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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

Guy Fawkes Night is a very British celebration. It celebrates a failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament (that’s where Big Ben is) in London. This was probably one of the first examples of terrorism, only it didn’t work. It all happened on November the fifth, 1605. A group of Catholics who were unhappy with their Protestant rulers wanted to bring the government down. Their leader was a man called Guy Fawkes and his plan was called the Gunpowder Plot. Fortunately, some passers-by saw Guy Fawkes and his followers with the gunpowder. Guy Fawkes was arrested. He was put on a bonfire and burned to death. In Britain and former British colonies, this day is also called Bonfire Night.

Bonfire Night is perhaps the biggest outdoor celebration in Britain. Unfortunately, it is in winter and takes place at night. You have to brave the cold, but it is a happy occasion. Every town and village puts on a fireworks display. There is usually a large bonfire in the middle of the town. People gather at it to watch the fireworks and eat traditional Guy Fawkes Night food. Baked potatoes and toffee apples are the most popular treats. There is usually a mock guy on the bonfire to represent the real one that died 400 years ago. Many families have smaller celebrations and will have their own, private fireworks display in their garden. There are many warnings to be careful because every year, children are injured in fireworks accidents.

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

blow up the Houses

a.

down

2

the first examples

b.

burned to death

3.

bring the government

c.

colonies

4.

his plan was called the

d.

of Parliament

5.

He was put on a bonfire and

e.

of terrorism

6.

former British

f.

Gunpowder Plot

 

Paragraph 2

1.

the biggest outdoor

a.

treats

2

takes place

b.

celebration in Britain

3.

a happy

c.

accidents

4.

in the middle

d.

at night

5.

the most popular

e.

occasion

6.

children are injured in fireworks

f.

of the town


LISTENING GAP FILL

Guy Fawkes Night _______________ celebration. It celebrates a failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament (that’s where Big Ben is) in London. This was probably _______________ examples of terrorism, only it didn’t work. It all happened on November the fifth, 1605. A group of Catholics who were _______________ Protestant rulers wanted to bring the government down. Their leader was a man called Guy Fawkes _______________ called the Gunpowder Plot. Fortunately, _______________ saw Guy Fawkes and his followers with the gunpowder. Guy Fawkes was arrested. _______________ bonfire and burned to death. In Britain and former British colonies, this day is also called Bonfire Night.

Bonfire Night is perhaps _______________ celebration in Britain. Unfortunately, it is in winter and takes _______________. You have to brave the cold, but it is a happy occasion. Every town and village puts on a fireworks display. There is usually _______________ in the middle of the town. People gather at it to watch the fireworks and eat traditional Guy Fawkes Night food. Baked potatoes and toffee apples are the most popular treats. There is _______________ guy on the bonfire to represent the real one that died 400 years ago. Many families have smaller celebrations and will _______________, private fireworks display in their garden. There are many warnings to be careful because every year, children are injured in _______________.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

Guy Fawkes Night is a ____________ British celebration. It celebrates a failed attempt to ____________ up the Houses of Parliament (that’s where Big Ben is) in London. This was probably one of the first examples of ____________, only it didn’t work. It all happened on November the fifth, 1605. A ____________ of Catholics who were unhappy with their Protestant rulers wanted to ____________ the government down. Their leader was a man called Guy Fawkes and his ____________ was called the Gunpowder Plot. Fortunately, some passers-by saw Guy Fawkes and his ____________ with the gunpowder. Guy Fawkes was arrested. He was put on a bonfire and burned to ____________. In Britain and former British colonies, this day is also called Bonfire Night.

 

 

 

followers
terrorism
plan
very
group
death
bring
blow

Bonfire Night is perhaps the ____________ outdoor celebration in Britain. Unfortunately, it is in winter and takes place at ____________. You have to brave the cold, but it is a happy ____________. Every town and village puts on a fireworks display. There is usually a large bonfire in the ____________ of the town. People gather at it to watch the fireworks and eat ____________ Guy Fawkes Night food. Baked potatoes and toffee apples are the most popular ____________. There is usually a mock guy on the bonfire to represent the real one that died 400 years ago. Many families have smaller celebrations and will have their own, ____________ fireworks display in their garden. There are many warnings to be careful because every year, children are ____________ in fireworks accidents.

 

 

occasion
 
biggest
traditional
treats
middle
injured
night
private


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Guy Fawkes Night is a too / very British celebration. It celebrates a failed attempt to blow up / down the Houses of Parliament (that’s where Big Ben is) in London. This was probably one of the first examples / example of terrorism, only it didn’t work. It all happened on November the five / fifth, 1605. A group of Catholics who were unhappy with their Protestant rulers wanted to brought / bring the government down. Their leader was a man called Guy Fawkes and his plan / plans was called the Gunpowder Plot. Fortunately, some passers-by saw Guy Fawkes and his followers with the gunpowder. Guy Fawkes was arresting / arrested. He was put on a bonfire and burned to death. In Britain and farmer / former British colonies, this day is also called Bonfire Night.

