This week is mother's day in the U.S., so our topic this week is family and ancestors. We talked about our own families and many topics revolving around those who are nearest and dearest to us.
Learners can try a Randall's Listening Lab activity about Our Family Roots or an ESLPod episode about Getting Along with the Family.
For original version, you could watch a TED Talk, such as The Family I Lost in North Korea and the Family I Gained.
Learners can read an article about how more fathers are staying at home in the U.S.
For original version, read on of David Sedaris' article Now We Are Five or the Man Who Mistook his Hat for a Meal.
Try one of these writing prompts based on family:
1. Recall and write a detailed account of your most embarrassing moment with your mother, step-mother, or other mother like figure.
2. Describe the time around the moment you realized that your mother and father were in fact not perfect or normal.
3. Write a story of your older brother or sister beating you up or you beating up a younger brother or sister. If it never happened, make it up.
4. Describe this event: finding out the true nature of Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny and your first confrontation with your parents afterward.
5. In a detailed manner, write about the day of and the day after your little brother or sister was born.
6. Evaluate your place with your entire family. The starving artist? The slacker? The underachieving genius? Label your role and start labeling the other members of your family as well. Explain the labels.