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THE LESSON ON MOTHER TERESA

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Mother Teresa was born in Albania in 1910, and died in 1997. Her real name is Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. She became famous the world over for starting the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India. She began this work in 1950 and for over forty years, she looked after the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her humanitarian work.

Agnes developed an interest in helping the less fortunate at a very young age. She was fascinated by stories of people who dedicated their life to help others. She decided to become a nun when she was 12. She joined the Sisters of Loreto as a missionary when she was 18. She initially went to Ireland, to learn English.

She arrived in India in 1929 and became a nun two years later. The poverty and suffering she saw around her in Calcutta deeply disturbed her. A famine in 1943 killed thousands and worsened the situation. In 1946 she received a call from God. "I was to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them. It was an order,” she said.

She was an international symbol of charity, visiting many countries to help poor children. At the time of her death, her organization was operating in 123 countries. After she died, the Pope started the process that might one day make her a saint. An international survey ranked her as the "most admired person of the 20th Century."

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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’?

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the world over

a.

lucky

2

looked after

b.

public-spirited

3.

humanitarian

c.

spellbound

4.

fortunate

d.

at first

5.

fascinated

e.

worldwide

6.

initially

f.

cared for


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7.

poverty

g.

icon

8.

disturbed

h.

need

9.

among

i.

troubled

10.

symbol

j.

thought highly of

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operating

k

with

12

admired

l

working

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

She became famous the

a.

life to help others

2

humanitarian

b.

operating in 123 countries

3.

developed an interest in helping

c.

world over

4.

people who dedicated their

d.

to learn English

5.

She initially went to Ireland,

e.

killed thousands

6.

A famine in 1943

f.

work

7.

help the poor

g.

person of the 20th Century

8.

her organization was

h.

the less fortunate

9.

the process that might one

i.

while living among them

10.

the most admired

j.

day make her a saint

LISTENING GAP FILL

Mother Teresa was born in Albania in ________________ 1997. Her real name is Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. She became famous ________________ starting the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India. She ________________ in 1950 and for over forty years, she looked after the poor, sick, ________________. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her humanitarian work.

Agnes developed an interest in helping ________________ at a very young age. She was fascinated by stories of people ________________ life to help others. She ________________ a nun when she was 12. She joined the Sisters of Loreto as a missionary when she was 18. ________________ to Ireland, to learn English.

She arrived in India in 1929 and became a nun two years later. The poverty and ________________ around her in Calcutta ________________ her. A famine in 1943 killed thousands ________________ situation. In 1946 she received a call from God. "I was to leave the convent and help the poor ________________ them. It was an order,” she said.

She was an international ________________, visiting many countries to help poor children. At the time of her death, her ________________ 123 countries. After she died, the Pope started the process ________________ make her a saint. An international ________________ as the "most admired person of the 20th Century."

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Mother Teresa was born in Albania in 1910, and dead / died in 1997. Her real name is Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. She became famous the world around / over for starting the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India. She began this work in 1950 and for over forty years, she looked after the poor, sick / sickness, orphaned, and dying. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her human / humanitarian work.

Agnes developed an interested / interest in helping the less fortunate / fortune at a very young age. She was fascinated by stories of people who dedicated their life / lives to help others. She decided to become a nun when she was 12. She joined the Sisters of Loreto as a missionary when she was 18. She initially / initials went to Ireland, to learn English.

She arrived in India in 1929 and became a none / nun two years later. The poverty and suffering / suffered she saw around her in Calcutta deeply disturbed her. A famine in 1943 killed thousands and worst / worsened the situation. In 1946 she received a call from God. "I was to leave the convent and help the poor while living among those / them. It was an order,” she said.

She was an international symbolic / symbol of charity, visiting many countries to help poor children. At / In the time of her death, her organization was operating in 123 countries. After she died, the Pope started the process that might one / a day make her a saint. An international survey ranked / banked her as the "most admired person of the 20th Century."

