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Oprah Winfrey is internationally famous for hosting the most popular talk show on American television. Millions of TV viewers tune in worldwide every day to watch her. She has become a household name and is now one of the richest women in the world. She is also famous for raising millions of dollars for charities to help with child literacy.

Oprah was born in 1954 in Mississippi. She experienced child abuse as she grew up, which led her to campaign for children’s rights later in her life. She helped draft a bill that President Clinton passed into law. Her career in broadcasting started in 1971 and her big breakthrough came in 1976 with her own extremely popular TV chat show – 'People Are Talking'.

In 1985 movie producer Steven Spielberg offered her a role in 'The Color Purple'. She was nominated for an Oscar at the Academy Awards for her performance. She used her newfound international fame to launch the 'Oprah Winfrey Show'. This opened all kinds of doors for her she had never dreamed of. The world was her oyster.

Her chat show is broadcast to over 100 countries. 'Life' magazine called her the most influential woman of her generation. She has raised nearly $100 million for charity. She is now a role model for millions of girls around the world. Her latest project is an academy for poor girls, which opened in South Africa in 2007.

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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.

hosting

a.

reading

2

tune in

b.

write

3.

literacy

c.

turn on

4.

abuse

d.

presenting

5.

draft

e.

very

6.

extremely

f.

ill-treatment


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7.

role

g.

recommended

8.

nominated

h.

important

9.

launch

i.

part

10.

broadcast

j.

start

11

influential

k

example

12

role model

l

aired

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

Oprah Winfrey is internationally

a.

name

2

Millions of TV viewers tune in

b.

woman of her generation

3.

She has become a household

c.

breakthrough came in 1976

4.

She experienced child

d.

worldwide every day

5.

her big

e.

of doors for her

6.

She was nominated

f.

famous

7.

This opened all kinds

g.

$100 million for charity

8.

The world was

h.

abuse as she grew up

9.

the most influential

i.

for an Oscar

10.

She has raised nearly

j.

her oyster


LISTENING GAP FILL

Oprah Winfrey is internationally _____________________ most popular talk show on American television. Millions of TV _______________ worldwide every day to watch her. She has become ________________ and is now one of the richest women in the world. She is also famous for raising millions of dollars for charities _____________________.

Oprah was born in 1954 in Mississippi. She experienced ___________________, which led her to campaign for children’s rights later in her life. She helped ________________ President Clinton passed into law. Her career in broadcasting started in 1971 and ________________  came in 1976 with her own extremely popular TV chat show – 'People Are Talking'.

In 1985 movie producer Steven Spielberg ________________  'The Color Purple'. She was nominated for an Oscar at the Academy Awards for her performance. She used her newfound international ________________ the 'Oprah Winfrey Show'. This opened all kinds of ________________ had never dreamed of. The world ________________.

Her chat show is broadcast to over 100 countries. 'Life' magazine called her ________________ woman of her generation. She has raised nearly $100 million for charity. She is ___________________ millions of girls around the world. Her latest project is __________________ girls, which opened in South Africa in 2007.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Oprah Winfrey is internationally fame / famous for hosting the most popular talk show on / in American television. Millions of TV viewers tune out / in worldwide every day to watch her. She has become a household name and is now one of the richest women in the world. She is also famous for raising millions of dollars for charities to help with child literacy / illiterate.

Oprah was born in 1954 in Mississippi. She experienced child abuse as she grew / grown up, which led her to campaign for / with children’s rights later in her life. She helped draft a bill that President Clinton passed into / at law. Her career in broadcasting started in 1971 and her big breakthrough came in 1976 with her own extremely / extreme popular TV chat show – 'People Are Talking'.

In 1985 movie producer Steven Spielberg offered her a roll / role in 'The Color Purple'. She was nominated / nomination for an Oscar at the Academy Awards for her performance. She used her newfound international fame to launch / lunch the 'Oprah Winfrey Show'. This opened all kinds of doors for her she had never dreamed of. The world was her oyster / crab.

Her chat show are / is broadcast to over 100 countries. 'Life' magazine called her the most / best influential woman of her generation. She has raised / lifted nearly $100 million for charity. She is now a role model for millions of girls around the world. Her latest / lately project is an academy for poor girls, which opened in South Africa in 2007.


SPELLING

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

Paragraph 1
 

1.

hosting the most orpualp talk show on American television

2.

