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How Caffeine Addiction Changed History

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Updated on: 02/23/2023

Lesson Time: 1–2 hrs.

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Lesson Description

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch an informational report about how caffeine addiction changed history, the impacts and effects of caffeine and drinking coffee, and caffeine's role in modern society. It includes discussion questions, and conversation and vocabulary activities about coffee and alcohol. Students then do some listening/viewing comprehension activities based on the video. The viewing follow-up includes two discussion activities, and activity about adjectives and verb + noun phrases used to describe the effects of coffee. There are additional 'Conversation & Debate Tasks', as well as a quiz & review and lesson reflection included.

Video Description

90% of the world's adults consume some form of caffeine everyday, making it the most widely used psychoactive drug on Earth. Michael Pollan, author of "This Is Your Mind On Plants," explains why. Michael goes into the history of coffee drinking, breaking down its origins and how it benefits humankind.

Lesson Activities

Coffee, Caffeine, Alcohol
Choosing Coffee/Alcohol, Impacts of Coffee Mind Map, True / False / Not given
Coffee/Alcohol Association, Adjectives, Verb + Noun Phrases
Conversation & Debate Tasks, Quiz & Review, Lesson Reflection

Lesson Topics

Coffee, Caffeine, Alcohol

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