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Teaching activity

Lesson idea on Ukraine for global politics - with synopticity

Mike McCartney

28th February 2022

Watched a great lesson this morning by one of my colleagues, Mr Martin

The lesson was based on an article by John Harris in the Guardian.

Spec coverage: party funding; liberalism; conservatism; emerging powers; types of power.

See: The fight for Ukraine is a fight for liberal ideals. So how can Boris Johnson possibly lead it? | John Harris | The Guardian

The lesson starter was a prompt involving the cartoon and two minutes to think about (discussing with partner) what the cartoon meant. Students excelled themselves by correctly inferring al the cartoon's contents.

Then students read the article, as directed by Mr Martin, to look for evidence of bias.

Questions for consideration, which led to a classroom debate that took up the rest of the lesson were:

  • How does the article suggest Boris Johnson is not a good candidate for confronting Putin?
  • To what extent do you agree with the author that the government’s ‘sound and fury threatens to amount to a flimsy and cynical performance’?

Mike McCartney

Mike is an experienced A-Level Politics teacher, author and examiner.

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