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Nelson Mandela was one of the most loved and respected people in the world. For countless reasons he was and remains a huge hero. He was a person from whom we can all learn many lessons. He experienced many things in his nine decades, from being tortured to becoming president of the country he loved. After retiring, he continued to travel the world, helping people and raising awareness of global issues.

Nelson was born in 1918 into a South Africa that was divided along black and white racial lines. He said he had a wonderful childhood and was a keen runner and boxer. He learnt more of the terrible apartheid system when he studied to become a lawyer. This led to his campaigning for equal rights and his involvement in the African National Congress (ANC), which he later became the leader of.

The South African government did its best to keep Mandela from spreading his message of equality for blacks and racial unity. It put him in prison for 27 years. He became famous around the world as an icon of the struggle for freedom in South Africa. Rock stars, actors, politicians and ordinary people campaigned to free him and end apartheid. He was released from prison in 1990 and the world rejoiced.

Nelson Mandela's call for racial reconciliation won him the hearts of millions. He also won the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1993, and over 250 more awards. A year later, he became his country's first ever black president and served in office until 1999. In his retirement, he continued to tirelessly campaign for many global causes until old age slowed him down. He died on the 5th of December, 2013, aged 95.

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.

respected

a.

numerous

2

countless

b.

awful

3.

tortured

c.

split

4.

divided

d.

admired

5.

terrible

e.

association

6.

involvement

f.

abused

Paragraphs 3 and 4

 

 

7.

equality

g.

fence-building

8.

unity

h.

symbol

9.

icon

i.

fairness

10.

reconciliation

j.

energetically

11

tirelessly

k

fight

12

campaign

l

oneness

PHRASE MATCH: Match the following phrases from the article.

1.

one of the most loved and respected

a.

in his nine decades

2

a person from whom we can

b.

for many global causes

3.

He experienced almost everything

c.

system

4.

divided along black and white

d.

all learn many lessons

5.

the terrible apartheid

e.

of the struggle for freedom

6.

spreading his

f.

people in the world

7.

an icon

g.

of millions

8.

ordinary people

h.

message of equality

9.

… won him the hearts

i.

racial lines

10.

tirelessly campaign

j.

campaigned to free him

LISTENING GAP FILL:

Nelson Mandela was one of the (1) ________________________ people in the world. For countless reasons he was and (2) _____________________. He was a person from whom we can all learn many lessons. He experienced almost everything in his nine decades, from being tortured to becoming president of the country he loved. After retiring, he continued to travel the world, helping (3) ________________________ of global issues.

Nelson was born in 1918 into a South Africa (4) ______________________ black and white racial lines. He said he had a wonderful childhood and was a keen runner and boxer. He learnt more (5) ________________________ when he studied to become a lawyer. This led to his campaigning for equal rights (6) ________________________ African National Congress (ANC), which he later became the leader of.

The South African government (7) ________________________ Mandela from spreading his message of equality for blacks and racial unity. It put him in prison for 27 years. He became famous around the world as an icon of the (8) ________________________ South Africa. Rock stars, actors, politicians and ordinary people campaigned to free him and end apartheid. He (9) ________________________ 1990 and the world rejoiced.

Nelson Mandela's call (10) ________________________ him the hearts of millions. He also won the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1993, and over 250 more awards. A year later, he became (11) ________________________ black president and served in office until 1999. In his retirement, he continued to tirelessly campaign for many global (12) ________________________ him down. He died on the 5th of December, 2013, aged 95

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD:

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

Nelson Mandela was one of the most loved and respected people in the world. For countless / counted reasons he was and remains a huge / hug hero. He was a person from whom we can all learn many lessons. He experienced / experiencing almost everything in his nine decades, from being tortured to becoming president of the country he loved. After retiring / retired, he continued to travel the world, helping people and raising awareness of global issues.

Nelson was born in 1918 into a South Africa that was division / divided along black and white racial / racism lines. He said he had a wonderful childhood and was a keen runner and boxer. He learnt more of the terrible apartheid system when he studied to become a lawyer. This led / let to his campaigning for equal rights and his involved / involvement in the African National Congress (ANC), which he later became the leader of.

The South African government did its rest / best to keep Mandela from spreading his note / message of equality for blacks and racial unity. It put him in prison for 27 years. He became famous around the world as an icon / iconic of the struggle for freedom in South Africa. Rock stars, actors, politicians and ordinary people campaigned to free him and end apartheid. He was released from prison in 1990 and the world rejoined / rejoiced.

