Black Friday and Thanksgiving ESL - EFL resources
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Thanksgiving - Free resources for Learning about The Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving - Free resources for Learning about The Thanksgiving Holiday | Black Friday and Thanksgiving ESL - EFL resources | Scoop.it
Thanksgiving in Canada and the USA: vocabulary, quizzes, lesson resources and worksheets for teaching adult English language students and young learners about the Thanksgiving holiday.
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Best Of NFL Thanksgiving | 50 Years Of Glory | NFL

Celebrate Thanksgiving Tradition as the NFL Counts Down to Super Bowl 50! Subscribe to the NFL YouTube channel to see immediate in-game highlights from ...
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I suppose I should be fair and add this.

I am not a huge sports fan (by anyone's stretch of the imagination), but these could make for animated, relevant, useful English discussions/lessons.  :)

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Black Friday Falters as Consumer Behaviors Change

Black Friday Falters as Consumer Behaviors Change | Black Friday and Thanksgiving ESL - EFL resources | Scoop.it
The decline in impact of the day after Thanksgiving suggests a shift in the way consumers spend. They’re going online more, and buying furnishings instead of sweaters.
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Informative!  [useful for cross-discipline study]

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Family heirlooms carry on Thanksgiving traditions

Family heirlooms carry on Thanksgiving traditions | Black Friday and Thanksgiving ESL - EFL resources | Scoop.it
Readers tell us about the special family heirlooms that have graced their Thanksgiving tables from generation to generation.
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nice prompt for story-telling?                                                                              

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One way to make your Thanksgiving conversations more meaningful - Deseret News

One way to make your Thanksgiving conversations more meaningful - Deseret News | Black Friday and Thanksgiving ESL - EFL resources | Scoop.it
The Deseret News National Edition fills a void in the American media landscape through rigorous journalism for family- and faith-oriented audiences.
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Top 10 Things You Need To Know About Black Friday & Holiday 2015 - Twice

Top 10 Things You Need To Know About Black Friday & Holiday 2015 - Twice | Black Friday and Thanksgiving ESL - EFL resources | Scoop.it
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Top 10 Things You Need To Know About Black Friday & Holiday 2015
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Beyond Black Friday . . . the long reach of the shopping season. Starting in late October, holiday shopping continues to spill over into the entire month of November.
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conversation starters!  

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Hajj 2015: the precarious balance between pilgrimage and consumerism

Hajj 2015: the precarious balance between pilgrimage and consumerism | Black Friday and Thanksgiving ESL - EFL resources | Scoop.it
The fine line between consumerism and religious credibility has been eroding at pilgrimage sites around the world.
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Use in advanced English classes?
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Top 10 Black Friday Predictions - Twice

Top 10 Black Friday Predictions - Twice | Black Friday and Thanksgiving ESL - EFL resources | Scoop.it
Twice Top 10 Black Friday Predictions Twice Cofounder Phil Dengler told us his forecasts are based on reviews of over 150 Black Friday ads, thousands of 2014 sale items, a study of Amazon's record-breaking Prime Day promotion in July, and equal...
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Try a poll with your class: before and after. Create graphs, have research teams compare results, share resources (practice citing sources).
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Having a Dinner with Homeless People Thanksgiving

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plan something like this in your community?

 

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5 Powerful Trends in Ethical Consumerism

5 Powerful Trends in Ethical Consumerism | Black Friday and Thanksgiving ESL - EFL resources | Scoop.it
By Linda Fisher Thornton

If you think your customers are separate from your business, you are behind the times. Customers are becoming part of the fabric of organizations in ways that meet their...
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Giving Tuesday: The new Black Friday? Gates Foundation to donate $50 million ... - CNN

Giving Tuesday: The new Black Friday? Gates Foundation to donate $50 million ... - CNN | Black Friday and Thanksgiving ESL - EFL resources | Scoop.it
Just as there's Black Friday for finding great shopping deals, there's now Giving Tuesday, Melinda Gates says.
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Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday... 

 

These annual events morph as the years parade by.

 

Is "Giving Tuesday" a recognized event in your area?  

 

Planning for this might be an interesting lead-in toward encouraging learners in ESOL settings to volunteer as a way to improve their English and give back to the community.

 

Where do learners see 'need' in your community?  

Perceptions of need and needy could make for an interesting lesson!

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Gun sales boom on Black Friday: Almost 3 background checks per second - CNN

Gun sales boom on Black Friday: Almost 3 background checks per second - CNN | Black Friday and Thanksgiving ESL - EFL resources | Scoop.it
The busiest shopping day of the year also saw a major boom in gun sales, with the federal background check system expected to set a record.
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For advanced classes?  Exam prep learners?  This could lead to some culturally-sensitive, politically-sensitive discussion, but the 'right to bear arms' is also an undeniable factor in US culture, comes into play with those preparing for US citizenship.

