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English Lesson Plan on National Hugging Day

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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

National Hugging Day started on January 21, 1986. The Reverend Kevin Zaborney from the USA created the day to promote the emotional benefits of hugging. This celebration has moved beyond America’s borders and people now celebrate the benefits of a hug in Australia, Canada, England, Germany and Russia. It seems the day might catch on and start in other world countries. In America, National Hugging Day is big in schools, nursing care facilities and hospitals. It is a wonderful way of letting people know how you feel about them and of showing you care. So, go on… this National Hugging Day give everyone a big hug and make them feel good. A word of advice – ask before you hug!

There is a lot of research that shows hugging is good for us. Dr. Jay Gordon wrote a book called ‘Brighter Baby’, which said hugging a child every day is more likely to make him or her more intelligent. Unlike kissing, hugging is acceptable in most societies. It can be a form of greeting between friends, a way of celebrating a victory, or a way of showing your support for someone. It doesn’t matter what age, race, sex or religion you are; hugs can take place between any two people. Hugging also takes place in the animal world. Monkeys and apes are very fond of a hug to show their friendship. We even see the Teletubbies TV characters showing off their hugging skills as they give each other a “big hug”.

Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted sites.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

promote the emotional benefits

a.

world countries

2

This celebration has moved beyond

b.

of hugging

3.

the day might catch on and start in other

c.

them feel good

4.

National Hugging Day is big

d.

about them

5.

letting people know how you feel

e.

America’s borders

6.

give everyone a big hug and make

f.

in schools

 

Paragraph 2

1.

research that shows hugging

a.

support for someone

2

hugging is acceptable

b.

any two people

3.

a form of greeting

c.

in most societies

4.

a way of showing your

d.

show their friendship

5.

hugs can take place between

e.

is good for us

6.

apes are very fond of a hug to

f.

between friends


LISTENING GAP FILL

National Hugging Day started on January 21, 1986. The Reverend Kevin Zaborney from the USA created _____________________ the emotional benefits of hugging. This celebration has moved beyond America’s borders and people now _____________________ of a hug in Australia, Canada, England, Germany and Russia. It seems the day might _____________________ in other world countries. In America, National Hugging Day is big in schools, nursing care facilities and hospitals. It is a wonderful way _____________________ how you feel about them and of showing you care. So, go on… this National Hugging Day give everyone a big hug and make them feel good. A word of advice – _____________________!

There is a lot of research that _____________________ for us. Dr. Jay Gordon wrote a book called ‘Brighter Baby’, which said hugging a child every day _____________________ make him or her more intelligent. Unlike kissing, hugging is acceptable in most societies. It _____________________ between friends, a way of celebrating a victory, or a way of showing your support for someone. It doesn’t matter what age, race, sex or religion you are; _____________________ between any two people. Hugging also takes place in the animal world. Monkeys and apes are very _____________________  show their friendship. We even see the Teletubbies TV characters showing _____________________ as they give each other a “big hug”.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

National Hugging Day __________ on January 21, 1986. The Reverend Kevin Zaborney from the USA created the day to __________ the emotional benefits of hugging. This celebration has moved beyond America’s borders and people now celebrate the __________ of a hug in Australia, Canada, England, Germany and Russia. It seems the day might __________ on and start in other world countries. In America, National Hugging Day is big in schools, nursing __________ facilities and hospitals. It is a wonderful way of letting people know how you __________ about them and of showing you care. So, go on… this National Hugging Day give everyone a big __________ and make them feel good. A word of __________ – ask before you hug!

 

 

 

benefits
advice
started
feel
catch
promote
hug
care

There is a lot of research that shows __________ is good for us. Dr. Jay Gordon wrote a book called ‘Brighter Baby’, which said hugging a child every day is more __________ to make him or her more intelligent. Unlike kissing, hugging is acceptable in most __________. It can be a form of greeting between friends, a way of celebrating a victory, or a way of showing your __________ for someone. It doesn’t matter what age, __________, sex or religion you are; hugs can take __________ between any two people. Hugging also takes place in the animal world. Monkeys and apes are very __________ of a hug to show their friendship. We even see the Teletubbies TV characters showing off their hugging __________ as they give each other a “big hug”.

 

 

support
 
skills
societies
place
hugging
race
fond
likely


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs of italics.

National Hugging Day started / starting on January 21, 1986. The Reverend Kevin Zaborney from the USA created / creation the day to promote the emotional benefits of hugging. This celebration has moved beyond America’s bordering / borders and people now celebrate the benefits of a huge / hug in Australia, Canada, England, Germany and Russia. It seems the day might catch in / on and start in other world countries. In America, National Hugging Day is big in schools, nursing care / careful facilities and hospitals. It is a wonderful way of letting people know how you feel about them and of showing you care. So, go by / on… this National Hugging Day give everyone a big hug and make them feel good. A word of advice / advise – ask before you hug!

