- Ask your class what they associate with Halloween and use this as an opportunity to revise/recycle any key vocabulary for Halloween.
- Brainstorm ideas on the origins of Halloween
- Pre-teach any vocabulary you think is key for understanding of text. Check pupils understanding of Celts, Samhain (pronounced Sah-win), Saint, Hallow (an old English word for Saint).
- Give the students a copy of the History of Halloween.
- Ask your students to work in pairs and get them to read the text for gist.
- Get students to report back on what they think the origins of Halloween are. It is important that students understand that the true origins are not really known.
- Get students to work in pairs and answer the questions on the worksheet. After each section, ask students to report back on their findings and you can check for understanding and any problems that may come up. Check students understand the meaning of timer markers and their importance when reporting things from the past.
1.Unscramble these words from the text
- a) NIAHMAS = SAMHAIN
- b) STLEC = CELTS
- c) STNIAS = SAINTS
- d) SMOTSUC = CUSTOMS
- e) EDARAP = PARADE
2.After reading the text, answer the following questions:
- a) Who first celebrated Halloween? The Celts
- b) When did the Church introduce All Saints’ Day? In the 8th century
- c) What was the Celtic name for the festival celebrated around Halloween? Samhain
- d) What did the Celts believe happened at the end of October? The Celts believed that the souls of the dead visited Earth on the last day of October.
- e) What happened in the 19th century? In the 19th century, Irish and Scottish immigrants went to the USA and took their Halloween customs with them.
3.Time markers help us to understand when things have happened or happen. Re-read the text and highlight some of the markers of time you see.
Thousands of years ago, today, in the 19th century, in the 8th century
4.Why do you think most of the text is written in the past simple? Because we are talking about periods in history. Things/past actions that have happened.
5.Put these sentences into the present tense:
- a) Immigrants went to the USA. Immigrants go to the USA.
- b) The Celts celebrated the end of summer. The Celts celebrate the end of summer.
- c) It was usual to pray for the dead. It is usual to pray for the dead.
- d) The festival was known as Samhain. The festival is known as Samhain.
- e) The Celts believed that the souls of the dead visited Earth on the last day of October. The Celts believe that the souls of the dead visited Earth on the last day of October.