Superstitions Session Focus



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Superstitions


Session Focus

The power of superstitions, and sharing superstitions from each others’ culture

Key Vocabulary

Superstitious, curse

Level

Beginner-intermediate

Goals

Students will learn about superstitions, as well as share superstitions that they know.

1) Quote Warm-up: “If superstition enters, the brain is gone” – Swami Vivekananda

Students can discuss their thoughts on this quote, or journal their thoughts.
2) Video discussion: Bud light commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67gUGnYca3Q

- What superstitions do you see?


-Why do you think these superstitions are important?
- Do you have any superstitions that you do? If so, in what situations?
3) Reading: http://www.livescience.com/14141-13-common-silly-superstitions.html

- This article lists 13 common superstitions. Some ideas for this article, depending on the student’s level:

a) Choose one superstition from the list. Read it, and then discuss whether that superstition is present in his/her culture (beginner)

b) Read 5 superstitions. Then, ask the student write a short story having all 5 superstitions occur (advanced)

4) Peanuts Comic involving superstition: http://cust.idl.com.au/fold/teach/Quakers/pics/Superstition.gif

- Read the comic with your student (can read aloud, assigning parts). Discuss why this is superstitious. Why does Lionel (boy in the striped shirt) think the “great pumpkin” will pass him by?

5) Writing Practice:



Beginner: Write a list of 5 superstitions that you know

Advanced: Write a letter to your boss (or teacher) explaining that you cannot come to work/school today because of a superstition occurring (example: I was on my way to work when a black cat crossed my path, so I had to turn around and go home).
6) Additional Idea: Can listen to Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” while reading lyrics with student to prompt discussion.

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/steviewonder/superstition.html




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