There is a lot of research / researcher that shows hugging is good for us. Dr. Jay Gordon wrote / written a book called ‘Brighter Baby’, which said hugging a child every day is more like / likely to make him or her more intelligent. Unlike kissing, hugging is accept / acceptable in most societies. It can be a form of greeting between friends, a way of celebrating a victorious / victory, or a way of showing your support for someone. It doesn’t matter what age, race / racing, sex or religion you are; hugs can take place between any two people. Hugging also takes place / places in the animal world. Monkeys and apes are very fond of a hug to show their friendship. We even see the Teletubbies TV characters showing off their hugging skillful / skills as they give each other a “big hug”.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

National Hugging Day started on January 21, 1986. The Reverend Kevin Zaborney from the USA created the day to (1) ____ the emotional benefits of hugging. This celebration has (2) ____ beyond America’s borders and people now celebrate the benefits (3) ____ a hug in Australia, Canada, England, Germany and Russia. It seems the day might catch (4) ____ and start in other world countries. In America, National Hugging Day is big in schools, nursing (5) ____ facilities and hospitals. It is a wonderful way of letting people know how you feel about them and of showing you care. So, go on… this National Hugging Day give everyone a big hug and make them feel good. A word of (6) ____ – ask before you hug!

There is a lot of (7) ____ that shows hugging is good for us. Dr. Jay Gordon wrote a book called ‘Brighter Baby’, which said hugging a child every day is more (8) ____ to make him or her more intelligent. Unlike kissing, hugging is acceptable in most societies. It can be a form of greeting between friends, a way of celebrating a victory, or a way of showing your (9) ____ for someone. It doesn’t matter what age, race, sex or religion you are; hugs can take place (10) ____ any two people. Hugging also takes place in the animal world. Monkeys and apes are very (11) ____ of a hug to show their friendship. We even see the Teletubbies TV characters showing (12) ____ their hugging skills as they give each other a “big hug”.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

promotion

(b)

promoting

(c)

promote

(d)

promoter

2.

(a)

moved

(b)

movement

(c)

moving

(d)

move in

3.

(a)

for

(b)

of

(c)

at

(d)

to

4.

(a)

in

(b)

so

(c)

to

(d)

on

5.

(a)

care

(b)

careful

(c)

careless

(d)

cared

6.

(a)

advise

(b)

advice

(c)

advisory

(d)

advising

7.

(a)

researcher

(b)

researches

(c)

research

(d)

researched

8.

(a)

liken

(b)

likes

(c)

likely

(d)

likeliest

9.

(a)

supportive

(b)

supports

(c)

supporter

(d)

support

10.

(a)

among

(b)

between

(c)

by

(d)

around

11.

(a)

fond

(b)

fondly

(c)

fondness

(d)

fondle

12.

(a)

on

(b)

in

(c)

up

(d)

off


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

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2.

moved dnoeyb America’s borders

3.

the day might cchat on

4.

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5.

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6.

A word of ivedac

 

Paragraph 2

7.

a lot of ahcreesr

8.

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9.

a form of igrnteeg between friends

10.

showing your osurtpp for someone

11.

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12.

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

There is a lot of research that shows hugging is good for us. Dr. Jay Gordon wrote a book

(    )

or religion you are; hugs can take place between any two people. Hugging also takes place in the animal

(    )

called ‘Brighter Baby’, which said hugging a child every day is more likely to make him or her more

(    )

intelligent. Unlike kissing, hugging is acceptable in most societies. It can be a form of greeting between friends, a way

(    )

good. A word of advice – ask before you hug!

(    )

borders and people now celebrate the benefits of a hug in Australia, Canada, England, Germany and Russia. It seems

(    )

to promote the emotional benefits of hugging. This celebration has moved beyond America’s

1  )

National Hugging Day started on January 21, 1986. The Reverend Kevin Zaborney from the USA created the day

(    )

of celebrating a victory, or a way of showing your support for someone. It doesn’t matter what age, race, sex

(    )

world. Monkeys and apes are very fond of a hug to show their friendship. We even see the Teletubbies TV

(    )

you care. So, go on… this National Hugging Day give everyone a big hug and make them feel

(    )

the day might catch on and start in other world countries. In America, National Hugging Day is big in schools, nursing

(    )

characters showing off their hugging skills as they give each other a “big hug”.

(    )

care facilities and hospitals. It is a wonderful way of letting people know how you feel about them and of showing


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

promote    hugging    of    benefits    emotional    the

2.

borders    celebration    moved    America’s    This    has    beyond

3.

on    seems    day    catch    It    the    might

4.

people    you    wonderful    letting    how    a    of    know    feel    way

5.

you    A    advice    before    of    ask    hug    word    –    !   

6.

shows    that    research    us    for    good    is    hugging

7.

to    more    make    intelligent    him    more    or    likely    her

8.

of    can    greeting    be    between    a    friends    form    It

9.

the    in    place    takes    also    Hugging    world    animal

10.

showing    their    skills    characters    off    hugging    TV


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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THE NATIONAL HUGGING DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about National Hugging Day in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.


WRITING

Write about National Hugging Day for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information about National Hugging Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about National Hugging Day. Write about what happens around the world. Include two imaginary interviews with people who did something on this day.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. POSTER: Make your own poster about National Hugging Day. Write about what will happen on this day around the world.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

ANSWERS

Check your answers in "THE READING / TAPESCRIPT" section at the top of this page.


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