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Halle Berry is an award-winning actress, fashion model, beauty queen, and businesswoman. She won a Best Actress Oscar for ‘Monster's Ball’ and a Golden Raspberry Worst Actress award for her role in ‘Catwoman’. Berry is one of Hollywood’s highest-paid stars and earns $10 million per movie. She has been married three times and gave birth to her first child in 2008.

Berry was born in Ohio, USA in 1966. Her mother was a nurse and her father was a hospital attendant. She had dreams of being a top model. She won many beauty contests in the 1980s, including Miss Teen All-American. In 1986, she became the first black American Miss World entrant. She told the judges she hoped to become an entertainer.

In 1989, Berry appeared in 13 episodes of an ABC TV series. Her big break came two years later in the Spike Lee movie ‘Jungle Fever’. Halle went on to regularly star in box-office hits, including the James Bond movie ‘Die Another Day’. In 2001, she became the first African-American woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in ‘Monster’s Ball’.

Berry has combined her acting successes with her original career in fashion. She served for many years as the face of Revlon cosmetics and the fashion house Versace. In 2008, she signed a multi-million-dollar deal with the perfume company Coty Inc, who will market her debut fragrance. Berry also has plans to be a movie producer.

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Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted biographies.


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SYNONYM MATCH

Match the words from the article on the left with their synonyms on the right. Are your answers the same as other students’?

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

role

a.

gets

2

earns

b.

had

3.

gave birth to

c.

competitor

4.

dreams

d.

part

5.

entrant

e.

wished

6.

hoped

f.

ambitions


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

episodes

g.

joined

8.

break

h.

first

9.

regularly

i.

opportunity

10.

combined

j.

agreement

11

original

k

frequently

12

deal

l

shows

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

Halle Berry is an award-

a.

of being a top model

2

earns

b.

become an entertainer

3.

She had dreams

c.

face of Revlon cosmetics

4.

the first black American

d.

multi-million-dollar deal

5.

She told the judges she hoped to

e.

winning actress

6.

Berry appeared in 13 episodes

f.

to be a movie producer

7.

win an Academy Award

g.

$10 million per movie

8.

She served for many years as the

h.

Miss World entrant

9.

she signed a

i.

for Best Actress

10.

Berry also has plans

j.

of an ABC TV series


LISTENING GAP FILL

Halle Berry is ________________ actress, fashion model, beauty queen, and businesswoman. She won a Best Actress Oscar for ‘Monster's Ball’ and a ___________________ Actress award for her role in ‘Catwoman’. Berry is one of Hollywood’s highest-paid stars ________________ per movie. She has been married three times and ________________ first child in 2008.

Berry was born in Ohio, USA in 1966. Her mother was a nurse and her father was a hospital attendant. She had ________________ top model. ___________________ contests in the 1980s, including Miss Teen All-American. In 1986, she __________________ American Miss World entrant. She told the judges she ________________ entertainer.

In 1989, Berry appeared ________________ an ABC TV series. Her ________________ two years later in the Spike Lee movie ‘Jungle Fever’. Halle ___________________ star in box-office hits, including the James Bond movie ‘Die Another Day’. In 2001, she became the first African-American ________________ Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in ‘Monster’s Ball’.

Berry ________________ acting successes with her original career in fashion. She served for many years ________________ Revlon cosmetics and the fashion house Versace. In 2008, she signed a multi-________________ with the perfume company Coty Inc, who will market her debut fragrance. Berry also ________________ movie producer.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs in italics.

Halle Berry is an awards- / award-winning actress, fashion model, beauty queen, and businesswoman. She won a Best Actress Oscar for ‘Monster's Ball’ and a Golden Raspberry Worst Actress award for her roll / role in ‘Catwoman’. Berry is one of Hollywood’s highest-paid stars and earns / earnings $10 million per movie. She has been married three times and gave born / birth to her first child in 2008.

Berry was born / birth in Ohio, USA in 1966. Her mother was a nurse and her father was a hospital attention / attendant. She had dreams of being a top model. She won many beauty contests at / in the 1980s, including Miss Teen All-American. In 1986, she became the first black American Miss World entrant / entrance. She told the judges she hoped to become an entertainer.

In 1989, Berry appeared in 13 episodes for / of an ABC TV series. Her big break / broken came two years later in the Spike Lee movie ‘Jungle Fever’. Halle went on to regularly / regular star in box-office hits, including the James Bond movie ‘Die Another Day’. In 2001, she became the first African-American woman to win an Academy Award of / for Best Actress for her role in ‘Monster’s Ball’.

