In this lesson students discuss the term slacktivism and different forms of activism. They also do a word formation exercise and talk about the article they read at home.
This is a Critical Reading Club worksheet. With this format, students need to read an online article at home and do the exercises in the classroom. Learn more about how to use such worksheets and their benefits in our post.
The lesson starts with a discussion activity in which students talk about the words slack, activism and slacktivism. They also share their views on slacktivism among social media users and talk about other forms of political activism. Then, students do a word formation activity. They need to complete gaps with correct forms of words in brackets (e.g. passion – passionate, convenient – convenience). Students also discuss the statements from the activity and decide which ones illustrate their opinions. Finally, students look at some alternatives to the term slacktivism (armchair activism, clicktivism, performative activism, etc.) and explain how similar they are, e.g. by saying what connotations they have.
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