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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

True Confessions Day is on March 15th. We’re not really sure where it came from or how long it has been around. It seems a fun way to make your confessions and lose any guilty feelings you might have. How many bad things have you done in the past year? Did you always own up to them? True Confessions Day is the day to do it. You never know, your friends, family, boss, or whoever might thank you for it and think “Wow! What an honest person he or she is.” I suppose you might have to be a little careful and make sure your confession doesn’t get you into big trouble. We just looked at a website with these online confessions: “I put an insect in the customer’s pizza.” “It was me who let down your car’s tyres.”

Confession is an important part of our daily life. Many of us confess our sins as part of our religion. And some of us confess the truth to the police if we have been bad and committed a crime. Christians confess their sins to God and ask for forgiveness. In Buddhism, people confess their faults and wrongdoing to Buddha. In Islam, confession is one of the five pillars of the religion and Muslims seek forgiveness from God. There are many ways to confess. Some people do it alone, privately. Others go to a place of worship and talk to a religious leader. A new trend today is to confess on the Internet. If there’s anything you need to get off your chest, you can do so online, and tell the world.

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

We’re not

a.

he or she is

2

It seems a fun way to make

b.

your car’s tyres

3.

own up

c.

really sure

4.

What an honest person

d.

to them

5.

make sure your confession doesn’t

e.

your confessions

6.

It was me who let down

f.

get you into big trouble

 

Paragraph 2

1.

Confession is an important

a.

off your chest

2

Many of us confess

b.

from God

3.

confess their sins to God and

c.

our sins

4.

seek forgiveness

d.

part of our daily life

5.

a place

e.

ask for forgiveness

6.

anything you need to get

f.

of worship


LISTENING GAP FILL

True Confessions Day is on March 15th. We’re ________________ where it came from or how long it has been around. It seems a fun way to make your confessions and ________________ feelings you might have. How many bad things have you done in the past year? Did you __________________ them? True Confessions Day is the day to do it. You never know, your friends, family, boss, or whoever might thank you for it and think “Wow! What an honest ________________.” I suppose you might have to be a little careful and make sure your confession doesn’t ________________ trouble. We just looked at a website with these online confessions: “I put an insect in the customer’s pizza.” “It was me _________________ car’s tyres.”

Confession is an important ________________ life. Many of us confess our sins as part of our religion. And some of us confess the truth to the police ________________ bad and committed a crime. Christians confess their sins to God and ask for forgiveness. In Buddhism, people __________________ and wrongdoing to Buddha. In Islam, confession is one of the five pillars of the religion and Muslims seek forgiveness from God. There are many ________________. Some people do it alone, privately. Others go to a place of worship and talk to a religious leader. A ________________ is to confess on the Internet. If there’s anything you need to ___________________, you can do so online, and tell the world.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

True Confessions Day is on March 15th. We’re not really __________ where it came from or how long it has been __________. It seems a fun way to make your confessions and __________ any guilty feelings you might have. How many bad things have you done in the past year? Did you always __________ up to them? True Confessions Day is the day to do it. You never know, your friends, family, boss, or __________ might thank you for it and think “Wow! What an honest person he or she is.” I suppose you might have to be a little __________ and make sure your confession doesn’t get you into big trouble. We just looked at a website with these __________ confessions: “I put an insect in the customer’s pizza.” “It was me who __________ down your car’s tyres.”

 

 

 

online
lose
careful
sure
own
let
whoever
around

Confession is an important part of our __________ life. Many of us confess our sins as __________ of our religion. And some of us confess the truth to the police if we have been bad and committed a __________. Christians confess their sins to God and ask for forgiveness. In Buddhism, people confess their __________ and wrongdoing to Buddha. In Islam, confession is one of the five pillars of the religion and Muslims __________ forgiveness from God. There are many ways to confess. Some people do it alone, privately. Others go to a __________ of worship and talk to a religious leader. A new trend today is to confess on the Internet. If there’s anything you need to get off your __________, you can do so online, and __________ the world.

 

 

faults
 
place
crime
tell
daily
seek
chest
part


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

True Confessions Day is on March 15th. We’re not really shore / sure where it came from or how long it has been round / around. It seems a fun way to make your confessions and lose / lost any guilty feelings you might have. How many bad things have you done in the past year? Did you always down / own up to them? True Confessions Day is the day to do it. You never know, your friends, family, boss, or whoever might thank / think you for it and think “Wow! What an honest person he or she is.” I suppose you might have to be a little careful and make sure your confession doesn’t have / get you into big trouble. We just looked at a website with these / this online confessions: “I put an insect in the customer’s pizza.” “It was me who let up / down your car’s tyres.”

