Lesson 1 - Grammar - HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS

From Studia Informatyczne

Topic: The Gunpowder Plot and Present Celebrations

Lead-in

You are going to read a story about what happened in London on the night of November 5th, 1605. Below, is a traditional English nursery rhyme written on an e-card (click on the rhyme if you want to hear it).

http://www.bonfirenight.net/sendcard/sendcard.php Guy Fawkes day and a Bonfire Night e-card


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Task

Read this account of the plot: The Gunpowder Plot of 1605 In November 1605, the infamous Gunpowder Plot took place. The story is remembered each November 5th when ‘Guys’ are burnt in a celebration known as "Bonfire Night". Catholics in England had expected James I to be a tolerant king. In fact, he acted just the opposite. This so angered some Catholics that they decided to kill everyone sitting in the Houses of Parliament including James I, who was going to open Parliament on November 5th, 1605. Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators, who had been renting out a house next to the Houses of Parliament, managed to get 36 barrels of gunpowder into a cellar of the House of Lords. The explosives expert, Guy Fawkes, had been waiting in the cellar to set off the fuse and he was only caught when a group of guards was checking the cellars at the last moment. Fawkes was arrested and sent to the Tower of London where he was tortured before he eventually gave away the names of the other conspirators. Some of the plotters were shot, others were caught, sent to the Tower and, after a brief trial, eventually hanged, together with Fawkes, in January 1606. To celebrate his survival, James ordered that the people of England should have a great bonfire on the night of November 5th. For years, people had been burning an effigy of the Pope, but after the failed plot, they changed it into Guy Fawkes and added fireworks. http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/gunpowder_plot_of_1605.htm dostęp: 18.07.2006 adapted from: The Gunpowder Plot of 1605

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Click here for the list of the most important stative verbs.

appear, astonish, believe, belong to, consist of, contain, depend on, deserve, dislike, doubt, feel (-have a certain opinion), fit, guess, hate, hear, imagine, impress, include, involve, know, lack, like, love, matter, mean, need, owe, own, please, possess, prefer, realize, recognize, remember, resemble, satisfy, see, seem, smell (-give out a smell), sound, suppose, surprise, taste (-have a certain taste), think (have a certain opinion), understand, want, wish )

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Read and listen to Sophie speaking about how she celebrates November 5th: mp3


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Free Practice Exercises

Prepare to give a talk for the class with the teacher about how you spent the last holiday (it could be Christmas, Easter, All Saints’ or All Souls’ Day, or any other holiday that you have celebrated most recently). Make notes and bring them to class: Include the following information:

1. what you did on the holiday when you were a child,

2. what you do on holiday nowadays,

3. what you did on your last holiday;

a. where you spent it,

b. who you spent it with,

c. what you did.

Do you know any jokes? Learn to tell one, so that you can get people to laugh during the lesson in class. If you do not know any jokes, you can find plenty on: http://yahooligans.yahoo.com/content/jokes/


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