- Pre-teach the words: bonfire, gunpowder, Houses of Parliament, firework, to blow up, doll.
- Ask the students to read the text and answer the comprehension questions.
Bonfire Night, or Guy Fawkes’ Night, is celebrated on November 5th with large public firework displays and bonfires. It commemorates the failed attempt of Guy Fawkes to assassinate King James of England in 1604. Guy Fawkes tried to hide gunpowder under the Houses of Parliament and blow up the King as he opened a new parliament session. Fortunately (for the King), his plot was discovered and Guy Fawkes was executed along with his fellow conspirators. It is traditional to burn an effigy of Guy Fawkes on the bonfire. Less popular nowadays is children’s custom of showing the ‘Guy’ effigy to neighbours and asking for a ‘penny for the Guy’ (if children still do this, the going rate is much more than a penny!). Actually, there has long been a pagan rite associated with this time of year, the beginning of winter. People would destroy unwanted and possibly infectious items, including animal carcasses – hence, bone fire/bonfire – before the difficult winter.
1. a: R, b: R, c: R, d: W, e: R, f: W, g: W, h: W
2. ago – in the future, King – Queen, come – go, die – live, caught – not found, fire – water, day – night, wrong – right, in – out of
3. bonfire, November, gunpowder, fireworks, blow up, Parliament, friends, however