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Paris Whitney Hilton has packed in many different careers in her short life. She has been, or is, a model, actress, writer, singer, and businesswoman. She is also a celebrity socialite and daughter of the Hilton Hotel family. Hilton has also spent time in prison for driving violations. Reports are she will appear in the book of Guinness World Records as the world's "Most Overrated Celebrity".

Hilton was born with a silver spoon in her mouth in New York City in 1981. She grew up moving between exclusive homes in the States and France. She attended elite schools but wasn’t so strong academically. She was expelled from one school for violating its rules. She did not go to university but decided to be famous instead.

When she was 19, Paris signed with a leading modelling agency. She was immediately very successful. She appeared in numerous high-profile advertising campaigns for some of the world’s top brands. She also developed a reputation for being New York’s top “party girl”. She used her fame to launch her own perfumes, which are all best sellers.

Hilton branched out into acting and has appeared in several movies and TV shows. Her biggest role was as a co-star in the reality series ‘The Simple Life’. In 2004, she founded Heiress Records and released her debut album, which sold poorly. Hilton has also written two best-selling books. Her plans are to continue promoting herself to become even more famous.


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.

packed

a.

thrown out

2

violations

b.

thought too highly of

3.

overrated

c.

offences

4.

exclusive

d.

breaking

5.

expelled

e.

crammed

6.

violating

f.

upmarket


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

leading

g.

image

8.

numerous

h.

badly

9.

reputation

i.

many

10.

branched out

j.

advertising

11

poorly

k

top

12

promoting

l

diversified

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

packed in many different careers

a.

overrated celebrity

2

spent time in prison

b.

for violating its rules

3.

the world's most

c.

in her short life

4.

Hilton was born with a silver

d.

advertising campaigns

5.

She was expelled from one school

e.

modelling agency

6.

Paris signed with a leading

f.

spoon in her mouth

7.

She appeared in numerous high-profile

g.

promoting herself

8.

developed a

h.

for driving violations

9.

Hilton branched

i.

reputation

10.

Her plans are to continue

j.

out into acting


LISTENING GAP FILL

Paris Whitney Hilton _________________ different careers in her short life. She has been, or is, a model, actress, writer, singer, and businesswoman. She is also a celebrity socialite _________________ Hilton Hotel family. Hilton has also spent time in prison _________________. Reports are she will appear in the book of Guinness World Records as the world's "Most _________________ ".

Hilton was born with a _________________ mouth in New York City in 1981. She grew up moving between _________________ the States and France. She attended elite schools but wasn’t so _________________. She was expelled from one school for _________________. She did not go to university but decided to be famous instead.

When she was 19, Paris ___________________ modelling agency. She was immediately very successful. She appeared in _________________ advertising campaigns for some of the world’s top brands. She also ____________________ for being New York’s top “party girl”. She used her _________________ own perfumes, which are all best sellers.

Hilton _________________ acting and has appeared in several movies and TV shows. Her biggest role was as a co-star _________________ ‘The Simple Life’. In 2004, she founded Heiress Records _________________ debut album, which sold poorly. Hilton has also written two best-selling books. Her plans are to _________________ to become even more famous.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Paris Whitney Hilton has packed out / in many different careers in her short live / life. She has been, or is, a model, actress, writer, singer, and businesswoman. She is also a celebrity socialite and daughter of the Hilton Hotel family. Hilton has also spent time in prison with / for driving violations. Reports are she will appear / appearance in the book of Guinness World Records as the world's "Most Overrated Celebrity".

Hilton was born with a silver spoon in / on her mouth in New York City in 1981. She grew / grown up moving between exclusive homes in the States and France. She attended elite schools but wasn’t so strength / strong academically. She was expelled from one school for violating its rules. She did not go to university but decided to be fame / famous instead.

When she was 19, Paris signed with a leading / leader modelling agency. She was immediate / immediately very successful. She appeared in numerous / numbers high-profile advertising campaigns for some of the world’s top brands. She also developed a reputation for / with being New York’s top “party girl”. She used her fame to launch her own perfumes, which are all best sellers.

