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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

The International Day of Peace should be one of the most important days of the year. It occurs annually on September 21st. It is dedicated to peace as well as the absence of war. This day also serves as a global ceasefire day. Many countries, political groups and military groups observe it. The day starts when the U.N. rings the “Peace Bell” at its New York headquarters. This bell was a gift from the people of Japan. There is a message on the side of the bell that says: "Long live absolute world peace." The U.N. said: "Peace Day should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace [and] that our permanent commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace."

Thousands of Peace Day events take place around the world every year. These include concerts involving rock superstars to football tournaments for peace and baking cakes for peace. Many organizations hold educational workshops in schools, especially those in war-torn countries. Nobel Peace Prize laureates also make speeches to show the world their work has not finished. Anyone can celebrate Peace Day. It can be a simple, individual act such as lighting a candle and saying a prayer. For those who want to be more active, it can involve getting the support of friends and colleagues to plan a large event. Hopefully, this day will take off and people will think about peace more seriously.

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

one of the most important

a.

groups

2

dedicated

b.

commitment

3.

military

c.

days of the year

4.

New York

d.

peace

5.

the ideals of

e.

to peace

6.

permanent

f.

headquarters

 

Paragraph 2

1.

rock

a.

candle

2

baking

b.

of friends

3.

war-torn

c.

cakes

4.

lighting a

d.

superstars

5.

getting the support

e.

more seriously

6.

think about peace

f.

countries


LISTENING GAP FILL

The International Day of Peace ____________________ most important days of the year. It occurs annually on September 21st. It is dedicated to ____________________ absence of war. This day also serves as a global ceasefire day. Many countries, political groups and ______________________. The day starts when the U.N. rings the “Peace Bell” at its New York headquarters. This bell ____________________ people of Japan. There is a message on the side of the bell that says: "Long live absolute world peace." The U.N. said: "Peace Day ____________________ to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace [and] that our permanent commitment, ____________________ or differences of any kind, is to peace."

Thousands of Peace Day events ____________________ the world every year. These include concerts involving rock superstars to football tournaments for peace and ____________________ peace. Many organizations hold educational workshops in schools, especially ____________________ countries. Nobel Peace Prize laureates also make speeches to show the world their work has not finished. Anyone can celebrate Peace Day. It can be a ____________________ such as lighting a candle and saying a prayer. For those who want to be more active, it ____________________ the support of friends and colleagues to plan a large event. Hopefully, this day ____________________ people will think about peace more seriously.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

The International Day of Peace ____________ be one of the most important days of the year. It occurs annually on September 21st. It is dedicated to peace as well as the ____________ of war. This day also serves as a global ____________ day. Many countries, political groups and military groups ____________ it. The day starts when the U.N. rings the “Peace Bell” at its New York headquarters. This bell was a gift from the people of Japan. There is a ____________ on the side of the bell that says: "Long ____________ absolute world peace." The U.N. said: "Peace Day should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ____________ of peace [and] that our permanent commitment, above all ____________ or differences of any kind, is to peace."

 

 

 

message
ceasefire
ideals
should
interests
absence
observe
live

Thousands of Peace Day events ____________ place around the world every year. These ____________ concerts involving rock superstars to football tournaments for peace and baking cakes for peace. Many organizations hold educational workshops in schools, especially those in ____________ countries. Nobel Peace Prize laureates also ____________ speeches to show the world their work has not finished. Anyone can celebrate Peace Day. It can be a simple, individual ____________ such as lighting a candle and saying a ____________. For those who want to be more active, it can ____________ getting the support of friends and colleagues to plan a large event. Hopefully, this day will take off and people will think about peace more ____________.

 

 

war-torn
 
act
prayer
take
seriously
make
involve
include


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

The International Day of Peace should be one / some of the most important days of the year. It occurs annual / annually on September 21st. It is dedicated to peace as well as the absence of war. This day also services / serves as a global ceasefire day. Many countries, political groups and military groups observe / observation it. The day starts when the U.N. rings the “Peace Bell” at its New York headquarters. This bell was a gift from the person / people of Japan. There is a message on the side of the bell that says: "Long live absolute world peace." The U.N. said: "Peace Day should be / have devoted to / at commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace [and] that our permanent commitment, below / above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace."

