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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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Leonardo DiCaprio is a movie heartthrob and award-winning Hollywood actor. He shot to fame for his role in ‘Titanic’ in 1997. He has also starred in many other successful movies. DiCaprio is known for his environmentalist activities. He flies on commercial flights instead of private jets and has an eco-friendly house. He has inspired other celebrities to take up environmental causes.

DiCaprio is an only child and was born in Los Angeles in 1974. He was named after Leonardo da Vinci because his pregnant mother was looking at a da Vinci painting in Italy when her baby first kicked. Leo's actor stepbrother inspired DiCaprio to take up acting. He began looking for an agent when he was twelve but was unsuccessful.

DiCaprio started his career making TV commercials. His break came in 1990 when he appeared in several shows. DiCaprio’s big breakthrough came in 1993 when he starred opposite Robert de Niro in ‘The Boy’s Life’. That same year he starred alongside Johnny Depp in ‘What's Eating Gilbert Grape’.  He was 19 and his performance earned him an Academy Award nomination.

DiCaprio’s career took off and he became a Hollywood star. His status was elevated to superstar after he acted in ‘Titanic’, which won 11 Oscars. He was the most searched for personality on the Internet and his popularity was dubbed "Leo-mania”. He said later he would “never reach that state of popularity again”. Today, DiCaprio prefers to think of himself as an indie actor.

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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.

heartthrob

a.

motivated

2

instead of

b.

seeking

3.

inspired

c.

called

4.

named

d.

pinup

5.

pregnant

e.

rather than

6.

looking for

f.

expectant


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

several

g.

get to

8.

alongside

h.

a number of

9.

earned

i.

raised

10.

elevated

j.

got

11

dubbed

k

next to

12

reach

l

called

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

He flies on commercial flights

a.

only child

2

an eco-friendly

b.

Robert de Niro

3.

DiCaprio is an

c.

DiCaprio to take up acting

4.

He was named

d.

alongside Johnny Depp

5.

Leo's actor stepbrother inspired

e.

instead of private jets

6.

he appeared opposite

f.

house

7.

he starred

g.

himself as an indie actor

8.

DiCaprio’s career took

h.

after Leonardo da Vinci

9.

He was the most searched for

i.

off

10.

DiCaprio prefers to think of

j.

personality on the Internet


LISTENING GAP FILL

Leonardo DiCaprio is _______________ and award-winning Hollywood actor. He shot to fame _______________ in ‘Titanic’ in 1997. He has also starred in many other successful movies. DiCaprio is known for his environmentalist activities. He flies on commercial _______________ private jets and has an eco-friendly house. He has inspired other celebrities _______________ environmental causes.

DiCaprio _______________ and was born in Los Angeles in 1974. He _______________ Leonardo da Vinci because his pregnant mother was looking at a da Vinci painting in Italy when her _______________. Leo's actor stepbrother inspired DiCaprio to _______________. He began looking for an agent when he was twelve but was unsuccessful.

DiCaprio started his career making TV commercials. _______________ in 1990 when he appeared in several shows. DiCaprio’s big breakthrough came in 1993 when _______________ Robert de Niro in ‘The Boy’s Life’. That same year _______________ Johnny Depp in ‘What's Eating Gilbert Grape’.  He was 19 and his performance _______________ Academy Award nomination.

DiCaprio’s career _______________ became a Hollywood star. His status was elevated to superstar after he acted in ‘Titanic’, which won 11 Oscars. He was _________________ for personality on the Internet and his popularity was dubbed "Leo-mania”. He said later he would “never ________________ of popularity again”. Today, DiCaprio prefers to think of himself _______________.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Leonardo DiCaprio is a movie heartthrob / heartburn and award-winning Hollywood actor. He shot / shooting to fame for his role in ‘Titanic’ in 1997. He has also starred in many other successful movies. DiCaprio is known for his environmentalist activity / activities. He flies on commercial flights instead of private jets and has an eco-friendly / eco-friend house. He has inspired other celebrities to take up environmental causes.

DiCaprio is an only / lonely child and was born in Los Angeles in 1974. He was named before / after Leonardo da Vinci because his pregnant mother was looking at a da Vinci painting in Italy when her baby first kicking / kicked. Leo's actor stepbrother inspired DiCaprio to take down / up acting. He began looking for an agent when he was twelve but was unsuccessful.

DiCaprio started his career making TV commercialization / commercials. His break / breaking came in 1990 when he appeared in several shows. DiCaprio’s big breakthrough came in 1993 when he starred opposite Robert de Niro in ‘The Boy’s Life’. That / Then same year he starred along / alongside Johnny Depp in ‘What's Eating Gilbert Grape’.  He was 19 and his performance earned him an Academy Award nomination.

DiCaprio’s career took on / off and he became a Hollywood star. His status / statue was elevated to superstar after he acted in ‘Titanic’, which won 11 Oscars. He was the most searched for personality on the Internet and his popularity / popular was dubbed "Leo-mania”. He said later he would “never reach that state of popularity again”. Today, DiCaprio prefers / rather to think of himself as an indie actor.


