I came up with this lesson for the English teachers based on a quote about leadership and a clip from the movie ‘Invictus.’ It includes the lesson plan and a handout for the students.

{Lesson Plan}

Invictus: Listening & Speaking

(5 min.)            Warm up: Discuss the quote.

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, they will say: we did it ourselves.” –Lao Tzu (Chinese Philosopher)

What makes a good leader? Why? How does a leader inspire others?

(5 min.)            Sentence Ordering: Nelson Mandela Bio

Nelson Mandela is one of the most respected people in the world. For countless reasons he is a huge hero. He is a person we can all learn many lessons from. He has seen almost everything in his nine decades, from being tortured to becoming president of the country he loves. He retired in 1999 but continues to travel the world helping people.

Nelson was born in 1918 into a South Africa that was divided along black and white racial lines. He says he had a wonderful childhood. He first learned of the terrible apartheid system when he studied to become a lawyer. This led to his involvement in the African National Congress (ANC), which he later became the leader of.

The South African government did its best to keep Mandela from spreading his message of equality for blacks and racial unity. It put him in prison for 27 years. He became famous around the world as an icon of the struggle for freedom in South Africa. Rock stars, actors, politicians and ordinary people campaigned to free him and end apartheid.

Mandela was released from prison in 1990 and the world rejoiced. His never-ending hope, energy and enthusiasm won him the hearts of millions. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. A year later, he was elected to be his country’s first ever-black president. Today, he is still hard at work offering advice about global problems.

(4) He became famous around the world as an icon of the struggle for freedom in South Africa.

(1) He has seen almost everything in his nine decades, from being tortured to becoming president of the country he loves.

(6) Today, he is still hard at work offering advice about global problems.

(5) His never-ending hope, energy and enthusiasm won him the hearts of millions.

(2) Nelson was born in 1918 into a South Africa that was divided along black and white racial lines.

(3) He first learned of the terrible Apartheid system when he studied to become a lawyer.

(10 min.)            Fill in the Gap: Movie Plot

Explain the vocabulary from the handout.

On February 11, 1990, Nelson Mandela was released after being imprisoned for twenty-seven years on Robben Island in South Africa. In 1994, he was elected President of South Africa and tried to unite his nation that was divided by the Apartheid. Because of his love of the game, Mandela places his support behind the Springboks, the national rugby team. South Africa is hosting the 1995 Rugby World Cup, that being the only reason the Springboks are competing in the tournament as its years on the sideline of world rugby events has not made it world ranked. The Springboks were previously considered the team of white South Africa, and as such were denounced by Mandela when he was in prison. But he does whatever he can to make it the team of all of South Africa. He needs the support of the Springboks and its captain, François Pienaar, to achieve his unrealistic goal of the Springboks winning the World Cup, even against such rugby powerhouses as the All-Blacks representing New Zealand. Mandela tries to inspire Pienaar to lead by example, much like Mandela has himself.

(15 min.)            Movie Clip Questions: 42.25-52.16 (play with subtitles)

Explain the following words/idioms that appear in the clip:

Sir

They’re lining their pockets

Hooligans

Bleak

Talking to a brick wall

1) Soccer

2) He brought some back from his visit in England

3) Ankle

4) Just milk

5) By example

6) By using the work of others

7) A poem

8) Put on a song

9) Barcelona

10) They must all exceed their own expectations

(5 min.)            Wrap up: Discussion

1)   In the movie, Francois says: “You never really play at a hundred percent, no matter what.” President Mandela responds by saying: “In sports as in life.” Do you agree with this? Why?

2)   President Mandela asks Francois: “What is your philosophy on leadership? How do you inspire your team to do their best?” and Francois replies: “I’ve always taught to lead by example.” When have you learned something by example? Do you think this was more effective than someone telling you what to do?

{Student Handout}

Sentence Ordering: Nelson Mandela Biography

(   ) He became famous around the world as an icon of the struggle for freedom in South Africa.

(   ) He has seen almost everything in his nine decades, from being tortured to becoming president of the country he loves.

(   ) Today, he is still hard at work offering advice about global problems.

(   ) His never-ending hope, energy and enthusiasm won him the hearts of millions.

(   ) Nelson was born in 1918 into a South Africa that was divided along black and white racial lines.

(   ) He first learned of the terrible Apartheid system when he studied to become a lawyer.

Gap Fill: Movie Plot—Invictus

achieve (v.) – to accomplish (lograr)

Apartheid – system of racial segregation laws in South Africa from 1948-1994

denounced (adj.) – denied (denunciado)

elected (adj.) – chosen as a leader (elegido)

imprisoned (adj.) – in prison (encarcelado)

powerhouses (n.) – people/things that always win, especially in sports (slang)

released (adj.) – given freedom (libertado)

rugby (n.) – a style of football (soccer) mostly played in Great Britain

sideline (n.) – outside limits of a sports pitch (field), colloquially: on the outside (línea lateral)

support (n.) – encouragement/approval (apoyo)

tournament (n.) – a series of games to determine a winner (torneo)

On February 11, 1990, Nelson Mandela was __________ after being imprisoned for twenty-seven years on Robben Island in South Africa. In 1994, he was _________ President of South Africa and tried to unite his nation that was divided by the Apartheid. Because of his love of the game, Mandela places his ___________ behind the Springboks, the national _______ team. South Africa is hosting the 1995 Rugby World Cup, that being the only reason the Springboks are competing in the _________________ as its years on the _____________ of world rugby events has not made it world ranked. The Springboks were previously considered the team of white South Africa, and as such were ______________ by Mandela when he was in prison. But he does whatever he can to make it the team of all of South Africa. He needs the support of the Springboks and its captain, François Pienaar, to _______________ his unrealistic goal of the Springboks winning the World Cup, even against such rugby ____________________ as the All-Blacks representing New Zealand. Mandela tries to inspire Pienaar to lead by example, much like Mandela has himself.

Questions: Movie Clip—Invictus

1) What is a gentlemen’s game played by hooligans?

2) What did the President do when he found out his assistant liked English toffee?

3) President Mandela asks Francois about which body part?

4) How does Francois like his tea?

5) How does Francois inspire his team to do their best?

6) According to President Mandela, what is the best way to inspire those around us?

7) Where did President Mandela find inspiration when he was imprisoned on Robben Island?

8) What does Francois have the bus driver do on the way to a match?

9) Where were the 1992 Olympics?

10) What does President Mandela say is necessary to build the nation?

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