This is a guest post by Soleil García Brito just in time for Halloween! Students learn about the concert of spoopy vs spooky things and the history of the jack-o-lantern. Download the handouts below:
- Describe the images and discuss:
- What are the similarities and differences between these two images?
- Which of these images do you find the spookiest?
- Reading and Use of English (Part 2)
Adapted from Merriam Webster – Words We’re Watching
The Inside Poop On ‘Spoopy’
Spoopy might startle people, especially around Halloween season. Perhaps it’s the resemblance (1) ______ spooky, which could lead you to believe the formation is nothing more (2) ______ a jaw-dropping typo. Or it could also be that it has poopy in it, which makes the spelling amusing to people (3) ______ enjoy bodily humour. This Internet sensation’s origin was a comical misspelling of the adjective spooky spotted on a department store’s Halloween sign written in a “skeletal” font and photographed. The image was (4) ______ uploaded to the Internet; in short order, spoopy (5) ______ viral. Essentially, the word is used to describe something that typically would be spooky, (6) ______ an image of a skeleton or ghost, but is actually rather comical. The word has other connotations (7) ______ well: it is sometimes used for things that are intended to be spooky but simply fail to scare, or it could describe something that blends cuteness (8) ______ spookiness in a grotesque way.
- Listening (Part 1) – VIDEO – The Messed Up Origins™ of Jack-o’-Lanterns
Watch the video (x2) until 5:17 and answer the following questions:
- According to the Youtuber’s previous views, why did people carve pumpkins?
- Because they wanted to scare others
- Because they didn’t like the taste of pumpkins
- Because there were too many pumpkins
- Why did the devil go to see Stingy Jack?
- To take him to hell
- So that he could have some drinks with him
- Because he admired him
- How did Stingy Jack avoid going to hell the first time?
- He trapped the devil in a silver cross
- He trapped the devil in his pocket
- He left the bar while the devil was paying
- Why did the devil climb up a tree?
- Because Jack was hungry
- Because he was hungry
- Because Jack threatened him with crosses
- The reason Jack wasn’t allowed in hell was…
- He wasn’t evil
- He made a deal with the devil
- God prohibited him from entering
- What does the legend say?
- That Jack is happy because he escaped hell
- Jack wanders through purgatory with a pumpkin
- Jack’s spirit appears in marshes on October 31st
- Language focus
Watch the video again, complete the sentences below and match the words to their meanings:
- Well, it ___________ I was wrong about two things.
- A voice comes out ___________ to be Satan himself.
- Just ________ yourself ________ a silver coin.
- Jack’s soul was sent down to hell where the devil was _________ waiting.
- Was cursed to spend eternity __________ through the darkness or purgatory.
- Wandering aimlessly through the forests and ____________
|Turns out||Walking around slowly with no clear purpose or direction|
|Claiming||In a way that shows a strong desire to do or have something|
|Turn (sth/sb) into||Saying that something is true or a fact|
|Eagerly||To be known or discovered finally and surprisingly|
|Wandering||Ground near a lake, a river, or the sea that is always wet|
|Marshes||To change, transform or develop from one thing to another|
|USEFUL IDIOMS||To be taken off guard The lesser of two evils|