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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

Pancake Day is a favorite of children in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It is on this day they get to eat as many pancakes as they want – all smothered with syrup, or lemon and sugar, or strawberry sauce. It is also called Shrove Tuesday. This is a religious holiday on the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. During the 40 days of Lent, people used to fast and eat only the simplest of food. Things like eggs, milk and sugar had to be thrown away. Instead of wasting food, people traditionally used these ingredients to make pancakes. It became a mini celebration and people topped their pancakes with delicious things they could not eat for another 40 days. Few people nowadays fast for 40 days.

Shrove Tuesday and Pancake Day are not so well known in the United States. Americans are more familiar with Mardi Gras, which is also on the day before Ash Wednesday and is a very similar celebration. Different countries hold different events for Pancake Day. In England, some towns have pancake races. People must run a race with a frying pan and toss the pancakes as they run. The winner is the first person to cross the finishing line with a pancake that is still intact. Children like to have a go at tossing the hot pancakes out of the frying pan in their kitchens. In Newfoundland, Canada, the cook puts a ring or a coin in the pancakes. The person who finds the coin will be rich and the person who finds the ring will be the next to get married.

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

Pancake Day is a favorite of

a.

syrup

2

they get to eat as many pancakes

b.

make pancakes

3.

smothered with

c.

with delicious things

4.

fast and eat only the

d.

children in the UK

5.

ingredients to

e.

simplest of food

6.

people topped their pancakes

f.

as they want

 

Paragraph 2

1.

Americans are more familiar

a.

different events

2

a very similar

b.

tossing the hot pancakes

3.

Different countries hold

c.

will be rich

4.

The winner is the first person to

d.

with Mardi Gras

5.

Children like to have a go at

e.

cross the finishing line

6.

The person who finds the coin

f.

celebration


LISTENING GAP FILL

Pancake Day ______________ children in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It is on this day they ______________ pancakes as they want – all smothered with syrup, or lemon and sugar, or strawberry sauce. It is also called Shrove Tuesday. This is a religious holiday ________________ Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. During the 40 days of Lent, people used to fast and eat only the ______________. Things like eggs, milk and sugar had to be thrown away. Instead of ______________, people traditionally used these ingredients to make pancakes. It became a mini celebration and people topped their pancakes with delicious things they could not eat for another 40 days. Few people ______________ for 40 days.

Shrove Tuesday and Pancake Day ______________ known in the United States. Americans are more familiar with Mardi Gras, which is also on the day before Ash Wednesday and ______________ celebration. Different countries hold different events for Pancake Day. In England, some towns have pancake races. People ______________ with a frying pan and toss the pancakes as they run. The winner is the first person to cross the finishing line with a pancake ________________. Children like to have a go at tossing the hot pancakes ______________ pan in their kitchens. In Newfoundland, Canada, the cook puts a ring or a coin in the pancakes. The person who finds the coin will be rich and the person who finds the ring ______________ to get married.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

Pancake Day is a __________ of children in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It is on this day they get to eat as __________ pancakes as they want – all smothered with syrup, or lemon and sugar, or strawberry sauce. It is also __________ Shrove Tuesday. This is a religious holiday on the day before Ash Wednesday, the __________ of Lent. During the 40 days of Lent, people used to fast and eat only the simplest of food. Things like eggs, milk and sugar had to be __________ away. Instead of __________ food, people traditionally used these ingredients to make pancakes. It became a mini celebration and people __________ their pancakes with delicious things they could not eat for another 40 days. Few people nowadays __________ for 40 days. Shrove Tuesday and Pancake Day are not so well known in the United States.

 

 

 

thrown
start
topped
many
fast
favorite
wasting
called

Shrove Tuesday and Pancake Day are not so well __________ in the United States. Americans are more __________ with Mardi Gras, which is also on the day before Ash Wednesday and is a very similar celebration. Different countries __________ different events for Pancake Day. In England, some towns have pancake races. People must run a race with a frying pan and toss the pancakes as they __________. The winner is the first person to cross the finishing line with a pancake that is still intact. Children like to have a __________ at tossing the hot pancakes out of the frying pan in their __________. In Newfoundland, Canada, the cook puts a ring or a __________ in the pancakes. The person who finds the coin will be rich and the person who finds the ring will be the __________ to get married.

 

 

go
 
coin
run
kitchens
known
next
familiar
hold


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Pancake Day is a favored / favorite of children in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It is on this day they get to eat as many / much pancakes as they want – all smothered with syrup, or lemon and sugary / sugar, or strawberry sauce. It is also called Shrove Tuesday. This is a religious holiday on / in the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. During the 40 days of Lent, people used to speed / fast and eat only the simplest of food. Things like eggs, milk and sugar had to be thrown away. Instead they / of wasting food, people traditionally used these ingredients to make pancakes. It became a mini / nano celebration and people topped their pancakes with delicious things they could not eat for another 40 days. Few / Two people nowadays fast for 40 days. 

