Driving Project

1. Start in Class and finish at home:
Write a “Guide for the New Israeli Driver”. Include 10 driving rules

2. In class:
Write an opinion composition. Which of the 10 rules, in your opinion, is the most important? Choose one or two rules to write about.

Introduction: Discuss the rule you’ve chosen and say why you’ve chosen it.
Body: Give examples and explanations
Use connectors, divide your work into clear paragraphs, watch spelling, grammar and punctuation

3. At home:
Interview somebody who’s been in an accident. Write a report of this interview. GRADE THIS AS HOMEWORK

4. In class:
Group work (3-4 in a group): talk about your “most important rule” and about the interview you conducted. Write a report about each of the other three pupils’ work. (see “Group work report” handout)

5. At home:
Put your work together.


You don’t have to use a computer, so please don’t say “my printer didn’t work”.
Your project should include:

1.            Cover page                                                             …….points
2.            Table of contents                                                  …….points
3.            Introduction                                                          …….points
4.            The four parts of the project:                              …….points
i.              Guide for the New Israeli Driver
ii.             Opinion Composition
iii.            Interview
iv.           Group work report
5.            Conclusion and reflection – did this project make you more aware of road safety? Explain.                                              …….points
6.            Bibliography – Where did you find the rules? Where was the interview from?                                                                      …….points
7.                2-3 photographs (from the newspaper or the internet) with English captions written by you                                           …….points
8.            The project should be placed in a plastic folder THE ENGLISH WAY – i.e. from left to right.

Additional material:

Mid Term Break by Seamus Heaney

I sat all morning in the college sick bay
Counting bells knelling classes to a close.
At ten o’clock our neighbors drove me home.
In the porch I met my father crying –
He had always taken funerals in his stride –
And Big Jim Evans saying it was a hard blow.
The baby cooed and laughed and rocked the pram
When I came in, and I was embarrassed
By old men standing up to shake my hand
And tell me they were ‘sorry for my trouble’
Whispers informed strangers that I was the eldest,
Away at school, as my mother held my hand
In hers and coughed out angry tearless sighs.
At ten o’clock the ambulance arrived
With the corpse, stanched and bandaged by the nurses.
Next morning I went up into the room. Snowdrops
And candles soothed the bedside I saw him
For the first time in six weeks. Paler now,
 Wearing a poppy bruise on his left temple.
He lay in a four foot box, as in his cot.
No gaudy scars, the bumper knocked him clear.
A four foot box, a foot for every year. 

Why parents are scared to death when their teenagers drive

Not a week goes by without news of a teenager involved in a dangerous car accident. This week, the news focuses on a 17-year-old boy from Fitchburg, MA, who decided to flee the scene of his accident and died, cold and alone in the woods, a half-mile away from where his car hit a tree. No, it doesn’t just seem like teen car wrecks are always in the news; they actually are always in the news. Statistics from the Massachusetts RMV confirm the following:

Three of every ten 16-year-old drivers will be in a serious crash (32%).
Almost one of every five 17-year-old drivers will be in a serious crash (17%).
More than one of every ten 18-year-old drivers will be in a serious crash (13%).

Furthermore, according to the National Safety Council, more than 10 teenagers are killed in car crashes every day in the United States.

The Massachusetts Junior Operating License laws do their best to cover the bases by not allowing teenage passengers in the car for the first 6 months, and by establishing a 12:30 a.m. curfew. Government and parents also do their best to prepare young drivers with classes, road time and test preparation. However, it is the parents who lay awake at night when their teenage driver misses a curfew. Moreover, it is the parents who become distressed when their son or daughter is late coming home from school, or delayed when running that quick errand in the car.

So what can we do as parents? First, take the laws seriously. In conversations with parents of teens, it’s become obvious that not all parents enforce the passenger law or the curfew. If we, as parents, don’t take laws seriously, our children won’t either.   Second, we can use the RMV’s supplied Driver/Parent contract to help reinforce driving responsibilities and laws. Third, we can use every news story about teen car crashes as a communications opportunity. We can talk about speeding, distractions (cell phones, radio, etc.) and seat belts. But one thing is certain, we will still be spending the next few years worrying about our teenage drivers.


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