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Rudyard Kipling - The White Man's Burden


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Time perspective: 45 minutes
Working method: Individual work, pair-work or group work
Product: Oral discussion (1.), written analysis (2.)

In 1899, Indian writer Rudyard Kipling wrote what would become his most famous poem The White Man's Burden . The poem originally commented on the United States' war with the Philippines, but the idea is rooted in a much deeper ideology, imperialism.

1. Describe the image below to each other in pairs or take turns in the group. Who are the people in the image and what is the meaning of the words on the stones?

2. Analyse the poem. Your analysis must focus on the message of the poem as well as a couple of other focal points from poetry analysis.


George Orwell's Final Warning

The video in this assignment is taken from The BBC documentary Orwell: A Life in Pictures (2003), in which a re-created George Orwell shares one final warning.

a. Research George Orwell and find out what Nineteeen Eighty-Four (1949) is about.
b. Comment on George Orwell's final warning in approximately 200 words. Your comment must make use of present perfect tense on at least one occasion, include at least one comparative adjective as well as one uncountable noun.

George Orwell - Shooting an Elephant


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Time perspective: 40 minutes
Working method: Individual work, pair-work or group work
Product: Analysis

In 1938, George Orwell released the essay Shooting an Elephant that recounts his experiences in Burma in the 1920s as an officer of the Imperial Police Force. Read the text and answer the questions at the end of the essay.

Mahatma Gandhi & Indian independence

Time perspective: 20 minutes
Working method: Group work
Product: Historical overview

The film in this assignment is entitled Mohandas Gandhi, the Power of Nonviolence (2020) was produced by NBC News Learn. Watch the video on Mahatma Gandhi and answer the questions below.

1. Who is Mahatma Gandhi?
2. Account for Gandhi's form of protest Satyagraha.
3. Which social class was Gandhi's dhoti associated with?
4. How did Gandhi utilise satyagraha in protests against unjust laws?
5. Comment on the Indian independence as presented in the clip.
6. A lot of meaningful quotes are attributed to Gandhi. Find your favourite Gandhi quote online and explain why.

Kachru's Model

Time perspective: 20 minutes
Working method: Pair-work
Product: Written reflection and/or class discussion

Research Kachru's circle and discuss why India is placed in the outer circle. You may also have to research and figure out what the term lingua franca is.


Leslee Udwin - India's Daughter (2015)

Time perspective: 60 minutes
Working method: Group work/Pair-work
Product: Written analysis intended for class discussion

Leslee Udwin's BBC produced documentary India's Daughter (2015) focuses on the case of Jyoti Singh and several controversial statements are featured. Discuss the statements in your groups/pairs and try to rank them based on intelligence. Start with the quote that you consider the most intelligent. Be prepared to argue for your decisions. Afterwards, decipher the type of documentary and analyse the film using how to analyse documentaries.

Time perspective: 75 minutes
Working method: Group work
Product: Creative products and/or written analysis

These are analytical and/or creative exercises for Danny Boyle's Academy Award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire (2008). You are required to choose and complete at least one of the assignments presented below. Click the images to open up more specific requirements for each of the assignments.