Both the Christian Easter and the Jewish Passover take place next month. Here’s a “The Best…” list sharing my picks for the best online resources out there about these holidays that are accessible to English Language Learners :
As usual, the History Channel has excellent Easter resources, including online videos.
The CBBC Newsround has a variety of accessible Easter resources.
Speaking of the Easter Bunny, you can see a picture of him/her hugging George W. Bush and, on the same page, view a slideshow of the annual White House Egg Roll.
How Stuff Works has quite a bit of accessible information on How Easter Works.
EL Civics has a good Easter Lesson for ESL students.
You can send a regular Easter E-Card at Blue Mountain.
Here are two activities designed for ESL students — read about Easter and answer comprehension questions; then take an Easter Quiz
The New York Times has a slideshow on Good Friday activities.
Topmarks has some great Easter materials
Here’s a photo gallery of weird Easter Eggs.
Renee Maufroid has an exercise teaching “Easter Words.”
From Egg To Art is a video from the Wall Street Journal.
Here’s an article and photo from The San Francisco Chronicle about an Easter Egg Hunt for blind children.
Holy Week is a similar series of photos from the Boston Globe’s The Big Picture.
Watch a video from the Wall Street Journal about a crazy Easter egg celebration.
Easter, 2009 is another series of slideshows from The Big Picture.
In pictures: Mexico passion play is from the BBC.
Holy Week is a series of photos from The Boston Globe’s Big Picture.
Good Friday Around The World is a New York Times slideshow.
In Spain, Women Find a Place in the Procession is a New York Times slideshow.
In Rio’s reimagined Passion Play, drug lords kill Christ comes from CNN.
Holy Week and Easter, 2011 is a series of photos from The Atlantic.
Holy Week rituals around the world is from NBC News.
First family hosts White House Easter Egg Roll is a slideshow from The Washington Post.
Easter Egg Hunt Canceled Due To Aggressive Parents is from NPR.
Here are the winners of Washington Post’s 2012 “Peeps Diorama Contest” (In case you’re wondering, Peeps are a popular Easter candy).
Nobody Minds Dyeing the Egg, but the Chicken Is Another Story is from The New York Times.
Nine Things You Didn’t Know About Your Easter Candy is a slideshow from TIME.
Read about the Eggbot at The Atlantic, and watch it in action below.
Good Friday around the world – in pictures is from The Guardian.
Easter week around the world – in pictures is from The Guardian.
Good Friday Traditions Across the Globe is a slideshow from TIME.
Holy Week and Easter, 2012 is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.
Easter and Holy Week is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.
Eggs Become Art To Celebrate Life’s Rebirth is a neat slideshow from NPR.
Pope Francis kisses and washes feet of young offenders at Rome prison after mass inside St Peter’s Basilica begins four days of Easter ceremony in spectacular style is from The Mail Online.
Check out this video from English Central about the History of Easter.
Easter Around the World is a photo gallery from ABC News.
Photos: Easter around the world is from CNN.
Awkward Family Photos Make Easter Seem Especially Strange is from The Huffington Post.
Easter – a magazine full of texts about Easter
Is Easter about Jesus or bunnies? Both, actually is from Vox.
Christians Mark Good Friday Around The World is a NBC News photo gallery.
Busted! 81 percent of parents steal Easter candy from their kids is also from NBC.
Week of observances is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.
Who, What, Why: Why is Good Friday called Good Friday? is from The BBC.
The Easter Rocket War of Vrontados is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.
An Animation Of Easter Chocolate – Teaching Media, Finance, & Global Trade is from The ASIDE Blog.
Stations of the cross on L.A.’s streets is from The LA Times.
Easter Eggs and Movies! is an ESL lesson plan.
Thousands Come to See Antigua, Guatemala’s Stunning Lenten Traditions is from NBC News.
A Mayan and Catholic Easter Tradition? Yes, in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala is from NBC News.
Scenes From Holy Week is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.
Five myths about the cross is from The Washington Post.
As with many other holiday observances, the history of Easter date-setting is rather long and complicated: https://t.co/ssM6rgCKf0
— Vox (@voxdotcom) April 16, 2017
Easter week around the world – in pictures is from The Guardian.
Easter Sunday around the world – in pictures is from The Guardian.
The Rituals and Traditions of Easter and Holy Week is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.
Photos: Easter Services Around The World is from NPR.
Again, the History Channel has great resources on Passover.
The CBBC Newsround also has accessible resources.
The ESL Free Press gives a very accessible overview of both Easter and Passover.
And here’s another virtual Seder Plate.
The BBC has a good site, though it’s probably only accessible to high Intermediate or Advanced English Language Learners.
You can send a Passover E-Card at Blue Mountain.
From Indian Jews to Jewish Bears: A Passover Photo Gallery is from The Atlantic.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews Prepare For Passover is a TIME slideshow.
Passover: A Time to Grow Students’ Vocabulary and Aspirations is from Edutopia.
You don’t see this everyday — the Passover story told through a Rube Goldberg Machine.
Here’s a great BBC interactive on Passover.
Why Add A Banana To The Passover Table? is from NPR.
The Roots of Surprising Passover Seder Traditions From Around the World is from TIME.
Everything you need to know about Passover is from Vox.
Interesting historical answer to a Q I’ve long wondered: Why don’t we talk about Moses at Passover? https://t.co/UzUB5VLNkk pic.twitter.com/jncD3Ku7tj
— Derek Thompson (@DKThomp) April 14, 2017
Good Friday is the day Christians commemorate Jesus’s death on the cross.
7 questions about Lent and Christian traditions, answered: https://t.co/MwnmBdcy0m
— Vox (@voxdotcom) April 19, 2019
Americans celebrating Good Friday and Easter were asked to avoid gathering in public spaces and to celebrate at home as the country reported its highest coronavirus death toll https://t.co/tAemGpUqgo pic.twitter.com/vRDvHwE5zZ
— Reuters (@Reuters) April 12, 2020
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Thanks for the list, Larry, and for inviting your readers to add to it. We have a new site, http://PassoverRecipes.com, with recipes. It might be good practice for reading labels, ingredients and measurements for ESL learners.
Thanks for the resources.
In addition to the Passover sites you listed, I maintain a list of 150 Passover sites that includes a wide range of resources.
Your readers may find this useful.
Have a good day,
A different expression of the Easter message–in rap: http://youtu.be/d2BW_yButTkm