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Mark Elliot Zuckerberg was born on May the 14th, 1984. He is the creator of the social media site Facebook. He was a star student at school, winning prizes in astronomy, maths and physics. He also excelled in Classical studies. He studied Psychology and Computer Science at Harvard University, which is where he created Facebook. His invention led to his becoming Time magazine’s Person Of The Year for 2010.

Zuckerberg excelled in everything he did in his youth. He was captain of the school fencing team, spoke many languages and was a highly skilled computer programmer. While other kids played computer games, he designed them. He created his first network while in high school to connect all of the computers in his father’s dental surgery. He also built a media player which attracted the interest of Microsoft and AOL.

Zuckerberg started at Harvard in September 2002. In his first year, he created Facemash, a Facebook predecessor, that let students select the college’s best looking people from a selection of photos. He launched Facebook from his Harvard room in February 2004. It was the start of a rollercoaster ride that would connect half a billion people worldwide and make him the world’s youngest billionaire.

Mark Zuckerberg is now one of the most influential people on the planet. He has dined with the president of the USA and regularly attends global economic summits and technology forums. He stated: "The thing I really care about is the mission, making the world open." In 2010, Zuckerberg signed a promise called the "Giving Pledge", in which he promised to donate at least half of his life wealth to charity.

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


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.

creator

a.

creation

2

star

b.

talented

3.

invention

c.

top

4.

excelled

d.

maker

5.

skilled

e.

attention

6.

interest

f.

shone

Paragraphs 3 and 4

 

 

7.

select

g.

link

8.

launched

h.

frequently

9.

connect

i.

choose

10.

influential

j.

give

11

regularly

k

started

12

donate

l

important

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

1.

creator of the social

a.

ride

2

He also excelled

b.

open

3.

Zuckerberg excelled in

c.

of Microsoft

4.

a highly skilled

d.

in Classical studies

5.

attracted the interest

e.

wealth to charity

6.

a selection

f.

media site Facebook

7.

the start of a rollercoaster

g.

people

8.

one of the most influential

h.

everything he did

9.

making the world

i.

computer programmer

10.

donate at least half of his life

j.

of photos


LISTENING GAP FILL

Mark Elliot Zuckerberg was born on May the 14th, 1984. He is the creator of ____________________ Facebook. He was a star student at school, winning ____________________, maths and physics. He also excelled in Classical studies. He studied Psychology and Computer Science at Harvard University, ____________________ created Facebook. His ____________________ his becoming Time magazine’s Person Of The Year for 2010.

Zuckerberg excelled in everything ____________________. He was captain of the school fencing team, spoke many languages and was a ____________________ programmer. While other kids played computer games, he designed them. He created his first network while in high school ____________________ the computers in his father’s dental surgery. He also built a media player ____________________ interest of Microsoft and AOL.

Zuckerberg started at Harvard in September 2002. In his first year, he created Facemash, a Facebook predecessor, that _________________ the college’s best looking people from ____________________. He launched Facebook from his Harvard room in February 2004. It was the start of ____________________ that would people worldwide and make him the world’s youngest billionaire.

Mark Zuckerberg is now one of the ____________________ on the planet. He ____________________ president of the USA and regularly attends global ____________________ and technology forums. He stated: "The thing I really care about is the mission, making the world open." In 2010, Zuckerberg signed a promise called the "Giving Pledge", in which he promised to ____________________ of his life wealth to charity.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Mark Elliot Zuckerberg was born / birth on May the 14th, 1984. He is the creator / created of the social media site Facebook. He was a moon / star student at school, winning prizes in astronomy, maths and physics. He also excelled / excellent in Classical studies. He studied Psychology and Computer Science at Harvard University, which is where he created Facebook. His inventor / invention led to he / his becoming Time magazine’s Person Of The Year for 2010.

Zuckerberg excelled in everything he did in his young / youth. He was captain of the school fences / fencing team, spoke many languages and was a highly / height skilled computer programmer. While other kids played computer games, he designed them. He created his first network wilt / while in high school to / by connect all of the computers in his father’s dental surgery. He also built a media player which attracted the interested / interest of Microsoft and AOL.

Zuckerberg started at Harvard in September 2002. In his first year, he created Facemash, a Facebook processor / predecessor, that let students choice / select the college’s best looking people from a selection of photos. He launched / lunched Facebook from his Harvard room in February 2004. It was the start of a rollercoaster attraction / ride that would joined / connect half a billion / thousand people worldwide and make him the world’s youngest billionaire.

