New, Revised, 2nd Edition 2005
Exploring Traditions, Customs and Backgrounds
by Barbara Klebanow and Sara Fischers Ph.D.
If you and your students have been enjoying American Holidays for the last twenty years, don’t worry. This is basically the book you’ve
known. However, for twenty years we’ve been collecting from
enthusiastic teachers many suggestions on ways to improve the book. This new, revised edition is the result. Thanks!
The 4th of July, Election Day, Christmas, Martin Luther King's Birthday and New Year's Eve: reading about our American national holidays is not only fun, it is a way of exploring our diverse culture and values. How do we celebrate Memorial Day? What is the history of Thanksgiving? What does "Be my valentine" mean?
New to this edition are readings on cultural holidays (Chinese New Year,
Kwanzaa, and Cinco de Mayo) and on Christian, Muslim, and Jewish
Also new in every lesson there are internet research assignments
including specific topics and links to interesting sites carefully chosen to
get the students started on original, creative web searches for
to be shared with their class.
This is a cultural reader. The twenty up-dated readings serve as
springboards for conversation and writing. Teachers have reported to
us that it works great as the basis for all kinds of creative activities.
But it is more than a cultural reader; it's also a vocabulary development
text that both focuses on specific words (in bold in the text) and
vocabulary acquisition skills. From context, students work out
meaning of the words. Then they match these words to definitions
do exercises introducing them to the noun, verb, adverb, and
forms of the words.
This is a new edition of one of Pro Lingua's most successful
textbooks. If you and your students have been enjoying American
Holidays for the last twenty years, don't worry. This is basically the
you've known. However, for twenty years we've been collecting
enthusiastic teachers many suggestions on ways to improve the
This new, revised edition is the result. Thanks!