[Excerpt taken from article written by Kenneth Beare and published on www.thoughtco.com]
Thanksgiving is one of the most popular holidays in the United States. Traditionally, it is a holiday that Americans spend together with their families. Thanksgiving dinner usually includes the traditional Thanksgiving turkey.
Improve your understanding of the holiday by reading the story that follows. Difficult words are explained at the end of each paragraph. Once you have read the story of Thanksgiving, take the reading comprehension quiz to test your understanding of the text.
To read more about the origins of Thanksgiving and to take the quiz, click HERE!
"On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Almost 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which triggered major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defined the presidency of George W. Bush. " --www.history.com
9/11 was one of the darkest days in American history. But in the midst of that darkness, a great light shown as brilliant displays of courage, bravery, and sacrifice occurred from the skies over Pennsylvania and the gaping hole in New York City to the rubble of Washington, DC. The American spirit was tested, but in the end, the American spirit shone brighter than ever.
To read more about the events of 9/11 and to see photos that captured both the tragedy and triumph of that day, click here.
My name is Craig, and I've been teaching English for many years. I initially created this site for my students, but all English learners are welcome. I hope you find something helpful to you. Feel free to leave suggestions or ideas in the Comments section under any entry.