what do you know about Thanksgiving?

21 11 2007
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On 22nd November Thanksgiving will be celebrated in every US home. I’m sure you have seen movie scenes in which families are celebrating this festivity. What do you really know about it?

1. Try to do this quiz and check out your knowledge about this traditional US celebration:

LInk:

http://www.funology.com/braindrains/bd024.htm

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2. Go to the”History Channel” and watch the video” The History of Thanksgiving”. Try to answer the following questions.

Link:

http://www.history.com/minisites/thanksgiving/

First Part.

“ The Pilgrims”

Watch the video and answer the following questions:

  1. How do Americans celebrate “ Thanksgiving” nowadays?
  2. Who is the “iconic inspiration” for today’s celebration?
  3. What happened in the winter of 1620?
  4. How did the Wapanoag tribe help the colonists?
  5. Why did the colonists invite their Indian neighbours to a three-day-long feast?
  6. What was eaten on that feast?
  7. What was the nature of this celebration for later generations of colonists?
  8. What did the governor of each colony decree every autumn?
  9. Who embarked on an energetic campaign in the mid 19th century to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday?
  10. What did Abraham Lincoln declare in 1863?
  11. Who organizes the Thanksgiving Parade in
    New York City?
  12. What is the nature of this celebrations nowadays?

Check out the answers to the questions.

Key

“ The Pilgrims”

Watch the video and answer the following questions:

  1. How do Americans celebrate “ Thanksgiving” nowadays?

Eating turkey ( 45 million turkeys), watching football on TV, resting and spending time with the family.

  1. Who is the “iconic inspiration” for today’s celebration?

The pilgrims of
Plymouth, Massachussets .( a group of English Protestants, known as the Puritans, began to disapprove of the Church of England’s sympathies towards the Catholics. They set sail from Plymouth on a ship called the Mayflower and founded a new church in
America)

  1. What happened in the winter of 1620?

They had a hard winter and nearly half of them died.

  1. How did the Wapanoag tribe help the colonists?

The Indians helped the settlers to hunt and fish.

  1. Why did the colonists invite their Indian neighbours to a three-day-long feast? That first year’s harvest was good, so the Pilgrims wanted to thank God and the Indians .
  2. What was eaten on that feast? Not turkey, but roast goose, cod, corn and lobster.
  3. What was the nature of this celebration for later generations of colonists? It was an eminently religious celebration involving praying, fasting and giving thanks to God.
  4. What did the governor of each colony decree every autumn? A feast to give thanks for bountiful ( large) harvests, victorious battles and rain.
  5. Who embarked on an energetic campaign in the mid 19th century to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday? Sarah Josepha Hale ( a determined magazine editor).
  6. What did Abraham Lincoln declare in 1863? He declared Thanksgiving a national holiday.
  7. Who organizes the Thanksgiving Parade in
    New York City? Macy’s department store in NY city
  8. What is the nature of this celebration nowadays? A family celebration. ( to give thanks for what we have and to spend some quality time with your beloved), a kick off to Christmas shopping!!


Extreme Sports

9 11 2007

In unit 3 we deal with the topic of extreme sports and adventure.

Go to the wikipedia and read about extreme sports. ( go to enlaces)

Watch the following youtube video and see what zorbing is like

This is an example of ” slamball”

Would you like to try barefoot water skiing?

Have you ever tried any extreme sport? Would you like to? Send your opinion to this question, please.