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Labor Day (US)

Holidays & Events


Teens & Adults

Grades 6–12

Many people think of Labor Day as a day off to enjoy a backyard barbecue or fireworks display. What caused the US government to declare an official holiday for workers? In this lesson, students learn the history behind this American holiday.

Note: For a lesson on the Canadian holiday, go to the Labour Day lesson in our Holidays & Events section.

  • labor
  • federal
  • establish
  • strike (noun)
  • union
  • wage
  • layoffs
  • interfere
  • ease
  • speech
PDF Content
  • warm-up
  • reading
  • vocabulary review tasks
  • comprehension questions
  • discussion
  • creative writing
Task Content
  • Warm-Up(Reference)
  • Vocabulary Preview A(Matching)
  • Vocabulary Preview B(Matching)
  • Read & Listen(Reference)
  • Comprehension(Open-Ended Questions)
  • Vocabulary Review A(Type in the Blanks)
  • Vocabulary Review B(Matching)
  • Discussion (Reference)
  • Creative Response(Reference)
  • Listen & Type(Type in the Blanks)