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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Sunday. It is one of the most important celebrations in the Christian calendar. It commemorates the death of Jesus, who was crucified on a cross. Good Friday is a day of mourning in church. Churches all over the world hold special services. Christians think about the meaning of Jesus' suffering and his death on the cross. In many countries, religious groups re-enact the final hours of Jesus’ life, leading up to his death. Part of this is the reciting of Jesus’ final words. No one agrees which saying was his last. They include “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do”, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” and “Into your hands I commit my spirit.”

Good Friday is a public holiday in many countries with a strong Christian tradition. Many shops and businesses close for the day. In America and India, the stock markets close on Good Friday. In many English-speaking countries, people eat hot-cross buns. These are sweet raisin buns with a cross on the top. They are usually toasted and buttered. Many Catholics, however, are supposed to fast on this day. In reality, most practicing Catholics will avoid meat. There is a very unusual custom in Bermuda. People fly kites that are shaped like a cross. The kites flying in the sky symbolize Jesus going up to heaven. Many people stay at home and watch TV. There are many religious shows on, and movies about the Bible.

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

one of the most

a.

hours of Jesus’ life

2

It commemorates the

b.

saying was his last

3.

religious groups re-enact the final

c.

important celebrations

4.

the reciting of

d.

death of Jesus

5.

No one agrees which

e.

they do

6.

they know not what

f.

Jesus’ final words

Paragraph 2

1.

countries with a strong

a.

close on Good Friday

2

the stock markets

b.

custom in Bermuda

3.

They are usually toasted

c.

like a cross

4.

There is a very unusual

d.

Christian tradition

5.

People fly kites that are shaped

e.

up to heaven

6.

symbolize Jesus going

f.

and buttered


LISTENING GAP FILL

Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Sunday. It _______________ important celebrations in the Christian calendar. It commemorates the death of Jesus, who _______________ cross. Good Friday is a day of mourning in church. Churches all over the world hold special services. Christians think about the meaning of Jesus' _______________ death on the cross. In many countries, religious groups re-enact the final hours of Jesus’ life, _______________ death. Part of this is the reciting of Jesus’ final words. No one _______________ was his last. They include “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do”, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” and “Into your hands _______________.”

Good Friday is a public holiday in _________________ a strong Christian tradition. Many shops and businesses close for the day. In America and India, the _________________ Good Friday. In many English-speaking countries, people eat hot-cross buns. These are sweet raisin buns _________________ top. They are usually toasted and buttered. Many Catholics, however, are supposed to fast on this day. In reality, most practicing Catholics _______________. There is a very unusual custom in Bermuda. People fly kites that are _______________. The kites flying in the sky symbolize Jesus going up to heaven. Many people stay at home and watch TV. There are many _______________, and movies about the Bible.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

Good Friday is the Friday __________ Easter Sunday. It is one of the most important celebrations in the Christian calendar. It commemorates the death of Jesus, who was __________ on a cross. Good Friday is a day of mourning in church. Churches all over the world __________ special services. Christians think about the __________ of Jesus' suffering and his death on the cross. In many countries, religious groups re-enact the __________ hours of Jesus’ life, leading up to his death. Part of this is the reciting of Jesus’ final __________. No one agrees which saying was his __________. They include “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do”, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” and “Into your hands I commit my __________.”

 

 

 

final
crucified
spirit
before
meaning
last
hold
words

Good Friday is a public holiday in many countries with a __________ Christian tradition. Many shops and businesses __________ for the day. In America and India, the stock markets close on Good Friday. In __________ English-speaking countries, people eat hot-cross buns. These are sweet raisin buns with a cross on the top. They are usually toasted and __________. Many Catholics, however, are supposed to fast on this day. In __________, most practicing Catholics will avoid meat. There is a very unusual __________ in Bermuda. People fly kites that are shaped like a cross. The kites flying in the sky __________ Jesus going up to heaven. Many people stay at home and watch TV. There are many religious __________ on, and movies about the Bible.

 

 

buttered
 
strong
close
shows
many
custom
reality
symbolize


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Sunday. It is one / once of the most important celebrations in the Christian calendar. It commemorates the dead / death of Jesus, who was crucified on a cross. Good Friday is a day of morning / mourning in church. Churches all over the world hold special services. Christians think about the meaning of Jesus' suffering and his death on the crossed / cross. In many countries, religious groups / group re-enact the final hours of Jesus’ life, leading up / across to his death. Part of this is the reciting of Jesus’ final words. No one agrees which say / saying was his last. They include “Father forgive them, for they no / know not what they do”, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” and “Into your hands I commit my spirit.”

