to develop students’ skills of working with the new text
to develop reading skills;
to provide students with additional information about Thanksgiving Day
to educate students to respect the culture and traditions of the USA.
Aids: a computer, a projector, power point presentation.
T: Good afternoon, dear students! How are you? I hope everybody is fine. So let’s start our lesson.
2. Introducing the topic
Today we shall talk about one of the most important holiday for Americans. It is Thanksgiving Day. And do it with the help of learning new words and reading the text.. It will help you to review the material you have studied at your English lessons and I hope you will get to know many new interesting things.
I. Match the words and the pictures
B C D E
Cornbread /Corn/ Indians /Pumpkin /Pumpkin Pie
II. Fill in the gaps with the words.
1.We put a candle into a____at Halloween.
2.Let”s play cowboys and_____?
3._____ grows in the field.
4._____ is bread made from corn.
5.A ____ is made from pumpkin.
III. Answer the questions. Read the story and check your answers.
1.Is Thanksgiving a British or an American holiday?
2.When do people celebrate Thanksgiving?
3.What do people do at Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving Day is a harvest festival. Traditionally, it is a time to give thanks for the harvest and express gratitude in general. It is a holiday celebrated primarily in Canada and the United States. The American Thanksgiving began as a feast of thanksgiving almost four hundred years ago.
In 1620, a religious British Puritan community sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to settle in the New World. They settled in what is now known as the state of Massachusetts.
Their first winter in America was difficult. They arrived too late to grow a rich harvest. Moreover, half the colony died from disease. The following spring the Iroquois Indians taught them how to grow corn. Indians showed them also how to grow other crops and how to hunt and fish.
In the autumn of 1621 they got a beautiful harvest of corn, barley, beans and pumpkins. The colonists had much to be thankful for, so they planned a feast. Local Indian chief and ninety Indians were present. The colonists learned from Indians how to cook cranberries and dishes of corn and pumpkins.
In following years many of the colonists celebrated the harvest with a feast of thanks. After the United States gained independence, Congress recommended one yearly day of thanksgiving for the whole country.
Later, George Washington suggested the date November 26 as Thanksgiving Day. Then, after the Civil war, Abraham Lincoln suggested the last Thursday in November to be the day of thanksgiving.
On Thanksgiving Day, family members gather at the house of an older relative, even if they live far away. All give thanks for everything good they have. Charitable organizations offer traditional meal to the homeless.
Foods, eaten at the first thanksgiving, have become traditional. The traditional thanksgiving meal consists of roast turkey stuffed with herb-flavoured bread, cranberry jelly, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie. Other dishes may vary as to region: ham, sweet potatoes, creamed corn.
Today, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Thanksgiving dinner is held on this day, usually as a gathering of family members and friends.
Americans of all religions celebrate this holiday with big dinners and family reunions. It is a time to remember all the good things in life and to be thankful. Turkey is a traditional Thanksgiving Day Food.
IV. Complete the sentences.
1. Thanksgiving Day is….
2. In 1620, a religious Puritan community sailed across…
3. The colonists learned from Indians how to cook cranberries ….
4. Later, George Washington suggested….
5. The traditional thanksgiving meal consists of roast turkey ….
6. Today, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in….
V. Circle the correct answer.
1. When did the settles have their first Thanksgiving?
a) In 1260 b) In1621 c) In 1620
2. What country were the settlers from?
a) Britain b) France c) Italy
3. When did American people celebrate the Thanksgiving?
a) On the second Monday b) On December 11th c) on the fourth Thursday of November
T: Students, today you worked really hard and deserve good marks.
T: Prepare information about interesting facts of Thanksgiving Day.