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Sidewalk Lesson Plan

This ESL lesson plan is designed around a beautifully animated short film by artist Celia Bullwinkel titled Sidewalk that portrays a woman’s journey through the passage of time. In the lesson talk about the various stages of life and how we change physically and emotionally, watch a short film and describe how a woman changes through the course of her life.

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This ESL lesson plan is designed around a beautifully animated short film by artist Celia Bullwinkel titled Sidewalk that portrays a woman’s journey through the passage of time. In the lesson talk about the various stages of life and how we change physically and emotionally, watch a short film and describe how a woman changes through the course of her life.

 

 

Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 60 minutes

Activity: Watching a short film, speaking and writing

Topic: Growing up and aging

Language: Stages of life and vocabulary related to bodies and emotions

 

 

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16 comments on “Sidewalk Lesson Plan

  1. Patricia Ferreira says:

    I loved the film and think the lesson plan is useful to teachers.

    1. Hi patricia,
      I’m happy you like the lesson.
      Cheers,
      Kieran

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  3. I like your lesson plan so much. It is really useful for anyone being English teacher. However, could you please explain to me the rationale of step 9’s application?
    Thank you

    1. Hi Tepmanop,
      Thanks for commenting and I’m happy you like the lesson. The rationale behind step 9 is quite straightforward: it’s to get a persoanl reponse to how the film affects them as a person and then to imagine how the film would be if it were about a man.
      Cheers,
      Kieran

  4. A great lesson plan and a wonderful film as always, Kieran.

    Just wondering if it’s the sort of thing that will go down best with a class of all or mostly women? (I can think of a particular group like that that I know who are going to love it!)

    1. Hi Tom,
      I’m really happy you like the lesson. I think the lesson would work with both sexes, but a group of women may enjoy it even more 🙂 Please let me know how it goes.
      All the best,
      Kieran

  5. As always, a well crafted lesson. Thank you Kieran!
    Suitable for both genders.

    (I came to your talk in Salamanca, was inspired.)

    1. Hi Cleona,
      Thanks a lot for commenting. I’m really happy that you like the lesson and that you enjoyed the session in Salamanca so much 🙂
      All the best,
      Kieran

  6. Absolutely moving! One of my favourites so far and a constant discussion in our classes. I love it! Thanks!

    1. Hi Anita,
      You’re very welcome. I’m happy you like it so much 🙂
      All the best,
      Kieran

  7. Maybe a follow up with a male version, from toddler to boy to rebel teen, to college student to dad to old man. Then if watched side by side, students can use the film and using comparisons and contrasts or maybe I will get my kids to discuss the differences on their own and do their own little real version for the men and record themselves with their phones. How fun would that be!!! Nonetheless as I said before I love it!!! I’ve forwarded it to all of my colleagues because it’s so great!

    1. Hi Anita,
      That’s great idea! If your students make own male version, please send it to me!
      Cheers,
      Kieran

      1. Love that idea, Anita!

        If you look at some of the “how it was made” clips you’ll realise that actually making an animation is gonna impossible (?) but as a topic for discussion, it’s brilliant!

  8. Hey! The lesson plan seems to be really interesting! I’m to teach a middle-aged woman tomorrow morning. So I guess, she’s gonna love it!
    I’d also like to ask for some clues on the “useful vocabulary” I’d like to give it to her before she starts speaking
    Thanks a lot!

    1. Hi Nastia,
      Thanks very much for commenting. I’m not really sure what you mean when you ask for clues on the useful vocabulary.
      All the best,
      Kieran

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