Mark Zuckerberg is now one of the most influence / influential people on the planet. He has dined / dimmed with the president of the USA and regularly / regilar attends global economic summits and technology forums. He stated: "The thing I really care about is the mission, making the world openly / open." In 2010, Zuckerberg signed a promise called the "Giving Pledge", in which he promised to donation / donate at least half / halves of his life wealth to charity.


SPELLING

These jumbled words are from the text. Spell them correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

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2.

winning sepzri in astronomy

3.

Classical seidtus

4.

His tieovinnn

Paragraph 2

5.

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6.

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7.

highly esidlkl

8.

attracted the einesrtt of Microsoft

Paragraph 3

9.

let students eeltcs

10.

He dhlcneua Facebook from his Harvard room

11.

tonccne half a billion people

12.

the world’s youngest oilrieiabln

Paragraph 4

13.

uinaelntilf people

14.

diden with the president of the USA

15.

global ecmonoci summits

16.

edtoan at least half of his life wealth


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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Mark Zuckerberg is now one of the most influential people on the planet. He has dined with the president of the USA and regularly

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rollercoaster ride that would connect half a billion people worldwide and make him the world’s youngest billionaire.

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surgery. He also built a media player which attracted the interest of Microsoft and AOL.

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predecessor, that let students select the college’s best looking people from a selection of

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attends global economic summits and technology forums. He stated: "The thing I really care about is the mission, making the world

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and Computer Science at Harvard University, which is where he created Facebook. His invention led

(    )

many languages and was a highly skilled computer programmer. While other kids played computer games, he designed them. He created

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photos. He launched Facebook from his Harvard room in February 2004. It was the start of a

(    )

student at school, winning prizes in astronomy, maths and physics. He also excelled in Classical studies. He studied Psychology

(    )

open." In 2010, Zuckerberg signed a promise called the "Giving Pledge", in which he promised to donate at least half of his life wealth to charity.

(    )

his first network while in high school to connect all of the computers in his father’s dental

(    )

Zuckerberg excelled in everything he did in his youth. He was captain of the school fencing team, spoke

(    )

Zuckerberg started at Harvard in September 2002. In his first year, he created Facemash, a Facebook

1  )

Mark Elliot Zuckerberg was born on May the 14th, 1984. He is the creator of the social media site Facebook. He was a star

   )

to his becoming Time magazine’s Person Of The Year for 2010.


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

the     social     media    site    Facebook     He    is    the    creator    of.    

2.

excelled     Classical     also     in     studies     He.    

3.

did     Zuckerberg     in     he     excelled     everything.    

4.

programmer     computer     skilled     highly     A.    

5.

school     created     network     high     He     first     in     his     while.    

6.

Let     people     looking     best     college’s     the     select     students

7.

room     Harvard     his     from     Facebook     launched     He.    

8.

planet     of     influential     the     One     most     on     the     people.    

9.

about     The     I     care     thing     really.    

10.

of     his     life     wealth    to     charity     Donate     at     least     half.    


DISCUSSION (Write your questions)

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

1.

What do you know about Mark Zuckerberg?

2.

Would you like to meet Mark Zuckerberg?

3.

What would you like to know about Mark Zuckerberg 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 Mark Zuckerberg?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Mark Zuckerberg?

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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THE MARK ZUCKERBERG SURVEY

Write five questions about Mark Zuckerberg 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 Mark Zuckerberg 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 other search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

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

3. MARK ZUCKERBERG POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Mark Zuckerberg. Show your poster to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all find out similar things?

4. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article Mark Zuckerberg. 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 Mark Zuckerberg. 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 “Mark Zuckerberg expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2

 

 

1.

creator

a.

maker

2

star

b.

top

3.

invention

c.

creation

4.

excelled

d.

shone

5.

skilled

e.

talented

6.

interest

f.

attention

Paragraphs 3 and 4

 

 

7.

select

g.

choose

8.

launched

h.

started

9.

connect

i.

link

10.

influential

j.

important

11

regularly

k

frequently

12

donate

l

give

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

creator of the social

a.

media site Facebook

2

He also excelled

b.

in Classical studies

3.

Zuckerberg excelled in

c.

everything he did

4.

a highly skilled

d.

computer programmer

5.

attracted the interest

e.

of Microsoft

6.

a selection

f.

of photos

7.

the start of a rollercoaster

g.

ride

8.

one of the most influential

h.

people

9.

making the world

i.

open

10.

donate at least half of his life

j.

wealth to charity

ALL OTHER EXERCISES:

Look at the text on page 2.

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