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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

Easter Sunday commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the most important Christian celebration. The date of Easter Sunday changes every year, and that changes the date of all the important holy days that come before Easter. It falls between late March and late May. Easter is so important because Christians believe that Jesus rose from the dead, two days after he died on the cross. Jesus’ dead body was buried in a cave on Good Friday and two days later the stone that covered the cave’s entrance had been moved and Jesus’ body had gone. Various people saw Jesus in the following days and his followers understood God had raised him from the dead. Historians say this happened some time between 26 and 36 AD.

People celebrate Easter in many ways around the world. It is a very busy time for churches. Many Christians light a special Pascal candle on the evening before Easter. This represents the rising of Christ. There are special songs and hymns which people sing in church. Children like Easter because their parents and grandparents give them chocolate Easter eggs, a sign of new birth. Schoolchildren usually decorate eggs and display them in their school or give them as gifts. Other things associated with Easter are the Easter Bunny and spring flowers like irises. An unusual Easter tradition in Norway is to solve murder mysteries at Easter. Television channels show murder mystery shows.

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

Easter Sunday commemorates

a.

from the dead

2

all the important

b.

26 and 36 AD

3.

Christians believe that Jesus rose

c.

on the cross

4.

two days after he died

d.

the resurrection of Jesus

5.

God had raised

e.

holy days

6.

some time between

f.

him from the dead

 

Paragraph 2

1.

Christians light a special

a.

with Easter

2

This represents

b.

of new birth

3.

a sign

c.

mysteries

4.

Schoolchildren usually

d.

Pascal candle

5.

Other things associated

e.

decorate eggs

6.

solve murder

f.

the rising of Christ


LISTENING GAP FILL

Easter Sunday commemorates ___________________ Jesus Christ. It is the most important Christian celebration. The date of Easter Sunday changes every year, and that changes ___________________ important ___________________ come before Easter. It falls between late March and late May. Easter is so important because Christians believe that Jesus ___________________, two days after he died on the cross. Jesus’ dead body was buried in a cave on Good Friday and two days ___________________ covered the cave’s entrance had been moved and Jesus’ body had gone. Various people saw Jesus in the following days and his followers understood God had raised him from the dead. Historians say this happened ___________________ 26 and 36 AD.

People celebrate Easter ___________________ the world. It is a very busy time for churches. Many Christians light a special Pascal candle ___________________ Easter. This represents the rising of Christ. There are special ___________________ which people sing in church. Children like Easter because their parents and grandparents give them chocolate Easter eggs, ___________________  birth. Schoolchildren usually decorate eggs and display them in their school or ___________________. Other things associated with Easter are the Easter Bunny and spring flowers like irises. An unusual Easter tradition in Norway is to solve murder mysteries at Easter. Television channels ___________________ shows.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

Easter Sunday commemorates the __________ of Jesus Christ. It is the most important Christian celebration. The date of Easter Sunday __________ every year, and that changes the date of all the important holy days that come before Easter. It falls between late March and late May. Easter is so __________ because Christians believe that Jesus __________ from the dead, two days after he died on the cross. Jesus’ dead body was __________ in a cave on Good Friday and two days later the stone that __________ the cave’s entrance had been moved and Jesus’ body had gone. Various people saw Jesus in the following days and his __________ understood God had raised him from the dead. Historians say this __________ some time between 26 and 36 AD.

 

 

 

followers
buried
important
happened
resurrection
rose
changes
covered

People __________ Easter in many ways around the world. It is a very busy time for churches. Many Christians __________ a special Pascal candle on the evening before Easter. This represents the __________ of Christ. There are special songs and hymns which people sing in church. Children like Easter because their parents and grandparents give them chocolate Easter eggs, a __________ of new birth. Schoolchildren usually __________ eggs and display them in their school or give them as __________. Other things associated with Easter are the Easter Bunny and __________ flowers like irises. An unusual Easter tradition in Norway is to solve murder mysteries at Easter. Television channels show murder mystery __________.

 

 

spring
 
light
decorate
sign
celebrate
shows
rising
gifts


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Easter Sunday commemorates the / a resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the most important Christian celebration. The date / dates of Easter Sunday changes every year, and that changes the date of all the important holy days that came / come before Easter. It falls between late March and late May. Easter is such / so important because Christians believe that Jesus rose from the dead, two days after he died on the cross. Jesus’ dead body was burial / buried in a cave on Good Friday and two days later the stone that covered the cave’s entrance / entry had been moved and Jesus’ body had gone. Various people saw Jesus in the following days and his followers understood God had raised / upped him from the dead. Historians / History say this happened some time between 26 and 36 AD.

