Politics Has a Female Face: Famous Women Leaders

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Topic of the lesson
Politics has a female face
Objectives: SWBAT (students will be able to)
* Use proper vocabulary on the topic
* Be ready to discuss the problems of gender stereotypes in politics * Develop their critical thinking
* Express their thoughts and opinions in debates
* Develop their listening skills
Materials needed:
* Tapescript for the text for listening
* Handouts for reading and discussing
* Dictionaries
Time required: 90 minutes
The quotation of the lesson
"Whether women are better than men I cannot say, but I can say they are certainly no worse." - Golda Meir, PM of Israel The motto of the lesson “We can do it”

The procedure
I. Organization moment. Greeting (Організаційний момент. Привітання The lesson begins with a chant “Don’t worry, I’ll do it” by C.Graham in a form of dialogue. St.Don’t worry, I’ll do it
That’s a promise.
T.You will?
St.Of course, I will
I’ll do it. You’ll see.
That’s a promise.
T.Don’t forget!
St.Don’t worry. I won’t.
That’s a promise. You’ll see.
You can count on me.
II. Motivation. (Мотивація навчальної діяльності) You are hard-working and educated persons. Today I expect you to be active at the lesson, express your opinions and share your brilliant ideas on the topic. III. Introduction to the topic. (Підведення до теми уроку) Look at these pictures.

Do you know these people?
What are these women famous for?
What countries do they represent?
IV. Presenting the topic of the lesson. (Повідомлення теми і мети уроку). So, the topic of the lesson today is “Politics has a female face”. At this lesson we are going to enrich the vocabulary, to develop critical thinking, to discuss such question as political equality in different countries and to be engaged into debates about gender stereotypes. V. Warming-up.

2-minute debates. Instructions.
Form the pairs. Choose the topic for discussion.
With a partner, engage in these fun 2-minute debates. Students A firmly believe in the opinions on the left, Students B strongly support the opinions on the right. Express your opinions. Variant A A woman’s place is in the home

Vs.Woman can do whatever they like.
Variant BWomen are the best leaders.
Vs.Men have always been the best leaders.
Let’s listen to your opinions.
VI. The main part of the lesson
Thank you for your participating. Let’s talk about Ukraine. Are men and women equal in our country?
When did women get the vote in Ukraine?
Are there the same numbers of men and women in our country’s government? Has there ever been a female president/ prime minister in Ukraine? What examples of woman leadership do you know around the world? Sixty-nine women from fifty-two countries have been elected or appointed to serve as prime minister, president, or chancellor. In the US, only thirty-one women from twenty-three states have ever been governor. Seventeen women lead sixteen countries on six continents. The countries with women leaders are: Germany, Ireland, Finland (both president and prime minister), Liberia, India, Argentina, Bangladesh, Iceland, Croatia, Lithuania, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Australia, Kyrgyzstan and Slovakia. (Presentation “They can do it”)

Do you want to know more about famous women-leaders?
VII. Jig-saw reading.
Form the groups according to the rows you sit in.
1-st group reads about Margaret Thatcher
2-nd group reads about Angela Merkel
3-d group reads about Yulia Tymoshenko
Vocabulary. Underline any words you do not understand. In groups pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meaning. Text 1
Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher,( born 13 October 1925) served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. Thatcher is the only woman to have held either post. Margaret Hilda Roberts was born on 13 October 1925 to Alfred...
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