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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

June 6 is National Yo-Yo Day. This is the date of birth of the man who popularized yo-yos in the USA. His name was Donald Duncan and he got into the yo-yo business in 1930. Of course there were ups and downs before yo-yoing became an American pastime. Any story about yo-yos would not be complete without a little up-and-down joke. Donald Duncan saw a yo-yo for the first time in the 1920s. A Filipino-American, Pedro Flores, mass-produced the toys in California. Duncan saw the potential to make money and bought Flores’ yo-yo factory. He hired Flores to take the yo-yo all around America. Flores held competitions in all the states he visited. Children loved the yo-yo and Duncan’s business went from strength to strength.

The true history of the yo-yo goes back several thousand years. It is thought to have originated in China. From there, it travelled to Greece. Records from the ancient Greek empire, around 500BC, describe a circular toy made out of wood. The world’s oldest yo-yo dates to this period. Not all yo-yos were toys. There are reports that the yo-yo was a weapon for over 400 years in the Philippines. Today, the yo-yo is a part of every child’s toy cupboard. Young and old love playing with it and demonstrating their skills. It is perhaps one of the most successful toys ever. All around America, there are yo-yo competitions on June 6. Many yo-yo enthusiasts believe it should be an Olympic sport. There is definitely an art and a skill to good yo-yoing.

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

the man who

a.

produced the toys

2

Of course there were ups

b.

around America

3.

an American

c.

to strength

4.

Pedro Flores, mass-

d.

pastime

5.

take the yo-yo all

e.

popularized yo-yos

6.

Duncan’s business went from strength

f.

and downs

 

Paragraph 2

1.

the yo-yo goes back

a.

successful toys ever

2

a circular toy made

b.

several thousand years

3.

the yo-yo was a weapon

c.

out of wood

4.

demonstrating

d.

good yo-yoing

5.

one of the most

e.

for over 400 years

6.

an art and a skill to

f.

their skills


LISTENING GAP FILL

June 6 is National Yo-Yo Day. This is ____________________ the man who popularized yo-yos in the USA. His name was Donald Duncan ____________________ yo-yo business in 1930. Of course there were ups and downs before yo-yoing became an American pastime. Any story about yo-yos would not be complete ____________________ -and-down joke. Donald Duncan saw a yo-yo for the first time in the 1920s. A Filipino-American, Pedro Flores, ____________________ in California. Duncan saw the potential to make money and bought Flores’ yo-yo factory. He hired Flores to take the yo-yo all around America. Flores ____________________ the states he visited. Children loved the yo-yo and Duncan’s business went from ____________________.

The true history of the yo-yo _______________________ years. It is thought to have originated in China. From there, it travelled to Greece. Records ______________________ empire, around 500BC, describe a circular toy made out of wood. The world’s oldest yo-yo dates to this period. Not ____________________. There are reports that the yo-yo was a weapon for over 400 years in the Philippines. Today, the yo-yo is a part of every child’s toy cupboard. Young ____________________ with it and demonstrating their skills. It is perhaps one of the most successful toys ever. All around America, there are yo-yo competitions on June 6. Many yo-yo ____________________ should be an Olympic sport. There is definitely an art and a ____________________.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

June 6 is National Yo-Yo Day. This is the date of birth of the man who __________ yo-yos in the USA. His name was Donald Duncan and he got into the yo-yo __________ in 1930. Of course there were ups and downs before yo-yoing became an American __________. Any story about yo-yos would not be complete without a little up-and-down __________. Donald Duncan saw a yo-yo for the first time in the 1920s. A Filipino-American, Pedro Flores, __________ -produced the toys in California. Duncan saw the __________ to make money and bought Flores’ yo-yo factory. He hired Flores to take the yo-yo all around America. Flores __________ competitions in all the states he visited. Children loved the yo-yo and Duncan’s business went from __________ to strength.

 

 

 

joke
business
held
mass
strength
pastime
popularized
potential

The true history of the yo-yo goes back __________ thousand years. It is thought to have __________ in China. From there, it travelled to Greece. Records from the ancient Greek empire, around 500BC, describe a __________ toy made out of wood. The world’s oldest yo-yo dates to this period. Not all yo-yos were toys. There are reports that the yo-yo was a __________ for over 400 years in the Philippines. Today, the yo-yo is a part of every child’s toy __________. Young and old love playing with it and demonstrating their skills. It is perhaps one of the most __________ toys ever. All around America, there are yo-yo competitions on June 6. Many yo-yo __________ believe it should be an Olympic sport. There is definitely an __________ and a skill to good yo-yoing.

 

 

circular
 
cupboard
several
enthusiasts
art
weapon
originated
successful


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

June 6 is National Yo-Yo Day. This is the date of born / birth of the man who popularized yo-yos in the USA. His name was Donald Duncan and he got / made into the yo-yo business in 1930. Of course there were ups and downs before yo-yoing became an American pastime. Any story about yo-yos would not be completion / complete without a little up-and-down funny / joke. Donald Duncan saw a yo-yo for the first time in the 1920s. A Filipino-American, Pedro Flores, mass-produced the toys in California. Duncan saw the potential / possible to make money and bought Flores’ yo-yo factory. He rented / hired Flores to take the yo-yo all around America. Flores gripped / held competitions in all the states he visited. Children loved the yo-yo and Duncan’s business went from strength / strong to strength.

