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Talking turkeys




Did you know?

1. In the USA on Thanksgiving, about twice as many turkeys are eaten as on Christmas.
2. French people eat more turkeys than the Brits.
3. Americans eat the fewest turkeys on Easter.
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Listen to the audio and name the Thanksgiving traditions Elijah talks about.
Talking Turkeys

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Search Thanksgiving history and find ten words related to the history of Thanksgiving. Then, tell the story using these words.
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Talk

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Read the text and choose the right answers.
Talking turkeys

Be nice to yu turkeys dis christmas Cos turkeys jus wanna hav fun
Turkeys are cool, an turkeys are wicked
An every turkey has a Mum.
Be nice to yu turkeys dis christmas,
Don’t eat it, keep it alive,
It could be yu mate an not on yu plate
Say, Yo! Turkey I’m on your side.
I got lots of friends who are turkeys
An all of dem fear christmas time,
Dey say ’Benj man, eh, I wanna enjoy it,
But dose humans destroyed it
An humans are out of dere mind,
Yeah, I got lots of friends who are turkeys
Dey all hav a right to a life,
Not to be caged up an genetically made up
By any farmer an his wife.

Benjamin Zephaniah, Talking Turkeys, Puffin Books, 1995

a) The text is (a song. / a poem. / a speech.)
b) It is written in (more than one possible answer) / (old English. / slang. / Jamaican English pronunciation.)
c) Benjamin Zephaniah is (a British poet. / a Jamaican singer. / an animal-rights activist.)
d) He wants to (eat turkey for Christmas. / have a pet turkey. / defend the turkeys’ right to live.)
e) How can you help? (By NOT eating turkey next Christmas. / By adopting a turkey. / By becoming a farmer.)

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Zephaniah isn’t the only one to defend animals. Lots of associations are standing up for them. Match the logos and their slogans. Say what these animal charities specialise in.
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    We aim to never turn away a dog or cat in need of help, caring for them until their owners or loving new homes can be found, no matter how long it takes.
    Our mission is to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth.
    Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.
    Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. We specialise in animal rescue & furthering the welfare cause for all animals.
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    React

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    Watch the video and reorder the president’s speech.💬  Gobble /ˈgɒbl/: the call of the turkey. POTUS /'pəʊtəs/ : President Of The United States. Silly /ˈsɪli/: stupid.
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      Up to you !

      A2 Don’t eat me! I’m very / so… I’m not… (enough)
      A2+ I’m more / less… than… I’m not as… as… I’m the most…
      B1 If I’m saved, I will… I promise to…
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