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Tips: 

a) Study each lesson carefully by yourself before enjoy VOICE Chat. 

b) Make arrangerment with your partner that you will choice Green or Orange and you should read all the color text. 

I. Read the story. 

Each person reads a paragraph until the end. Repeat two times and change the order of you.

Day of the Dead

I arrive in Guatemala on The Day of the Dead, November 1st. I’m curious about this holiday, so I go to the cemetery to see what’s happening. What I find is quite interesting.

The atmosphere is like a party. There are people everywhere. Families are sitting around the graves of their dead ancestors. They clean the graves and add fresh flowers. I walk through the cemetery and admire the beauty of all the colorful flowers.

There is also color in the sky, because many kids are flying kites. Some families are having a picnic next to the graves. They eat, drink, and chat together. People laugh and smile.

In the Unites States, cemeteries are always somber. We certainly never have festivals or parties next to graves. We don’t laugh or play music or fly kites in cemeteries either.

I find that I prefer the Guatemalan approach. I like the way they remember and celebrate those who have passed away. I like that they acknowledge death, instead of denying it the way Americans do. I like that there is life, as well as death, in their cemeteries.

Guatemalans call it “The Day of the Dead”, but it is also a day to appreciate life.

 

II. Vocabulary.

Listen audio carefully before enjoy the VOICE CHAT. When you're on VOICE Chat room, Ask your parner What do the words below mean? 

1. Cemetery

2. Atmosphere

3. Grave

4. Ancestor

5. Kite

6. Somber

7. Approach

8. Pass away

III. Questions and answer. 

Make any questions about the statement by using WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHO, HOW, WHICH, YES/NO Questions...

1. I arrive in Guatemala on The Day of the Dead, November 1st.

     EX: Where did you arrive on November 1st?

           Did you arrive in Guatemala?

           Who arrive Guatemala on November 1st?

           Did you arrive in Guatemala on November 3rd?

2. I’m curious about this holiday, so I go to the cemetery to see what’s happening.

3. The atmosphere is like a party.

4. There are people everywhere. Families are sitting around the graves of their dead ancestors.

5. They clean the graves and add fresh flowers.

6. I walk through the cemetery and admire the beauty of all the colorful flowers.

7. There is also color in the sky, because many kids are flying kites.

8. Some families are having a picnic next to the graves. They eat, drink, and chat together. People laugh and smile.

9. In the Unites States, cemeteries are always somber.

10. We certainly never have festivals or parties next to graves. 

11. We don’t laugh or play music or fly kites in cemeteries either.

12. I find that I prefer the Guatemalan approach.

13. I like the way they remember and celebrate those who have passed away.

14. I like that they acknowledge death, instead of denying it the way Americans do.

15. I like that there is life, as well as death, in their cemeteries.

16. Guatemalans call it “The Day of the Dead”, but it is also a day to appreciate life.

 IV. Conversation: 

What will people think?

A: I don’t like riding the bus.

B: Why not?

A: The seats and windows are dirty.

B: Don’t they clean the bus every night?

A: I think they do.

B: You should bring some wipes with you.

A: That’s a good idea.

B: Then you can wipe your seat and window.

A: People will think I’m strange.

B: Who cares? Everyone is strange.

A: That’s for sure.

B: Don’t worry about what people think.