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Overcoming Adversity


This ESL lesson plan is designed around a short film and poem titled Today I Rise and the theme of adversity. Students learn vocabulary related to adversity, talk about adversity, watch a short film with no sound and try to work out its meaning, read a poem and discuss its meaning, analyse a short film, and reflect on the lesson.


Language level: Upper Intermediate (B2) – Advanced (C1)

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: Learning vocabulary related to adversity, talking about adversity, watching a short film with no sound and trying to work out its meaning, reading a poem and discussing its meaning, analysing a short film, and reflecting on the lesson

Topic: Adversity

Language: Vocabulary related to adversity and abstract nouns


Watch the short film.