Use this lesson about creativity and innovation with secondary learners at CEFR Level B2. Access face-to-face classroom and online teaching versions of the materials. 

A man is sitting on a pile of books and looking at a laptop


This lesson was devised to mark World Creativity and Innovation Day on 21 April. However, it can be used at any time of the year, as this is not specifically mentioned.

The lesson begins by looking at what is involved in being creative, trying to expand this beyond the usual areas of art or creative writing.The students then do a reading activity where they match headings to sections of an article. They then identify the synonyms which enabled them to do this task and focus on the idea of avoiding repetition. They read the text again and discuss which ideas they personally find most useful. The lesson finishes with a creativity task, followed by a final discussion.

Learning outcomes:

  • Describe how a range of activities can be creative
  • Develop reading skills by reading an article about creativity for gist
  • Identify a range of synonyms to avoid repetition
  • Discuss ways of developing creativity

Age and level:

13-17 (B2)


50-65 minutes (face-to-face teaching)
60-80 minutes (online teaching)


The materials can be downloaded below. 

  • Lesson plan for face-to-face teaching
  • Lesson plan for online teaching
  • Presentation
  • Student worksheet
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Submitted by Mocharellita1973 on Sun, 03/22/2020 - 05:45

As usual the activities that British Council presents are outstanding as well as the work and elaboration of the lesson plans and worksheets. These devoted teachers have worked really heartwarming. I feel so grateful because thanks to them we as teachers try to innovate and learn from you.

Thank you for your positive feedback Mocharellita1973 - we're glad you find the resources on the site useful!


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Submitted by Jason Jixun M… on Thu, 04/18/2019 - 12:50

In my minds, crossing the subjects and bringing similar descriptions into comparisons and contracts are truly the creativity and innovation. We need to cultivate this habit of students, not only in subjects, but also in thinking skills. Tasks or art works, with new ideas, are what we can assess as results - how fresh they look like... whether or not they can change regular things or normal ways... Finally, encouragement and confidence are what aims we need to bring.

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