SPELLING

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

Paragraph 1
 

1.

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2.

known for his environmentalist eiiattscvi

3.

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4.

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Paragraph 2
 

5.

He was mndea after Leonardo da Vinci

6.

his pgrnnaet mother

7.

her baby first idekkc

8.

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Paragraph 3
 

9.

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10.

he appeared oiepptos Robert de Niro

11.

he starred lgoedains Johnny Depp

12.

his performance eenadr him an Academy Award nomination


Paragraph 4
 

13.

His ttussa was elevated to superstar

14.

the most rdehecsa for personality on the Internet

15.

reach that state of popularity

16.

think of efhlism as an indie actor


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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up acting. He began looking for an agent when he was twelve but was unsuccessful.

(    )

 

DiCaprio started his career making TV commercials. His break came in 1990 when he appeared in several shows. DiCaprio’s big

(    )

 

in ‘Titanic’ in 1997. He has also starred in many other successful movies. DiCaprio is known for his environmentalist

(    )

 

popularity was dubbed "Leo-mania”. He said later he would “never reach that state

(    )

 

activities. He flies on commercial flights instead of private jets and has an eco-

(    )

 

DiCaprio’s career took off and he became a Hollywood star. His status was elevated to superstar after

(    )

 

year he starred alongside Johnny Depp in ‘What's Eating Gilbert Grape’. He was 19

(    )

 

of popularity again”. Today, DiCaprio prefers to think of himself as an indie actor.

(    )

 

and his performance earned him an Academy Award nomination.

( 1 )

 

he acted in ‘Titanic’, which won 11 Oscars. He was the most searched for personality on the Internet and his

(    )

 

friendly house. He has inspired other celebrities to take up environmental causes.

(    )

 

Leonardo DiCaprio is a movie heartthrob and award-winning Hollywood actor. He shot to fame for his role

(    )

 

mother was looking at a da Vinci painting in Italy when her baby first kicked. Leo's actor stepbrother inspired DiCaprio to take

(    )

 

DiCaprio is an only child and was born in Los Angeles in 1974. He was named after Leonardo da Vinci because his pregnant

(    )

 

breakthrough came in 1993 when he appeared opposite Robert de Niro in ‘The Boy’s Life’. That same


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

his    shot    for    in    He    fame    role    ‘Titanic’    to

2.

DiCaprio    known    his    activities    is    for    environmentalist

3.

jets    flights    He    instead    flies    of    on    private    commercial

4.

Vinci    was    after    da    He    named    Leonardo

5.

when    twelve    looking    agent    was    began    an    he    He    for

6.

career    TV    DiCaprio    his    making    commercials    started

7.

same    That    Depp    Johnny    alongside    starred    he    year

8.

took   he   Hollywood   career   and   a   DiCaprio’s   off   became   star

9.

the   was   searched   on   He   most   personality   Internet   the   for

10.

actor    to    himself    indie    prefers    of    an    DiCaprio    think    as


LEONARDO DICAPRIO DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Leonardo DiCaprio?

2.

Would you like to meet Leonardo DiCaprio?

3.

What would you like to know about Leonardo DiCaprio and why?

4.

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5.

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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 Leonardo DiCaprio?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Leonardo DiCaprio?

3.

What would his answers be to those questions?

4.

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5.

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6.

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7.

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8.

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LEONARDO DICAPRIO SURVEY

Write five questions about Leonardo DiCaprio 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

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STUDENT 3

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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 Leonardo DiCaprio 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 Leonardo DiCaprio. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. LEONARDO DICAPRIO POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Leonardo DiCaprio. 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 Leonardo DiCaprio. Include an imaginary interview with him. Write about what he does every day and what he 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 Leonardo DiCaprio. Ask him three questions about his life. Give him three suggestions on what he should do in his future. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Leonardo DiCaprio expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

heartthrob

a.

pinup

2

instead of

b.

rather than

3.

inspired

c.

motivated

4.

named

d.

called

5.

pregnant

e.

expectant

6.

looking for

f.

seeking


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

several

g.

a number of

8.

alongside

h.

next to

9.

earned

i.

got

10.

elevated

j.

raised

11

dubbed

k

called

12

reach

l

get to

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

He flies on commercial flights

a.

instead of private jets

2

an eco-friendly

b.

house

3.

DiCaprio is an

c.

only child

4.

He was named

d.

after Leonardo da Vinci

5.

Leo's actor stepbrother inspired

e.

DiCaprio to take up acting

6.

he appeared opposite

f.

Robert de Niro

7.

he starred

g.

alongside Johnny Depp

8.

DiCaprio’s career took

h.

off

9.

He was the most searched for

i.

personality on the Internet

10.

DiCaprio prefers to think of

j.

himself as an indie actor

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