Monday, September 22, 2014

Scotland says no to Independence. English lesson

It is a refreshing change that Scotland has voted to stay with the UK in their latest referendum.  Last Thursday saw a very high turnout of over 84% of the voters going to the polls.  That Scotland wants to stay with England shows that the voters feel that they will have a better life as part of a bigger country rather than trying to go it alone.

Read this article from Scotland and either write the answers to the questions or discuss them with your English teacher.

Key Terms:
clear margin
polling stations
conceded defeat 
 handful of results
comfortable majority
well-fought campaign
power being hoarded

What percentage of registered voters went to vote?
What was the winning percentage? 
Why is this important?
Why is the Deputy First Minister disappointed in the result?
Which districts voted Yes for independence? 
How does Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg feel about the results?
What is the next step for the UK and for Scotland?
What are  Lottery winners Chris and Colin Weir going to do now that Scotland is going to stay part of the UK?

What are the implications for other independence campaigns around the world?
Should the other separatists movements back down or not?
Are bigger countries more successful than small ones?
Should a country only have one ethnic group?

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English Teacher

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