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THE LESSON ON MARILYN MONROE

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Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson in the charity ward of a Los Angeles hospital in 1926. Her career as an actor and singer made her an icon of the twentieth century. Her trademark looks helped her become one of Hollywood’s greatest ever sex symbols. Her death in 1962 remains a mystery; officially it was suicide but many say she was murdered.

Norma Jeane had a poor childhood and grew up in foster homes and orphanages. She married at 16 to escape life in government care but divorced four years later. In 1946, she joined a modelling agency and took singing and acting lessons. She soon caught the eye of a Hollywood movie executive, who offered her a six-month acting contract. 

Norma Jeane changed her name to Marilyn Monroe. She spent seven years taking on small roles and doing part-time modelling. In 1953, she starred in the film ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ and sang the legendary ‘Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend’. She became a Hollywood sensation. All her movies were instant box office hits. She won a Golden Globe Award in 1959 for ‘Some Like It Hot’.

Monroe became an American superstar. She married baseball great Joe Di Maggio and then playwright Arthur Miller. Many believe she was involved with President John F. Kennedy. Her last significant appearance was singing "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" at a televised birthday party for him in New York. Monroe’s looks and personality have inspired  generations of performers since her death.

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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.

ward

a.

appearance

2

looks

b.

get away from

3.

murdered

c.

area

4.

escape

d.

chief

5.

care

e.

killed

6.

executive

f.

safekeeping


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7.

taking on

g.

famous

8.

legendary

h.

immediate

9.

instant

i.

motivated

10.

great

j.

accepting

11

significant

k

legend

12

inspired

l

important

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

the charity ward of

a.

modelling

2

Her trademark

b.

Hollywood movie executive

3.

grew up in foster homes

c.

with President John F. Kennedy

4.

escape life in government

d.

looks

5.

She soon caught the eye of a

e.

box office hits

6.

doing part-time

f.

a Los Angeles hospital

7.

All her movies were instant

g.

of performers

8.

she was involved

h.

care

9.

a televised

i.

and orphanages

10.

inspired generations

j.

birthday party

LISTENING GAP FILL

Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson in ______________ of a Los Angeles hospital in 1926. Her career as an actor and singer made her ______________ twentieth century. Her ______________ helped her become one of Hollywood’s greatest ever sex symbols. Her death in 1962 remains a mystery; officially ______________ but many say she was murdered.

Norma Jeane had ______________ and grew up in foster homes and orphanages. She married at 16 ______________ government care but divorced four years later. In 1946, she joined a modelling agency and took singing and acting lessons. She soon ______________ of a Hollywood movie executive, _________________ six-month acting contract. 

Norma Jeane changed her name to Marilyn Monroe. She spent seven years ______________ roles and doing part-time modelling. In 1953, she ______________ film ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ and ______________  ‘Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend’. She became a Hollywood sensation. All her movies were ______________ hits. She won a Golden Globe Award in 1959 for ‘Some Like It Hot’.

Monroe became an American superstar. She married ______________ Joe Di Maggio and then playwright Arthur Miller. Many believe she was ______________ President John F. Kennedy. Her last significant appearance was singing "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" at a televised birthday ______________ New York. Monroe’s looks and personality have inspired  generations of performers ______________.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson in the charity reward / ward of a Los Angeles hospital in 1926. Her career as an actor and singer made her an iron / icon of the twentieth century. Her trademark looks helped her become one of Hollywood’s greatest ever sex symbols. Her death in 1962 remains a mystery / mysterious; officially it was suicide but many say she was murdered / murder.

Norma Jeane had a poor childhood and grew / grown up in foster homes and orphanages / orphans. She married at / by 16 to escape life in government care but divorced four years later. In 1946, she joined a modelling agency and took singing and acting lessons. She soon caught the eye / nose of a Hollywood movie executive, who offered her a six-month acting contract. 

Norma Jeane changed her name to Marilyn Monroe. She spent seven years taking on / off small roles and doing part-time models / modelling. In 1953, she starred in the film ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ and sang the legendary ‘Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend’. She became a Hollywood sensational / sensation. All her movies were instant box / bag office hits. She won a Golden Globe Award in 1959 for ‘Some Like It Hot’.

Monroe became an American superstar. She married / marriage baseball great Joe Di Maggio and then playwright Arthur Miller. Many believe she was involved with President John F. Kennedy. Her latest / last significant appearance was singing "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" at a television / televised birthday party for him in New York. Monroe’s looks and personality have inspired  generations of performers since / for her death.