Good Friday is a public / publicly holiday in many countries with a strong Christian tradition. Many shops and businesses closed / close for the day. In America and India, the stock markets close on Good Friday. In many English-speaking countries / country, people eat hot-cross buns. These are sweet raisin buns with a cross / crossed on the top. They are usually toasted and buttered. Many Catholics, however, are supposed to slow / fast on this day. In reality, most practicing Catholics will avoid meet / meat. There is a very unusual custom in Bermuda. People fly kites that are shaped like a cross. The kites flying in the sky symbolize / symbolic Jesus going up to heaven. Many people stay at home and watch TV. There are many religious shows off / on, and movies about the Bible.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Sunday. It is one of the most (1) ____ celebrations in the Christian calendar. It commemorates the death of Jesus, who was crucified (2) ____ a cross. Good Friday is a day of mourning in church. Churches all over the world (3) ____ special services. Christians think about the meaning of Jesus' suffering and his (4) ____ on the cross. In many countries, religious groups re-enact the final hours of Jesus’ life, (5) ____ up to his death. Part of this is the reciting of Jesus’ final words. No one agrees which saying was his last. They include “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do”, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” and “Into your hands I commit (6) ____ spirit.”

Good Friday is a public holiday in many countries with a (7) ____ Christian tradition. Many shops and businesses close for the day. In America and India, the (8) ____ markets close on Good Friday. In many English-speaking countries, people eat hot-cross buns. These are sweet raisin buns with a cross on the top. They are usually (9) ____ and buttered. Many Catholics, however, are supposed to fast on this day. In reality, most practicing Catholics will (10) ____ meat. There is a very unusual custom in Bermuda. People fly kites that are shaped like a cross. The kites flying in the sky (11) ____ Jesus going up to heaven. Many people stay at home and watch TV. There are many religious shows (12) ____, and movies about the Bible.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

importantly

(b)

important

(c)

imports

(d)

importance

2.

(a)

on

(b)

in

(c)

by

(d)

to

3.

(a)

grip

(b)

grasp

(c)

clasp

(d)

hold

4.

(a)

died

(b)

dead

(c)

death

(d)

dies

5.

(a)

lead

(b)

leading

(c)

leaded

(d)

leads

6.

(a)

my

(b)

mine

(c)

me

(d)

I

7.

(a)

strength

(b)

strongest

(c)

strong

(d)

strengthen

8.

(a)

stocking

(b)

stocked

(c)

stocks

(d)

stock

9.

(a)

toaster

(b)

toast

(c)

toasted

(d)

toasts

10.

(a)

void

(b)

avoid

(c)

avid

(d)

aphid

11.

(a)

symbolize

(b)

symbolic

(c)

symbols

(d)

symbol

12.

(a)

in

(b)

an

(c)

en

(d)

on


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

the Christian narealdc

2.

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3.

Jesus' fngiefsur and his death on the cross

4.

Jesus’ ialfn words

5.

Father vgeiorf them

6.

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Paragraph 2

7.

a upilbc holiday

8.

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9.

sweet iaisrn buns

10.

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11.

kites that are adsehp like a cross

12.

Jesus going up to aheenv


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

cross. The kites flying in the sky symbolize Jesus going up to heaven. Many people stay

(    )

Catholics will avoid meat. There is a very unusual custom in Bermuda. People fly kites that are shaped like a

(    )

and buttered. Many Catholics, however, are supposed to fast on this day. In reality, most practicing

(    )

countries, people eat hot-cross buns. These are sweet raisin buns with a cross on the top. They are usually toasted

1  )

Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Sunday. It is one of the most important celebrations

(    )

have you forsaken me?” and “Into your hands I commit my spirit.”

(    )

mourning in church. Churches all over the world hold special services. Christians think about the meaning

(    )

for the day. In America and India, the stock markets close on Good Friday. In many English-speaking

(    )

in the Christian calendar. It commemorates the death of Jesus, who was crucified on a cross. Good Friday is a day of

(    )

at home and watch TV. There are many religious shows on, and movies about the Bible.

(    )

of Jesus’ life, leading up to his death. Part of this is the reciting of Jesus’ final words. No one agrees

(    )

Good Friday is a public holiday in many countries with a strong Christian tradition. Many shops and businesses close

(    )

of Jesus' suffering and his death on the cross. In many countries, religious groups re-enact the final hours

(    )

which saying was his last. They include “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do”, “My God, my God, why


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

of    one    is    It    celebrations    important    most    the

2.

of    death    the    commemorates    It    Jesus

3.

the    over    all    Churches    services    special    hold    world

4.

of    meaning    the    death    his    and    suffering    Jesus'

5.

enact    the    final    hours    of    Jesus’    life    religious    groups    re    -

6.

in    is    many    a    countries    public    Good    holiday    Friday

7.

a   cross   on   the   top   These   are   sweet   raisin   buns   with

8.

meat    avoid    will    Catholics    practicing    most

9.

TV    Many    people    stay    at    home    and    watch

10.

on    shows    religious    many    are    There


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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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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3.

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5.

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6.

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THE GOOD FRIDAY SURVEY

Write five questions about Good Friday 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.

 

 

 

 

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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 Good Friday 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 Good Friday. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Good Friday. 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 Good Friday. 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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