Bonfire Night is perhaps the biggest outdoor celebrate / celebration in Britain. Unfortunately, it is in winter and takes place at night. You have to bravery / brave the cold, but it is a happy occasion. Every town and village puts in / on a fireworks display. There is usually a large bonfire in the middle of the town. People gather / gathered at it to watch the fireworks and eat traditional Guy Fawkes Night food. Baked potatoes and toffee apples are the most popular treaties / treats. There is usually a mock guy on the bonfire to represent the really / real one that died 400 years ago. Many families have smaller celebrations and will have their own, private fireworks display / spray in their garden. There are many warnings to be careful because every year, children are injury / injured in fireworks accidents.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Guy Fawkes Night is a (1) ____ British celebration. It celebrates a failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament (that’s where Big Ben is) in London. This was (2) ____ one of the first examples of terrorism, only it didn’t work. It all happened on November the (3) ____, 1605. A group of Catholics who were unhappy with their Protestant rulers wanted to bring the government (4) ____. Their leader was a man called Guy Fawkes and his plan was called the Gunpowder Plot. Fortunately, some passers-(5) ____ saw Guy Fawkes and his followers with the gunpowder. Guy Fawkes was arrested. He was put on a bonfire and burned to (6) ____. In Britain and former British colonies, this day is also called Bonfire Night.

Bonfire Night is perhaps the biggest outdoor (7) ____ in Britain. Unfortunately, it is in winter and takes place at night. You have to (8) ____ the cold, but it is a happy occasion. Every town and village puts on a fireworks display. There is usually a large bonfire in the middle of the town. People gather (9) ____ it to watch the fireworks and eat traditional Guy Fawkes Night food. Baked potatoes and toffee apples are the most popular treats. There is usually a mock guy on the bonfire to (10) ____ the real one that died 400 years ago. Many families have smaller celebrations and will have their (11) ____, private fireworks display in their garden. There are many warnings to be careful because every year, children are (12) ____ in fireworks accidents.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

lots

(b)

very

(c)

much

(d)

lot of

2.

(a)

probably

(b)

probability

(c)

probable

(d)

problem

3.

(a)

five

(b)

fifty

(c)

fifth

(d)

fiftieth

4.

(a)

up

(b)

on

(c)

in

(d)

down

5.

(a)

up

(b)

along

(c)

by

(d)

through

6.

(a)

dead

(b)

death

(c)

die

(d)

dying

7.

(a)

celebration

(b)

celebrates

(c)

celebrated

(d)

celebratory

8.

(a)

brave

(b)

braves

(c)

bravery

(d)

braved

9.

(a)

to

(b)

on

(c)

in

(d)

at

10.

(a)

send

(b)

sent

(c)

represent

(d)

present

11.

(a)

owner

(b)

own

(c)

owns

(d)

owned

12.

(a)

injury

(b)

injuries

(c)

injuring

(d)

injured


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

a failed aemtttp

2.

one of the first eplxeams

3.

November the hfitf

4.

aerspss-by saw Guy Fawkes

5.

bneurd to death

6.

mofrer British colonies

 

Paragraph 2

7.

odooutr celebration

8.

vbrae the cold

9.

fireworks dpsaliy

10.

plauopr treats

11.

warnings to be rfcauel

12.

nrejiud in fireworks accidents


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

Bonfire Night is perhaps the biggest outdoor celebration in Britain. Unfortunately, it is in winter and takes

(    )

place at night. You have to brave the cold, but it is a happy occasion. Every town and village puts

(    )

with the gunpowder. Guy Fawkes was arrested. He was put on a bonfire and burned

(    )

with their Protestant rulers wanted to bring the government down. Their leader was a man called Guy Fawkes and his plan was

(    )

to death. In Britain and former British colonies, this day is also called Bonfire Night.

(    )

fireworks and eat traditional Guy Fawkes Night food. Baked potatoes and toffee apples are the most

(    )

called the Gunpowder Plot. Fortunately, some passers-by saw Guy Fawkes and his followers

1  )

Guy Fawkes Night is a very British celebration. It celebrates a failed attempt to blow up the Houses of

(    )

Parliament (that’s where Big Ben is) in London. This was probably one of the first examples of

(    )

terrorism, only it didn’t work. It all happened on November the fifth, 1605. A group of Catholics who were unhappy

(    )

warnings to be careful because every year, children are injured in fireworks accidents.

(    )

have smaller celebrations and will have their own, private fireworks display in their garden. There are many

(    )

on a fireworks display. There is usually a large bonfire in the middle of the town. People gather at it to watch the

(    )

popular treats. There is usually a mock guy on the bonfire to represent the real one that died 400 years ago. Many families


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

Houses     to     of     blow     Parliament     up     the     Attempt.    

2.

the     of     One     terrorism     of     examples     first.    

3.

happened     all     It     fifth     the     November     on.    

4.

unhappy     were     who     Catholics     of     group     A.    

5.

put     on     a     bonfire     and     burned     to     death     He     was.    

6.

Britain     The     outdoor     in     biggest     celebration.    

7.

You     to     the     have     brave     cold.    

8.

in     of     bonfire     middle     town     large     the     the     A.    

9.

are     apples     Toffee     treats     popular     most     the.    

10.

are    fireworks    Every    children    in    ,    injured    accidents    year.


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 GUY FAWKES NIGHT SURVEY

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Guy Fawkes Night. 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 Guy Fawkes Night. 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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