Socialism: Entire Class Fails (Upper-Intermediate Lesson Plan)

ESL Level: Upper-Intermediate
Lesson Topics:  Socialism, Capitalism, Communism
Skill Focus
: Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary
Lesson Plan Download: socialism-lesson-upper-intermediate-01122021.docx
Approximate Class Time: Two hours


  1. Teachers, your students must understand the basic concepts of capitalism, socialism, and communism for this lesson to work. Note: This is not designed to be an anti-socialism lesson plan; the meme in this lesson is based on a misunderstanding of what socialism is. Ideally your students can realize that and criticize/discuss it.
  2. Students, this lesson was made for English teachers. However, feel free to read the lesson and leave your answers to the questions in the comment area below.

A college classroom

UPPER-INTERMEDIATE Lesson Plan on Socialism: Warm-up (Pair Work)

  1. When you were in college or high school, did students often fail courses? In your experience, what usually causes people to fail?
  2. Do you enjoy participating in group projects? How do you manage groupmates who don’t want to work hard?
  3. How do capitalism, socialism, and communism differ?

Reading: Teacher Fails Entire Class (Meme)

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2 comments on “Socialism: Entire Class Fails (Upper-Intermediate Lesson Plan)

  1. ConcernedCitizen (Posted on 12-7-2021 at 08:24) Reply

    Jesus man, normally I love your stuff but this displays a r/jordanpeterson take on socialism. It’s mega cringy.

    1. mb Post author (Posted on 12-7-2021 at 10:08) Reply

      The allegory is completely false, obviously. That’s the point — you use it for discussion. (I didn’t think I’d need to state that — I’ve added a note in the foreword to make it more obvious.)

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