SPELLING

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

Paragraph 1
 

1.

the yriahct ward of a Los Angeles hospital

2.

the twentieth nyeucrt

3.

sex yblsmos

4.

officially it was iiudsec but many say she was murdered


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5.

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6.

She married at 16 to aepecs

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she joined a modelling aygcen

8.

movie etxicveue


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9.

doing prat-imet modelling

10.

nDadsiom Are A Girl’s Best Friend’

11.

All her movies were astnnit box office hits

12.

She won a Golden Globe arAwd


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13.

an American apussrrte

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Many believe she was nevivdlo with President John F. Kennedy

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a eeislvted birthday party

16.

inspired generations of rrompserfe

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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government care but divorced four years later. In 1946, she joined a modelling agency and took singing and acting

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looks and personality have inspired  generations of performers since her death.

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lessons. She soon caught the eye of a Hollywood movie executive, who offered her a six-month acting contract.

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office hits. She won a Golden Globe Award in 1959 for ‘Some Like It Hot’.

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Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson in the charity ward of a Los Angeles hospital in 1926. Her career as an

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roles and doing part-time modelling. In 1953, she starred in the film ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ and sang the

(    )

 

Monroe became an American superstar. She married baseball great Joe Di Maggio and then playwright Arthur Miller.

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Hollywood’s greatest ever sex symbols. Her death in 1962 remains a mystery; officially it was

(    )

 

Many believe she was involved with President John F. Kennedy. Her last significant appearance was singing

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actor and singer made her an icon of the twentieth century. Her trademark looks helped her become one of

(    )

 

suicide but many say she was murdered.

(    )

 

Norma Jeane had a poor childhood and grew up in foster homes and orphanages. She married at 16 to escape life in

(    )

 

legendary ‘Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend’. She became a Hollywood sensation. All her movies were instant box

(    )

 

"Happy Birthday, Mr. President" at a televised birthday party for him in New York. Monroe’s

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Norma Jeane changed her name to Marilyn Monroe. She spent seven years taking on small

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

Los   Angeles   a   of   ward   charity   the   hospital

2.

one   Hollywood’s   ever   symbols   of   greatest   sex

3.

say   murdered   she   many   was

4.

married   to   in   She   16   life   care   at   escape   government

5.

caught   of   movie   soon   eye   Hollywood   She   the   a   executive

6.

small   on   taking   years   seven   spent   She   roles

7.

her   All   hits   office   box   instant   were   movies

8.

in   Award   Globe   Golden   a   won   She   1959

9.

President  involved   John  F  Kennedy   Many   believe   was   with  she

10.

birthday   New   party   York   for   a   him   televised   in

MARILYN MONROE DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Marilyn Monroe?

2.

Would you like to have met Marilyn Monroe?

3.

What would you like to know about Marilyn Monroe and why?

4.

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

1.

What did you learn from this text about Marilyn Monroe?

2.

What questions would you like to have asked Marilyn Monroe?

3.

What would her answers have been to those questions?

4.

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MARILYN MONROE SURVEY

Write five questions about Marilyn Monroe 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 Marilyn Monroe 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 Marilyn Monroe. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MARILYN MONROE POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Marilyn Monroe. 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 Marilyn Monroe. Include an imaginary interview with her. Write about what she did every day and what she thought 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 Marilyn Monroe. Ask her three questions about her life. Tell her how important she is in today’s world. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Marilyn Monroe expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

ward

a.

area

2

looks

b.

appearance

3.

murdered

c.

killed

4.

escape

d.

get away from

5.

care

e.

safekeeping

6.

executive

f.

chief


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

taking on

g.

accepting

8.

legendary

h.

famous

9.

instant

i.

immediate

10.

great

j.

legend

11

significant

k

important

12

inspired

l

motivated

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

the charity ward of

a.

a Los Angeles hospital

2

Her trademark

b.

looks

3.

grew up in foster homes

c.

and orphanages

4.

escape life in government

d.

care

5.

She soon caught the eye of a

e.

Hollywood movie executive

6.

doing part-time

f.

modelling

7.

All her movies were instant

g.

box office hits

8.

she was involved

h.

with President John F. Kennedy

9.

a televised

i.

birthday party

10.

inspired generations

j.

of performers

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