Here comes April Fool’s Day – watch your back! We have decided to mark the occasion with a departure from our usual text format. Instead, we have gone for a light-hearted matching exercise – eight quotes about fools. There is one page to print. Click here to get your copy.
Jack Kerouac, the father of the Beat Generation was born on March 12th, 1922. He might still have been alive today were it not for the reckless way in which he and his friends lived – half died young and half went on to become famous writers/poets in their own right. This week we take a look at this extraordinary group of people, and particularly Jack Kerouac, who shaped the United States of the 1950s and the generations to come.
The last of the Brothers Grimm, Jakob, died this week (20th September) in 1863. The brothers were famous for collecting and publishing a vast number of German folk stories, which have since become internationally famous. This week’s worksheet tells one of these folk stories, Little Red Riding Hood. There are two pdf pages to print (containing images) or one rtf page to print (no images). Click here to get your copies.
On April 5th, 1614, Pocahontas married English settler John Rolfe in Jamestown, Virginia. The story of this young Native American woman has been made famous by the Disney studios, but what was her true story? Read on and find out.
April 23rd is St. George’s Day. He is famous in many countries in Europe and the Middle East. He is patron saint of England, although, unlike neighbours Ireland and Wales, the English don’t have much in the way of a formal celebration to mark his feast day. A few pubs will probably hang the English flag (red cross on a white background) up outside. It may even surprise many English people to learn that not only was St. George not English, but probably never set foot in England during his life. Despite this, he is famous for having apparently slain a dragon on Dragon Hill at Uffington in Berkshire, England.
On April 28th, 1967, Muhammad Ali refused to be inducted into the US Army to go and fight in Vietnam. Ali, refusing on religious grounds, explained “I ain’t got no quarrel with those Vietcong.” This week we take a look at the life of Muhammad Ali – one of the most remarkable sportsmen and peace ambassadors of the 20th century.
Many of the significant civil rights victories in the last century have come from within the United States of America. From the gloom of recent reports from that country comes a truly inspirational story of two Americans, Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller, who urged for reforms in opportunities for the blind and underprivileged. On June 1, 1968, Helen Keller died after living an extraordinary and optimistic life.
This week marks the birthday of two famous artists who happen to have been born about 250 years apart. Diego Velázquez, the Spanish court painter (whose birthday we’re celebrating on the 6th June, although he was actually baptized on that date in 1599, not born) and Paul Gauguin, the post-impressionist (who was born on the 7th June, 1848).
“The peasants are revolting!” said Louis XVI in 1789. “I quite agree,” replied Marie Antoinette. Yes, things didn’t work out well at all for Louis and Marie. This week we take a brief glimpse at the spark that lit the tinderbox which was the French Revolution in an ‘extra word’ activity. It was the storming of the Bastille, of course.