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TEENS March 28, 2005. Don ’ t be a fool on April 1. 泉州市城东中学 陈承雄. Warming up. Do you know the festival April Fools ’ day? How did you spend this festival this day? Did you play tricks on your friends? If so, can you tell us how you perform your trick? Did it work?

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Don t be a fool on april 1

TEENS March 28, 2005

Don’t be a fool on April 1

泉州市城东中学

陈承雄


Warming up

Warming up

  • Do you know the festival April Fools’ day?

  • How did you spend this festival this day? Did you play tricks on your friends?

  • If so, can you tell us how you perform your trick? Did it work?

  • Do you know the origin or history of April Fools’ day?


Some interesting flash cards for april fool s day

Some interesting flash cards for April Fool’s Day


Class activity

Class activity

  • Brain storm

  • Interview

  • Writing exercise

  • puppy hunt

  • Write-up

  • reading


Brain storm

Brain storm

  • Brainstorm several different ideas about how the holiday of April Fools' Day began

  • Tell it to us

  • Write it on your notebook


Interview

Interview

  • Interview your friends about a prank or joke that was played on them perhaps on an April Fools' Day and note it down

  • Read it in class

  • Discuss which jokes might have been fun for everyone involved and which jokes may not have been so good


The origin or history of april fool s day

The origin or history of April Fool’s day

  • Ancient roots

  • Medieval roots

  • Anthropological explanation

  • Mythological roots


The origin of april fool s day

The origin of April Fool’s Day

  • Throughout France in the early sixteenth century, New Year's Day was observed on March 25, the advent of spring. The celebrations, which included exchanging gifts, ran for a week, terminating with dinners and parties on April 1.


The origin of april fool s day1

The origin of April Fool’s Day

In 1564, however, in beginning the adoption of the reformed, more accurate Gregorian calendar, King Charles proclaimed that New Year's Day be moved back to January 1. Many Frenchmen who resisted the change, and others who merely forgot about it, continued partying and exchanging gifts during the week ending April 1.


The origin of april fool s day2

The origin of April Fool’s Day

Jokers ridiculed these conservatives' steadfast attachment to the old New Year's date by sending foolish gifts known as poisson d'avril, or "April fish" (because at that time of year the sun was leaving the zodiacal sign of Pisces, the fish)....


The origin of april fool s day3

The origin of April Fool’s Day

Years later, when the country was comfortable with the new New Year's date, Frenchmen, fondly attached to whimsical April Fooling, made the practice a tradition in its own right.


Writing exercise

Writing exercise

  • Write down your own myth about how the April Fool’s Day began.

  • Try your best to be creative

  • Share your myth with your classmates


Puppet hunt

puppet hunt

  • Group one and group two hide two puppets in the next classroom.

  • Group three and group four search the classroom for these two puppets


Write up

Write-up

  • Write down the process of your hiding the puppets or finding the puppets after class

  • Turn it in in the next class


Reading

reading

  • Read the article on newspaper on page 5 within 6 minutes

  • Answer the exercises


Exercise

exercise

Children in which country celebrate April Fool’s Day by sticking a paper fish on people’s back?

  • America

  • England

  • France

  • Japan

France


Exercise1

exercise

what does “practical jokes” in the third paragraph mean?

  • Tricks that are easy to do

  • tricks played on somebody for amusement

  • tricks played on friends

  • tricks that haven’t been done before

tricks played on somebody for

amusement


Exercise2

exercise

  • According to the passage, which trick isn’t fun to play on April Fool’s Day?

  • Stick a paper fish on someone’s back

  • Give someone a confetti shower

  • Put a candy worm in someone’s apple

  • Give someone a crank call

Give someone a crank call


Extensive reading

Extensive reading

  • You can the following website if you are interested in April Fool’s Day

  • http://www.snopes.com/holidays/aprilfools/origins.asp

  • http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/maprilfool.html

  • http://www.infoplease.com/spot/aprilfools1.html


Don t be a fool on april 1

THANK YOU


Ancient roots

Ancient roots

  • The Saturnalia a Roman winter festival

  • Holi, known as the festival of color

  • an ancient festival to honor Lud in north Europe, a Celtic god of humor


Medieval roots

Medieval roots

  • Festus Fatuorum (the Feast of Fools) which evolved out of the Saturnalia

  • medieval figure of the Fool, the symbolic patron saint of the day


Anthropological explanation

Anthropological explanation

  • festivals marking the Vernal Equinox, or Springtime.

  • the abundance of fish to be found in French streams and rivers during early April


Mythological roots

Mythological roots

  • Noah's mistake of sending a dove out from the ark before the flood waters had subsided (thereby sending the dove on a fool's errand)

  • Jesus was sent from Pilate to Herod and back again.

  • the town of Gotham, the legendary town of fools located in Nottinghamshire

  • Roman mythology, particularly the myth of Ceres and Proserpina


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