Saint Patrick’s Day

Lesson plan overview

This Free ESL lesson is about St. Patrick’s Day – it’s history, traditions, the life of St. Patrick and Irish culture. For more advanced students, you can check the worksheets “Idioms: luck
After an initial discussion about St. Patrick’s Day and Irish traditions, students take a look at a few photos and use the words given (shamrock, bagpipe, parade, pot of gold) to talk about how St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated nowadays.
Reading and speaking: The class is divided into 2 groups. Students in each groups read different facts about St. Patrick’s Day and then ask and answer questions about what they have read.
Video: Students watch a video: “St. Patrick’s Day: Bet You Didn’t Know“. First, they identify which 2 facts from the previous activity are mentioned in the video. Next, they answer 8 questions.
Grammar: The passive voice. First, students look at different examples of the passive voice. Then they go back to the reading activity and find all the examples of the passive voice. There are 2 practice activities: first, students complete the sentences given with the correct form of the verbs, next, they correct the mistakes in 4 sentences.
Speaking and writing: Students think about a celebration from their country or city and write a short description, using the passive voice.
Speaking: Irish proverbs: Students take a look at 10 proverbs and match them to their meanings. Then they discuss the proverbs.
NOTE: The conversation cards are grammar-oriented: students need to complete the questions and then ask and answer the questions in pairs or small groups.

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Pre-class activities

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Vocabulary matching


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

There were never any snakes on the island.
When he finally died, Patrick became the patron saint of Ireland, despite his British heritage.
Today, there are over 100 St. Patrick’s Day parades across the country.

Comprehension questions

In-class activities

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Conversation cards PDF

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