Lesson plan overview

This intermediate lesson plan is about the Christian festival of  Easter. Students will learn key vocabulary about this holiday, read about Easter and Holy Week traditions in Spain, The US, and Czech Republic, watch a short video about the origin of some of the Easter symbols, and discuss various questions related to it.
Vocabulary: After an initial discussion, students learn key Easter vocabulary by matching the words given (The Last Supper, blessed, fast, crucifixion, Mass, Resurrection) to their definitions. Then students read about the most important days during the Holy Week (Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday) and complete the text with the words from the previous activity.
Speaking and reading: Students read 3 short texts about Easter traditions in Spain, The United States and The Czech Republic. Before they read the texts, they take a look at 3 photos and discuss what the photos might illustrate. Then they try to guess in which country are the traditions given observed, and read the texts to check their answers.
After that, students compare the texts with Easter celebrations and traditions in their own country.
Listening: Students watch a video “Bet you didn’t know: Easter traditions” and answer 8 questions.
Writing: Finally, students write a short text about Easter traditions in their own countries.
You can use the conversation cards for additional speaking practice and revision of the key vocabulary from this lesson.

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Vocabulary matching


The first time you watch the video, pay special attention to the correct pronunciation of the following words:

During Holy Week in southern areas of Guatemala, the locals prepare for Good Friday by covering the streets in colorful carpets made out of flowers, fruits, vegetables, and sawdust.
In fact, when rabbits were introduced to the island nation, they multiplied like, well, rabbits.
In this unique celebration of life, locals enjoy parades with floats, music, and dancing to soca music.

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