Свято проводиться серед учнів 9 – 10 класів у кінці листопада у переддень святкування Дня Подяки у англомовних країнах. Мета: ознайомити учнів з традиціями святкування Дня Подяки у англомовних країнах і повторити лексику теми «Осінь». Зал прикрашений осіннім листям, на сцені стоїть стіл, на ньому фрукти овочі, осінні квіти у вазі. На стіні перед глядачами екран, на якому буде представлена презентація. Звучить уривок «Пори року. Осінь» Вівальді, на сцену виходить дівчинка у костюмі осені.
Autumn (a girl in a golden dress):
The autumn comes, a maiden fair
In slenderness and grace,
With nodding rice-stems in her hair
And lilies in her face.
In flowers of grasses she is clad;
And as she moves along,
Birds greet her with their cooing glad
Like bracelets' tinkling song.
A diadem adorns the night
Of multitudinous stars;
Her silken robe is white moonlight,
Set free from cloudy bars;
And on her face (the radiant moon)
Bewitching smiles are shown:
She seems a slender maid, who soon
Will be a woman grown.
Welcome to our Autumn party! Today we are going to speak about the golden autumn and The American Thanksgiving Day! Attention! Attention! Attention! Our Autumn party begins!
Pupil 1. Almost every culture in the world has held celebrations of thanks for a plentiful harvest. The American Thanksgiving holiday began as a feast of thanksgiving in the early days of the American colonies almost four hundred years ago. In 1620, a boat filled with more than one hundred people sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to settle in the New World. This religious group had begun to question the beliefs of the Church of England and they wanted to separate from it. The Pilgrims settled in what is now the state of Massachusetts. Their first winter in the New World was difficult. They had arrived too late to grow many crops, and without fresh food, half the colony died from disease. The following spring the Iroquois Indians taught them how to grow corn (maize), a new food for the colonists. They showed them other crops to grow in the unfamiliar soil and how to hunt and fish.
Pupil 2. In the autumn of 1621, bountiful crops of corn, barley, beans and pumpkins were harvested. The colonists had much to be thankful for, so a feast was planned. They invited the local Indian chief and 90 Indians. The Indians brought deer to roast with the turkeys and other wild game offered by the colonists. The colonists had learned how to cook cranberries and different kinds of corn and squash dishes from the Indians. To this first Thanksgiving, the Indians had even brought popcorn. In following years, many of the original colonists celebrated the autumn harvest with a feast of thanks.
Pupil 3. After the United States became an independent country, Congress recommended one yearly day of thanksgiving for the whole nation to celebrate. George Washington suggested the date November 26 as Thanksgiving Day. Then in 1863, at the end of a long and bloody civil war, Abraham Lincoln asked all Americans to set aside the last Thursday in November as a day of thanksgiving.
Pupil 4. Thanksgiving Day holiday traditions basically involve family, food and football. Each family has its own unique holiday tradition for celebrating Thanksgiving Day. This festive time includes family meals together, family reunions and get-togethers. The special traditional menu on this day comprises of turkey, pumpkin pie, corn and cranberry sauce mainly. Family members enjoy this day by following the holiday tradition of exchanging gifts in the form of flowers, trinkets, jewelry, chocolates, candy, wine etc. There is no proof that turkey was served the first time Thanksgiving Day was ever celebrated, but somehow this holiday tradition has established itself over the centuries and the celebration is not complete if there is no turkey.
Pupil 5. There is a sense of goodwill and celebration everywhere as people get absorbed into the holiday spirit. People make use of huge discount sales and shopping offers and decorate their houses with fresh flowers, wreaths, and bring out their best tableware during this time. It is a time for sharing. As Thanksgiving Day draws near, people are filled with a sense of gratitude and appreciation for what they have. People offer prayers and attend church services. Another major holiday tradition on Thanksgiving Day is the parades held, after President Lincoln declared a holiday on this day. The military turns out in full dress and warms the heart of those seeing it, and this is followed by musical performances and celebrity appearances. One of the biggest attractions of Thanksgiving Day holiday traditions is NFL football. People enjoy watching the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers play and recall one of the best games that were played on this day.
Autumn. This was a short story of Thanksgiving Day and now I want to check up how attentive you were. Answer the question and you’ll get a prize.
- Why do we call this holiday Thanksgiving Day?
- Who was the first to celebrate this holiday?
- When was this holiday celebrated for the first time?
- Where did the Pilgrims settle?
- Who taught the Pilgrims to grow maize?
- Who asked all Americans to set aside the last Thursday in November as a day of thanksgiving?
- When was this holiday proclaimed as national?
- What traditional dishes does the holiday dinner consist of?
- What are the main attractions on Thanksgiving Day?
- What presents do the people exchange on this day?
Pupil 1. Now let’s have fun. The first task is to guess the riddles. If your answer is right you’ll get a prize.
1. Walk on the living, they don't even mumble, step on the dead, they mutter and grumble. (Leaves)
2. What did baby corn say to Mama corn? (Where's Papa Corn?)
3. What month are trees scared of? (Sept –timber)
4. What comes twice in September, once in October, once in November? ( Letter e)
5. N o matter how little or how much you use me you change me every month.
What am I? (A calendar)
6. What kind of key has legs, but can't open doors? (A turkey)
7. Why didn't the turkey finish his dessert? (Because he was stuffed)
8. When the pilgrims landed, where did they stand? (On their feet)
Pupil 2. We need four participants for the next task. There will be two teams. Your task will be to unscramble the letters to find the words in the anagram. There is a little hint – all these words are connected with Thanksgiving Day. Your time is limited – you have 3 minutes. If you guess and write all the words correctly your team will get a little prize.
Pupil 3. Autumn is a multicolored season. Now we’ll be the artists. We need four volunteers. Your eyes will be closed with the scarves and you’ll have to draw a still life – an apple, a pear and some grapes. The best painter will have a prize.
Pupil 4. There are numerous beautiful poems about this season in the world. Let’s try to be poets. Let’s write a poem about autumn. Let’s make two teams. Every team may contain 2-3 pupils. You’ll have not much time - only 3 minutes.
While you are writing your poems listen to the nice autumn tune of Louis Armstrong “Autumn Leaves”.
Autumn is so beautiful season!
Umbrellas and red leaves, the ripe fruit and the rain.
Thanksgiving is the most family holiday.
Use each opportunity to see the autumn forest.
Multicoloured leaves are falling down from the trees.
Nobody can be indifferent to this rainy season!
The pupils read their poems and the audience name the best one to be given the prize.
Pupil 2. Today we speak about autumn. It’s a time of gathering crops. Let’s full our nice basket with fruit and vegetables. Each participant has only one minute to name as many fruit and vegetables as he can. The best pupil will get a prize.
Pupil 3. Listen to the autumn poem about wonderful autumn leaves.
They are seen on the trees,
They are seen on the ground.
They are seen in the air,
Whirling softly around;
They sing rustling songs
As our footsteps they hear,
And their name is well known,
For they come every year.
Pupil 4. We can see a beautiful tree but it has no leaves. You can help it to be the real nice autumn tree. You have got multicoloured leaves cut from paper, your task will be to write down one word about autumn. What associations do you have with the word “autumn”? Put your leaves on the tree to make the conclusion of our party.
Autumn. I am very grateful to you for your participation in our Autumn party. I invite you to our final autumn dance. (Eric Clapton “Autumn Leaves”)