“Crazy Socks at a Funeral”: A Reading Passage for Intermediate-Level Students

Why did President George H.W. Bush wear colorful patterned socks to his wife’s funeral?

Image result for george h.w. bush's socks funeral

I made a one-page reading passage for intermediate-level English language learners that is accompanied by previewing and post-reading questions. It’s a fun news article that talks about President George H.W. Bush and his connection to John Cronin, a 22-year-old man with Down syndrome who opened a sock business. The story ties in with current news headlines, and it could also be a good way to talk about and compare cultural customs, like proper attire for funerals or topics related to the U.S. presidency. In my class, the topic was a bit controversial and generated quite a bit of discussion because some of my students said they thought it was disrespectful to wear fun, colorful socks to a funeral.

Download the article for free here.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s