 

 

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Funny Thanksgiving Jokes and Sayings

Funny Thanksgiving Jokes and Sayings | Black Friday and Thanksgiving ESL - EFL resources | Scoop.it
Take a look at some of the most hilarious Thanksgiving jokes, quotes and sayings. On this site, you'll also find the coolest Thanksgiving party ideas, free printables and lots more.
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Have a little fun!                                                                          

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Everyday conversations: Thanksgiving | ShareAmerica

Everyday conversations: Thanksgiving | ShareAmerica | Black Friday and Thanksgiving ESL - EFL resources | Scoop.it
Practice American English by reading and listening to these real-world everyday conversations. Here, students discuss celebrating their first Thanksgiving.
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The Best #ThanksgivingFAIL Tweets

The Best #ThanksgivingFAIL Tweets | Black Friday and Thanksgiving ESL - EFL resources | Scoop.it
This week Jimmy Fallon asked his followers to tweet their funniest #ThanksgivingFAIL stories, and the Twitterverse did not disappoint.



Watch the latest edition of Fallon's "Late Night #Has
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Great Thanksgiving Listen from StoryCorps & Google

Join the movement to pause, listen, and honor the voices of a generation by interviewing a loved one this week. Sit down with a grandparent or other elder, ...
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First Thanksgiving: Myths vs Reality

First Thanksgiving: Myths vs Reality | Black Friday and Thanksgiving ESL - EFL resources | Scoop.it
Thanksgiving, today, is different from what happened at the 1621 Feast. Debunk these 5 Thanksgiving myths before the Feast of 2014. For starters the "First" Thanksgiving was not even until 1800
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excellent conversation starters, research challenges (confirm these as myth or reality) 

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» Thanksgiving Turkey Talk

» Thanksgiving Turkey Talk | Black Friday and Thanksgiving ESL - EFL resources | Scoop.it
This Thanksgiving, #RealChange starts at the dinner table. Talking politics doesn’t have to be scary. Some pointers http://t.co/pYpvy0Dsei
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Short debate statements.  Use for class activity.  "Stand by the window if you agree. / Stand by the door if you disagree / Stand anywhere in between to show your uncertainty (middle of the road, toward the window/agree, toward the door/disagree)"

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Chuseok: The Korean Thanksgiving — SweetandtastyTV

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I lived in Korea ten years ago, and fondly recall Chuseok!

 

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Facebook and consumerism are eating us alive, laments Pope Francis - Cihan News Agency

Facebook and consumerism are eating us alive, laments Pope Francis - Cihan News Agency | Black Friday and Thanksgiving ESL - EFL resources | Scoop.it
People's lives today are ruled by consumerism which also leads them to overuse social networks rather than engage in real communication, the Pope bemoaned in an address to bishops in Philadelphia.
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Use as a conversation starter. ~ The haves and the have-nots ~ Conundrums of life in 2015 ~ Perceived realities ~ Cultural influences on what we 'need'
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Thanksgiving Craft Ideas For Adults - Huffington Post Canada

Thanksgiving Craft Ideas For Adults - Huffington Post Canada | Black Friday and Thanksgiving ESL - EFL resources | Scoop.it
From homemade candles to stunning autumn centrepieces.
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Some easy, fun ideas you might try!
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Black Friday - a retailer's worst enemy?

Black Friday - a retailer's worst enemy? | Black Friday and Thanksgiving ESL - EFL resources | Scoop.it
Although Black Friday might generate sales, it also erodes margins. What does this mean for retailers, looking ahead?
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use as a debate topic?                                                                     

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A festival of thanksgiving - The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

A festival of thanksgiving - The Sunday Times Sri Lanka | Black Friday and Thanksgiving ESL - EFL resources | Scoop.it
Hindus around the world celebrate Thai Pongal on January 15. The festival of good harvest and tribute to the sun, it derives its name from a custom practised in
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Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving 2014 | Black Friday and Thanksgiving ESL - EFL resources | Scoop.it
I have much to be thankful for this year.  
Last November was a very difficult month (my Dad died). 
He loved Thanksgiving, loved food, loved seeing and playin…
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One person's Thanksgiving experience, with question and answer.  What will you ask?

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On Black Friday, Walmart Is Pressed for Wage Increases - New York Times

On Black Friday, Walmart Is Pressed for Wage Increases - New York Times | Black Friday and Thanksgiving ESL - EFL resources | Scoop.it
Thousands descended on Walmarts across the country on one of the busiest shopping days of the year to protest what they said were the company’s low wages.
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a different twist on Black Friday... maybe a lead-in to lessons related to employee rights 

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Thanksgiving Recipes Across the United States - New York Times

Thanksgiving Recipes Across the United States - New York Times | Black Friday and Thanksgiving ESL - EFL resources | Scoop.it
We’ve scoured the nation for recipes that evoke each of the 50 states (and D.C. and Puerto Rico). These are our picks for the feast. Dig in, then tell us yours.
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an excellent resource to generate interest, story-sharing, 'feel-good' moments... and to learn a lot of vocabulary

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