TV viewers tune in dldewowir every day

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She has become a hoslehodu name

4.

help with child ctarelyi


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5.

She experienced child usbae as she grew up

6.

She heledp draft a bill

7.

her big uraohreghbkt came in 1976

8.

tmyerexel popular


Paragraph 3
 

9.

Steven Spielberg fdeoref her a role in 'The Color Purple'

10.

She was enmoiandt for an Oscar

11.

clnhau the 'Oprah Winfrey Show'

12.

The world was her etroys


Paragraph 4
 

13.

Her chat show is adcsbrtao to over 100 countries.

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the most nnlelitafiu woman of her generation

15.

She is now a role model for llnsiimo of girls

16.

Her latest rjoctep is an academy for poor girls


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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for an Oscar at the Academy Awards for her performance. She used her newfound international fame to

(    )

 

that President Clinton passed into law. Her career in broadcasting started in 1971 and her big

(    )

 

launch the 'Oprah Winfrey Show'. This opened all kinds of doors for her she had never dreamed of. The world

(    )

 

on American television. Millions of TV viewers tune in worldwide every day to watch her. She has become a household

( 1 )

 

Oprah Winfrey is internationally famous for hosting the most popular talk show

(    )

 

generation. She has raised nearly $100 million for charity. She is now a role model for millions of girls

(    )

 

Oprah was born in 1954 in Mississippi. She experienced child

(    )

 

around the world. Her latest project is an academy for poor girls, which opened in South Africa in 2007.

(    )

 

In 1985 movie producer Steven Spielberg offered her a role in 'The Color Purple'. She was nominated

(    )

 

was her oyster.

(    )

 

name and is now one of the richest women in the world. She is also famous for raising

(    )

 

Her chat show is broadcast to over 100 countries. 'Life' magazine called her the most influential woman of her

(    )

 

abuse as she grew up, which led her to campaign for children’s rights later in her life. She helped draft a bill

(    )

 

millions of dollars for charities to help with child literacy.

(    )

 

breakthrough came in 1976 with her own extremely popular TV chat show – 'People Are Talking'.


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

show   talk   popular   most   the   television   American   on

2.

name   household   a   become   has   She

3.

charities   literacy   child   with   help   to

4.

abuse   child   experienced   She   up   grew   she   as

5.

came   breakthrough   big   her   1976   in

6.

for   nominated   was   She   Oscar   an

7.

for   doors   of   kinds   all   opened   This   her

8.

her   world   oyster   was   The

9.

woman   her   the   influential   of   generation   most

10.

Her   academy   latest   for   project   poor   is   girls   an


OPRAH WINFREY DISCUSSION (Write your questions)

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

1.

What do you know about Oprah Winfrey?

2.

Would you like to meet Oprah Winfrey?

3.

What would you like to know about Oprah Winfrey and why?

4.

___________________________________________________

5.

___________________________________________________

6.

___________________________________________________

7.

___________________________________________________

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 Oprah Winfrey?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Oprah Winfrey?

3.

What would her answers to those questions be?

4.

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5.

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6.

___________________________________________________

7.

___________________________________________________

8.

___________________________________________________


THE OPRAH WINFREY SURVEY

Write five questions about Oprah Winfrey 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

_____________

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

3. OPRAH WINFREY POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Oprah Winfrey. 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 Oprah Winfrey. Include imaginary interviews with her friends. Write about what she does every day and what she 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 Oprah Winfrey. Ask her three questions about her life. Give her three suggestions on what she should do in her future. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Oprah Winfrey” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

hosting

a.

presenting

2

tune in

b.

turn on

3.

literacy

c.

reading

4.

abuse

d.

ill-treatment

5.

draft

e.

write

6.

extremely

f.

very


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

role

g.

part

8.

nominated

h.

recommended

9.

launch

i.

start

10.

broadcast

j.

aired

11

influential

k

important

12

role model

l

example

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

Oprah Winfrey is internationally

a.

famous

2

Millions of TV viewers tune in

b.

worldwide every day

3.

She has become a household

c.

name

4.

She experienced child

d.

abuse as she grew up

5.

her big

e.

breakthrough came in 1976

6.

She was nominated

f.

for an Oscar

7.

This opened all kinds

g.

of doors for her

8.

The world was

h.

her oyster

9.

the most influential

i.

woman of her generation

10.

She has raised nearly

j.

$100 million for charity

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