ESL/EFL Discussion Topics for Thanksgiving
- What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving season?
- Who are some of the people you are most thankful for? Why are you thankful for them?
- Why should people take time to give thanks?
- What would the world be like if no one ever said "Thank you"?
- Today, many Americans celebrate Thanksgiving by fixing a huge meal, complete with turkey, stuffing, cranberry, pumpkin pie, and all the works. But on that first Thanksgiving, diners hardly enjoyed such lush fare. We call the customs that have developed around the holiday traditions. How do you think these traditions came into existence? What Thanksgiving traditions does your family have?
- Tell how your family celebrates Thanksgiving.
- Describe the perfect Thanksgiving.
- Why is it important for people to give thanks?
- Thanksgiving is a special day set aside for giving thanks. But each person has things to be thankful for all year long. What are some ways you can show your thanks on days other than Thanksgiving?
- Tell about a time when someone thanked you for something. How did you help them? How did you feel when they thanked you? How would you have felt if they hadn't said thank you?
- Do you think it's important to express appreication? Why or why not?
- Do you write thank you notes? If so, when? If not, why not?
- Do you think the first Pilgrims would be pleased to see how Americans celebrate Thanksgiving today? Why or why not?
- Some people have called Thanksgiving "America's first holiday." Why might it have been given this title? Do you believe this is an appropriate way to describe the holiday? Why or why not?
- If you are not originally from the United States, does your homeland have a holiday similar to Thanksgiving? If so, when is it celebrated? How is it like the American Thanksgiving? How does it differ?
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