Two downloadable lesson plans to celebrate International Women’s Day

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International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide every year on March 8th. It aims to raise awareness of the many issues still facing women around the world and celebrate women’s achievements at the same time.

The event has been running since 1908 and, in recent years, each event has had a specific theme. This year, the focus is on Balance For Better (#BalanceForBetter) – which aims to promote gender-balance in all aspects of society: the workplace and salaries, government representation, sports coverage, and so on.

To celebrate this special day, we have developed two lesson plans for you to download and use with your students. Both are suitable for A2+ – B1+ learners.

A classroom discussion

The first involves students holding a discussion in order to organize a local event to celebrate International Women’s Day. Students start by describing pictures showing ideas for events, categorize language to use in the discussion and finally, work in small groups to discuss the event.

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Talking with Hua Mulan

In the second lesson plan, students write and ask questions about Hua Mulan, a brave Chinese warrior who must fight in the army to protect her family. They complete a text about her life and then think of three questions they would ask if they interviewed her.

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Graded Readers for International Women’s Day

international women's dayTo find out more about Mulan, check out this Reader from our collection. Based on the popular Disney story, this story is both engaging and challenging for younger learners.

Disney Princess Mulan, a level 6 Reader with an MP3 pack, is available with teacher resources.

You can find more true-life Readers with strong women in our collection.


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For example, read the heroic story of a Jewish family trapped during the Second World War in Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl.

Follow Anne’s diary entries as she spends almost two and a half years hiding out in a small apartment.

This is a level 4 Reader, which also comes with an MP3 pack and teacher resources.



international women's dayOr check out Famous Women in Business to follow the success stories of five incredible women from the 20th Century, including Coco Chanel and Oprah Winfrey. You can also find the book Princess Diana on our website to learn more about her life story and the amazing work she did for people in need around the world.

This is a level 4 Reader, which also comes with an MP3 pack and teacher resources.

For more suggestions for unforgettable female characters, you can find more in our blog post 5 unforgettable female characters for International Women’s Day.

Which women from history, literary or real, do you most admire? Leave us a comment below!

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