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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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Michael Moore is an award-winning American director, author, and political commentator. He has spent over a decade making controversial movie documentaries about the problems in American society. He is especially critical of the presidency of President George W. Bush. He has also criticized globalization and large corporations, gun ownership and the American health care system.

Moore is the director and producer of three of the top five money-making documentaries of all time. ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ examined the political climate after the 2001 attacks; ‘Sicko’ highlighted the ills of American healthcare; and ‘Bowling for Columbine’ probed America’s widespread gun culture and its relation to violence. He uses a mixture of hard-hitting fact and humour in all of his work.

Moore became famous in 1989 for his film ‘Roger and Me’. It was about what happened to his hometown after General Motors closed its car factories there and opened new ones in Mexico. ‘Roger’ is Roger B. Smith, former CEO of General Motors. The film established Moore as a teller of uncomfortable truths about his nation and a serious investigative journalist and filmmaker.

In 2005 Time magazine named him one of the world's 100 most influential people. His appetite for making movies and writing about society seems as strong as ever. He has earned a reputation as being America’s most fearless social critic. He will surely make more movies on the major issues of our time and at the same time fight for the small man.

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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.

commentator

a.

extensive

2

controversial

b.

ever

3.

criticized

c.

problems

4.

of all time

d.

hot

5.

ills

e.

analyst

6.

widespread

f.

attacked


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

closed

g.

hunger

8.

opened

h.

important

9.

investigative

i.

shut down

10.

influential

j.

inquiring

11

appetite

k

brave

12

fearless

l

set up

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

political

a.

gun culture

2

especially

b.

fearless social critic

3.

the political climate

c.

fact and humour

4.

probed America’s widespread

d.

truths about his nation

5.

a mixture of hard-hitting

e.

journalist

6.

a teller of uncomfortable

f.

critical of

7.

a serious investigative

g.

after the 2001 attacks

8.

the world's 100

h.

for making movies

9.

His appetite

i.

commentator

10.

America’s most

j.

most influential people


LISTENING GAP FILL

Michael Moore _____________________ American director, author, and _____________________. He has spent over a decade making controversial movie documentaries about the problems in American society. He is _____________________ the presidency of President George W. Bush. _____________________ globalization and large corporations, gun ownership and the American health care system.

Moore is the director and producer _____________________ money-making documentaries of all time. ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ examined ____________________ the 2001 attacks; ‘Sicko’ ___________________ American healthcare; and ‘Bowling for Columbine’ probed America’s widespread gun culture _____________________. He uses a mixture of hard-hitting fact and humour in all of his work.

Moore became famous in 1989 for his film ‘Roger and Me’. __________________ happened to his hometown after General Motors _____________________ and opened new ones in Mexico. ‘Roger’ is Roger B. Smith, former CEO of General Motors. The film established Moore as a _____________________ truths about his nation and a ________________ journalist and filmmaker.

In 2005 Time magazine named him one of the world's 100 most influential people. _____________________ movies and writing about society seems as strong as ever. He has _____________________ being America’s most fearless social critic. He will surely make more movies _________________ our time and at the same time _____________________.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Michael Moore is an award-winning American direction / director, author, and political commentator. He has spending / spent over a decade making controversial movie documentaries about the problems in American society. He is especially criticize / critical of the presidency of President George W. Bush. He has also criticized globalization and large corporations, gun ownership and the American health careless / care system.

Moore is the director and producer of three of the top five money-making documentaries of every / all time. ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ examined the political climate / weather after the 2001 attacks; ‘Sicko’ highlighted the ills / colds of American healthcare; and ‘Bowling for Columbine’ probed America’s widespread gun culture and their / its relation to violence. He uses a mixture of hard-hitting fact and humour in all of his work.

Moore became famous / fame in 1989 for his film ‘Roger and Me’. It was about what happened to his hometown after General Motors closed its car factories there and opened new one / ones in Mexico. ‘Roger’ is Roger B. Smith, former CEO of General Motors. The film established Moore as a tale / teller of uncomfortable truths about his nation and a serious / series investigative journalist and filmmaker.

