For beginning level students, a Google Slide presentation of regular verb activities we do to celebrate Thanksgiving as a family. (You might want to add a slide, “We watch football games!) Use the language prompts to generate conversation. (Who cooks at your house? Do you cook? What do you cook? Does your husband cook? What does he cook? Do your children cook, too? What do they cook? What time do you cook? Etc. Don’t forget to have your students ask you questions. (Be sure to include negative questions and responses as well as short answers to the students’ questions.)
Click on the picture for a very complete lesson from Pear Deck, which teaches the history of Thanksgiving while developing all the major language skills. Many of the writing exercises could be done orally individually or with partners.
These cartoons are great for eliciting conversation with the high-intermediate and advanced students and for gaining insights into their cultural awareness. Why do the students think these cartoons are humorous to Americans? Would they be equally funny in other cultures? Are they offensive in any way? Are they relevant to any current issues in the world? If so, do they express a viewpoint? What can they imagine might have happened prior to the event in each picture? What might have followed? Might there be a different punch line? Are the cartoons absurd or realistic? Why are they connected to the Thanksgiving holiday? Elaborate. What would the students suggest as an idea for a cultural cartoon?
This Slideshare.net post is shared by jagsombrero and designed to help people new to the United States understand this beautiful American holiday called Thanksgiving. It includes a bit of history, photos of many of our traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu items (which make lovely leftovers), and a few of the activities that we enjoy before and after dinner such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and the football games that have also become a part of our traditions. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is the busiest shopping day of the year for people to get special sale prices and a head start on their holiday gift shopping. A heated topic this year is whether stores should be open for shopping on Thanksgiving evening. Many people argue that Thanksgiving is a family holiday that should be celebrated at home, while others believe that people should have the option to go out shopping if they desire. For more on that, see Today.
Thank you to jagsombrero for sharing this presentation.
For some delicious Thanksgiving recipes, visit Pinterest.