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Halloween and Day of the Dead

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Holidays around the world

  • 60 min
  • In class
  • Reading
  • B1, B2


Lesson Objectives

  • Understand and respond to an authentic article about a major festival
  • Use a variety of reading strategies effectively

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria

  • Identify the main ideas in the article
  • Choose the correct definitions for new words based on their use in the article
  • Correctly answer questions about the content of the article
  • Relate the content of the article to your own experiences or opinions

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Activities (13)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions.


Teacher notes

No teacher notes.

 

Warm up 1

Warm up 1

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to activate students' knowledge of Halloween.

The items in the picture are all connected with Halloween. Encourage students to discuss why they think the symbols and images in the picture are associated with Halloween (they are mainly related to death and things that frighten us, which is what the celebration of Halloween has come to represent).

 

Warm up 2

Warm up 2

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to generate discussion about students' opinions of Halloween.

Run this activity as a class poll to get students’ responses to the question. Then discuss as a class.

Culture notes

Halloween is observed on 31st October in many countries. The name Halloween is a contracted form of All Hallow’s Eve, which traditionally was a festival to remember the dead.

 

Lead in 1

Lead in 1

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Watch the first two minutes of the opening scene from the movie Spectre, and answer the questions in Lead in 2.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to prepare students for reading the article.

 

Lead in 2

Lead in 2

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Answer the questions about the video.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to prepare students for reading the article.

Encourage students to guess. The purpose of this activity is to generate discussion. It is not important if students get the answers wrong.

Suggested answers

 

Skim

Skim

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to understand the main ideas of the article.

Have students read the statements before reading the article. They may need to read the article more than once. Explain how to skim the text, or have students read the reference material 'Skimming'.

 

Language

Language

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Find the key language within the article. Then match the definitions to the words.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to define some of the key language in the article.

Tell students not to use their dictionaries in this activity.

 

Practice

Practice

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Support activity


Student instructions

Choose the correct words to complete the text.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise using the words from the Language activity in context.

 

Apply

Apply

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to give students freer practice in using the key language.

 

Comprehend

Comprehend

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Read the article again and answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise reading for comprehension.

Any answers that are close to the model answers are acceptable.

 

Respond

Respond

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Read the article again and discuss the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to give students the opportunity to react to the ideas from the text according to their own opinions and experiences.

Extension

Students could have a class debate about one of the questions.

 

Follow up

Follow up

Recommendations

  • 10 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Challenge activity


Student instructions

No instructions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to research another ancient festival in order to learn about the symbology behind it, and its history.

After students have finished researching, have them present their findings to other students in the class.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Individual
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to reflect on what they learned and what they found difficult in the lesson.

Have students answer the questions in as much detail as they can.

 
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