The true history of the yo-yo goes / comes back several thousand years. It is thought to have original / originated in China. From there, it travelled to Greece. Records from the ancient Greek empire, around 500BC, describe a circular toy made out / up of wood. The world’s oldest yo-yo dates to this / the period. Not all yo-yos were toys. There are reports that the yo-yo was a weapon for over 400 years in the Philippines. Today, the yo-yo is a part of every / all child’s toy cupboard. Young and old love playing with it and demonstrating them / their skills. It is perhaps one of the most successful toys ever. All around America, there are yo-yo competitions on June 6. Many yo-yo enthusiasts / enthusiastically believe it should be an Olympic sport. There is definitely an art / artist and a skill to good yo-yoing.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

June 6 is National Yo-Yo Day. This is the date of (1) ____ of the man who popularized yo-yos in the USA. His name was Donald Duncan and he got (2) ____ the yo-yo business in 1930. Of course there were ups and downs before yo-yoing became an American pastime. Any story about yo-yos would not be (3) ____ without a little up-and-down joke. Donald Duncan saw a yo-yo for the first time in the 1920s. A Filipino-American, Pedro Flores, (4) ____ -produced the toys in California. Duncan saw the (5) ____ to make money and bought Flores’ yo-yo factory. He hired Flores to take the yo-yo all around America. Flores held competitions in all the states he visited. Children loved the yo-yo and Duncan’s business (6) ____ from strength to strength.

The true history of the yo-yo (7) ____ back several thousand years. It is thought to have originated in China. From there, it travelled to Greece. Records from the ancient Greek empire, around 500BC, describe a (8) ____ toy made out of wood. The world’s oldest yo-yo dates to this period. Not all yo-yos were toys. There are (9) ____ that the yo-yo was a weapon for over 400 years in the Philippines. Today, the yo-yo is a part of every child’s toy cupboard. Young and old love playing with it and demonstrating their (10) ____. It is perhaps one of the most successful toys ever. All around America, there are yo-yo competitions on June 6. Many yo-yo enthusiasts (11) ____ it should be an Olympic sport. There is definitely an (12) ____ and a skill to good yo-yoing.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

born

(b)

birth

(c)

births

(d)

birthday

2.

(a)

into

(b)

out of

(c)

up to

(d)

down to

3.

(a)

completion

(b)

completed

(c)

complete

(d)

completes

4.

(a)

pass

(b)

bass

(c)

lass

(d)

mass

5.

(a)

probable

(b)

potential

(c)

possible

(d)

maybe

6.

(a)

came

(b)

arrived

(c)

went

(d)

left

7.

(a)

comes

(b)

arrives

(c)

goes

(d)

leaves

8.

(a)

circle

(b)

circling

(c)

circles

(d)

circular

9.

(a)

reports

(b)

reporters

(c)

reporter

(d)

reported

10.

(a)

skills

(b)

skillfully

(c)

skilled

(d)

skillful

11.

(a)

belief

(b)

believe

(c)

beliefs

(d)

believes

12.

(a)

arty

(b)

artistic

(c)

Arts

(d)

art


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

the man who rupaedozpli yo-yos

2.

an American mtpaesi

3.

Any oryst about yo-yos

4.

mass-rpducode the toys

5.

Flores held empiitoconts in all the states

6.

Duncan’s neisbssu went from strength to strength

 

Paragraph 2

7.

goes back lrevsae thousand years

8.

it reladvelt to Greece

9.

a rulrcica toy made out of wood

10.

the yo-yo was a enpawo

11.

the most lcsuceussf toys

12.

a sikll to good yo-yoing


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

joke. Donald Duncan saw a yo-yo for the first time in the 1920s. A Filipino-American, Pedro Flores, mass-

1  )

June 6 is National Yo-Yo Day. This is the date of birth of the man who popularized yo-yos in the USA. His name

(    )

was Donald Duncan and he got into the yo-yo business in 1930. Of course there were ups and downs before yo-yoing became

(    )

The true history of the yo-yo goes back several thousand years. It is thought to have originated in China. From there, it

(    )

enthusiasts believe it should be an Olympic sport. There is definitely an art and a skill to good yo-yoing.

(    )

to take the yo-yo all around America. Flores held competitions in all the states he

(    )

an American pastime. Any story about yo-yos would not be complete without a little up-and-down

(    )

travelled to Greece. Records from the ancient Greek empire, around 500BC, describe a circular toy made out

(    )

produced the toys in California. Duncan saw the potential to make money and bought Flores’ yo-yo factory. He hired Flores

(    )

a weapon for over 400 years in the Philippines. Today, the yo-yo is a part of every child’s toy

(    )

visited. Children loved the yo-yo and Duncan’s business went from strength to strength.

(    )

most successful toys ever. All around America, there are yo-yo competitions on June 6. Many yo-yo

(    )

cupboard. Young and old love playing with it and demonstrating their skills. It is perhaps one of the

(    )

of wood. The world’s oldest yo-yo dates to this period. Not all yo-yos were toys. There are reports that the yo-yo was


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

yo-yos    popularized    who    man    the    of    birth    of    date    the   

2.

course    were    and    Of    there    ups    downs

3.

Duncan    yo-yo    for    time    a    first    saw    the

4.

all    yo    -    yo    the    take    America    around

5.

business    from    to    Duncan’s    went    strength    strength

6.

wood    circular    made    of    a    toy    out

7.

child’s    every    of    part    a    is    yo-yo    the    cupboard    toy

8.

Young    old    playing    it    and    love    with

9.

on     June    6    yo-yo    there    competitions    are

10.

a    good    yoing    and    to    -    art    skill    yo    an


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 YO-YO DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about National Yo-Yo 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

_____________

STUDENT 2

_____________

STUDENT 3

_____________

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 Yo-Yo 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 Yo-Yo Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about National Yo-Yo 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 Yo-Yo 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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