People celebrate Easter in many / much ways around the world. It is a very busy time for church / churches. Many Christians light a special Pascal candle on the evening before Easter. This represents / represent the rising for / of Christ. There are special songs and hymns which people sing in church. Children like Easter because their parents and grandparents give them chocolate Easter eggs, a sign of new birth / birthday. Schoolchildren usually decorate eggs and display them in their school or given / give them as gifts. Other things associated / association with Easter are the Easter Bunny and spring flowers like irises. An unusual Easter tradition in Norway is to solution / solve murder mysteries at Easter. Television channels show murder mystery shows.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Easter Sunday commemorates the resurrection (1) ____ Jesus Christ. It is the most important Christian celebration. The date of Easter Sunday changes every year, and that changes the date of (2) ____ the important holy days that come before Easter. It falls between late March and late May. Easter is so important because Christians (3) ____ that Jesus rose from the dead, two days after he died on the cross. Jesus’ dead body was (4) ____ in a cave on Good Friday and two days later the stone that covered the cave’s (5) ____ had been moved and Jesus’ body had gone. Various people saw Jesus in the following days and his followers understood God had raised him from the dead. Historians say this happened (6) ____ time between 26 and 36 AD.

People (7) ____ Easter in many ways around the world. It is a very busy time for churches. Many Christians (8) ____ a special Pascal candle on the evening before Easter. This represents the rising of Christ. There are special songs and hymns which people sing in church. Children like Easter because their parents and grandparents (9) ____ them chocolate Easter eggs, a sign of new birth. Schoolchildren usually decorate eggs and display them in their school or give them as gifts. Other things associated (10) ____ Easter are the Easter Bunny and spring flowers (11) ____ irises. An unusual Easter tradition in Norway is to solve murder mysteries at Easter. Television channels show murder mystery (12) ____.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

for

(b)

by

(c)

of

(d)

with

2.

(a)

all

(b)

each

(c)

every

(d)

whole

3.

(a)

belief

(b)

believe

(c)

believing

(d)

believer

4.

(a)

bury

(b)

buried

(c)

burial

(d)

buries

5.

(a)

entrants

(b)

entry

(c)

entries

(d)

entrance

6.

(a)

all

(b)

many

(c)

some

(d)

the

7.

(a)

celebration

(b)

celebrates

(c)

celebrate

(d)

celebrated

8.

(a)

light

(b)

lite

(c)

lit

(d)

lighting

9.

(a)

given

(b)

giving

(c)

gives

(d)

give

10.

(a)

by

(b)

for

(c)

at

(d)

with

11.

(a)

like

(b)

liked

(c)

liking

(d)

liken

12.

(a)

showed

(b)

shows

(c)

showoff

(d)

showed


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

Christian lceeiobartn

2.

It llafs between late March and late May

3.

Christians eeviebl that Jesus rose from the dead

4.

dreubi in a cave

5.

the cave’s tneernca

6.

rieasd him from the dead

 

Paragraph 2

7.

ysbu time for churches

8.

light a icselap Pascal candle

9.

a sign of new hritb

10.

Other things itasaeosdc with Easter

11.

An uuaslnu Easter tradition

12.

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

from the dead, two days after he died on the cross. Jesus’ dead body was buried in a cave on Good Friday and two days

(    )

gone. Various people saw Jesus in the following days and his followers understood God

(    )

People celebrate Easter in many ways around the world. It is a very busy time

(    )

Easter. It falls between late March and late May. Easter is so important because Christians believe that Jesus rose

(    )

for churches. Many Christians light a special Pascal candle on the evening before Easter. This represents the rising

(    )

their parents and grandparents give them chocolate Easter eggs, a sign of new birth. Schoolchildren usually decorate

(    )

eggs and display them in their school or give them as gifts. Other things associated with Easter are the Easter Bunny

(    )

of Christ. There are special songs and hymns which people sing in church. Children like Easter because

(    )

had raised him from the dead. Historians say this happened some time between 26 and 36 AD.

(    )

and spring flowers like irises. An unusual Easter tradition in Norway is to solve

(    )

of Easter Sunday changes every year, and that changes the date of all the important holy days that come before

1  )

Easter Sunday commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the most important Christian celebration. The date

(    )

later the stone that covered the cave’s entrance had been moved and Jesus’ body had

(    )

murder mysteries at Easter. Television channels show murder mystery shows.


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

Christian    It    the    important    celebration    is    most

2.

come    important    before    holy    Easter    days    all    that    the

3.

Christians    dead    the    from    rose    Jesus    that    believe

4.

God    raised    from    dead    had    him    the

5.

this    26    happened    and    some    36    time    AD    between

6.

churches    for    time    busy    very    a    is    It

7.

This    Christ    of    rising    the    represents

8.

hymns    people    special    and    which    sing    songs

9.

with    things    Easter    associated    Other

10.

shows    mystery    murder    show    channels    Television


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 EASTER SUNDAY SURVEY

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Easter Sunday. 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 Easter Sunday. Write about what will happen on this day around the world.

ANSWERS

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


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