SPELLING

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

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1.

the world vroe

2.

the Missionaries of Ciarhty

3.

she koolde after the poor

4.

her nmtaanaihrui work


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5.

helping the less ateufnrto

6.

She was fascinated by sstiero of people

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She ejindo the Sisters of Loreto

8.

She iiainlytl went to Ireland


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9.

ytvorep and suffering

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A famine in 1943 killed ashsotdun

11.

worsened the taisuoint

12.

help the poor while living gmano them


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13.

She was an international olysbm of charity

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her organization was enapiorgt in 123 countries

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the spcoser that might one day make her a saint

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the most riddmae person of the 20th Century

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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forty years, she looked after the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying. She won the Nobel Peace Prize

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in 1979 for her humanitarian work.

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She arrived in India in 1929 and became a nun two years later. The poverty and suffering she saw around her in Calcutta

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She was an international symbol of charity, visiting many countries to help poor children. At the

(    )

 

as a missionary when she was 18. She initially went to Ireland, to learn English.

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deeply disturbed her. A famine in 1943 killed thousands and worsened the situation. In 1946 she received a call from

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Agnes developed an interest in helping the less fortunate at a very young age. She was fascinated by stories of

(    )

 

time of her death, her organization was operating in 123 countries. After she died, the Pope started the

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God. "I was to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them. It was an order,” she said.

(    )

 

people who dedicated their life to help others. She decided to become a nun when she was 12. She joined the Sisters of Loreto

(    )

 

the "most admired person of the 20th Century."

(    )

 

the world over for starting the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India. She began this work in 1950 and for over

( 1 )

 

Mother Teresa was born in Albania in 1910, and died in 1997. Her real name is Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. She became famous

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process that might one day make her a saint. An international survey ranked her as

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

over   world   the   famous   became   She

2.

this   began   She   1950   in   work

3.

an   less   interest   fortunate   in   Agnes   helping   developed   the

4.

help   of   dedicated   to   stories   who   life   others   people   their

5.

learn   to   Ireland   to   went   initially   She   English

6.

saw   she   suffering   and   poverty   The   her   around

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in   famine   A   thousands   killed   1943

8.

among   help   poor   living   them   the   while

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might   make   saint   that   day   a   process   one   her   the

10.

the   Century   20th   the   of   person   admired   most

MOTHER TERESA DISCUSSION (Write your questions)

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

1.

What do you know about Mother Teresa?

2.

Would you like to have met Mother Teresa?

3.

What would you like to know about Mother Teresa 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 Mother Teresa?

2.

What questions would you like to have asked Mother Teresa?

3.

What would her answers to those questions have been?

4.

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THE MOTHER TERESA SURVEY

Write five questions about Mother Teresa 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.

 

 

 

 

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Q.4.

 

 

 

 

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

3. MOTHER TERESA POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Mother Teresa. 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 Mother Teresa. Include imaginary interviews with her friends. 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 Mother Teresa. Ask her three questions about her life. Tell her how important she was. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Mother Teresa expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

the world over

a.

worldwide

2

looked after

b.

cared for

3.

humanitarian

c.

public-spirited

4.

fortunate

d.

lucky

5.

fascinated

e.

spellbound

6.

initially

f.

at first


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

poverty

g.

need

8.

disturbed

h.

troubled

9.

among

i.

with

10.

symbol

j.

icon

11

operating

k

working

12

admired

l

thought highly of

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

She became famous the

a.

world over

2

humanitarian

b.

work

3.

developed an interest in helping

c.

the less fortunate

4.

people who dedicated their

d.

life to help others

5.

She initially went to Ireland,

e.

to learn English

6.

A famine in 1943

f.

killed thousands

7.

help the poor

g.

while living among them

8.

her organization was

h.

operating in 123 countries

9.

the process that might one

i.

day make her a saint

10.

the most admired

j.

person of the 20th Century

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