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.


Worksheet 1250.07 KB
Worksheet 2245.59 KB
Worksheet 3267.49 KB
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Hi Alberto

I have updated the lesson plan to include the answers for the tasks on Worksheet 2. Students can check the answers for the task on Worksheet 3 from the original texts (worksheet 1).

Hope that helps and that you enjoy the lesson.


TE Team

Submitted by laurared on Fri, 03/09/2018 - 15:21


Thank you very much for the lesson plan and worksheets. I could use them in a face-to-face conversation lesson with a 16-year-old who really appreciated it. The adequacy for the time of year is perfect (it was International Women's Day yesterday) but it can also be used in different situations. Very interesting and thought provoking!

Submitted by Myen on Sat, 03/05/2016 - 22:01


Thank you so much for your great resource, which is in time for International Women's Day.

Submitted by jan beesley on Wed, 03/02/2016 - 12:29


Great resource, thanks, with a good variety of possible uses. Also, though relevant to Women's Day, can obviously be used at any time through the year.

Hi Jan - thank you for the great feedback. We hope you enjoy using the lesson plan. Paul

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