Monday, June 26, 2017

Instagram depression

Have you ever felt like you cannot succeed at things that people seem to be nailing easily?
Have you ever felt disappointed at yourself for not having that perfect body/hair/make up?
How often do you compare yourself to internet celebrities?

This is a lesson plan based on instagram lies and it is meant to help students to critically talk about what they believe online and it also has simple past activities. It is appropriate for an intermediate student who still struggles on  the use of simple past.
Some reading
The lies
My so called instagram life
The video to be used:

Lesson Plan

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Man! I feel like a woman!!

Let's talk about stereotypes?
Some people believe men and women think differently because they have different brain structures. Others believe stereotyped behaviors are built because of social influences.
Videos to be used:



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Corruption, the dark side of Brazil

Everyone knows I am Brazilin and I used to be proud of saying that. I do not feel the same way right now. It is hard to live in a city that you can only count on faith and luck not to be murdered, and it is even harder to know that politicians are using people's money for their own purposes. Instead of investing in police, doctors and teachers, they buy expensive cars, mansions and planes. I will try to find something positive out of it. I still dont know how.

Show this video at the end of your lesson

Find the Lesson Plan here

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Gender terms

I don't know about you guys, but I always get confused with so many gender terms. Since we are talking about gender on #issuemonth at Global Issues SIG, I invite you all to share some of the terms with your students and help them understand a bit more about respecting the differences. In this lesson plan you will also be able to see three videos, read a piece of an article and, of course, listen to a nice song. Let me know what you think about it and please, share it with everyone you know, so we can improve our lesson plans with different opinions.
Peace and Love,

Videos used in this LP:
video on terms
Jenner Bio
walk on the wild side
Transgender in the 70's

sex and gender


Friday, September 23, 2016

Understand the inexplicable war in Syria

I live in a very dangerous city, a city where there are lots of people dying from stray bullets, armed robbery and people are even being killed by mistake by police officers. I always thought I lived in a war zone, until I saw a video that made me change my mind. Rio de Janeiro is definitely dangerous and you can get killed, but mainly because you were at the wrong place and at the wrong time. Now just try to imagine if everywhere you go is actually THE WRONG PLACE and everytime you breathe is THE WRONG TIME. This is probably how people feel in Syria.
Syria is so far from where I live, it is so far from my thoughts that I just wake up and go to bed every single day without even considering caring and worrying about those people. I always felt that I had my own problems, but it is not that simple. Again, I invite you to use your imagination;  shut your eyes and try to remember the place where you were born and grew up, see it being bombed day and night? Try to imagine you are a Syrian mother and there is nowhere you can hide and protect your kids. You will certainly fail in your most important role as a mother, which is to SAVE your kids. There is nothing you can do, no one can be trusted, you cant stay and raise your kids the way you had always dreamt of. Imagine you are a syrian child, and if it is hard for you to do that just close your eyes once more; you have no right to play or to study, you don't even have the right to ask your mom not to send you to school because there is no school anymore, you can't pretend you are sick, because you are probably sicker than you could ever suppose, you can't play with your toys, you can't go to your friend's house for a sleepover because friends are all either dead or left their houses. This, my friends, makes me stop breathing for awhile, makes my eyes water till I cannot see anything. This, my dear friends, is war, and the only way out for Syrians is leaving their country and starting from scratch somewhere else. Somewhere they don't speak the language, somewhere where they are not welcome, and there will be a reporter to kick their legs when they are almost get to freedom.
Hope that you can raise your students' awareness of this and maybe in the future this new generation will understand wars kill much more than families. Wars burn dreams, destroy hope and lead to hate, pure evil, hate from one person to another.

Leave a comment after you use this lsson plan, please!!!
video 1
video 2
Heal the World

Monday, September 19, 2016


Talking about gender issues always makes me think of inequity and the gender pay gap. Of course this is also a good opportunity to promote a wider discussion on gender identity as well. In this lesson plan you will be able to find different videos and songs and questions. Hope you have a great time, let me know how your class went.

Here are the links to the videos
It's a man's world
Women inventors

Here is the lesson plan

Here are the slides