Learning Through Celebration St. Patricks Day and April Fools Day By Walter Steele
Objectives http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17107435 Go over the history of Saint Patricks Day and April Fools Day Discuss how the two are celebrated in the United States Group work In groups of three design a lesson plan from the material presented in class Class critique Groups will present their material to the class to share their ideas and receive feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of their lesson plan
History of Saint Patricks Day Celebrated on March 17th On this day in 461 A.D., Saint Patrick, dies at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland. Who is Saint Patrick? Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland Captured and enslaved at age 16 by Irish marauders Had dream, in which an individual named Victoricus gave him a letter, entitled "The Voice of the Irish." As he read it, Patrick seemed to hear the voices of Irishmen pleading him to return to their country and walk among them once more
History of Saint Patricks Day Said to have baptized hundreds of people on a single day, and to have used a three-leaf clover-- the famous shamrock--to describe the Holy Trinity In art, he is often portrayed trampling on snakes, in accordance with the belief that he drove those reptiles out of Ireland – this is thought to represent St Patrick’s ridding Ireland of the druids. For thousands of years, the Irish have observed the day of Saint Patricks death as a religious holiday
History of Saint Patricks Day Corn Beef and Cabbage! A traditional Irish dish? No! It’s an Irish American dish! Boiled Bacon and potatoes is a traditional Irish dish Literature http://www.history.com/this -day-in-history/saint- patrick-dies Video: http://www.history.com/topi cs/st-patricks- day/videos#corned-beef- cabbage
History of April Fools Day On April 1st 1700 English pranksters begin popularizing the annual tradition of April Fools Day by playing practical jokes on each other. Its exact origin remain a mystery Historian’s speculate 1582 when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, people who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1st, and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1st became the butt of jokes and hoaxes.
Methodology Introduce the topic. Allow students to imagine/predict what they are going to do. Familiarize the students with the topic and vocabulary. Pre (2-3 exercises) The lesson objective:listening, speaking, reading, writing, gr During (2 exercises) Doing the activity that focus’s on what you’re trying to teach (i.e. speaking, listen, exc.) ammar (only focus on one) Post (2-3 exercises) Reinforce what the students just learned
Pre-Activity Ideas Pre Listening Predict/ Compare/Vocabulary Perception Anticipate Contrast Visuals (with Brainstorming, sil Identify stress of concrete ent Charts, Venn words, pronuncia words), sentence viewing, discussi diagrams with context tion on (abstract words), matching exercises, definition s, clustering
During Activities Remember, the during activity depends on what you are trying to teach. It is the action of doing either listening, speaking, reading, writing, or grammar.
Post Activity Ideas Category Activity Social meaning Group discussion, comparing countries Comprehension Role play, dialogues, parap hrasing, summarizing (oral) Spin off Readings, presentatioRemember, the purpose of the post activity is to personalize and reinforce ns, questionnaireswhat the student just learned.
Critiquing Rate each question from 1 (no/very poor)-10 (yes/very well) Were the instructions clear? Was the objective of the activity clear? Would you find it interesting to do as a student? Comments: What do you like and dislike about the activity?