Nelson Mandela's call / called for racial reconciliation won him the hearts of millions. He also won the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1993, and over 250 more awards. A year later, he became his country's first ever black president and served on / in office until 1999. In his retirement, he continued to tirelessly / tireless campaign for many global causes until old age slowed him up / down. He died on the 5th of December, 2013, aged 95

SPELLING:  

These jumbled words (underlined) are from the text. Spell them correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

one of the most presetdec people

2.

countless rnsaoes

3.

in his nine aesdcde

4.

raising awareness of global issues

Paragraph 2

5.

a South Africa that was eddvdii

6.

He says he had a lwdueornf childhood

7.

He first learnt of the rbitelre apartheid system

8.

he studied to become a reawly

Paragraph 3

9.

keep Mandela from spreading his gsaesme of equality

10.

It put him in iorsnp for 27 years

11.

He became fmsoau around the world

12.

the world jriedeco

Paragraph 4

13.

won him the hearts of lmnsioli

14.

over 250 more asrwad

15.

served in office utlni 1999

16.

tirelessly aaicgmnp for many global causes

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

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ordinary people campaigned to free him and end apartheid. He was released from prison in 1990 and the world rejoiced.

(    )

for equal rights and his involvement in the African National Congress (ANC), which he later became the leader of.

(    )

Nelson was born in 1918 into a South Africa that was divided along black and white racial

(    )

to becoming president of the country he loved. After retiring, he continued to travel

(    )

Nelson Mandela's call for racial reconciliation won him the hearts of millions. He also won the

(    )

The South African government did its best to keep Mandela from spreading his message

(    )

lines. He said he had a wonderful childhood and was a keen runner and boxer. He learnt more of the

(    )

reasons, he was and remains a huge hero. He was a person from whom we can all learn

(    )

the world, helping people and raising awareness of global issues.

(    )

of equality for blacks and racial unity. It put him in prison for 27 years. He became famous

(    )

Nobel Peace Prize, in 1993, and over 250 more awards. A year later, he became his country's first

(    )

campaign for many global causes until old age slowed him down. He died on the 5th of December, 2013 aged 95

(    )

terrible apartheid system when he studied to become a lawyer. This led to his campaigning

( 1 )

Nelson Mandela was one of the most loved and respected people in the world. For countless

(    )

ever black president and served in office until 1999. In his retirement, he continued to tirelessly

(    )

many lessons. He experienced many things in his nine decades, from being tortured

(    )

around the world as an icon of the struggle for freedom in South Africa. Rock stars, actors, politicians and

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

countless   For   hero   huge   a   is   he   reasons

2.

nine   almost   decades   everything   He   in   experienced   his

3.

divided   black   white   lines   along   and   racial

4.

childhood   says   had   wonderful   He   he   a

5.

He   system   apartheid   terrible   the   of   learnt   first

6.

blacks   his   of   for   spreading   message   equality

7.

the   for   an   of   struggle   freedom   icon

8.

prison   1990   was   from   in   Mandela   released

9.

country's   first   ever   black   president   he   was   elected   to   be   his

10.

causes     campaign     He     for    continued    many    to    global    tirelessly.

DISCUSSION:

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

1.

What do you know about Nelson Mandela?

2.

Would you like to meet Nelson Mandela?

3.

What would you like to know about Nelson Mandela 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 Nelson Mandela?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Nelson Mandela?

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 NELSON MANDELA SURVEY:

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

3. NELSON MANDELA POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Nelson Mandela. 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 Nelson Mandela. Include an imaginary interview with his best friend. Write about his example to the world.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to a Nelson Mandela expert. Ask him / her three questions about Mandela's life. Give him / her three of your thoughts on the great man. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your "Nelson Mandela expert" partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2

 

 

1.

respected

a.

admired

2

countless

b.

numerous

3.

tortured

c.

abused

4.

divided

d.

split

5.

terrible

e.

awful

6.

involvement

f.

association

Paragraphs 3 and 4

 

 

7.

equality

g.

fairness

8.

unity

h.

oneness

9.

icon

i.

symbol

10.

reconciliation

j.

fence-building

11

tirelessly

k

energetically

12

campaign

l

fight

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

one of the most loved and respected

a.

people in the world

2

a person all us can

b.

learn many lessons from

3.

He experienced almost everything

c.

in his nine decades

4.

divided along black and white

d.

racial lines

5.

the terrible apartheid

e.

system

6.

spreading his

f.

message of equality

7.

an icon

g.

of the struggle for freedom

8.

ordinary people

h.

campaigned to free him

9.

… won him the hearts

i.

of millions

10.

tirelessly campaign

j.

for many global causes

ALL OTHER EXERCISES:

Look at the text in "THE READING / TAPESCRIPT" section at the top of this page.

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