Darwin Awards Lesson Plan (Upper-Intermediate ESL/EFL)

Note to Teachers: This lesson plan might be considered cruel by some students. Please pre-read and use your best judgement to determine if it's suitable for your class.

Download the Darwin Awards Lesson Plan (ESL) here: Darwin-Awards-Lesson-ESL-UppIntermediate-16102012.doc

Darwin Awards Lesson Plan (ESL): Upper-Intermediate

A lesson plan on the Darwin Awards

Darwin Awards Lesson Plan (ESL): Warm-up (Pair Work)

1) What are some of the stupidest things you have ever done?
2) How important is it to you (or your parents) that you pass on your genes, i.e. have children?
3) Have you ever had a near-death experience? (note: please avoid telling extremely sad stories)
4) What are potentially deadly things that you encounter every day?

Best of the Darwin Awards: Reading


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5 comments on “Darwin Awards Lesson Plan (Upper-Intermediate ESL/EFL)

  1. Andrew (Posted on 7-26-2014 at 14:05) Reply

    I have never seen a role play like this! Dare I use it?

    1. J (Posted on 2-2-2015 at 11:17) Reply

      I’m debating that myself! Good grief :P

      1. mb Post author (Posted on 11-22-2015 at 22:50) Reply

        Haha. When I wrote this lesson, I was living in the Czech Republic. Czechs have a great sense of humour so they enjoyed it! Of course, use your own discretion :)

  2. Dave (Posted on 9-28-2016 at 21:07) Reply

    Absolutely love it! Student B in the role-play really made me howl!
    I love the phrase ‘little did he know’. I’m imagining a follow up task – Write a short story with a twist

  3. Sorcha (Posted on 11-2-2016 at 14:24) Reply

    I have used this lesson countless times and the role play has always been hilarious. This is an excellent lesson in my humble opinion. Thanks!!!

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