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English Lesson Plan on Parents' Day

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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

Everyone knows Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, but not many people know about Parents’ Day. This started in July 1994. President Bill Clinton signed a law that made the fourth Sunday of July a day we can celebrate both of our parents. The law says Parents’ Day is for "recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children”. The day came about because of campaigning by religious leaders. They decided it was important to have a day to promote responsible parenting. Parents must also celebrate their children on this day. One important theme is to strengthen the idea of the traditional, two-parent family. Campaigners say the increase in one-parent families is leading to a rise in social problems.

Parenthood is the most important responsibility any of us can have. The parent-child relationship is the most powerful human bond. Becoming and being a parent brings countless joys and happiness. It becomes the responsibility of every parent to uphold their duty of raising their God-given gift with love, care and support. Being a parent can be an almost life-long endeavour. One of the most popular activities in many communities is to honor "Parents of the Year". It is an almost impossible decision to make because there are so many truly wonderful parents. Make sure that on this Parent’s Day, your parents and children know exactly how special and important they are.

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

not many people know

a.

rearing of children

2

the fourth

b.

two-parent family

3.

the role of parents in the

c.

in social problems

4.

a day to promote

d.

about Parents’ Day

5.

strengthen the idea of the traditional,

e.

Sunday of July

6.

leading to a rise

f.

responsible parenting

 

Paragraph 2

1.

the most important responsibility

a.

life-long endeavour

2

the most powerful human

b.

decision

3.

being a parent brings countless

c.

bond

4.

Being a parent can be an almost

d.

any of us can have

5.

It is an almost impossible

e.

parents and children know

6.

make sure your

f.

joys and happiness


LISTENING GAP FILL

Everyone knows Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, _________________ know about Parents’ Day. This started in July 1994. President Bill Clinton signed a law _________________ Sunday of July a day we can celebrate both of our parents. The law says Parents’ Day is for "recognizing, uplifting, and _________________ of parents in the rearing of children”. The day came about because of campaigning by religious leaders. They decided it was _________________ a day to promote responsible parenting. Parents must also celebrate their children on this day. One important theme _________________ idea of the traditional, two-parent family. Campaigners say the increase in one-parent families is _________________ in social problems.

Parenthood is the most important responsibility _________________. The parent-child relationship _________________ human bond. Becoming and being a parent brings countless joys and happiness. It becomes _________________ parent to uphold their duty of raising their God-given gift with love, care and support. Being a parent can be _________________ endeavour. One of the most popular activities in many communities is to honor "Parents of the Year". It is an almost impossible decision to make because there _________________ wonderful parents. Make sure that on this Parent’s Day, your parents and children know _________________ and important they are.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

Everyone knows Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, but not __________ people know about Parents’ Day. This started in July 1994. President Bill Clinton __________ a law that made the fourth Sunday of July a day we can celebrate __________ of our parents. The law says Parents’ Day is for "recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the __________ of parents in the rearing of children”. The day came __________ because of campaigning by religious leaders. They decided it was important to have a day to __________ responsible parenting. Parents must also celebrate their children on this day. One important __________ is to strengthen the idea of the traditional, two-parent family. Campaigners say the increase in one-parent families is leading to a __________ in social problems.

 

 

 

promote
role
signed
rise
many
theme
about
both

Parenthood is the most important responsibility __________ of us can have. The parent-child relationship is the most powerful human __________. Becoming and being a parent brings countless joys and happiness. It becomes the __________ of every parent to uphold their duty of raising their God-given __________ with love, care and support. Being a parent can be an __________ life-long endeavour. One of the most __________ activities in many communities is to honor "Parents of the Year". It is an almost impossible __________ to make because there are so many truly wonderful parents. Make sure that on this Parent’s Day, your parents and children know __________ how special and important they are.

 

 

gift
 bond
exactly
popular
any
responsibility
decision
almost


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Everyone knows Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, but not much / many people know about Parents’ Day. This started in July 1994. President Bill Clinton signed / signing a law that made the fourth Sunday of July a day we can celebrate both of our parents. The law says Parents’ Day is for "recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the roll / role of parents in the rearing of children”. The day came about because of campaigning by / up religious leaders. They decided it was important to have a day to promote / promotion responsible parenting. Parents must also celebrate their children on these / this day. One important theme / them is to strengthen the idea of the traditional, two-parent family. Campaigners say the increase in one-parent families is leading to a rise / arise in social problems.

