ESL Lesson Plan for St. Patrick's Day
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ESL Activities for St. Patricks Day - ESL Lesson Plan
St. Patrick’s Day
Have you heard of St. Patrick’s Day? With a partner make a list of all the things you know about St. Patrick’s Day, making guesses is ok. DO NOT READ THE TEXT YET!
Look at the words taken from the text below. There are two definitions for each word. Draw a line from the word to the correct definition.
Now read the text and check whether any of your ideas from the pre-reading task were correct.
St. Patrick’s Day
Saint Patrick’s Day is one of the most celebrated religious holidays in the world celebrated mainly by those of Irish descent and has later become a festive tradition even by non-Irish. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated every March 17 th but may be moved if it coincides with other holidays like Palm Sunday and Holy Week. It commemorates the death of Saint Patrick of Ireland.
Saint Patrick was once the son of a wealthy Roman-British family kidnapped by Irish raiders. He was helped by God to escape the raiders and went on to become a priest. He went back to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity and with the use of the three-leafed shamrock, he was said to have explained the concept of the Holy Trinity. The three-leafed shamrock is now the symbol of the festival and the general symbol for the Irish. It was celebrated as a Catholic feast day as early as the ninth century and finally became a public holiday in Ireland in 1903. Its colorful festivities and traditions spread to other countries because of vast Irish migrations and have appealed to non-Irish folk.
Saint Patrick’s Day is an official non-working holiday in Ireland and is celebrated by wearing green apparel decorated with shamrocks. It is also celebrated with large consumption of alcohol in bars and pubs and culminates in a festive parade. It is widely celebrated in the United States, Great Britain and Canada and as far as Argentina.
Comprehension Check Questions
Are the following statements true or false?
Past Simple Passive
Look at these sentences from the text.
St. Patrick was helped by God to escape the raiders and went on to become a priest.
St. Patrick was said to have explained the concept of the Holy Trinity using a shamrock.
Read the sentences below, tick the ones that are a good use of the Past Simple Passive.
Complete the description on how to write the Past Simple Passive below:
The verb to _____ in the past simple + the verb –ed (regular verbs) or past _____ (irregular verbs)
Research and Writing Practice
Research into another famous saint day, when it is, how it is celebrated and how the person came to be a saint. Write about the saint and saint day following the paragraph outlines below:
Paragraph 1 – The name of the day, when it is and where it is celebrated
Paragraph 2 – History of the day
Paragraph 3 – More detail about the festivities.
Swap your writing with a partner and check it for spelling, punctuation and correct use of grammar. Also check that they followed the above paragraph guidelines.
Formal Speaking Practice
Make a 3 minute presentation about the saint day you researched, DO NOT read from your writing activity.