Shrove Tuesday and Pancake Day are not so well known / knowing in the United States. Americans are more familiarity / familiar with Mardi Gras, which is also on the day before Ash Wednesday and is a too / very similar celebration. Different countries hold different events for Pancake Day. In England, some / sum towns have pancake races. People must run a race with a frying pan and toss the pancakes was / as they run. The winner is the first person to cross the finishing line with a pancake that is still intact. Children like to have a do / go at tossing the hot pancakes out of the frying pan in their kitchens. In Newfoundland, Canada, the cook puts a ring or a coin in the pancakes. The person who finds the coin / ring will be rich and the person who finds the coin / ring will be the next to get married.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Pancake Day is a (1) ____ of children in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It is on this day they get to eat as (2) ____ pancakes as they want – all smothered with syrup, or lemon and sugar, or strawberry sauce. It is also called Shrove Tuesday. This is a (3) ____ holiday on the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. During the 40 days of Lent, people used to (4) ____ and eat only the simplest of food. Things like eggs, milk and sugar had to be thrown away. Instead of (5) ____ food, people traditionally used these ingredients to make pancakes. It became a mini celebration and people (6) ____ their pancakes with delicious things they could not eat for another 40 days. Few people nowadays fast for 40 days. 

Shrove Tuesday and Pancake Day are not so well (7) ____ in the United States. Americans are more familiar with Mardi Gras, which is also on the day before Ash Wednesday and is a very (8) ____ celebration. Different countries hold different events for Pancake Day. In England, some towns have pancake races. People must run a race with a frying pan and toss the pancakes as they (9) ____. The winner is the first person to (10) ____ the finishing line with a pancake that is still intact. Children like to have a     (11) ____ at tossing the hot pancakes out of the frying pan in their kitchens. In Newfoundland, Canada, the cook puts a ring or a coin in the pancakes. The person who finds the coin will be rich and the person who finds the ring will be the (12) ____ to get married.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

favorite

(b)

favored

(c)

favoring

(d)

favor

2.

(a)

much

(b)

most

(c)

many

(d)

more

3.

(a)

religion

(b)

religious

(c)

religiously

(d)

religions

4.

(a)

speed

(b)

quick

(c)

fast

(d)

hurry

5.

(a)

wasting

(b)

wasted

(c)

waste of

(d)

wastes

6.

(a)

topping

(b)

tops

(c)

top dog

(d)

topped

7.

(a)

known

(b)

knower

(c)

knowing

(d)

knows

8.

(a)

similarity

(b)

simile

(c)

simulation

(d)

similar

9.

(a)

running

(b)

run

(c)

runner

(d)

ran

10.

(a)

follow

(b)

cross

(c)

cook

(d)

eat

11.

(a)

go

(b)

do

(c)

ho

(d)

so

12.

(a)

after

(b)

ahead

(c)

next

(d)

then


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

a favorite of echlnrdi

2.

all smothered with purys

3.

only the simsplet of food

4.

Instead of antgwis food

5.

people pdepot their pancakes

6.

Few people awasoynd fast

 

Paragraph 2

7.

not so well okwnn

8.

more failirma

9.

different evsten

10.

a pancake that is still aticnt

11.

grfiyn pan

12.

the next to get riedarm


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

Shrove Tuesday and Pancake Day are not so well known in the United States. Americans are more familiar

(    )

race with a frying pan and toss the pancakes as they run. The winner is the first person to cross the finishing

(    )

be thrown away. Instead of wasting food, people traditionally used these ingredients to make pancakes. It became a

1  )

Pancake Day is a favorite of children in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It is on this day they get

(    )

the 40 days of Lent, people used to fast and eat only the simplest of food. Things like eggs, milk and sugar had to

(    )

with Mardi Gras, which is also on the day before Ash Wednesday and is a very similar celebration. Different countries

(    )

eat for another 40 days. Few people nowadays fast for 40 days.

(    )

the coin will be rich and the person who finds the ring will be the next to get married.

(    )

their kitchens. In Newfoundland, Canada, the cook puts a ring or a coin in the pancakes. The person who finds

(    )

sauce. It is also called Shrove Tuesday. This is a religious holiday on the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. During

(    )

line with a pancake that is still intact. Children like to have a go at tossing the hot pancakes out of the frying pan in

(    )

to eat as many pancakes as they want – all smothered with syrup, or lemon and sugar, or strawberry

(    )

mini celebration and people topped their pancakes with delicious things they could not

(    )

hold different events for Pancake Day. In England, some towns have pancake races. People must run a


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

in    Pancake    a    children    UK    is    of    the    Day    favorite

2.

as    as    they    eat    pancakes    want    to    many    they    get

3.

fast   and   eat   only   the   simplest   of   food   people   used   to

4.

people    their    with    things    topped    pancakes    delicious

5.

40    Few    nowadays    for    days    people    fast

6.

Americans    more    with    Gras    are    familiar    Mardi

7.

race    People    with    must    a    run    frying    a    pan

8.

the    cross    to    person    first    the    line    finishing

9.

to   have   a   go   at   tossing   the   hot   pancakes   Children   like

10.

the    The    coin    person    will    who    be    finds    rich


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 PANCAKE DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about Pancake 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 Pancake 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 Pancake Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Pancake 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 Pancake 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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