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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

National Handwriting Day is on January 23rd. Its aim is to highlight the importance of the skill of handwriting. It is an important day in today’s world where people use a computer keyboard more than a pen or pencil. Some people are worried that in the future, handwriting might become a lost art. The Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) started National Handwriting Day in 1977. They chose January 23rd because this is the birthday of John Hancock, who was the first person to sign the American Declaration of Independence – one of the most important documents in America’s history. WIMA says: "National Handwriting Day is a chance for all of us to re-explore the purity and power of handwriting."

Handwriting is like an art. We can use it to express ourselves and be creative. It is almost like a craft. Traditional teachers like to teach their students ‘penmanship’, rather than simply ‘writing’. A higher art form is calligraphy. People can study how to write a single letter of the alphabet for many years. Everyone’s handwriting is unique. We only need to see the front of a letter to recognize the handwriting of someone we know. Some handwriting can be almost impossible to read. Doctors are famous for writing prescriptions that look like gobbledygook or ancient hieroglyphics. Experts can even analyze our handwriting and explain what kind of personality we have. What does your handwriting say about you?

Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted sites.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

highlight the importance of the

a.

lost art

2

in today’s world where people use a

b.

America’s history

3.

handwriting might become a

c.

skill of handwriting

4.

the first person

d.

of handwriting

5.

one of the most important documents in

e.

computer keyboard

6.

re-explore the purity and power

f.

to sign

 

Paragraph 2

1.

We can use it to express

a.

their students ‘penmanship’

2

Traditional teachers like to teach

b.

unique

3.

A higher art form is

c.

impossible to read

4.

Everyone’s handwriting is

d.

ourselves

5.

Some handwriting can be almost

e.

hieroglyphics

6.

look like gobbledygook or ancient

f.

calligraphy


LISTENING GAP FILL

National Handwriting Day is on January 23rd. Its _______________ the importance of the skill of handwriting. It is an important day _______________  people use a computer keyboard more than a pen or pencil. Some people are worried _______________, handwriting might become a lost art. The Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) started National Handwriting Day in 1977. They chose January 23rd _______________ the birthday of John Hancock, who was the _______________ sign the American Declaration of Independence – one of the most important documents in America’s history. WIMA says: "National Handwriting Day is a chance for all of us to re-explore the ____________________ handwriting."

Handwriting is like an art. We can _______________ ourselves and be creative. It is almost like a craft. Traditional teachers like to teach their students ‘penmanship’, _______________ ‘writing’. A higher art form is calligraphy. People can study how to write a single letter of the alphabet for many years. Everyone’s __________________. We only need to see the _______________ to recognize the handwriting of someone we know. Some handwriting can be almost impossible to read. Doctors are famous for writing prescriptions _______________ gobbledygook or ancient hieroglyphics. Experts can even analyze our handwriting and explain what kind of personality we have. What does your handwriting _______________?


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

National Handwriting Day is on January 23rd. Its __________ is to highlight the importance of the __________  of handwriting. It is an important day in today’s __________ where people use a computer keyboard more than a pen or pencil. Some people are worried that in the future, handwriting might become a __________ art. The Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) started National Handwriting Day in 1977. They __________ January 23rd because this is the birthday of John Hancock, who was the first person to __________ the American Declaration of Independence – one of the most important documents in America’s __________. WIMA says: "National Handwriting Day is a chance for all of us to re-explore the purity and __________ of handwriting."

 

 

 

world
power
aim
sign
chose
skill
history
lost

Handwriting is like an __________. We can use it to express ourselves and be creative. It is __________ like a craft. Traditional teachers like to teach their students ‘penmanship’, rather than __________ ‘writing’. A higher art form is calligraphy. People can study how to write a single __________ of the alphabet for many years. Everyone’s handwriting is unique. We only need to see the front of a letter to __________ the handwriting of someone we know. Some handwriting can be almost impossible to __________. Doctors are famous for writing prescriptions that look like gobbledygook or __________ hieroglyphics. Experts can even analyze our handwriting and __________ what kind of personality we have. What does your handwriting say about you?

 

 

simply
 
read
almost
explain
recognize
art
ancient
letter


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

National Handwriting Day is on January 23rd. Its aims / aim is to highlight the importance of the skill / skilled of handwriting. It is an important day in today’s world where people used / use a computer keyboard more of / than a pen or pencil. Some people are worried that in the future, handwriting might become a found / lost art. The Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) started National Handwriting Day in 1977. They chose / chosen January 23rd because this is the birthday of John Hancock, who was the first person to sign the American Declaration of Independence – one / once of the most important documents in America’s history. WIMA says: "National Handwriting Day is a chance for all of us to re-explore the purity and power / powerful of handwriting."

Handwriting is like an art. We can use it to express / expression ourselves and be creative. It is almost like a crafty / craft. Traditional teachers like to teach their students ‘penmanship’, rather than simply ‘writing’. A higher art form / forms is calligraphy. People can study how to write a sign / single letter of the alphabet for many years. Everyone’s handwriting is uniquely / unique. We only need to see the front of a letter to recognize the handwriting of someone we know. Some handwriting can be almost impossibly / impossible to read. Doctors are famous for writing prescriptions that look like gobbledygook or ancient hieroglyphics. Experts can even analysis / analyze our handwriting and explain what kind of personality we have. What does your handwriting say / said about you?


