The Life of youth
"Man is a social creature, that is he is used to living in
families, groups, communities, societies, organised on the
basis of some relationship."
Ps: I think that living of people in the society depends
on their behaviour, discipline, culture, following some
T: So what do you think we are going to speak about
Ps: We are going to speak about us i.e. young people.
T: Yes, the theme of our lesson is: "The Life of Youth:
A Problem or a Question to Decide".
T: We have three projects to be presented and discussed
in our today's lesson. As our life starts in the family, we
will start our work with the project "Parents and children".
And our first group takes the floor.
Project 1. The group of four students suggests their ideas about families.
PARENTS AND CHILDREN
P1: As it has been said we are going to speak about the life of Ukrainian youth.
Parents and children
lf kids do wrong, should
parents be punished?
kids be punished?
All children do their first steps in their families. That’s
why their life is influenced by their parents very much. And
first problems of young people appear in their families as
well. So, we are going to speak about the relations between
children and their parents.
When a child is born, for his parents, especially for his
mother, it means sleepless nights, restless days, children’s
illnesses, sacrifying her friends, interests and even career.
When children grow up, they don’t want their parents
interfere in their beliefs, hobbies and leisure. They don’t
want to obey the rules they were taught by their parents.
They want to go on their own way and find it difficult to
be responsible. They expess their self-indentity in clothes,
hair style and slang. They smoke, drink alcohol ‘and take
drugs believing that it is the road to independence. They
conflict with their parents and teachers, considering that
only equals in age can understand them. But nevertheless
they dream about an ideal family, about a good mother,
about a good father.
What is “a good mother”, “a good father” for you?
Ps: A good mother is patient and caring; she under-
stands the needs of her child, helps her child to meet his/her
Ps: A good father is a man who spends all his time
with his children.
An ideal family:
P2: Read the quotations of some famous people:
“For some people family is a shelter from vital prob-
lems, for others it is the theatre of the war Operations.”
“Family will always be the base of society.” (Balzac)
“An ideal family is an oasis of love and kindness in the
desert life evil.” (Shewelev)
“Family is the roof of life.” (Shewelev)
“Family is not a cell of the state. Family is the state.”
P3: Before this lesson we asked our classmates two
questions: “What do you think about, when you hear the
word ‘family’? What is an ideal family for you?”
We got 15 answers and everybody answered these ques-
tions in his or her way.
P4: Making our survey we distinguished 2 main prob-
lems in creating an ideal family. On the one hand, now
parents are not so strict as they used to be and most young
peOple have considerable amount of freedom.
Pl: On the other hand, all parents want to protect
their children from difficulties. A parents’ desire to shield
the child from life’s dangers and disappointments prob-
ably indicates very understandable concem. If your child
is overprotected, s/he may grow up feeling loved but may
also be too passive. This is not a good thing. Excessively
dependent children are at the mercy of others whether
they may be parents, teachers, or other children - their
self-esteem can be shattered easily.
P2: But there are thousands of homeless children. They
escape from their homes trying to cope with their difficul-
ties, they think that it is a proper way to solve all their
problems and they often do the wrong things. They don’t
understand that responsibility begins at home. So, if kids
do wrong should parents or kids be punished? We’d like
to show you a typical situation which can happen in any
family. And we’d like to listen to your opinions.
One day Ann came home and started shouting at her
A: Mom! Give me 500$ immediately!
M: Ann, calm down! What has happened?
A: It doesn’t matter! I need money! I need 500$!
M: But I can’t give you such sum!
A: Ifl don’t give it back tomorrow, you won’t see me
anymore! I will run away!
It turned out that Ann was gambling and lost 500$ playing
cards with her fiiends.
Who is right in this situation? Who should be punished?
Ann is family is rich and she always gets what she wants.
T: I am sure this problem can be solved. I’d like to
divide you into two groups. The first one will represent
Ann’s parents and the second one will represent Ann. (Each
group gives their answers.)
T: Our second group would like to take the floor. So
you are welcome!
KNOWLEDGE(The group of five students suggests their ideas about schooling.)
relations with teachers building
relations with code of conduct
cheating in exams uniform the freedom of speech
Project 3 “I and my leisure time”
P1: Our project is connected with me, with what I
do at my leisure time - when I am not at school and
with my parents.
(Three students tell what they do when they have free
time: go to the theatre, cinema, museums, discos and
explain why they like doing it.)
Pl: But some students don’t devote their leisure
time to music, literature or art. They have their ways
of getting as much entertainment as they can. Unfor-
tunately, it can lead to having problems with alcohol,
smoking, drugs. We would like you to listen to other
three stories and try to help to decide the problems of
(Three other students tell the class what led them to
problems with alcohol, smoking, drugs.)
T: We want to help these people that’s why we have
invited a doctor from a rehabilitation centre “Hope”.
Doctor: Good morning! My name is Lilia, I am a
doctor from a rehabilitation centre “Hope”. I came
here to listen to you and to give you some advice. As
we don’t have much time, we’ll speak only about smok-
ing, about other things we will speak with you at our
Centre. I guess you should know the functions of the
parts of our body and the effects of smoking on them.Look at this chart.
THE EFFECT OF SMOKING
Effects of smoking
Mouth and throat
Effects of smoking
The brain makes thinking
Nicotine affects a smoker’s brain. Tobacco smoke is a major cause of stroke.
Eyes enable people to see.
Smokers have a two to three times greater chance of developing cataracts, a leading cause of blindness.
Mouth and throat
The mouth and throat are the body’s entry points for getting in food and air.
Smokers are more likely to get periodontitis.
Lungs move air in and out of the body.
Smokers have more respiratory illnesses, including pheumonia, bronchitis, and colds than nonsmokers.
Heart pumps blood throughout the body.
Smoking causes atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. Most cases of stroke, coronary heart disease, and artery disease are caused by atherosclerosis.
Inside the stomach, acids and other gastric juices liquefy food before it goes into the small intestine.
Smokers are more likely to get peptic ulcers than nonsmokers. Smoking causes stomach cancer.
The pancreas is gland that regulates digestion by releasing enzymes into the small intestine.
Smoking causes pancreatic cancer
Doctor: So, you have got some useful information
about the harm made to your body by smoking. If you
don’t want to degrade, if you want to live a meaning-
ful life, we advise you to come to our centre where you
can get any help you need - this is the main step. The
next step is the following: you should care for your own
health and not to be lazy. You should do your morning
exercises with the windows wide open because they warm,
invigorate and purify your body; you should have a good
rest; you should be moderate in eating - eat the right
food and a lot of vitamins because healthful habits make A
healthy bodies; you should have positive thinking.
T: As we see the teenagers try to find their place in
the world. Psychologists say that the majority of young
people experience conflicts during this period of their
lives. They are changing rapidly both physically and
emotionally and they are searching for self-identity. As
their values are different from the ones of their parents,
they have difficulties in building their relationships with
them or they have problems at school which may lead
to taking alcohol or drugs, to skipping school or even to
running away from home. In the most extreme cases it
may lead to crime. Why is it so?
Ps: When children are brought up in the family, they
are taught certain rules and laws, which they have to
know to obey. In this way children come to understand
that there is no absolute freedom because their freedom
depends on the laws and rules of the society in which they
live. Thus, they are aware they will be punished if they
do wrong things: misbehave, tell a lie, skip school, steal
etc. The earlier children accept the rules of behaviour,
the easier and safer their life is.
T: The advice is encoded on the blackboard.
“To than better mistakes them it’s avoid correct
Answer: “It’s better to avoid mistakes than to correct
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