Parenthood is the most important responsibility any of we / us can have. The parent-child relationship is the most powerful / power human bond. Becoming and being a parent brings countable / countless joys and happiness. It becomes the responsibility of every parent to uphold their duty of raising / rising their God-given gift with love, care and support. Being a parent can be an almost life-long endeavour. One of the most popularity / popular activities in many communities is to honor "Parents of the Year". It is an almost impossible deciding / decision to make because there are so many true / truly wonderful parents. Make sure that on this Parent’s Day, your parents and children know exactly / exact how special and important they are.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Everyone knows Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, but not (1) ____ people know about Parents’ Day. This started in July 1994. President Bill Clinton signed a law that (2) ____ the fourth Sunday of July a day we can celebrate both of our parents. The law says Parents’ Day is for "recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the (3) ____ of parents in the rearing of children”. The day (4) ____ about because of campaigning by religious leaders. They decided it was important to have a day to promote responsible (5) ____. Parents must also celebrate their children on this day. One important theme is to strengthen the idea of the traditional, two-parent family. Campaigners say the increase in one-parent families is leading to a (6) ____ in social problems.

Parenthood is the most important responsibility (7) ____ of us can have. The parent-child relationship is the most powerful human bond. Becoming and being a parent (8) ____ countless joys and happiness. It becomes the responsibility of every parent to uphold their duty of (9) ____ their God-given gift with love, care and support. Being a parent can be an almost life-long endeavour. One of the most (10) ____ activities in many communities is to honor "Parents of the Year". It is an almost impossible decision to make because there are so many (11) ____ wonderful parents. Make sure that on this Parent’s Day, your parents and children know (12) ____ how special and important they are.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

much

(b)

many

(c)

more

(d)

some

2.

(a)

made

(b)

did

(c)

took

(d)

gave

3.

(a)

roll

(b)

role

(c)

rolls

(d)

role model

4.

(a)

took

(b)

did

(c)

made

(d)

came

5.

(a)

parent

(b)

parental

(c)

parentage

(d)

parenting

6.

(a)

increase

(b)

up

(c)

rise

(d)

raise

7.

(a)

few

(b)

any

(c)

little

(d)

none

8.

(a)

takes

(b)

goes

(c)

brings

(d)

comes

9.

(a)

rising

(b)

bringing

(c)

raising

(d)

breeding

10.

(a)

popularity

(b)

polar

(c)

popularize

(d)

popular

11.

(a)

truly

(b)

truth

(c)

truths

(d)

truthfully

12.

(a)

exactly

(b)

exact

(c)

exactness

(d)

exacted


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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6.

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Paragraph 2

7.

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8.

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9.

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10.

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11.

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12.

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

both of our parents. The law says Parents’ Day is for "recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role

1  )

Everyone knows Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, but not many people know about Parents’ Day. This started

(    )

it was important to have a day to promote responsible parenting. Parents must also celebrate their children on this

(    )

powerful human bond. Becoming and being a parent brings countless joys and happiness. It becomes the responsibility

(    )

be an almost life-long endeavour. One of the most popular activities in many communities is to honor

(    )

say the increase in one-parent families is leading to a rise in social problems.

(    )

of every parent to uphold their duty of raising their God-given gift with love, care and support. Being a parent can

(    )

day. One important theme is to strengthen the idea of the traditional, two-parent family. Campaigners

(    )

Parenthood is the most important responsibility any of us can have. The parent-child relationship is the most

(    )

and children know exactly how special and important they are.

(    )

of parents in the rearing of children”. The day came about because of campaigning by religious leaders. They decided

(    )

wonderful parents. Make sure that on this Parent’s Day, your parents

(    )

"Parents of the Year". It is an almost impossible decision to make because there are so many truly

(    )

in July 1994. President Bill Clinton signed a law that made the fourth Sunday of July a day we can celebrate


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

about     Day     many     know     Parents’     Not     people

2.

can     parents     celebrate     A     both     day     of     we     our

3.

rearing     of     of     parents     children     in     The     the     role

4.

to     responsible     Have     day     promote     parenting     a

5.

rise     social     Leading     a     in     problems     to

6.

any     The     of    most    us    important    can    responsibility     have

7.

brings     parent     a     Being     joys     countless

8.

activities     many     The     popular     in     communities     most

9.

is     It     make     to     decision     impossible     almost     an

10.

are     many     wonderful     There     so     truly     parents


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 PARENTS’ DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about Parents’ 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.

 

 

 

 

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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 Parents’ 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 Parents’ Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Parents’ 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 Parents’ 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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