Thousands of Peace Day events take / make place around the world every year. These include concerts involving / involved rock superstars to football tournaments for peace and baking cakes for peace. Many organizations holding / hold educational workshops in schools, especially those in war-torn country / countries. Nobel Peace Prize laureates also make speeches to show the world their work has not started / finished. Anyone can celebrate Peace Day. It can be a simple, individual act such was / as lighting a candle and saying a prayer. For those who want to be more active / action, it can involve getting the support of friends and colleagues to plan a large event. Hopefully, this day will take off / on and people will think about peace more seriously.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

The International Day of Peace should be one of the (1) ____ important days of the year. It occurs annually on September 21st. It is dedicated (2) ____ peace as well as the (3) ____ of war. This day also serves as a global ceasefire day. Many countries, political groups and military groups observe it. The day starts when the U.N. (4) ____ the “Peace Bell” at its New York headquarters. This bell was a gift from the people of Japan. There is a message on the side of the bell that says: "Long live absolute world peace." The U.N. said: "Peace Day should (5) ____ devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace [and] that our permanent commitment, (6) ____ all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace."

Thousands of Peace Day events (7) ____ place around the world every year. These include concerts (8) ____ rock superstars to football tournaments for peace and baking cakes for peace. Many organizations hold educational workshops in schools, especially those in war-(9) ____  countries. Nobel Peace Prize laureates also make speeches to show the world their work has not finished. Anyone can celebrate Peace Day. It can be a simple, individual act such as (10) ____ a candle and saying a prayer. For those who want to be more active, it can (11) ____ getting the support of friends and colleagues to plan a large event. Hopefully, this day will (12) ____ off and people will think about peace more seriously.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

mostly

(b)

most

(c)

mainly

(d)

main

2.

(a)

to

(b)

of

(c)

at

(d)

on

3.

(a)

absent

(b)

absentee

(c)

absence

(d)

absences

4.

(a)

sings

(b)

pings

(c)

tings

(d)

rings

5.

(a)

be

(b)

have

(c)

do

(d)

take

6.

(a)

under

(b)

below

(c)

above

(d)

over

7.

(a)

make

(b)

take

(c)

fake

(d)

bake

8.

(a)

involvement

(b)

involved

(c)

involves

(d)

involving

9.

(a)

tears

(b)

torn

(c)

tore

(d)

tearing

10.

(a)

lighting

(b)

lights

(c)

lit

(d)

light

11.

(a)

got

(b)

gets

(c)

getting

(d)

get

12.

(a)

shake

(b)

make

(c)

wake

(d)

take


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

It uorccs annually

2.

ditceaedd to peace

3.

a bgalol ceasefire day

4.

a eegmssa on the side

5.

the asleid of peace

6.

ebavo all interests

 

Paragraph 2

7.

These inecudl concerts

8.

naikgb cakes for peace

9.

wra-tron countries

10.

a iselmp, individual act

11.

ihinltgg a candle

12.

getting the pputors of friends


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

Thousands of Peace Day events take place around the world every year. These include concerts involving rock

(    )

September 21st. It is dedicated to peace as well as the absence of war. This day also serves as a global

(    )

of the bell that says: "Long live absolute world peace." The U.N. said: "Peace Day should be

(    )

individual act such as lighting a candle and saying a prayer. For those who want to be more

(    )

superstars to football tournaments for peace and baking cakes for peace. Many organizations hold educational

(    )

speeches to show the world their work has not finished. Anyone can celebrate Peace Day. It can be a simple,

(    )

devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace [and] that our permanent

(    )

workshops in schools, especially those in war-torn countries. Nobel Peace Prize laureates also make

(    )

ceasefire day. Many countries, political groups and military groups observe it. The day starts when the U.N. rings the “Peace Bell” at

1  )

The International Day of Peace should be one of the most important days of the year. It occurs annually on

(    )

its New York headquarters. This bell was a gift from the people of Japan. There is a message on the side

(    )

event. Hopefully, this day will take off and people will think about peace more seriously.

(    )

active, it can involve getting the support of friends and colleagues to plan a large

(    )

commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace."


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

the    days    year    of    important    the    One    most    of.   

2.

observe    groups    military    and    groups    Political    it.   

3.

people    of    Japan    This    bell    was    a    gift    from    the.   

4.

a    message    on    the    side    of    the    bell    There    is.   

5.

the    strengthening    and    Commemorating    peace    of    ideals.   

6.

year    around    the    Events    world    take    every    place.   

7.

organizations    Many    workshops    educational    hold.   

8.

candle    a    Lighting    prayer    a    saying    and.   

9.

getting    the    It    support    can    of    involve    friends.   

10.

about    think    will    People    seriously    more    peace.   


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 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE SURVEY

Write five questions about International Day of Peace 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.

 

 

 

 

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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 International Day of Peace 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 International Day of Peace. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about International Day of Peace. 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 International Day of Peace. 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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