Berry has combined her acting successes with her origin / original career in fashion. She served / saved for many years as the face of Revlon cosmetics and the fashion home / house Versace. In 2008, she signed a multi-million-dollar dealt / deal with the perfume company Coty Inc, who will market her debut fragrance. Berry also has plans to be a movie producer.


SPELLING

The underlined, jumbled words are from the text. Spell them correctly.

Paragraph 1
 

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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Paragraph 2
 

5.

Her mother was a erusn

6.

She had earsmd of being a top model

7.

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8.

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Paragraph 3
 

9.

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10.

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11.

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12.

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Paragraph 4
 

13.

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14.

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15.

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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movie ‘Jungle Fever’. Halle went on to regularly star in box-office hits, including the

(    )

 

Berry was born in Ohio, USA in 1966. Her mother was a nurse and her father was a hospital attendant. She had dreams

(    )

 

entrant. She told the judges she hoped to become an entertainer.

(    )

 

Berry has combined her acting successes with her original career in fashion. She served for many years as the face

(    )

 

of being a top model. She won many beauty contests in the 1980s, including

( 1 )

 

Halle Berry is an award-winning actress, fashion model, beauty queen, and businesswoman. She won a Best Actress

(    )

 

company Coty Inc, who will market her debut fragrance. Berry also has plans to be a movie producer.

(    )

 

In 1989, Berry appeared in 13 episodes of an ABC TV series. Her big break came two years later in the Spike Lee

(    )

 

American woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in ‘Monster’s Ball’.

(    )

 

Hollywood’s highest-paid stars and earns $10 million per movie. She has been

(    )

 

married three times and gave birth to her first child in 2008.

(    )

 

of Revlon cosmetics and the fashion house Versace. In 2008, she signed a multi-million-dollar deal with the perfume

(    )

 

Miss Teen All-American. In 1986, she became the first black American Miss World

(    )

 

Oscar for ‘Monster's Ball’ and a Golden Raspberry Worst Actress award for her role in ‘Catwoman’. Berry is one of

(    )

 

James Bond movie ‘Die Another Day’. In 2001, she became the first African-


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

With your partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

paid    of    stars    Hollywood’s    Berry    highest    is    -    one

2.

birth    gave    2008    in    child    first    her    to

3.

dreams    had    She    model    top    a    being    of

4.

World    the    black    Miss    entrant    first    American

5.

she   become   She   judges    to   entertainer   the    hoped    an    told

6.

of    TV    appeared    episodes    ABC    Berry    13    an    series    in

7.

regularly    star    in    box-office    hits    Halle    went    on    to

8.

for    many    years    as    the    face    of    Revlon    She    served

9.

a    dollar    multi    deal    -    she    million    signed    -

10.

producer    to    Berry    be    also    a    has    movie    plans


HALLE BERRY DISCUSSION

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

What do you know about Halle Berry?

2.

Would you like to meet Halle Berry?

3.

What would you like to know about Halle Berry and why?

4.

___________________________________________________

5.

___________________________________________________

6.

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7.

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8.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

What did you learn from this text about Halle Berry?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Halle Berry?

3.

What would her answers be to those questions?

4.

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5.

___________________________________________________

6.

___________________________________________________

7.

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8.

___________________________________________________


HALLE BERRY SURVEY

Write five questions about Halle Berry in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

_____________

STUDENT 3

_____________

Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.


WRITING

Write about Halle Berry for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information about Halle Berry. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. HALLE BERRY POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Halle Berry. Show your poster to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all find out similar things?

4. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Halle Berry. Include an imaginary interview with her. Write about what she does every day and what she thinks about.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to Halle Berry. Ask her three questions about her life. Give her three suggestions on what she should do in her future. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Halle Berry expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

role

a.

part

2

earns

b.

gets

3.

gave birth to

c.

had

4.

dreams

d.

ambitions

5.

entrant

e.

competitor

6.

hoped

f.

wished


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

episodes

g.

shows

8.

break

h.

opportunity

9.

regularly

i.

frequently

10.

combined

j.

joined

11

original

k

first

12

deal

l

agreement

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

Halle Berry is an award-

a.

winning actress

2

earns

b.

$10 million per movie

3.

She had dreams

c.

of being a top model

4.

the first black American

d.

Miss World entrant

5.

She told the judges she hoped to

e.

become an entertainer

6.

Berry appeared in 13 episodes

f.

of an ABC TV series

7.

win an Academy Award

g.

for Best Actress

8.

She served for many years as the

h.

face of Revlon cosmetics

9.

she signed a

i.

multi-million-dollar deal

10.

Berry also has plans

j.

to be a movie producer

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