• Inspirational English

Insight Friday-Graffiti Punished by Reading

Updated: May 2

Are you feeling overwhelmed because another weekend is coming up and instead of spending quality time with your family you're aware of the pile of tests you've got to check? Moreover, you want to implement some new ideas next week but inspiration does not seem to be on your side.

I know that feeling quite well. Working over 60 hours a week ( Yes, I'm deadly serious!) in two schools for eleven years back in my home country, pushed me to make lots of positive changes in my teaching regime.

FREE ESL/EFL lesson plan

Hey there,

Today I'd like to share with you a lesson plan that I did with my students whose level is B2+. It was inspired by the article Graffiti punished by reading - 'It worked!' says prosecutor I came across on the BBC website a couple of weeks ago. This is what I did:


Step 1

I showed this collection of graffiti that I took in Folkestone last weekend.

Download the images here

We discussed the following questions:

*What is graffiti?

*Do you like the graffiti in the pictures?

*Where can you see graffiti in your area?

*Do you think that graffiti is a form of art?

*When isn't graffiti art?

Step 2

I explained that they would read an article about a group of youngsters who wrote some rude graffiti on the walls of an old school for African-Americans during the period of segregation in America. I asked them what punishment they think the young offenders were given.

Then I handed out the text and asked the pupils to find out what exactly the crime was and how the prosecutor punished the young people. At this stage we ignored the gaps.

After checking the answers, I asked them to read the article more carefully and fill in the gaps with the missing sentences.

Download the handout here

Key- 1-c, 2-d. 3-e, 4-a, 5-f, 6-b

Step 3

I asked the students to discuss the following questions:

*Why did the prosecutor decide to hand out this punishment?

*How did the locals react to this form of punishment?

*Have you read any of the books on the list? What do they have in common?

*What other books would you add to the list?

*What impact did the reading assignment have on the offenders?

Step 4

Then I handed out the second worksheet which includes an extract from one of the youngsters' essays. The students had to fill in the gaps with the missing words.

Download the second handout here

Key- 1-in-depth, 2-symbol, 3-affected, 4-pain, 5-hateful, 6-oppression, 7-less, 8-equality, 9-ignorant

Step 5

Group discussion:

*What insights did the young person have after reading the books?

*Use examples from the essay to illustrate how the person's behaviour could change in the future.

*Which book has had a powerful effect on your mindset?


The students have to write an essay about a book which has had a great impact on them. Another option is to prepare a talk on the same topic.

Hope your students find the lesson as enjoyable and thought-provoking as mine.


Looking for more inspiring resources? Check out my special collection of "10 Empowering Lesson Plans"

The book includes the following lesson plans:

1. It is Achievable

2. Shine your Light

3. Stop Chasing Happiness

4. Acts of Random Kindness

5. The Black Dot

6. The Power of Words

7. The Wonders of Water

8. Who am I?

9. Try Everything

10. Being Authentic



Subscribe to the updates of the website here

in order to receive positive teaching tips

and lesson plans every month.


Follow INSPIRATIONAL ENGLISH on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn

Stay blessed till we meet again,

Marusya Price

99 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All