This A1+ article is a short introduction to the Gunpowder Plot, which could of course be treated from a more complex historical point of view at a higher level. The traditions of Guy Fawkes night, fireworks, bonfires and the State Opening of Parliament are introduced. As 5e pupils are studying the same period in history (Thème 3 Transformations de l’Europe et ouverture sur le monde aux XVIe et XVIIe siècles : Humanisme, réformes et conflits religieux), it lends itself well to an EPI.
Vocabulary and structures:
- British institutions and ceremonies (Parliament, the Palace of Westminster, the Opening of Parliament, searching the cellars, Beefeaters)
- Places in London and their functions (Westminster, the Tower of London)
- Crime vocabulary (conspirator, blow up, explosives, kill, assassinate, torture…)
- Present simple / past simple.
Video and Articles
There is an A1+-level video and interactive comprehension activities about Guy Fawkes in the Banque de ressources anglais cycle 4. To see the video, register now. Then go to: Videos > A1+ > Rencontres avec d'autres cultures > Guy Fawkes.
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