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Halloween Last Minute

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Dear English Teachers,

Whether we like Halloween or not it is part of culture, which means it is part of language  (according to Byram( 1989) teachers of a language are also teachers of culture).

My intention is to encourage you to take advantage of extra ideas that will only supplement your existing rich resources and hopefully- save your time.

The materials presented below come from Internet sources and what they have in common is that we can use them regardless of what we have been doing in lessons recently. There is no need to change our plans, it is just enough to include one or two elements at any stage of the lesson.

https://www.fluentu.com/blog/educator-english/esl-halloween-activities/

1.Guess Who

This is a simple game that even beginning students can play. As a class, brainstorm a list of creepy Halloween creatures—such as bats, black cats, Frankenstein, mummies, etc. From the list, each person chooses one creature and writes three clues about it. Make sure they don’t write down the name of the Halloween creature, though!

Tell your students to number their clues and make the most obvious clues last in the list. Students take turns sharing their clues and guessing which Halloween creature each person chose.

If a student guesses correctly after one clue, they score three points. After two clues, two points. After three clues, one point. Keep score and give a prize to the person with the highest score at the end of the game.

2. “The Scream”

“The Scream” Source: commons.wikimedia.org

Show students Edvard Munch’s famous painting “The Scream.” Put students in groups of three to talk about the painting. Have them discuss the following two questions:

  • What happened?
  • Why is this person screaming?

If your students are beginning or intermediate, have them discuss the painting using the simple past tense. If your students are intermediate or advanced, consider having them discuss what could have happened using the past conditional tense with modal verbs.

As they discuss and write, they should use whatever tense you assigned. (If you decide to have students work in the conditional for this activity, you might want to take a few minutes at the beginning of class to review conditionals.)

After their discussion time, have groups work together to write a scary story using the painting for inspiration. Give groups a chance to read their stories to the rest of the class or compile the stories into a class book for students to read during free learning periods.

https://blog.esllibrary.com/2010/10/25/10-ideas-for-teaching-halloween-english/

3. Have a Trick-or-Treating debate. Is it right or wrong for kids to go door to door asking strangers for candy? Assign each half of the class a position (for or against).

4. Make a list of Halloween Safety Tips, or watch this film together and discuss what went wrong with the little witch’s costume. We spotted this oldie, but goodie, on Jeffrey Hill’s blog.

5. Introduce your students to Michael Jackson’s, Thriller Lyrics here.

6. Read and discuss some short scary stories! Put the students in groups and have each one retell a story in their own words.

https://www.edutopia.org/blog/film-festival-halloween-activities

7.  History of the Holidays: Halloween (03:30)

From the Celts to candy: the History Channel explores where modern-day Halloween traditions came from. See all of the resources around Halloween from the History Channel, including more videos, articles, and infographics; and here are writing prompts for this video from TeachHub.

Should you feel like sharing your ideas and comments you are more than welcome to contact me.

All yours-
K. Nowak

 

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