Thanksgiving Discussion Questions for ESL Students

Instructor: Sarah Mills

Sarah is an educational freelance writer and has taught English and ESL in grades k-12 and college. She has a master's degree in both Literacy and TESOL.

In this lesson, teachers will learn how to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) students about the American holiday of Thanksgiving. There will be a list of discussion questions that can help facilitate conversations between students about this holiday.

Learning About Thanksgiving

Many cultures around the world have holidays in which people express gratitude for the abundance of food, love, and good fortune in their lives. In the United States, the Thanksgiving holiday commemorates the harvest festival celebrated in 1621 by the Pilgrims, and offers a time for people to reflect on what they are thankful for.

Since Thanksgiving is not celebrated in all countries, many ESL students may not have the background knowledge to understand the traditions and customs associated with the holiday. One way to help them learn about it is to have them engage in discussions about the topic.

Here are some questions you could give pairs and small groups of students to help them better understand the Thanksgiving holiday:

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