To "remember, remember the fifth of November", as a children’s rhyme says, A1+-level pupils can view a video, read about the tradition, and do an interactive activity. At A2-A2+, useful links can be made with the history curriculum, with an online game and fireworks to round off the subject.
It’s worth giving pupils a few basic facts about the failed plot and the annual celebrations. Click below for our A1+-level article and activities. This Powerpoint presentation from the UK Parliament education service also works from A1+. This article written for kids is a good introduction to Guy Fawkes, usable from A2.
This is a great little game where you have to answer questions to try to find in which cellar under the Houses of Parliament the gunpowder is hidden. The answers to many of the questions can be found in the text below or our downloadable resource, so the game could be used as a fun activity to check comprehension at the end of the sequence.
It can be used from A2+ It would work well as a videoprojected activity, or could be done individually or in pairs in the computer room or on tablets.
This article about the Gunpowder Plot is can also tackled from A2+. It makes a good link with pupils' history classes, as it emphasises the importance of looking at contemporary source documents. Pupils will no doubt enjoy comparing Fawkes' signatures on arrival at the Tower of London and after questioning – was he tortured and does that explain the differences in the signatures?
Video and Articles for Pupils
On the Banque de ressources anglais cycle 4 you will find a video and articles about Guy Fawkes.
To see an A1+-level video and interactive comprehension activities. To see the video, register now. Then go to: Vidéos > A1+ > Rencontres avec d'autres cultures > Guy Fawkes.
There are also articles at A1+, A2 and B1 levels. Log in, then go to: Articles de presse > A1+, A2, B1 > Langues et cultures étrangères et régionales > Guy Fawkes.