Thursday, April 9, 2015

WRITING: A Famous Celebration

LEVEL: 300 - 330
A Famous Celebration


Photos donated by Damaris Gomez

Late in March or in early April millions of people remember Jesus’s death; and I am interested in how a particular group of people celebrate this event.

Last month, while I was doing my homework, two people knocked at my door and offered me an invitation to attend the Memorial of Jesus’s Death. They said that it is an event that takes place once a year on Nisan 14. They explained to me that Nisan is one of the months in the Jewish calendar. Nisan falls in late March and early April. They said that Jewish celebrate the Passover on that day to remember the night when, according to what they showed me in the bible they had on their tablets, Jews were freed from Egypt. The two people who visited me said that Christians remember Jesus’s death, which took place on the same date, on Nisan 14, but in the year 33 E.C. They said that Jesus was a Jew and celebrated the Passover but later instituted a new celebration for his followers the night when he died: The Memorial of His Death. Now, that event is celebrated in late March or early April every year all over the world by millions of people.

Jehovah’s Witnesses, the ones who came to my house and gave me the invitation to attend the event this year on April 3, prepare for this special night months in advance. The first thing they do is post the invitation in PDF and other formats at their official website, www.jw.org. Then, they print invitations in more than 700 languages and distribute them all over the world. In order to do that, they visit people at their homes, places of work, or display the invitations in public places. Volunteers participate in this special campaign in their free time for a month. When the day comes, they get together in their temples - called Kingdom Halls, or at any other convenient place like convention centers. At the meeting, they listen to a talk based on the bible and sing a couple of religious songs. Before the talk ends, they pass wine and bread around to replicate what Jesus did the day he instituted this memorial on Nisan 14, 33 C.E. However, I do not understand why they do not drink the wine nor eat the bread. When the memorial ends, friends take pictures. This is a good time to take pictures because if you are from a different country, you wear traditional clothes day night, so taking pictures of your friends is a good idea. After the meeting is over, friends get together and have dinner in a restaurant or at home.

I accepted the invitation and attended the event. It was a nice experience. I liked to be there because I saw that families and friends spent a good time together; but I still do not know why they do not drink the wine and do not eat the bread! If these two people come to my house again, I will ask them why.


¿Qué se puede comentar del modelo?

Tiene ejmplos de "time clauses with while, before, after, and when." Nota el uso de comas.
  • While I was doing my homework, two people knocked at my door and offered me an invitation.
  • When the day comes, they get together in their temples - called Kingdom Halls.
  • Before the talk ends, they pass wine and bread around to replicate what Jesus did the day he instituted this memorial.
  • When the memorial ends, friends take pictures.
  • After the meeting is over, friends get together and have dinner in a restaurant or at home.

Se usa el presente simple pues el texto es una descripción de datos generales y hechos que siempre tienen lugar.
  • It is an event that takes place once a year on Nisan 14.
  • Nisan is one of the months in the Jewish calendar.
  • Nisan falls in late March and early April.
  • Jewish celebrate the Passover on that day to remember the night when Jews were freed from Egypt.
  • Christians remember Jesus’s death, which took place on the same date, on Nisan 14, 
  • That event is celebrated in late March or early April every year all over the world by millions of people.
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses prepare for this special night months in advance.
  • The first thing they do is post the invitation in PDF and other formats at their official website, www.jw.org.
  • Then, they print invitations in more than 700 languages and distribute them all over the world.
  • They visit people at their homes, places of work, or display the invitations in public places.
  • Volunteers participate in this special campaign in their free time for a month.
  • When the day comes, they get together in their temples.
  • At the meeting, they listen to a talk based on the bible and sing a couple of religious songs.
  • Before the talk ends, they pass wine and bread around to replicate what Jesus did the day he instituted this memorial.
  • When the memorial ends, friends take pictures.
  • This is a good time to take pictures because if you are from a different country, you wear traditional clothes day night.
  • After the meeting is over, friends get together and have dinner in a restaurant or at home.
  • They do not drink the wine and do not eat the bread.

Las siguientes preguntas te ayudarán a organizar tus ideas antes de escribir sobre un festival o día feriado tal como en el modelo.




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