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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
Welcome to “WiSE”(Workshops in Speaking English)

Tonight:

Thanksgiving traditions

Led by Brea Barthel

a quick note on election day
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
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
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
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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