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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

Halloween is celebrated on October the 31st every year. It originated from a pagan holiday and the Christian holiday of All Saints’ Day. The name Halloween is a shortened version of All Hallows’ Eve. Today, it is more of a fun day for children and has largely lost its religious roots. Halloween is probably most famous in the U.S.A. Irish immigrants took it to America in the mid-1600s and it slowly spread across the country. Halloween is not celebrated in many countries around the world although many people know about it. Some Christians are not so happy that people celebrate Halloween. They believe the holiday is un-Christian because of its origin as a pagan "festival of the dead."

Halloween has many easily identifiable symbols. The colours orange and black are widely used. In particular, orange pumpkins and fires and black witches, cats and costumes are common features of this day. One of the biggest Halloween activities is trick-or-treating. This is when children knock on doors and ask for a small gift. If they don’t get anything, they’ll play a trick on the person who opens the door. Food also plays a big part of Halloween. Toffee apples are very popular and so is anything made from pumpkin. Halloween is also a popular topic for Hollywood. Many horror movies have been made about it. Because of this, Halloween is now known in many countries that never actually celebrate it.

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

It originated from a

a.

of All Hallows’ Eve

2

a shortened version

b.

happy

3.

Irish immigrants took

c.

dead

4.

it slowly spread

d.

pagan holiday

5.

not so

e.

it to America

6.

festival of the

f.

across the country

 

Paragraph 2

1.

The colours orange and black

a.

trick

2

cats and costumes are common

b.

activities

3.

Halloween

c.

from pumpkin

4.

play a

d.

are widely used

5.

anything made

e.

movies

6.

horror

f.

features


LISTENING GAP FILL

Halloween is celebrated on October the 31st every year. It _________________ pagan holiday and the Christian holiday of All Saints’ Day. The name Halloween is _________________ of All Hallows’ Eve. Today, it is more of a fun day for children and has largely lost its religious roots. Halloween is _________________ in the U.S.A. Irish immigrants took it to America in the mid-1600s and it _________________ the country. Halloween is not celebrated in many countries around the world although many _________________ it. Some Christians are not so happy that people celebrate Halloween. They believe the holiday is un-Christian because _________________ pagan "festival of the dead."

Halloween has many easily identifiable symbols. The colours orange and black _________________. In particular, orange pumpkins and fires and black witches, cats and costumes are _________________ this day. One of the biggest Halloween activities is trick-or-treating. This is when children _________________ and ask for a small gift. If they don’t get anything, they’ll play a trick on the person who opens the door. Food also _________________ of Halloween. Toffee apples are very popular and so is anything made from pumpkin. Halloween is also a popular topic for Hollywood. Many horror movies have _________________. Because of this, Halloween is now known in many countries that _________________ it.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

Halloween is celebrated on October the 31st every year. It ____________ from a pagan holiday and the Christian holiday of All Saints’ Day. The ____________ Halloween is a shortened ____________ of All Hallows’ Eve. Today, it is more of a fun day for children and has largely lost its religious roots. Halloween is probably ____________ famous in the U.S.A. Irish immigrants took it to America in the mid-1600s and it slowly ____________ across the country. Halloween is not celebrated in many countries around the world although many people ____________ about it. Some Christians are not so ____________ that people celebrate Halloween. They believe the holiday is un-Christian because of its origin as a pagan "festival of the ____________."

 

 

 

version
know
originated
dead
name
spread
most
happy

Halloween has many ____________ identifiable symbols. The colours orange and black are widely used. In particular, orange pumpkins and fires and black witches, cats and costumes are ____________ features of this day. One of the biggest Halloween activities is trick-or-treating. This is when children ____________ on doors and ask for a small gift. If they don’t get anything, they’ll play a ____________ on the person who opens the ____________. Food also plays a big ____________ of Halloween. Toffee apples are very popular and so is anything made from pumpkin. Halloween is also a ____________ topic for Hollywood. Many horror movies have been made about it. Because of this, Halloween is now ____________ in many countries that never actually celebrate it.

 

 

common
 
door
popular
trick
known
easily
knock
part


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Halloween is celebrated on October the 31st every / all year. It originated from a pagan holiday and the Christian holiday of All Saints’ Day. The name Halloween is a shortened vision / version of All Hallows’ Eve. Today, it is more of a fan / fun day for children and has largely lost its religious roots. Halloween is probably most famous in the U.S.A. Irish immigration / immigrants took it to America in the mid-1600s and it slowly spread / spreads across the country. Halloween is not celebrated in many countries around the world although many people known / know about it. Some Christians are not so happy that people celebrate Halloween. They belief / believe the holiday is un-Christian because of its origin / original as a pagan "festival of the dead."