MULTIPLE CHOICE

March 20th is World Sleep Day. This day was first (1) ____ in 2008 by the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM). Its (2) ____ is to advance the health benefits of sleep worldwide. WASM wants to promote and encourage education and research (3) ____ sleep, and the importance it has as a therapy in recovering (4) ____ illnesses. Dr. William C. Dement, a WASM spokesperson, said World Sleep Day will “hopefully will be an event that is successful and will continue (5) ____ the foreseeable future. Everyone needs to understand how important sleep is, and how sleep is so important for a healthy life”. WASM’s website says “sleepiness and sleeplessness is a global epidemic that threatens health and quality of life”. It’s logo is “Sleep well, live (6) ____ awake.”

Sleep is a basic bodily and mental (7) ____. We all need to sleep, although the number of hours differs from person to person. Doctors do not know why sleep occurs, but they do all (8) ____ that it is essential for our survival. Without enough sleep, the body can die. For many of us, sleep is one of the biggest pleasures in (9) ____. Indeed, many people list sleeping as a hobby! Sleep refreshes and energizes us and restores our brain into (10) ____ working order. Sleep is also quite complicated. One-third of adults have problems sleeping and suffer (11) ____ insomnia. There are over 80 sleep-related disorders. Other people are lucky and have no problems at all getting off to sleep. Some people sleep as soon as their head (12) ____ the pillow. Do you sleep well?

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

hold

(b)

holds

(c)

holding

(d)

held

2.

(a)

sight

(b)

aim

(c)

bulls eye

(d)

prey

3.

(a)

onto

(b)

into

(c)

unto

(d)

to

4.

(a)

on

(b)

for

(c)

from

(d)

by

5.

(a)

in

(b)

on

(c)

at

(d)

so

6.

(a)

filled

(b)

filling

(c)

full up

(d)

fully

7.

(a)

need

(b)

needs

(c)

necessary

(d)

necessitate

8.

(a)

agreement

(b)

agrees

(c)

agree

(d)

agreed

9.

(a)

lives

(b)

lively

(c)

life

(d)

lifetime

10.

(a)

bottom

(b)

side

(c)

front

(d)

top

11.

(a)

by

(b)

from

(c)

for

(d)

at

12.

(a)

hits

(b)

sinks

(c)

makes

(d)

dribbles


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

the lsikl of handwriting

2.

a pen or lpecin

3.

handwriting igthm become a lost art

4.

They ohcse January

5.

important documents in America’s rhotsyi

6.

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Paragraph 2

7.

use it to sxrespe ourselves

8.

It is almost like a ftrac

9.

how to write a geilns letter

10.

Everyone’s handwriting is euqniu

11.

zrgencioe the handwriting

12.

gobbledygook or atnncei hieroglyphics


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

pen or pencil. Some people are worried that in the future, handwriting might become a lost

(    )

form is calligraphy. People can study how to write a single letter of the alphabet for many years. Everyone’s

(    )

Handwriting is like an art. We can use it to express ourselves and be creative. It is almost like a

(    )

of handwriting. It is an important day in today’s world where people use a computer keyboard more than a

(    )

know. Some handwriting can be almost impossible to read. Doctors are famous for writing prescriptions that look

(    )

what kind of personality we have. What does your handwriting say about you?

(    )

craft. Traditional teachers like to teach their students ‘penmanship’, rather than simply ‘writing’. A higher art

(    )

a chance for all of us to re-explore the purity and power of handwriting."

(    )

art. The Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) started National Handwriting Day in 1977. They chose

(    )

like gobbledygook or ancient hieroglyphics. Experts can even analyze our handwriting and explain

(    )

handwriting is unique. We only need to see the front of a letter to recognize the handwriting of someone we

(    )

of Independence – one of the most important documents in America’s history. WIMA says: "National Handwriting Day is

1  )

National Handwriting Day is on January 23rd. Its aim is to highlight the importance of the skill

(    )

January 23rd because this is the birthday of John Hancock, who was the first person to sign the American Declaration


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

skill    the    of    importance    the    highlight    handwriting    of

2.

computer    pen    keyboard    people    more    use    than    a    a

3.

handwriting    art    lost    a    become    might

4.

most    documents    America’s    the    important    in    history

5.

and        power    re -explore    of    the    handwriting    purity

6.

to    ourselves    can    it    express    We    use

7.

to    like    teachers    ‘penmanship’     students    their    teach

8.

write    the    a    alphabet    single    how    letter    to    of

9.

almost    to    handwriting    be    impossible    read    can

10.

handwriting    your    does    What    you    about    say    ?   


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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THE NATIONAL HANDWRITING DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about National Handwriting Day 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 National Handwriting Day 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 National Handwriting Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about National Handwriting Day. Write about what happens around the world. Include two imaginary interviews with people who did something on this day.

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

4. POSTER: Make your own poster about National Handwriting Day. Write about what will happen on this day around the world.

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

ANSWERS

Check your answers in "THE READING / TAPESCRIPT" section at the top of this page.


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