5 Minutes Prep - 2 Hour Interactive Lesson!
Did you know that Boxing Day, the holiday on the day after Christmas, does not exist in America? It is a federal holiday celebrated in Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Boxing Day is often characterized by shopping since stores usually have their best sales of the year on that day, similar to Black Friday in the U.S. Teaching about holidays helps our students crack our cultural code.
The Boxing Day story below is geared to literacy and low beginner ESL and is followed by questions practising what, when, and why. If you are looking for something for higher beginner or intermediate ESL, try a jigsaw from Callan's Holiday Jigsaws.
For the reading below, you will need a few pairs of scissors as students are to read the story, then cut it up, put it back together, and read it again. This reinforces both the left to right directionality and syntax of English. It also gives students at this low level the much needed opportunity to practise reading the story several times.
Click on this image to view the reading and print it out for use in your own class:
Click on this image to view the Boxing Day questions:
Here is a cloze passage to go along with the story: