

Published: 07.07.2014, Updated: 05.03.2017
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This is a suggested year plan. The titles are clickable and will take you directly to texts and tasks. However, there is a lot more material to choose from. Browse through the menus for alternatives.

VictoriaVictoria – Empress of India Front Cover of Oliver Twist by Charles DickensFront Cover of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens  Winston ChurchillSir Winston Churchill  ThatcherMargaret Thatcher  Man standing proudly with the irish flag. Photo.The Irish Flag    

Lakota WarriorLakota Warrior New DealNew Deal Afro-Americans rallying for civil rights in 1960Afro-Americans rallying for civil rights in 1960

Rosa ParksRosa Parks President John F. Kennedy Signing Blockade OrderPresident John F. Kennedy  Vietnam WarStudent Vietnam War Protesters    ObamaObama - "hope"   Twin Towers 9/11Twin Towers 9/11    End GuantanamoEnd Guantanamo  World Aids Campaign 2011 - Getting to zeroWorld Aids Campaign 2011 - Getting to zero  

A Collage of Steve Jobs' Many CreationsA Collage of Steve Jobs' Many Creations   

Occupy Wall StreetOccupy Wall Street  portrett av  Edward Snowden Edward Snowden MatmangelFood - UN RacismRacism sucks ConsumerismConsumerism  examWriting exams 

One of the competence aims of this course is to do an in-depth study of a chosen topic and make a presentation for the class. In this plan we have suggested making a project on political and civil activists. We have also suggested theme-based in-depth work.

The national curriculum also requires the students to interpret at least one novel and one film. You will find suggestions for books and films listed as Recommended Reading and Recommended Films. We have suggested many films. Most of these films, are available as trailers.

By working with the tasks and activities linked to to the different topics, the students will improve their reading, writing, listening, speaking and digital skills in English.

Note that vacations will vary from year to year. Adjust the plan accordingly.

Week

Topic/Title

Node

 

Current Debates – In the News

 
 

CNN Student News
The English Blog
Words in the News (BBC) 

75477
69039
49810


UK History and Events

 

34

Self-assessment - Basic Language Skills 
English Spreading Worldwide 
English-Speaking Countries - Task 

125245

9166
20528

35

The Rise and Fall of the British Empire 
The Rise and Fall of the British Empire – Tasks

"Good Advice is Rarer than Rubies"  (short story)

93538
98228



7006

36

The Victorian Age and the British Empire 
Jane Eyre  (film)

88361

37

Manchester - the Cradle of the Industrial Revolution  
(Interview)

Oliver Twist's Story (dramatized excerpt)

or
"London" - William Blake  (poem)
or

A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift (essay)

110117


14901



18981


133252

38

The Dismantling of the Empire 
"Epitaph on a Tyrant" and other poems  

98531
134660

39/40

Post-War Immigration to Britain 
Post-War Immigration to Britain – Tasks 
East is East - Working with the Film (Film)

90712
96973

76226

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 Mid-term Break

 
 

UK Politics and Events

 

41/42

The Iron Lady  (film)

The Falkland Islands Dispute 

95029

118688

43

UK - Parliament and Government  
UK Politics - Vocabulary (task)

2557
95055

44

Devolution – How United Is the Kingdom? 

Northern Ireland - Trouble and Conflict 

90396


90019

45

Northern Ireland - Tasks (with suggestions to
films and literature)
"The Orange and the Green"  (song)


98141


13710

 

Project Work

 

46

Introduction to Project Work:

The Right to Decide  
The Glass Ceiling 

An Introduction to Project Work 

 

 

92884
94208

134723

47

They Said "No" - Project 


134703

48

They Said "No" - Project

  

 

134703

72876

 

 
Literature and Film


49

Terrorist by John Updike (novel excerpt)

The Bastard of Istanbul (novel excerpt)

132313


85181

50/51/

"Hills Like White Elephants" (short story)
"Amundsen"   (short story)
"No Witchcraft for Sale" (short story)

Staging Short Stories 

Recommended Films (or the Christmas films, Love Actually/The Miracle on 34th Street)


134574

13104
133535


134490

93230

 
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 Christmas/New Year

 
 

The USA - History and Events

  1

 

"The Road Not Taken"  (poem)

"Stay Hungry – Stay Foolish" (speech)

Early Settlement to Civil War

Sailing To Philadelphia - the Cradle of the USA 

Waves of Immigration 
Suggested activities:
12 Years a Slave
(biography excerpt and film)

or
Abraham Lincoln (film)

17324

120793

87325


117077

 

50210

131852


114820

  2

Reconstruction to World War II 

Tasks including "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime"  (song)

"Joe Hill"   (song)

Recommended Film (Great Gatsby) 

 87986

112337


98804


93230

  3

American History after 1945 (Here are links to further texts from 1945 up to the present)

Forrest Gump - Revisited (Film)

 99175


89718

  4

The Fifties and the Sixties
Rosa Parks (Civil Rights)

Langston Hughes – The African American Poet   (poetry)

Elvis Aaron Presley
The Catcher in the Rye (novel excerpt)

"Howl" by Allen Ginsberg (poem/film)

 99064
131469

16612


130839
132828

67593
134712

 

US Politics

 
  5

British and American Politics - A Comparison

Check your Politcal Vocabulary 

Checks and Balances 


89062


115259

6410

  6

Presidential Elections 

American Presidents and the Art of Rhetoric 

Rhetoric in American elections 


93540

89274


108243

 

  7

 The Cold War Era – A Precarious Peace

Thirteen Days in October - The Cuban Missile Crisis (including link to film, Thirteen Days)


88361


90921

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 Mid-term Break

 
 

Novel

 
  8/9

Recommended Reading
Working with Novels
How to Analyze a Novel 

Check Your Literary Vocabulary 


100302
96478
13288

114175

 

 10

Novel

 
 11

Novel

 
 12

Practise writing exam papers

Use, Evaluate and Cite Sources of Information

Assessment Rubrics 

Language and Style
Compare and Explain (Usage)

Difference in Meaning

Text Cohesion 

Style 

 

130829

99673



115124

20476

56814

14807

 

Themes

 

 13

Surveillance  
Edward Snowden

1984 (novel excerpt)(see also under Surveillance)

134149
134382

134149

 14

Consumerism 

Consumerism Today

Anti-Consumerism

Multinational Corporations - Project  
The Corporation Part 1Part 2Part 3 (film)(see also under Multinational Corporations - Project)

132119

132487
132614

134267

133654,133656, 133657

 15

Food  
Food - tasks 
The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy (novel excerpt)(see also under Food -tasks)
Eat, Pray and Love - Excerpt (novel excerpt)(see also under Food - tasks)

 

132831
132966

 ---

 Easter

 
 16/17

The Right to Bear Arms
The Death Penalty in the USA  

96279
103200

 18

Multiculturalism - A Challenge?

Racism 

Where Do Racism and Prejudice Come From? 

Racism and Film 

"Strange Fruit"  (poem and song)

"Still I Rise" (poem)

91578

131963

133522

133871

19700

134538

 19

Indigenous People  

 Avatar (film)

132112

49019

 20

Preparing for oral and written exam
Assessment Rubrics 

Oral Exam 2014, Social Studies English 


99673

134489

 21

Revision – Wrapping up

 
 22  
 23  
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