On August 24th, 79 A.D., Vesuvius blew its top, literally. Although most of the citizens of Pompeii had already left town, the volcano still claimed 2,000 lives and a further 1,500 from other towns. Since 1748, when excavations at Pompeii started, we have learnt a great deal about life in Roman times. We have also learnt that we are not as different as we might think from the people who lived in those times. Because the ash covered the city so quickly, it’s as if someone took a photo showing us the day-to-day routines of the time that are still so much a part of our lives today.
Writer Graham Greene was born one hundred years ago. For over sixty years he wrote novels, screenplays, poems, articles, plays, short stories and even travel books. His novels are written in a contemporary realistic style, often featuring characters troubled by self-doubt and living in seedy or rootless circumstances. The doubts are often of a religious nature, perhaps echoing Graham Greene’s own Roman Catholic beliefs. This week we celebrate the life of this man, one of the twentieth century’s most distinguished writers.
Nearly four hundred years ago, a group of 13 committed men devised a plan to blow up the British Parliament killing the king and all the politicians, something we may all have been tempted to try. However, these men may have succeeded in their dastardly plot had it not been for one man who just couldn’t keep a secret… Read all about it in this week’s worksheet.
Here we are again. Another Christmas and a brief break from all our wonderful students. This week’s lesson focuses on some Christmas vocabulary (in a wordsearch and a crossword) for lower level students. Merry Christmas and see you all in the New Year. There are two pages to print. Click here to get your copies.
What do the following all have in common: actor Russell Crowe, mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary (conqueror of Everest), the movie Lord of the Rings (and its director Peter Jackson) and the All Blacks rugby team? Answer: they were all made in New Zealand. This week New Zealand commemorates Waitangi Day (the country’s national day) on February 6th. Among the many things that New Zealand is famous for, it was the first country to grant women the vote. Many of us take the right to vote (suffrage) for granted but this week we focus on the courageous women who fought hard to achieve equal rights. And the battle doesn’t go as far back as some may think; Switzerland only achieved suffrage in 1971, while South Africa didn’t achieve it until as recently as 1994.
A song which had originally been published as Good Morning To You was published on March 4th 1924, under a new name, Happy Birthday To You. Since then it has become one of the most recognizable tunes in the world. But who wrote it? Check out this week’s worksheet and find out.
On April 18th, 1968, Robert McCulloch bought London Bridge. He dismantled it, shipped it back to the United States and rebuilt it in the middle of the Arizona desert. Lake Havasu City is now a thriving tourist resort and boasts a genuine antique as its centrepiece.
On May 31st, 1669, the London diarist Samuel Pepys wrote his last entry and on May 26th, 1703 he died. More than 150 years later, in 1859, Big Ben (the famous bell in the tower next to the Houses of Parliament) started operating. This week’s worksheet was just crying out to be about London. Enjoy the tour. There is one page to print. Click here to get your copy.
On July 2, 1961, Ernest Hemingway took his favourite hunting gun into his study and ended his life. This was a dramatic ending to a life full of action and adventure. Read on to find out more about the man, his books, his loves and his adventures.