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THE LESSON ON QUEEN ELIZABETH II

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Queen Elizabeth II is well known throughout the world. She is the Queen of sixteen countries but lives in the United Kingdom. Her ancestors have ruled over the UK for over a thousand years. She holds enormous power over her 129 million subjects, but rarely gets involved with politics. She is a hard-working Queen who has adapted to world changes over six decades.

Elizabeth has many other positions besides being a monarch. She is Head of the Commonwealth (the collection of 16 nations), Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Chief of Fiji and head of many parts of the UK armed forces. She married a Greek prince in 1947. Her husband is known as the Duke of Edinburgh.

Elizabeth was born in London in 1926. She was third in line to the throne and never expected to become queen. She was on safari in Kenya when she received news that her father had died and she was the new Queen. She was crowned in 1953 and soon after the ceremony she went on a six-month world tour to visit her people.

Elizabeth has always taken her position as Queen extremely seriously. She has never given a press interview, and no one knows her political views. She has been the ultimate professional throughout her working life. Even her dress has stayed conservative. She is famous for her plain-coloured coats. She continues to attend many cultural events as part of her public role.

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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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throughout

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leader

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ruled

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adjusted

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adapted

c.

ruler

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besides

d.

around

5.

monarch

e.

been in power

6.

head

f.

apart from


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7.

expected

g.

perfect

8.

received

h.

opinions

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tour

i.

role

10.

position

j.

supposed

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views

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trip

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ultimate

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got

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

Queen Elizabeth II is well known

a.

her political views

2

Her ancestors have ruled over the UK

b.

politics

3.

rarely gets involved with

c.

as the Duke of Edinburgh

4.

Elizabeth has many other positions

d.

professional

5.

Her husband is known

e.

to visit her people

6.

She was third in

f.

throughout the world

7.

she went on a six-month world tour

g.

her plain-coloured coats

8.

no one knows

h.

for over a thousand years

9.

She has been the ultimate

i.

besides being a monarch

10.

She is famous for

j.

line to the throne

LISTENING GAP FILL

Queen Elizabeth II is ____________________ the world. She is the Queen of sixteen countries but lives in the United Kingdom. ____________________ over the UK for over a thousand years. She holds ____________________ her 129 million subjects, but rarely gets involved with politics. She is a hard-working Queen who has adapted to world ____________________.

Elizabeth has many other ____________________ monarch. She is Head of the Commonwealth (the collection of 16 nations), Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Chief of Fiji and ____________________ of the UK armed forces. She married a Greek prince in 1947. Her ____________________ the Duke of Edinburgh.

Elizabeth was born in London in 1926. She was ____________________ throne and ____________________ become queen. She was on safari in Kenya when ____________________ her father had died and she was the new Queen. She was crowned in 1953 and soon after the ceremony ____________________ world tour to visit her people.

Elizabeth has always taken her position as Queen ____________________. She has never given a press interview, and no one ____________________. She has been ____________________ throughout her working life. Even her dress has stayed conservative. She is famous for her plain-coloured coats. She continues ____________________ events as part of her public role.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Queen Elizabeth II is well known / know throughout the world. She is the Queen of sixteen countries but living / lives in the United Kingdom. Her ancestors have rulers / ruled over the UK for over a thousand years. She holds enormous power over her 129 million subjects, but rare / rarely gets involved with politics. She is a hard-working Queen who has adapted to world changes over six decades.

Elizabeth has many another / other positions next to / besides being a monarch. She is Head of the Commonwealth (the collecting / collection of 16 nations), Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Chief of Fiji and head of many parts of the UK armed forces. She married a Greek prince in 1947. Her husband is known / knowing as the Duke of Edinburgh.

Elizabeth was born in London in 1926. She was third in line of / to the throne and never expected for / to become queen. She was on / in safari in Kenya when she received news that her father had died and she was the new Queen. She was crowned in 1953 and soon after the ceremony she went in / on a six-month world tour to visit her people.

