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C1 – Ridiculous Conspiracy Theories

Article-based ESL lesson which discusses eight bizarre and humorous conspiracy theories that have captured the public’s imagination. It covers theories like the belief in a flat Earth, the moon landing being faked, the Illuminati controlling world events, chemtrails as a form of poisoning, claims of Elvis and other figures being alive on Mars, denial of climate change, the idea of Bigfoot being a time traveler, and a theory that the government is hiding unicorns. The article emphasizes that while these theories may seem far-fetched, they continue to be a part of human fascination with hidden secrets and motives behind world events.

This is a flipped lesson. Not sure how to teach it? Click here for more instructions.

TypeLevelVocabularyReading timeLesson Time
Flipped LessonC1 / Advanced12 words3 min / 600 words60 min
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Teaching guide

This is a flipped lesson. Before class, students need to preview 12 vocabulary words from pages 4-5. Additionally, for a more in-depth discussion during class, encourage students to read the article on page 6 in advance.


  • Sanity
  • Debunk
  • Captivate
  • Proponent
  • Bizarre
  • Fabricated
  • Enduring
  • Mislead
  • Fossil fuel
  • Solitude
  • Hoax
  • Far-fetched


  • Lead-in 1
  • Lead-in 2
  • Vocabulary 1
  • Vocabulary 2
  • Article reading
  • Collocations
  • Matching
  • Popular biases
  • Quote
  • Role-play