Are some people unluckier than others? Friday the 13th is a good day to find out.
Have you printed out our Discussion Starters lesson on Luck for today? It’s Friday the 13th! There is a listening to go with the full lesson. You can preview it in the Does Luck land in your Lap? podcast. You could also use some authentic materials from the Internet to start your discussion. An archived BBC article suggests that people who believe that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day are more likely to have bad things happen to them. Check out the article:
Friday the 13th-Unlucky for Some and have a discussion. If the reading is too difficult for your learners, simply cut the reading off after the first paragraph. Here are some questions to get you started:
1. Did you notice that today was Friday the 13th?
2. Why is 13 an unlucky number?
3. Reread this statement from the article: “Unlucky people tend to buy into negative superstitions, like having seven years bad luck after smashing a mirror.” What does “buy into” mean?
4. What does this sentence mean? “So your bad luck could be your own doing.” Think of some other situations where we might use the expression “could be your own doing”? Practise with a partner.
5. What are some superstitions from your culture? Do you consider yourself superstitious? Why or why not?
While our Something to Talk About suggestions are useful for getting your students gabbing, the topics, articles, and videos can also be used if you are looking for something for your students to blog/Skype/or write an opinion essay about.