Mandela Day Digital Resources

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 04 June 2018 > Webpicks

Mandela Day, 18 July, is a United Nations International Day in honour of Nelson Mandela. The date is his birthday, and 2018 marks the centenary of his birth. As well as our Ready to Use Resource and BioBox quiz, here are some online resources for classroom use about Mandela Day. Our downloadable BioBox quiz is … Continue reading “Mandela Day Digital Resources”

Teaching With Film: Murder on the Orient Express

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 09 July 2018 > Webpicks

If you are using our Murder on the Orient Express Resource with your students, this introductory scene from the film is a great way to introduce the characters. It’s 9 minutes long but with limited dialogue and pupils should be reassured that they are not expected to understand every word. They should have a grid … Continue reading “Teaching With Film: Murder on the Orient Express”

Fight Plastic Pollution

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 07 June 2018 > Webpicks

The theme of World Oceans Day, 8 June, is the problems caused in the oceans by plastic pollution, a subject which is very much in the news at the moment. There are some great videos and teaching resources on this topic. And more to do in Plastic-Free July. This wordless video, “How will you celebrate … Continue reading “Fight Plastic Pollution”

Brontë Family Webpicks

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 04 July 2018 > Webpicks

The three Brontë sisters lived short, isolated lives in early nineteenth century England, but they produced some outstanding novels, in particular Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. The bicentenaries of their births are being celebrated from 2016 to 2020. To find out more about the Brontës, visit the Brontë Society site, which has information about each … Continue reading “Brontë Family Webpicks”

Frankenstein Online

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 17 May 2018 > Webpicks

There are lots of interesting online resources on Mary Shelley and Frankenstein to help you celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of her iconic novel. Here’s a selection. Why not start a sequence on Frankenstein with our downloadable “Who Am I?” quiz about Frankenstein’s monster? (Right-click once the link opens and choose “Save As” … Continue reading “Frankenstein Online”

Juneteenth Webpicks

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 01 June 2018 > Webpicks

Juneteenth is an American celebration marking the end of slavery, when news of the Emancipation Proclamation finally reached the last U.S. state, Texas on June 19, 1865.  Read more about the history and traditions of Juneteenth in our article. If you would like to introduce your pupils to the event, these resources will help you. … Continue reading “Juneteenth Webpicks”

Teaching about Child Labour

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 07 June 2017 > Webpicks

For the United Nations World Day Against Child Labour on June 12, or any other time you want to discuss this important topic in class, here are some teaching resources for different levels. The Australian NGO Worldvision has a teaching resource on child labour with downloadable worksheets and photo stories. Several of the topics have … Continue reading “Teaching about Child Labour”

Teaching About Fair Trade

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 05 May 2017 > Webpicks

France is celebrating la Quinzaine du commerce équitable from 13 to 28 May. Fair Trade Fortnight has just finished in the UK and the Fairtrade Foundation has some great films and lesson plans that make it easy to discuss Fair Trade with your classes. The schools site has a range of films and other teaching … Continue reading “Teaching About Fair Trade”

Teaching About Windrush

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 17 May 2018 > Webpicks

The 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush in the UK, and the current scandal about the treatment of the children of the Windrush Generation, give an opportunity to look at the experiences of Commonwealth immigrants to the U.K.  This is a nice simple explanation of the Windrush generation from the BBC children’s … Continue reading “Teaching About Windrush”

Gun Control Teaching Resources

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 28 February 2018 > Webpicks

After the terrible school shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Texas, gun control is once again very much in the news. Here are suggestions of ways to broach this topic in class. The Parkland students have been very active in calling for greater gun control and safety in schools (see our … Continue reading “Gun Control Teaching Resources”