Elizabeth has always taken her position was / as Queen extremely seriously. She has never given a press / pressed interview, and no one knows her political views. She has been the ultimate professional throughout her working life. Even her dress / dresses has stayed conservative. She is famous for her plain-coloured coats. She continues to attend many cultural events as part with / of her public role.

SPELLING

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

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4.

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many other positions dessibe being a monarch

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the UK aerdm forces

8.

Her husdban is known as the Duke of Edinburgh


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never deepetxc to become queen

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She was on airfas in Kenya

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she eevierdc news that her father had died

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She has never given a psers interview

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the ialtuetm professional

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Even her esrsd has stayed conservative

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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the new Queen. She was crowned in 1953 and soon after the ceremony she

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become queen. She was on safari in Kenya when she received news that her father had died and she was

(    )

 

interview, and no one knows her political views. She has been the ultimate professional throughout her

(    )

 

of 16 nations), Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Chief of Fiji and head of many parts of the UK armed forces. She married

(    )

 

has adapted to world changes over six decades.

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power over her 129 million subjects, but rarely gets involved with politics. She is a hard-working Queen who

(    )

 

went on a six-month world tour to visit her people.

(    )

 

plain-coloured coats. She continues to attend many cultural events as part of her public role.

(    )

 

Elizabeth has many other positions besides being a monarch. She is Head of the Commonwealth (the collection

(    )

 

working life. Even her dress has stayed conservative. She is famous for her

(    )

 

Elizabeth was born in London in 1926. She was third in line to the throne and never expected to

1  )

 

Queen Elizabeth II is well known throughout the world. She is the Queen of sixteen countries but

(    )

 

Elizabeth has always taken her position as Queen extremely seriously. She has never given a press

(    )

 

a Greek prince in 1947. Her husband is known as the Duke of Edinburgh.

(    )

 

lives in the United Kingdom. Her ancestors have ruled over the UK for over a thousand years. She holds enormous

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

world   well   Queen   known   Elizabeth   throughout   II   the   is

2.

over   over   a   the   thousand   UK   years   for   ruled

3.

gets   politics   involved   rarely   with

4.

Elizabeth   besides   has   being   many   a   other   monarch   positions

5.

as   Her   the   husband   Duke   is   of   known   Edinburgh

6.

line   in   third   was   She   throne   the   to

7.

safari   on   was   She   Kenya   in

8.

has   given   press   She   never   a   interview

9.

ultimate   the   been   has   She   professional

10.

is   famous   coloured   for   coats   her   She   plain

QUEEN ELIZABETH II DISCUSSION (Write your questions)

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

1.

What do you know about Queen Elizabeth II?

2.

Would you like to meet Queen Elizabeth II?

3.

What would you like to know about Queen Elizabeth II 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 Queen Elizabeth II?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Queen Elizabeth II?

3.

What would her answers be to those questions?

4.

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THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II SURVEY

Write five questions about Queen Elizabeth II 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.

 

 

 

 

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Q.3.

 

 

 

 

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 Queen Elizabeth II 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 Queen Elizabeth. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. QUEEN ELIZABETH II POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Queen Elizabeth II. 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 Queen Elizabeth II. 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 Queen Elizabeth II. 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 “Queen Elizabeth II expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

throughout

a.

around

2

ruled

b.

been in power

3.

adapted

c.

adjusted

4.

besides

d.

apart from

5.

monarch

e.

ruler

6.

head

f.

leader


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

expected

g.

supposed

8.

received

h.

got

9.

tour

i.

trip

10.

position

j.

role

11

views

k

opinions

12

ultimate

l

perfect

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

Queen Elizabeth II is well known

a.

throughout the world

2

Her ancestors have ruled over the UK

b.

for over a thousand years

3.

rarely gets involved with

c.

politics

4.

Elizabeth has many other positions

d.

besides being a monarch

5.

Her husband is known

e.

as the Duke of Edinburgh

6.

She was third in

f.

line to the throne

7.

she went on a six-month world tour

g.

to visit her people

8.

no one knows

h.

her political views

9.

She has been the ultimate

i.

professional

10.

She is famous for

j.

her plain-coloured coats

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