ESL Fourth of July Lesson

Fourth of July Fireworks for Independence Day


The Fourth of July is also called Independence Day. It is a federal holiday. Schools, banks, post offices, and government offices are closed on the Fourth of July. The Fourth of July is our most important national holiday because it celebrates the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence announced America’s independence from Britain. It was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Thomas Jefferson was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence. (3 pages)

Fourth of July CalendarWhen is Independence Day?
It is on July 4th.It is also called the Fourth of July.
Declaration of IndependenceWhy is it an important day?
It is an important day because it is the day the American colonies declared their independence from Britain.
Thomas Jefferson Statue, WilliamsburgWho wrote the Declaration of Independence?
It was written by a committee headed by Thomas Jefferson.Thomas Jefferson became the third president of the United States.
Boy Watching a ParadeAre there parades on the Fourth of July?
Yes, there are.Many cities have parades.
Hot Dog, Hamburger, and Chips on Red, White, and Blue PlatesWhat foods are popular on the Fourth of July?
Hot dogs and hamburgers are popular foods.Many people barbecue hot dogs and hamburgers in their backyards.
Watermelon Eating ContestWhat are these men doing?
They are having a watermelon eating contest.Watermelon is popular on the Fourth of July.
Fireworks StandWhat is this?
It is a fireworks stand.People buy fireworks for the Fourth of July.In some cities it is illegal to use fireworks.
Kids Watching Fireworks on the StreetWhat are the children in this picture doing?
They are watching fireworks.Be careful with fireworks.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!


Winter Fruit Salad with Maple-Lime Dressing


There’s something about fruit salad that calls out to me to have two servings.  Just take a look at this beauty.  It’s a recipe from Julia so it has to be good, and healthy.  Here’s how to prepare it.

Mandarin or clementine oranges, kiwi fruit, apples, pears, pomegranate seeds, cranberries, maple lime dressing

Winter Fruit Salad with Maple-Lime Dressing – healthy, gluten free salad that utilizes seasonal winter fruit.   This colorful and vibrant side dish will look great on your Thanksgiving or Christmas table!  The ingredient list includes red apples, pears, clementine oranges (or mandarin oranges), kiwi fruit, dried cranberries, and pomegranate seeds. This salad is packed with anti-oxidants, vitamins – all the good stuff you need, especially in the Winter.

How to make winter fruit salad

  1. Combine all salad ingredients (red apples, pears, kiwi fruit, pomegranate seeds, dried cranberries, clementine oranges) in a large bowl.
  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients (2 tablespoons of maple syrup and 1 tablespoon of lime juice).
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and gently toss to coat.
  4. Serve immediately.

Why make this salad?

This healthy winter fruit salad will fill you up with the nutrients and the vitamins during the cold winter months.  It will also make a great holiday menu item, for Thanksgiving or Christmas or any other holiday.

Salad ingredients include red apples, pears, kiwi fruit, pomegranate seeds, dried cranberries, clementine oranges (you can use mandarin oranges, too) – all of that tossed in a delicious maple-lime dressing!

Thank you, Julia.  Please send any left-overs to me.  j/k

It’s Time to Talk Turkey

The clock is ticking, the day is getting nearer.  That’s right, it’s Thanksgiving Day fast approaching.  Are you ready for it ?  We in the U.S. think of this day as the start of the holiday season, which won’t end until the day after New Years Day.

Employers think of this as la-la time as many employees have something other than work on their minds.  First, its’s Thanksgiving, then the Black Friday shopping adventure, followed by Cyber Monday when shoppers go crazy buying on the web.  Next,  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are the best/worst days of the year depending on your family situation.  We top it all off with a  New Years Eve celebration to beat all and New Years Day football marathon to kick back.  Whew.  No wonder it’s call la-la time.

So let us begin at the beginning.  Thanksgiving, the busiest travel time for Americans, is November 28 this year (My birthday-no presents please).  It’s always the fourth Thursday of November which this month is quite late.  A good thing for those who must prepare the meal, but a bad thing for shoppers as their time for shopping has been reduced by about a week.

Now about the turkey, and the trimmings.  It’s time to plan the meal to prepare it, or to order it, or to make reservations to visit the host of restaurants that will be serving it to you and your party.  That sounds ideal, but does take away the intimacy of the event.  Either way, get cookin’.  Time is marching on.  This year, no last minute preparations.  You got this, so just do it.  Make this a very…