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Ismocracy 2.0
Ian Kime
July 21, 2021

Ismocracy 2.0


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Another facelift! If you ever used the original Ismocracy resource, you might have noticed that it definitely wasn’t made for online lessons. It was all about cutting things out and playing with little pieces of paper. Not any longer! Here is an online-friendly version of the resource ready to use today.

Personally, I am currently recommending Google Jamboard for all your online lessons no matter which teleconferencing platform you are using. I like it because I can set up different frames for different pairs or groups. Then, I just assign the frame for whichever group (or breakout room) I want. After an activity is finished, you can ask your students to check each other’s work or you can move everyone to a single frame and begin working together.

You can use this activity to accompany a lesson plan or authentic material concerning politics or ideologies or go right into the activities without any build-up.


Display page 1 of the PDF or copy and paste page 1 from the JPG folder onto your Jamboard or virtual whiteboard. Have your students follow the directions at the top. Try to keep the conversation focused on facts rather than opinions! Play the curious foreigner.

Activity 1 

Put the students in pairs or small groups. Then, either display page 2 of the PDF or copy and paste page 2 from the JPG folder onto your virtual whiteboard. If you are using Jamboard or multiple boards, then create a new frame with a blank page 2 for each group. Then put them into breakout rooms. Next, tell your students to match the words on the right with the images on the left.

When they finish, let them check each other’s answers. Then, share page 3 with all of the answers. If you have time, ask the question found on page 3 to your students as a class.

Activity 2

Put students in pairs or small groups. Set each pair up with a copy of page 4, or share it with the group. Students will use the ism’s and ocracy’s from page 3 to create their own political party by completing the table. In the first box they place their 3 words from page 3. You can let them choose themselves or assign them a fun mixture yourself. For example, wizardocracy, altruism and monarchy.

Give them plenty of time to talk in their groups and come up with a complete idea. Then, groups will present their political parties to the class.

Supplementary activity

If you have more time leftover you could follow the directions on page 5. Here, groups will use their political party’s ideas to help them write a speech for their party’s president concerning one of the occasions found in the box on the left. They can only choose one!

Give them plenty of time to write their speech with the help of the parchment on the right of the page. Then, groups will elect their president to give the speech to the rest of the class.

Ian Kime

Ian Kime

I have been teaching English abroad since receiving my CELTA certificate in Poland in 2018. I enjoy tracking my individual students’ development but love having lessons with big groups! Now that I teach online, I am accompanied by my sidekicks Olaf, Mała, Pirate and Bandit on a regular basis.


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