Pilgrims and the Origin of Thanksgiving ESL A2 / B1

Use authentic material to talk about the origin of Thanksgiving and the pilgrims with your A2 / B1 ESL students today.

The truth about the origin of Thanksgiving are a bit fuzzy. It happened a very long time ago, and many different narratives have been pushed. In general we now think of it as one of the very few no-work holidays in America and one of, if not the only, opportunity to see extended family. My goal is to give you two versions of Thanksgiving origins, one for your A2/B1 students and the other for your advanced students. This one uses a video that was probably meant for a younger audience, but it’s perfect because the narration is slow and the language is simple. It’s great material to use when approaching the first Thanksgiving with A2 / B1 ESL students.

You will find a warm-up activity, listening comprehension activity and two speaking activities.

You could also learn more about the origin of Thanksgiving food >>


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Ian Kime

Ian Kime

I have been teaching English abroad since receiving my CELTA certificate in Poland in 2018. I enjoy tracking my individual students’ development but love having lessons with big groups! Now that I teach online, I am accompanied by my sidekicks Olaf, Mała, Pirate and Bandit on a regular basis.

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