Hilton branched out / in into acting and has appeared at / in several movies and TV shows. Her biggest role was as a co-star in the really / reality series ‘The Simple Life’. In 2004, she founded Heiress Records and released her debut album, which sold poorly. Hilton has also written two best-selling books. Her plans are to continue prompting / promoting herself to become even more famous.


SPELLING

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

Paragraph 1
 

1.

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2.

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3.

spent time in nopisr

4.

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Paragraph 2
 

5.

born with a silver spoon in her homtu

6.

She attended eteil schools

7.

wasn’t so rngots academically

8.

decided to be famous ieastdn


Paragraph 3
 

9.

Paris sgndei with a leading modelling agency

10.

She appeared in uneoursm high-profile advertising campaigns

11.

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12.

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Paragraph 4
 

13.

Hilton banerhcd out into acting

14.

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15.

sold rooypl

16.

Her plans are to continue rpgmoinot herself


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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debut album, which sold poorly. Hilton has also written two best-selling books. Her plans are to

(    )

 

successful. She appeared in numerous high-profile advertising campaigns for some of the world’s top

(    )

 

school for violating its rules. She did not go to university but decided to be famous instead.

(    )

 

brands. She also developed a reputation for being New York’s top “party girl”. She used her

(    )

 

When she was 19, Paris signed with a leading modelling agency. She was immediately very

(    )

 

Hilton branched out into acting and has appeared in several movies and TV shows. Her biggest role was as

(    )

 

writer, singer, and businesswoman. She is also a celebrity socialite and daughter of the Hilton Hotel

1  )

 

Paris Whitney Hilton has packed in many different careers in her short life. She has been, or is, a model, actress,

(    )

 

homes in the States and France. She attended elite schools but wasn’t so strong academically. She was expelled from one

(    )

 

fame to launch her own perfumes, which are all best sellers.

(    )

 

family. Hilton has also spent time in prison for driving violations. Reports are she will appear in the

(    )

 

Hilton was born with a silver spoon in her mouth in New York City in 1981. She grew up moving between exclusive

(    )

 

continue promoting herself to become even more famous.

(    )

 

book of Guinness World Records as the world's "Most Overrated Celebrity".

(    )

 

a co-star in the reality series ‘The Simple Life’. In 2004, she founded Heiress Records and released her


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

family    Hotel    Hilton    the    of    daughter

2.

time    prison    has    spent    in    Hilton    also

3.

in    Hilton    with    spoon    mouth    born    silver    her    was    a

4.

one    from    expelled    was    She    school

5.

famous    She    did    not   go   to   university    but   decided    to    be

6.

signed    a    modelling    Paris    with    leading    agency

7.

girl    a    reputation    for    being    New    York’s    top    party

8.

to    She    launch    used    her    her    own    fame    perfumes

9.

In    ,    founded    Records    2004    she    Heiress

10.

promoting    Her    are    continue    herself    plans    to


PARIS HILTON DISCUSSION (Write your questions)

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

1.

What do you know about Paris Hilton?

2.

Would you like to meet Paris Hilton?

3.

What would you like to know about Paris Hilton 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 Paris Hilton?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Paris Hilton?

3.

What would her 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 PARIS HILTON SURVEY

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

3. PARIS HILTON POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Paris Hilton. 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 Paris Hilton. Include an imaginary interview with her. 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 Paris Hilton. 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 “Paris Hilton expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

packed

a.

crammed

2

violations

b.

offences

3.

overrated

c.

thought too highly of

4.

exclusive

d.

upmarket

5.

expelled

e.

thrown out

6.

violating

f.

breaking


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

leading

g.

top

8.

numerous

h.

many

9.

reputation

i.

image

10.

branched out

j.

diversified

11

poorly

k

badly

12

promoting

l

advertising

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

packed in many different careers

a.

in her short life

2

spent time in prison

b.

for driving violations

3.

the world's most

c.

overrated celebrity

4.

Hilton was born with a silver

d.

spoon in her mouth

5.

She was expelled from one school

e.

for violating its rules

6.

Paris signed with a leading

f.

modelling agency

7.

She appeared in numerous high-profile

g.

advertising campaigns

8.

developed a

h.

reputation

9.

Hilton branched

i.

out into acting

10.

Her plans are to continue

j.

promoting herself

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