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ESL July 4th Lesson Plan

Independence Day | 4th of July History

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Video Length: 2:26

Updated on: 06/27/2023

Lesson Time: 1–2 hrs.

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ESL July 4th Lesson Plan Description


This ESL July 4th lesson plan and American Independence Day contains activities, PDF worksheets, and digital materials for B2 intermediate students. By the end of the lesson, students will understand and be able to discuss the importance and traditions of July 4th, as well as apply knowledge of passive and active voice. Students will be able to use the active and passive voice when describing other independence days around the world and the traditions associated with them.


This ESL July 4th Lesson Plan starts out by having students describe various July 4th traditions and discuss the history and reasons behind the celebrations. They continue on to match terms related to the history of July 4th with their corresponding descriptions.


Students watch an informative video by WatchMojo which provides a brief history of July 4th and how Americans celebrate Independence Day. Students do listening comprehension activities in which they list topics discussed in the video and provide short answers based on the information in the video.


After watching the video, students discuss new information they learned about the 4th of July and its history or celebrations. They then proceed to do a grammar activity focusing on active and passive voice, discussing and converting sentences between the two voices, and forming sentences using the correct voice.


In this activation, students discuss questions related to their native country’s Independence Day or a similar holiday and compare them with American Independence Day. They then choose a country and research its independence day, presenting facts in both active and passive voice.

Benefits of using this ESL July 4th lesson plan:

Student Engagement: Learning about the history and traditions of American Independence Day helps make lessons more interesting. It lets students see how important values and cultural celebrations can shape a country, and it encourages them to think about how different countries celebrate their own histories in their own special ways

Cultural Relevance: Understanding American Independence Day is practical and relevant, especially for students who plan to interact with American culture or travel to the United States.

Comparing Traditions: Teaching about the 4th of July can be an opportunity to encourage students to compare and contrast different cultures' histories and celebrations and to reflect on the importance of national identity and independence.

If you’re looking for an ESL July 4th Lesson plan for your intermediate students, then this is the lesson for you! It contains rich and practical vocabulary that students can apply in any setting that involves talking about national celebrations and thoroughly prepares students for discussing and comparing traditions, histories, and celebrations of independence.

Video Description

WatchMojo gives a brief history of the 4th of July and how Americans celebrate Independence Day.

Lesson Activities


July 4th History & Celebrations


July 4th History & Description, Short Answers


Terms Related to July 4th History, CCQ Discussion, Context Usage


Passive Voice / Active Voice


Discussion, Research, & Presentation Task, Quiz & Review, Lesson Reflection

Lesson Topics

Holiday, July 4th Celebrations, History, Traditions

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