#117 Fathers’ Day Stuff

Published on May 25, 2007

=>ETs in Russia is Back
=> Quotations About Fathers – Gap-fill
=> “A father is someone Who . . . ” – Unfinished Sentence Writing
=> “A Very Short Story About Your Dad’ – Writing
=> In the Next Issues

ETs in Russia is back

ETs in Russia & Elsewhere took a 3-month hiatus. The reasons?

1. Half of our subscribers (namely people with mail.ru or yandex.ru addresses) haven’t been receiving issues for a year or more. We had to figure out how to overcome this technical problem. We’ll see if it works.

2. Kevin is producing more material at English Teachers Everywhere (www.etseverywhere.com), which features lots of interesting audio, available to teachers in the form of free downloadable mp3 files.

3. Nobody really wrote and said, “Hey where’s ETs in Russia?” So just when we thought we had kinda swept the whole thing under the rug, we got a letter from Nataliya Kasimova in Izhevsk, Russia, asking us just that question. So, cheers, Nataliya. This is for you.

Quotations About Fathers

Fathers’ Day is coming soon. In 2007, it will be June 17th. It’s a holiday where children show their appreciation for their father by giving him something like a new tie, and the father pretends to like it.

Look at the 10 below. Each will appear in one of the 10 quotations below. Be careful. With the adjectives especially, you will need to examine the nuances to find which fit correctly into the sentences.

admirable, become, important, keeping, look like, raising, remember, successful, thankless, wrong

“That is the __________ position of the father in the family–the provider for all, and the enemy of all.”
— J. August Strindberg, Swedish writer

“It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I __________ he was.”
— Anne Sexton, American poet

“To be a __________ father . . . there’s one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don’t look at it for the first two years.”
— Ernest Hemingway, American writer

“A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to ___________ his father.” — Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Colombian writer

Homer Simpson: “I promise you kids lots of things. That’s what makes me such a good father!”
Lisa Simpson, his daughter: “Actually, __________ promises would make you a good father.”
Homer: “No, that would make me a GREAT father.”
–Homer and Lisa Simpson, American icons

“It is __________ for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping.”
–John Sinor, American Writer

“The most __________ thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”?
— Henry Ward Beecher, American writer and abolitionist

“We never know the love of our parents for us till we have __________ parents.”?
— Henry Ward Beecher, American Writer and Abolitionist

“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s __________.”
–Charles Wadsworth, American pianist

“My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.” “We’re not __________ grass,” my dad would reply, “we’re __________ boys.” (The same word appears in both the blanks)
–Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player

“A father is someone . . . ” Writing


“A father is someone who carries pictures in his wallet where his money used to be.”

Form groups and finish this sentence: “A father is someone who . . . ”

It’s okay to write general sentences like, “A father is someone who loves his children,” but details and specifics are more fun. “A father is someone who takes his daughter to ballet class and misses the football match on TV.”

Got it? Have each group write several of these. Combine them together and you have created a poem. Post the poem on the classroom walls or draw up a nice copy to present to Dad.

A Very Short Story About Your Dad

Write a really brief memory you have of you and your father. It might be like the one above, by Harmon Killebrew. It might be something you learned from your father. But make it a specific event, a moment in time that you remember clearly.

Copyright 2007 Kevin McCaughey & I.M. Poosheesty

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