ESL Lesson Plans and Resources for International Women's Day

International Women's Day Lesson PlanMarch 8th is International Women’s Day. In fact, in some parts of the world, the entire month of March is dedicated to women. Will you be covering this theme in your classroom this month? Our International Women’s Day lesson plan is available in our Holiday section. In this intermediate lesson, students learn a brief history about the holiday, and discuss roles and rights of women around the world. The lesson includes an information gap pair activity and a list of fun idioms and expressions, such as “glass ceiling” and “be on equal footing”. Check out the podcast that goes with our Women’s Day lesson plan.

In addition to our Women’s Day lesson plan, we have collected a number of related lessons from our library that you may want to use throughout the month. If you have any suggestions for other amazing women who deserve to be featured in our lesson plan library, let us know!

Gender Roles

Gender Roles Lesson PlanGender Roles: Discussion Starters – Our Discussion Starters lesson plan on gender roles is a fun topic to try this month. The nuclear family has changed. In many parts of the world, households are now dual income. Is it true that we have what we don’t want and we want what we don’t have? This lesson plan will get your male and female students talking!

14 Women to Celebrate for Women’s Day

Gloria Steinem Lesson PlanGloria Steinem: Famous People – This famed American author is best known for her work on obtaining equal rights for women. Gloria Steinem is a great figure to learn about for Women’s Day!

Maya Angelou Lesson PlanMaya Angelou: Famous People – Maya Angelou is a well-known American poet, writer, actress, lecturer, and civil rights activist. Her efforts to improve conditions for women have helped change the lives of thousands.

Oprah Winfrey Lesson Plan Oprah Winfrey: Famous People – Oprah was the first African American female billionaire. The Oprah Show became one of the top TV shows of all time. One of Oprah’s special projects is keeping children safe from abuse.

Coretta Scott King Lesson PlanCoretta Scott King:  Famous People – Coretta Scott King was the widow of Martin Luther King, Jr., the 1960s American civil rights leader. After his death she continued to work for equal rights for all people.

Rosa Parks Lesson PlanRosa Parks: Mini Bios – Rosa Parks played an important role in the Civil Rights Movement in the US. On December 1st, 1955, a white bus driver asked her to give her seat up to a white man. Unlike the other black people on the bus, Rosa Parks said “No!”. Podcast here.

Amelia Earhart lesson planAmelia Earhart: Mini Bios – Amelia Earhart was the first woman pilot to fly over the Atlantic by herself. She became a national heroine. Next, she wanted a bigger challenge. She wanted to fly around the world.

argaret Thatcher Lesson PlanMargaret Thatcher: Famous People – In this lesson, students learn about British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. They find out why she is called the Iron Lady, and think about nicknames for other historic figures. Podcast here.

Joan of Arc Lesson PlanJoan of Arc: Mini Bios – When Joan was about 17 years old, she dressed in boy’s clothes and went to visit the dauphin. She told the dauphin that God spoke to her. She told the dauphin that she could fight the English and win.

Friday Kahlo Lesson PlanFrida Kahlo: Famous People – At the age of 18, Frida Kahlo suffered serious injuries in a bus crash. During her recovery she painted a self-portrait, the first of many that would record events and emotions from her life.

Queen Noor: Famous People – For more than 20 years, Queen Noor has worked to improve the lives of people in Jordan. She has been especially interested in the health of women and children in Jordan.

Anne Frank Lesson PlanAnne Frank: Mini Bios – When Anne Frank, a German-Jewish teenager, received a small red and white diary for her 13th birthday, she called it “Kitty”. She wrote while hiding in rooms above her father’s offices in Amsterdam. Podcast here.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Lesson PlanEllen Johnson-Sirleaf: Famous People – Liberia has many problems, but Johnson-Sirleaf is called the “Iron Lady” and many people hope that she can bring peace and prosperity to her country.

Mother Teresa LessonMother Teresa: Famous People – Mother Teresa was a revered Catholic nun who helped the poor, the sick, and the dying in India and around the world. Preview this lesson plan with our podcast.

Princess Diana lesson planPrincess Diana: Famous People –This beautiful princess of England was noted for both her charity work and her scandal-plagued marriage to Prince Charles. If your students are interested in talking about royalty, check out our jigsaw lesson plan also in the Famous People section.

Something To Talk About

Here are some discussion ideas we shared on our blog. You will find links to authentic materials in these posts.
Amanda Todd: Bullied Canadian Teen Dead at 15
Feminist Punk Band Found Guilty of Hooliganism
Is it True Women Were Born To Shop: Exploring Stereotypes
Bullied Bus Monitor Inspires Human Kindness
Lady Gaga: A conversation Piece
What Makes a Tearjerker: Why Adele’s Music Moves Us
Oprah Vs. Lady Gaga

Coming soon to our ESL theme-based collection: ESL Lesson Plans and Resources on Fashion and Beauty


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