Confession is an important part of our daily / day life. Many of us confess our sins as part of our religion. And sum / some of us confess the truth to the police if we have been bad and committed a criminal / crime. Christians confess their sins to God and ask for forgiveness. In Buddhism, people confess their faults / forts and wrongdoing to Buddha. In Islam, confession is one of / at the five pillars of the religion and Muslims seek forgiveness from God. There are many ways to confess. Some people do it alone / lonely, privately. Others go to a place of worship and talk to a religious leader. A new trendy / trend today is to confess on the Internet. If there’s anything you need to get off your chest / lungs, you can do so online, and tell the world.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

True Confessions Day is on March 15th. We’re not really (1) ____ where it came from or how long it has been around. It seems a fun way to make your confessions and (1) ____ any guilty feelings you might have. How many bad things have you done in the past year? Did you always (3) ____ up to them? True Confessions Day is the day to do it. You never know, your friends, family, boss, or whoever might thank you for it and think “Wow! What an  (4) ____ person he or she is.” I suppose you might have to be a little careful and make sure your confession doesn’t get you into big (5) ____. We just looked at a website with these online confessions: “I put an insect in the customer’s pizza.” “It was me who (6) ____ down your car’s tyres.”

Confession is an important part of our daily (7) ____. Many of us confess our sins as part of our religion. And some of us confess the truth to the police if we have been bad and (8) ____ a crime. Christians confess their sins to God and ask for forgiveness. In Buddhism, people (9) ____ their faults and wrongdoing to Buddha. In Islam, confession is one of the five pillars of the religion and Muslims (10) ____ forgiveness from God. There are many ways to confess. Some people do it alone, privately. Others go to a place of worship and talk to a religious leader. A new (11) ____ today is to confess on the Internet. If there’s anything you need to get off your (12) ____, you can do so online, and tell the world.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

surely

(b)

sure

(c)

sureness

(d)

surest

2.

(a)

lost

(b)

losing

(c)

loser

(d)

lose

3.

(a)

owning

(b)

ownership

(c)

own

(d)

owner

4.

(a)

honestly

(b)

honesty

(c)

honest

(d)

hones

5.

(a)

troubles

(b)

trouble

(c)

troubling

(d)

troubled

6.

(a)

let

(b)

get

(c)

set

(d)

met

7.

(a)

life

(b)

lifestyle

(c)

live

(d)

alive

8.

(a)

committed

(b)

commit

(c)

commits

(d)

committee

9.

(a)

confession

(b)

confessing

(c)

confessed

(d)

confess

10.

(a)

geek

(b)

leek

(c)

seek

(d)

meek

11.

(a)

trendy

(b)

trend

(c)

trendsetter

(d)

trendiness

12.

(a)

lungs

(b)

ribs

(c)

backbone

(d)

chest


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

not elrayl sure

2.

iultyg feelings

3.

bad hsnigt

4.

an hnseot person

5.

be a little culfrae

6.

big rtbuole

 

Paragraph 2

7.

our ydlia life

8.

ssefnco our sins

9.

committed a mcrie

10.

a place of hpisrow

11.

A new enrtd today

12.

you can do so lionne


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

1  )

True Confessions Day is on March 15th. We’re not really sure where it came from or how long it has been

(    )

religion. And some of us confess the truth to the police if we have been bad and committed a crime. Christians confess

(    )

in the customer’s pizza.” “It was me who let down your car’s tyres.”

(    )

Confession is an important part of our daily life. Many of us confess our sins as part of our

(    )

trouble. We just looked at a website with these online confessions: “I put an insect

(    )

to a religious leader. A new trend today is to confess on the Internet. If there’s anything you need to get off

(    )

around. It seems a fun way to make your confessions and lose any guilty feelings you might have. How many bad

(    )

person he or she is.” I suppose you might have to be a little careful and make sure your confession doesn’t get you into big

(    )

their sins to God and ask for forgiveness. In Buddhism, people confess their faults and wrongdoing to

(    )

to do it. You never know, your friends, family, boss, or whoever might thank you for it and think “Wow! What an honest

(    )

things have you done in the past year? Did you always own up to them? True Confessions Day is the day

(    )

Buddha. In Islam, confession is one of the five pillars of the religion and Muslims seek forgiveness from

(    )

God. There are many ways to confess. Some people do it alone, privately. Others go to a place of worship and talk

(    )

your chest, you can do so online, and tell the world.


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

where    sure    really    not    We’re    from    came    it

2.

a    your    fun    confessions    way    It    to    seems    make

3.

suppose    have    a    I    might    be    careful    you    to    little

4.

We   at   with   confessions   looked   website   online   just   a   these

5.

in    insect    an    put    I    pizza    customer’s    the

6.

Confession    of    is    our    an    daily    important    life    part

7.

to    sins    their    confess    Christians    God

8.

their    In    ,    confess    faults    Buddhism    people

9.

worship    go    a    of    Others    to    place

10.

you    anything    chest    your    off    get    to    need


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 TRUE CONFESSIONS DAY SURVEY

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about True Confessions 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 True Confessions 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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