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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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Osama Bin Laden was born into a wealthy Saudi Arabian family in 1957 and grew up in a privileged world. He left it in the 1980s to fight the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, which is where he formed Al Qaeda. He declared war on the USA in 1998 and is believed to be the mastermind behind the 9-11 attacks. He was killed in May, 2011 by US forces in Pakistan.

At university, he was deeply interested in religion. He believed that Sharia law was the only way ahead for Muslims. He called for Muslims to oppose ideas like pan-Arabism, communism and democracy. He left college in 1979 to fight the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan. He believes Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban was "the only Islamic country" in the Muslim world.

In the late ‘90s, he called it a duty for Muslims to kill Western civilians and soldiers. He wanted the West to withdraw their armies from Muslim countries and stop supporting Israel. The world knew Osama Bin Laden’s name after the 9-11 attacks. The American FBI say they have clear evidence linking him to the attacks, although Bin Laden has always denied any involvement.

America and its allies spent ten years and considerable resources trying to find Bin Laden. He was the USA’s most wanted man for much of this time. He evaded capture despite a $25m bounty on his head. Bin Laden was killed in a house outside Islamabad on May 1st, 2011. In the West he was the embodiment of world terrorism; to others he was a hero who fought two superpowers.


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.

wealthy

a.

reject

2

invasion

b.

very

3.

mastermind

c.

control

4.

deeply

d.

brains

5.

oppose

e.

rich

6.

rule

f.

attack

Paragraphs 3 and 4

 

 

7.

civilians

g.

association

8.

withdraw

h.

personification

9.

involvement

i.

sizable

10.

considerable

j.

ordinary citizens

11

evaded

k

pull out

12

embodiment

l

escaped

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

1.

born into a wealthy

a.

way ahead for Muslims

2

believed to be the mastermind

b.

of world terrorism

3.

Sharia law was the only

c.

their armies

4.

oppose ideas

d.

behind the 9-11 attacks

5.

Afghanistan under the

e.

him to the attacks

6.

He wanted the West to withdraw

f.

Saudi Arabian family

7.

clear evidence linking

g.

and its allies

8.

America

h.

like pan-Arabism

9.

He evaded capture

i.

rule of the Taliban

10.

he was the embodiment

j.

despite a $25m bounty


LISTENING GAP FILL

Osama Bin Laden ____________________ Saudi Arabian family in 1957 and grew ____________________ world. He left it in the 1980s to fight the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, which is where he formed Al Qaeda. He ____________________ USA in 1998 and is believed to be ____________________ the 9-11 attacks. He was killed in May, 2011 by US forces in Pakistan.

At university, he was ________________ religion. He believed that Sharia law ________________ ahead for Muslims. He called for Muslims to oppose ideas like pan-Arabism, communism and democracy. He left college in 1979 __________________ invasion in Afghanistan. He believes Afghanistan __________________ the Taliban was "the only Islamic country" in the Muslim world.

In the late ‘90s, he ______________ Muslims to kill Western civilians and soldiers. He wanted the West __________________ armies from Muslim countries and stop supporting Israel. The world knew Osama Bin Laden’s name after the 9-11 attacks. The American FBI say they have clear __________________ the attacks, although Bin Laden has always denied __________________.

America and its ____________________ and considerable resources trying to find Bin Laden. He was the USA’s most wanted man for much of this time. He ____________________ a $25m ____________________. Bin Laden was killed in a house outside Islamabad on May 1st, 2011. In the West he was the embodiment of world terrorism; to others he ____________________ two superpowers.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Osama Bin Laden was born into a wealth / wealthy Saudi Arabian family in 1957 and grew up in a privileged / pride world. He left it in the 1980s to fight the Soviet invaded / invasion of Afghanistan, which is where he formed Al Qaeda. He declared war to / on the USA in 1998 and is beliefs / believed to be the mastermind behind the 9-11 attacks. He was killed in May, 2011 by / for US forces in Pakistan.

At university, he was deep / deeply interested in religion. He believed that Sharia law was the only way / ways ahead for Muslims. He called for Muslims to oppose ideas like pan-Arabism, communism and democracy. He left college in 1979 to fight the Soviet invaded / invasion in Afghanistan. He believes Afghanistan under the rule by / of the Taliban was "the only Islamic country" in the Muslim world.

In the late ‘90s, he called it a duty / duties for Muslims to kill Western civilians and soldiers. He wanted the West to withdrew / withdraw their armies from Muslim countries and stop supporting Israel. The world knew Osama Bin Laden’s name after the 9-11 attacks. The American FBI say they have clear / clearly evidence linking him to the attacks, although Bin Laden has always denied many / any involvement.

