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This is a Flipped Classroom lesson plan. In a nutshell, it means that first part of the lesson needs to be done by students at home. Learn more about flipped classroom and how we implement it in those lesson plans in our post.


This flipped classroom worksheet is about animal rights and is based on a TED Talk about the remarkable work some lawyers do to get animal rights for chimpanzees. They want to change the status of these animals from “things” to “persons”. Engage your students in discussion about animals and their rights in the modern world.


The worksheet includes three pre-class activities which students need to do on the basis of the video before the class.

First, students approach a word-building task. They are provided with the table with such nouns as defense, voice, autonomy, etc. While watching the video, they have to complete the table with adjectives they hear.

The second task consists of some quotations from the video which include 3 idioms. Students should study them and match them with their meanings.

Finally, students have to prepare (at least) 3 arguments in favor of and against the following topic:

Animals should have certain rights and should not be treated as the property of others.

They will need these arguments for a debate during the class.


Before you give your student the in-class worksheet, there is a short warm-up task which should check whether student have prepared to the class. Reversed taboo. Each student takes one card and has to explain the word in capitals using the word below it. For example:

  • Target word: DEFENSELESS
  • Explanation: You’re like that when you are unable to defend yourself

The in-class worksheet starts with a task which should check whether your student have done their tasks and watched the video. In the first exercise, there are just 3 questions with idioms from the student’s worksheet. The aim is to check if students understand and can use the idioms correctly.

The second activity is a discussion on the speaker’s idea and students’ own views about animal rights and protection.

At the end of this class, there is a debate. Make your students work in groups of 4 or pairs and have a debate on the topic. Obviously, they should use the arguments they’ve prepared at home.


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