miércoles, 21 de noviembre de 2012


In the United States Thanksgiving is observed on the every fourth Thursday of November. The holiday is celebrated in remembrance of the pilgrims and in order to give thanks. This year, the holiday is held on 22nd.

In a three-minute video the Channel History gives us a very comprehensive history of Thanksgiving.

Self-study activity:
Watch the video and say whether the statements below are true or false.

1 The relationship between the colonists and the indians was good.
2 Turkey was part of the menu in the 1621 meal of colonists and Indians.
3 New England days of Thanksgiving were mainly a religious celebration.
4 All the States celebrated Thanksgiving on the same day in mid 19th century.
5 The movement to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday was started by a politician.
6 Football has played an important role in Thanksgiving since 19th century.
7 Thanksgiving has been part of Christmas since1924.
8 American families get together to celebrate Thanksgiving.

You can self-correct the activity by reading the script here.

Visit this webpage to go through an interactive trip of the Pilgrim Fathers voyage to America.

Simply select one of the three options on the menu (Voyage on the Mayflower; Daily Life; The Thanksgiving Feast) and click on the sound button. You will be able to simultaneously read and listen to the story. There are also close-captioned (with subtitles) videos available.

Self-study activity: Read and listen to the story as often as necessary, and look up the words that you don't understand. Finally, retell parts of the story in your own words.