America and its allies spend / spent ten years and considerable resources / resource trying to find Bin Laden. He was the USA’s most wanted man for much / many of this time. He evaded capture despite a $25m bounty on / in his head. Bin Laden was killed in a house outside Islamabad on May 1st, 2011. In the West he was the embodiment of / by world terrorism; to others / other he was a hero who fought two superpowers.


SPELLING

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

Paragraph 1

1.

Osama Bin Laden was born into a alwyeht Saudi Arabian family

2.

fight the Soviet nsinoiva of Afghanistan

3.

He elaerddc war on the USA

4.

the ramsitemnd behind the 9-11 attacks

Paragraph 2

5.

he was deeypl interested in religion

6.

the only way aehda for Muslims

7.

fight the Soviet iasovnni in Afghanistan

8.

Afghanistan udrne the rule of the Taliban

Paragraph 3

9.

he called it a tuyd for Muslims

10.

He wanted the West to withdraw their miarse from Muslim countries

11.

elrac evidence linking him to the attacks

12.

Bin Laden has always edendi any involvement

Paragraph 4

13.

America and its llseia

14.

He evaded rcpauet

15.

a $25m nbtyuo on his head

16.

a hero who fought two peeuprrowss


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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to withdraw their armies from Muslim countries and stop supporting Israel. The world knew Osama Bin Laden’s

(    )

wanted man for much of this time. He evaded capture despite a $25m bounty on his

1  )

Osama Bin Laden was born into a wealthy Saudi Arabian family in 1957 and grew up in a

(    )

privileged world. He left it in the 1980s to fight the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, which is where he formed

(    )

him to the attacks, although Bin Laden has always denied any involvement.

(    )

for Muslims. He called for Muslims to oppose ideas like pan-Arabism, communism and democracy. He left college in 1979 to fight

(    )

head. Bin Laden was killed in a house outside Islamabad on May 1st, 2011. In the West he was the embodiment of

(    )

Al Qaeda. He declared war on the USA in 1998 and is believed to be the mastermind

(    )

America and its allies spent ten years and considerable resources trying to find Bin Laden. He was the USA’s most

(    )

behind the 9-11 attacks. He was killed in May, 2011 by US forces in Pakistan.

(    )

At university, he was deeply interested in religion. He believed that Sharia law was the only way ahead

(    )

world terrorism; to others he was a hero who fought two superpowers.

(    )

In the late ‘90s, he called it a duty for Muslims to kill Western civilians and soldiers. He wanted the West

(    )

name after the 9-11 attacks. The American FBI say they have clear evidence linking

(    )

the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan. He believes Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban was "the only Islamic country" in the Muslim world.


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

Saudi   family   into   wealthy   Arabian   born   a

2.

the     on     war     declared     He     1998     in     USA

3.

religion   in   interested   deeply   was   he

4.

to   oppose   ideas   like   pan-Arabism   He   called   for   Muslims

5.

rule   the   Afghanistan   the   of   Taliban   under

6.

withdraw   to   West   the   wanted   He   armies   their

7.

the   evidence   attacks   linking   they   him   have   to   clear

8.

most     was     wanted     the     man     USA’s     He

9.

a     He     $     evaded     25m     capture     bounty     despite.    

10.

he     was     a     hero     who     fought     two    superpowers     To     others.    


OSAMA BIN LADEN DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Osama Bin Laden?

2.

Would you like to meet Osama Bin Laden?

3.

What would you like to know about Osama Bin Laden 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 Osama Bin Laden?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Osama Bin Laden?

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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OSAMA BIN LADEN SURVEY

Write five questions about Osama Bin Laden 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 Osama Bin Laden 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 Osama Bin Laden. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. OSAMA BIN LADEN POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Osama Bin Laden. 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 Osama Bin Laden. Include an imaginary interview with those who knew him.

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


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2

 

 

1.

wealthy

a.

rich

2

invasion

b.

attack

3.

mastermind

c.

brains

4.

deeply

d.

very

5.

oppose

e.

reject

6.

rule

f.

control

Paragraphs 3 and 4

 

 

7.

civilians

g.

ordinary citizens

8.

withdraw

h.

pull out

9.

involvement

i.

association

10.

considerable

j.

sizable

11

evaded

k

escaped

12

embodiment

l

personification

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

born into a wealthy

a.

Saudi Arabian family

2

believed to be the mastermind

b.

behind the 9-11 attacks

3.

Sharia law was the only

c.

way ahead for Muslims

4.

oppose ideas

d.

like pan-Arabism

5.

Afghanistan under the

e.

rule of the Taliban

6.

He wanted the West to withdraw

f.

their armies

7.

clear evidence linking

g.

him to the attacks

8.

America

h.

and its allies

9.

He evaded capture

i.

despite a $25m bounty

10.

he was the embodiment

j.

of world terrorism

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