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Poems not proms: how to celebrate the end of secondary school?

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In England and America proms traditionally mark the end of secondary school. This year some schools postponed the proms to next year, others organised a barbecue instead and still others decided to let their proms take place but with safety measures. How would you like to finish this extraordinary school year? Let’s find out more!

Watch the video of 2.12 minutes (Source: Inside Edition).

Questions about the video:

  1. What characterises a traditional prom?
  2. Why were the parents very angry about the safety measures taken at a prom in New Hampshire?
  3. Were safety measures necessary in New Hampshire, USA?

Do you want to learn more about this topic? Read this article from The Guardian about alternatives for the prom.

Questions about the text:

  1. Which specific circumstances make it difficult to organise proms in England?
  2. What alternatives are found to replace the ‘rite of passage’ of the prom?
  3. How do teachers, students and parents respond to these alternatives?

Discussion questions:

  1. Which safety measures at a prom or other activity to mark the end of the school year would be acceptable in your opinion?
  2. How would you like to finish this school year?

 

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