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Welcome to “WiSE” (Workshops in Speaking English). Tonight: Thanksgiving traditions Led by Brea Barthel. A quick note on Election Day. Yesterday was Election Day This was an “off-year” election (no national or state-wide elections) Elections were at City or town level

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Welcome to “WiSE”(Workshops in Speaking English)

Tonight:

Thanksgiving traditions

Led by Brea Barthel


A quick note on Election Day

  • Yesterday was Election Day

  • This was an “off-year” election (no national or state-wide elections)

  • Elections were at

    • City or town level

    • Ward level (sub-section of a city or town)

    • County level (region with a number of towns/cities)


Thanksgiving!!

  • By federal law, the holiday is the fourth Thursday of November

  • It was “started” in 1621 by “Pilgrims” in Massachusetts to celebrate a good harvest

  • But giving thanks for a good harvest existed before Europeans came to the area!

  • Some Native American tribes consider Thanksgiving a national day of mourning

  • For most other Americans, it’s a favorite holiday.


What makes it a great holiday?

  • No worry about gift buying

  • Almost everybody has Thursday & Friday off

  • Most people gather with family or friends

  • TV has special events: parades, football games, classic movies

  • Good food!

  • (See separate handout)


Ideas for group discussion

  • Do you have a holiday at harvest time?

  • What is a holiday meal like?

  • What are common holiday activities?


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