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Unsung heroes

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This lesson, devised for International Women’s Day, will help to raise awareness of some not very famous, but nonetheless important, women.  


The lesson begins by asking students to think of well-known people that they consider to be heroes. It is likely that many of these will be men, so the students then go on to learn about 5 remarkable women in a jigsaw reading activity.

The students discuss these women’s achievements, and learn some useful vocabulary for talking about social issues. There is then a focus on relative clauses, before the final task of writing about another female hero, using the vocabulary and relative clauses where appropriate. For a 50-60 minute class the writing stage could be done at home.


  • To raise awareness of some relatively unknown remarkable women, for International Women’s Day.
  • To develop reading and speaking skills through a jigsaw reading activity.
  • To build learners’ vocabulary related to social issues.
  • To revise relative clauses.


Older teenagers and adults


CEF level B1+


50-60 minutes


The lesson plan and student worksheets can be downloaded in PDF format below.


Language level
Language Level: 
Intermediate: B1