English with Jeff: Summer 2021, Week#1

Week#1 Topics: Summer’s Here!, Setting Goals, & Free Speech of Students

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English with Jeff – Week#1 Materials

Summer’s Here!

Summer Solstice Readings & Videos

Summer Discussion Questions

  1. What are your favorite summer memories from childhood?
  2. What were your most memorable summers?
  3. What do you like most and least about summer?
  4. Are there any special foods you like to eat in summer?
  5. Do you associate any sounds or smells with summer?
  6. Are there any songs that remind you of a particular summer?
  7. Does your country have any unique summer traditions?
  8. Does your family have any special summer traditions?
  9. What are your favorite indoor and outdoor places to be in summer?
  10. What is your ‘song of the summer’ this year?
  11. What are your plans for this summer?
  12. How is Covid-19 affecting your summer?

Share your favorite summer memories on Flipgrid

Summer Songs

Summer Viewing (TV Shows/Movies)

  • 500 Days of Summer
  • Friends (The One at the Beach)
  • Jaws
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Sex & The City (Twenty-Something Girls vs. Thirty-Something Women)
  • Sideways

Goal Setting

Different Approaches & Resources

Goal Discussion Questions

  1. What are some goals from the past that you achieved and didn’t achieve?
  2. Do you have any special approach for achieving your goals?
  3. Do you usually set small realistic goals or big ‘aim for the stars’ goals?
  4. Are your goals usually ‘SMART’? (Specific, Measurable,  Attainable, Relevant, Time Bound)
  5. If you fall short of a goal, do you usually give up or keep trying?
  6. Do you think it’s better to set a goal and fail or not set a goal at all?
  7. Do you think it’s possible to be too goal-oriented?
  8. What are the most important factors that determine whether someone achieves their goals or not?
  9. What time of day are you most productive?
  10. What else affects your productivity – food, drink, relationships, health, other?
  11. What do you like or dislike about the Miracle Morning Approach?  Do you think it would work for you?
  12. What are your ‘SMART’ goals for this summer?
  13. What are your long-term life goals?


Share your Summer 2021 Goals:  Padlet    Flipgrid 


Student Free Speech

Discussion Questions

  • Where do you think schools should ‘draw the line’ on student free speech?
  • What is OK for students to say while in school?  What is acceptable? What is not acceptable?
  • Do you think schools have the right to take any action against students for what they do outside of school or online?
  • How should rights change based on age?
  • What free speech rights do teachers have? Should they be able to complain about students or school administration?
  • Have you ever felt like your free speech rights have been violated?
  • Have you ever crossed any free speech lines?

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