In 2005 Time magazine named him one of the world / world's 100 most influential people. His appetite / hungry for making movies and writing about society seems as strong as even / ever. He has earned a reputation as being America’s most fearless social critic. He will surely make more movies in / on the major issues of our time and at the same time fight for the small man.


SPELLING

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

Paragraph 1
 

1.

an wrada-winning American director

2.

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3.

especially clatrici of

4.

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Paragraph 2
 

5.

money-anmkgi documentaries

6.

the political mctiale after the 2001 attacks

7.

America’s widespread gun lreutcu

8.

a xrumeit of hard-hitting fact and humour


Paragraph 3
 

9.

what happened to his enwhtoom

10.

General Motors closed its car eoracitsf there

11.

a teller of uncomfortable hsrtut

12.

a oreiuss investigative journalist


Paragraph 4
 

13.

the world's 100 most influential oelpep

14.

writing about ocysiet

15.

America’s most fearless aoslic critic

16.

the major ssuies of our time


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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critical of the presidency of President George W. Bush. He has also criticized globalization and large

(    )

 

issues of our time and at the same time fight for the small man.

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Moore is the director and producer of three of the top five money-making documentaries of all time. ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’

(    )

 

CEO of General Motors. The film established Moore as a teller of uncomfortable

(    )

 

corporations, gun ownership and the American health care system.

(    )

 

hometown after General Motors closed its car factories there and opened new ones in Mexico. ‘Roger’ is Roger B. Smith, former

( 1 )

 

Michael Moore is an award-winning American director, author, and political commentator. He has

(    )

 

examined the political climate after the 2001 attacks; ‘Sicko’ highlighted the ills of American healthcare; and ‘Bowling for Columbine’

(    )

 

In 2005 Time magazine named him one of the world's 100 most influential people. His appetite

(    )

 

Moore became famous in 1989 for his film ‘Roger and Me’. It was about what happened to his

(    )

 

truths about his nation and a serious investigative journalist and filmmaker.

(    )

 

as being America’s most fearless social critic. He will surely make more movies on the major

(    )

 

for making movies and writing about society seems as strong as ever. He has earned a reputation

(    )

 

spent over a decade making controversial movie documentaries about the problems in American society. He is especially

(    )

 

probed America’s widespread gun culture and its relation to violence. He uses a mixture of hard-hitting fact and humour in all of his work.


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

director   award   Michael   Moore   winning   is   American   an

2.

the   in   society   about   problems   American   documentaries

3.

documentaries   time   five   making   all   top   of   the   money

4.

political   the   examined   attacks   2001   the   after   climate

5.

probed   gun   America’s   culture   widespread

6.

is         Smith         ‘Roger’      B         Roger

7.

of   teller   a   nation   his   about   truths   uncomfortable

8.

movies   His   and   appetite   writing   for   about   making   society

9.

America’s   a   most   reputation   fearless   as   social   being   critic

10.

on   issues   time   movies   major   our   more   the   of   make


MICHAEL MOORE DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Michael Moore?

2.

Would you like to meet Michael Moore?

3.

What would you like to know about Michael Moore and why?

4.

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5.

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6.

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

1.

What did you learn from this text about Michael Moore?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Michael Moore?

3.

What would his answers be to those questions?

4.

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8.

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MICHAEL MOORE SURVEY

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

3. MICHAEL MOORE POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Michael Moore. 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 Michael Moore. 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 Michael Moore. 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 “Michael Moore expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

commentator

a.

analyst

2

controversial

b.

hot

3.

criticized

c.

attacked

4.

of all time

d.

ever

5.

ills

e.

problems

6.

widespread

f.

extensive


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

closed

g.

shut down

8.

opened

h.

set up

9.

investigative

i.

inquiring

10.

influential

j.

important

11

appetite

k

hunger

12

fearless

l

brave

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

political

a.

commentator

2

especially

b.

critical of

3.

the political climate

c.

after the 2001 attacks

4.

probed America’s widespread

d.

gun culture

5.

a mixture of hard-hitting

e.

fact and humour

6.

a teller of uncomfortable

f.

truths about his nation

7.

a serious investigative

g.

journalist

8.

the world's 100

h.

most influential people

9.

His appetite

i.

for making movies

10.

America’s most

j.

fearless social critic

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