Do your students have opinions about assisted suicide and the right to die? If you enjoy using authentic materials in the classroom and your students are interested in talking about real-life issues, have a look at this CBC article and video (with transcript) about a Canadian woman who was suffering from a rare disease called multiple system atrophy. Susan Griffiths traveled to Switzerland where assisted suicide is legal. The day before she took her lethal cocktails, she recorded a message for the Canadian government.
“Just please, members of Parliament, get going on discussing making the end of people’s lives a lot easier than mine has been.” ~Susan Griffiths
Vocabulary and expressions from the video and article
Here are some collocations, expressions, and words that you may want to pre-teach before you show the video (also embedded below) and read the article and transcript:
- robbing someone of something
- settle in
- temper the taste
- for heaven’s sake
- of sound mind
- for ages and ages
A Lesson Plan on the Right To Die
If your students are interested in this topic, you can also find a new Right To Die lesson plan in the ESL-Library. This Mini Debates lesson plan on the Right To Die features the story of Susan Griffiths and others who have traveled to Switzerland to die. Our Mini-Debates include a warm up, vocabulary review exercises, a reading, as well as discussion and debate questions. We also have a Famous People lesson plan on Dr. Kevorkian.