Reading Skills: Holidays

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[Teacher tip: Some ready-made ESL/EFL lessons for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Passover, Easter, and Memorial Day are available at Suzan Moody's Holidays Web site at the University of Kansas:

The key to successful use of instructional technology, of course, is its integration into the curriculum. A reading by itself is not nearly as useful as one where the teacher introduces unfamiliar vocabulary, sets a task, and does follow-up activities in class.]

[Pre-task activities]
Vocabulary (intermediate)

[Add pictures and related vocabulary]











Vocabulary Discussion

Add a couple of questions related to the vocabulary, such as:

Have you ever seen a _____ ?

What do you do on [holiday]?

[Teacher tip: Computer-preparation: remind students to wait until the files are completely loaded before clicking anywhere. On Netscape, the stars at the top right corner will stop moving. On Internet Explorer, the globe will stop moving.]

On-computer tasks

[Teacher tip: make sure you give enough detail with each task so that students can do it without your help every step of the way. A whole-class demonstration is usually helpful as a start.]

Post-computer tasks

Last updated ______ by __________