Intermediate High/ Rachel’s Last Wish

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwbakfA_vLs

Click on the link above and you'll get a quick report of what Rachel Beckwith's legacy is about. This episode can be used to share stories of charities that had touched and inspired your families, and may spark discussions of water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes in the areas where millions lack safe water and where life is really intense, hard and messy. Scholars are learning so much about water related disease that it’s easy to forget that many still have no idea at all that more people in the world have a mobile phone than a toilet, and that lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every four hours.

Ask students to listen to a single phrase or a passage that is significant, or revealing. Translate everyone’s phrases from this episode to get them noticed. Put down the sentences in “focus.” Ask students unpack the meaning of each sentence, discuss how it linked to themes in the episode, and then think about what it tells us about charity (благотворительность), fund raising (сбор средств), world’s water supply (водоснабжение) and sanitation (санитария). In moving from specific to general, the students will stay closer to the text and begin to understand it before leaping to conclusions or judgments.  This method of listening makes students much more able and comfortable in applying background knowledge while discussing the problems. Notice that in the Russian news about accidents the most important information tends to be expressed at the beginning of the episode while the comments and general evaluation of the problem is given at the end of the video reportage.  

Focus on the getting main ideas having the following questions in mind:

1. How was Rachel inspired  to get involved into a giving campaign to bring clean water to Africa? 

2. What did she do for her ninth birthday in June 2011?

3. What happened a few weeks after her birthday?

4. Why this story was picked up by national news outlets?

5.  How was Rachel's project accomplished?

6. Where all the donated money was going?