FREE - Guy Fawkes Night (Bonfire Night) - British Festival Reading Lesson

Grade Levels
7th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
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FREE Reading lesson with Full lesson plan. Work with your students to learn about the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot and it's annual celebration. It contains pre-reading activities, a reading, synonym match, comprehension check & discussion starters.

The Gunpowder Plot: On November 5th, 1602, Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators were arrested trying to plant explosives under the Houses of Parliament and blow up King James I and the House of Lords. The foiling of this plot is celebrated to this day and involves the dressing up of a doll, named a "Guy", who is put on top of a bonfire and burnt. The celebration also involves heavy use of fireworks, leading it to be often called Fireworks Night. It's a really interesting festival and makes an interesting change from the usual diet of Thanksgiving and Halloween lessons that students get fed every fall!

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Total Pages
3 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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