Halloween has many easy / easily identifiable symbols. The colours orange and black are widely used. In peculiar / particular, orange pumpkins and fires and black witches, cats and costumes are common features / futures of this day. One of the biggest Halloween activities is trick-or-treating. This is when children knocking / knock on doors and ask for a small gift. If they don’t get anything, they’ll play a trick on the person / people who opens the door. Food also plays a big part of Halloween. Toffee apples are very popularity / popular and so is anything made from pumpkin. Halloween is also a popular topic / topical for Hollywood. Many horror movies have been made about it. Because of this, Halloween is now known in many countries that never actually / actual celebrate it.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Halloween is celebrated on October the 31st (1) ____ year. It originated from a pagan holiday and the Christian holiday of All Saints’ Day. The name Halloween is a (2) ____ version of All Hallows’ Eve. Today, it is more of a fun day for children and has (3) ____ lost its religious roots. Halloween is probably most famous in the U.S.A. Irish immigrants took it to America in the mid-1600s and it (4) ____ spread across the country. Halloween is not celebrated in many countries around the world (5) ____ many people know about it. Some Christians are not so happy that people celebrate Halloween. They believe the holiday is un-Christian because of its (6) ____ as a pagan "festival of the dead."

Halloween has many (7) ____ identifiable symbols. The colours orange and black are widely used. In particular, orange pumpkins and fires and black witches, cats and costumes are common (8) ____ of this day. One of the biggest Halloween activities is trick-or-treating. This is when children knock on doors and ask for a small gift. If they don’t get (9) ____, they’ll play a trick on the person who opens the door. Food also plays a big part of Halloween. Toffee apples are very popular and (10) ____ is anything made from pumpkin. Halloween is also a popular (11) ____ for Hollywood. Many horror movies have been made about it. Because of this, Halloween is now known in many countries that never actually (12) ____ it.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

every

(b)

all

(c)

whole

(d)

entire

2.

(a)

shorts

(b)

shortlist

(c)

shorten

(d)

shortened

3.

(a)

large

(b)

largely

(c)

larger

(d)

largest

4.

(a)

slowly

(b)

slowed

(c)

slows

(d)

slowish

5.

(a)

so

(b)

therefore

(c)

and

(d)

although

6.

(a)

original

(b)

origins

(c)

origin

(d)

originality

7.

(a)

easy

(b)

ease

(c)

eased

(d)

easily

8.

(a)

features

(b)

futures

(c)

futuristic

(d)

featured

9.

(a)

nothing

(b)

anything

(c)

thingamajig

(d)

thing

10.

(a)

as

(b)

at

(c)

so

(d)

to

11.

(a)

topics

(b)

topical

(c)

topic

(d)

topically

12.

(a)

actual

(b)

actually

(c)

acts

(d)

actuality


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

Halloween is dbteacrlee on October the 31st

2.

a shortened erovisn

3.

its religious rtsoo

4.

it slowly epsadr

5.

because of its ironig

6.

latiesfv of the dead

 

Paragraph 2

7.

easily identifiable mlysosb

8.

orange nmpsuikp

9.

Halloween ticevsiita

10.

play a krcit

11.

apples are very apprlou

12.

rhrroo movies


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

holiday of All Saints’ Day. The name Halloween is a shortened version of All Hallows’ Eve. Today, it is more

(    )

for a small gift. If they don’t get anything, they’ll play a trick on the person who opens the door. Food also plays a big

(    )

topic for Hollywood. Many horror movies have been made about it. Because

(    )

of a fun day for children and has largely lost its religious roots. Halloween is probably most famous in the U.S.A. Irish

(    )

black are widely used. In particular, orange pumpkins and fires and black witches, cats and costumes are common

(    )

countries around the world although many people know about it. Some Christians are not so

(    )

part of Halloween. Toffee apples are very popular and so is anything made from pumpkin. Halloween is also a popular

(    )

happy that people celebrate Halloween. They believe the holiday is un-

(    )

of this, Halloween is now known in many countries that never actually celebrate it.

1  )

Halloween is celebrated on October the 31st every year. It originated from a pagan holiday and the Christian

(    )

immigrants took it to America in the mid-1960s and it slowly spread across the country. Halloween is not celebrated in many

(    )

features of this day. One of the biggest Halloween activities is trick-or-treating. This is when children knock on doors and ask

(    )

Christian because of its origin as a pagan "festival of the dead."

(    )

Halloween has many easily identifiable symbols. The colours orange and


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

year     every     31st     the     October     on     Celebrated.    

2.

for     It     of     day     more     fun     children     is     a.    

3.

in     celebrated     not     is     Halloween     countries     many.    

4.

happy     Christians     that     are     people     not     celebrate     so.    

5.

Christian    its    holiday    -    of    The    un    because    origin    is

6.

symbols     Halloween     many     identifiable     has     easily.    

7.

black     The     are     colours     widely     orange     used     and.    

8.

gift    Children    knock    on    doors    and    ask    for    a    small.   

9.

plays     Halloween     a     big     Food     part     also     of.    

10.

Many     made     horror     about     movies     it     have     been.    


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 HALLOWEEN  SURVEY

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

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