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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

Armistice Day is on November the 11th every year. It commemorates the end of World War I on the 11th of November 1918. It was on this day that the Allies and Germany signed a ceasefire that was the beginning of the end of the Great War. Hostilities ended on the Western Front, taking effect at eleven o'clock in the morning. This became famously known as "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month". While it was “all quiet on the Western Front,” the war continued for a while longer in other parts of Europe, especially in the former Russian Empire. WWI was called “the War to End All Wars”. Most of the world's great powers fought in it. Over 20 million people died, making it one of the deadliest conflicts in history.

Armistice Day is observed all over the world. In many countries, people stop what they are doing for a two-minute moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. This is a sign of respect for those who died. In Britain, there is another name for Armistice Day - Remembrance Sunday. In 1939, the British government moved Armistice Day to the Sunday nearest November 11. In America, the day is also called Veterans Day. Children in Commonwealth countries know these days by another name – Poppy Day. People wear poppies and donate money to charities for soldiers injured in wars. Poppies are a symbol of the blood that filled the trenches. Poppies also bloomed across some of the worst battlefields during the War.

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

It commemorates the end

a.

parts of Europe

2

Germany signed a

b.

the end

3.

the beginning of

c.

conflicts in history

4.

all quiet on the

d.

of World War I

5.

in other

e.

Western Front

6.

the deadliest

f.

ceasefire

 

Paragraph 2

1.

observed all

a.

of silence

2

a two-minute moment

b.

the trenches

3.

a sign of

c.

to charities

4.

the Sunday nearest

d.

over the world

5.

donate money

e.

respect

6.

blood that filled

f.

November 11


LISTENING GAP FILL

Armistice Day is on November ________________ year. It commemorates the end of World War I on the 11th of November 1918. It ________________ that the Allies and Germany signed a ceasefire that was the beginning ________________ Great War. Hostilities ended on the Western Front, taking effect at eleven o'clock in the morning. This became famously known as "the eleventh hour of the ________________ eleventh month". While it was “all quiet on the Western Front,” the war continued ________________ in other parts of Europe, especially in the former Russian Empire. WWI was called “the War to End All Wars”. Most of the world's great powers fought in it. Over 20 million people died, ________________ the deadliest conflicts in history.

Armistice Day is observed __________________. In many countries, people stop what they are doing for a two-minute ________________ at 11:00 a.m. This is a sign of respect for those who died. In Britain, there ________________ for Armistice Day - Remembrance Sunday. In 1939, the British government moved Armistice Day to the Sunday nearest November 11. In America, the ________________ Veterans Day. Children in Commonwealth countries know these days by another name – Poppy Day. People wear poppies and ________________ charities for soldiers injured in wars. Poppies are a symbol of the blood that filled the trenches. Poppies also bloomed across ________________ battlefields during the War.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

Armistice Day is on November the 11th every year. It commemorates the ____________ of World War I on the 11th of November 1918. It was on this day that the Allies and Germany ____________ a ceasefire that was the beginning of the end of the Great War. Hostilities ____________ on the Western Front, taking effect at eleven o'clock in the morning. This became famously ____________ as "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month". While it was “all ____________ on the Western Front,” the war continued for a while longer in other ____________ of Europe, especially in the former Russian Empire. WWI was called “the War to End All Wars”. Most of the world's great powers ____________ in it. Over 20 million people died, making it one of the deadliest ____________ in history.

 

 

 

parts
end
ended
quiet
conflicts
signed
fought
known

Armistice Day is ____________ all over the world. In many countries, people stop what they are doing for a two-minute ____________ of silence at 11:00 a.m. This is a sign of ____________ for those who died. In Britain, there is another name for Armistice Day - Remembrance Sunday. In 1939, the British government ____________ Armistice Day to the Sunday ____________ November 11. In America, the day is also called Veterans Day. Children in Commonwealth countries know these days by another name – Poppy Day. People wear poppies and ____________ money to charities for soldiers injured in wars. Poppies are a symbol of the ____________ that filled the trenches. Poppies also ____________ across some of the worst battlefields during the War.

 

 

nearest
 
respect
moment
bloomed
observed
blood
donate
moved


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Armistice Day is on November the 11th every year. It commemorates the end / ended of World War I on the 11th of November 1918. It was on this day that the Allies and Germany signing / signed a ceasefire that was the beginning of the end of the Great War. Hostilities ended on the Western Front, taking affect / effect at eleven o'clock in the morning. This became famously known / knowing as "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month". While it was “all quiet / quite on the Western Front,” the war continued for a while longer / length in other parts of Europe, especially in the former Russian Empire. WWI was called “the War to End All Wars”. Most of the world's great powers fought them / in it. Over 20 million people died, making it one of the death / deadliest conflicts in history.

Armistice Day is observed all under / over the world. In many countries, people stop what they are doing for a two-minute moment of silent / silence at 11:00 a.m. This is a sign from / of respect for those who died. In Britain, there is the other / another name for Armistice Day - Remembrance Sunday. In 1939, the British government movement / moved Armistice Day to the Sunday nearest November 11. In America, the day is also called Veterans Day. Children in Commonwealth countries know these / them days by another name – Poppy Day. People wear poppies and donate money to charities for soldiers injury / injured in wars. Poppies are a symbol of the blood that filled the trenches. Poppies also bloomed across some of the worst battlefields during / duration the War.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Armistice Day is on November the 11th (1) ____ year. It commemorates the end of World War I on the 11th of November 1918. It was on this day that the Allies and Germany signed a ceasefire that was the beginning of the (2) ____ of the Great War. Hostilities ended on the Western Front, taking (3) ____ at eleven o'clock in the morning. This became famously (4) ____ as "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month". While it was “all (5) ____ on the Western Front,” the war continued for a while longer in other parts of Europe, especially in the former Russian Empire. WWI was called “the War to End All Wars”. Most of the world's great powers (6) ____ in it. Over 20 million people died, making it one of the deadliest conflicts in history.

Armistice Day is observed all over the world. In many countries, people stop what they are doing for a two-minute (7) ____ of silence at 11:00 a.m. This is a sign of respect for those who died. In Britain, there is (8) ____ name for Armistice Day - Remembrance Sunday. In 1939, the British government moved Armistice Day to the Sunday (9) ____ November 11. In America, the day is also called Veterans Day. Children in Commonwealth countries know these days by another name – Poppy Day. People wear poppies and donate money to charities for soldiers (10) ____ in wars. Poppies are a (11) ____ of the blood that filled the trenches. Poppies also bloomed across some of the worst battlefields (12) ____ the War.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

all

(b)

every

(c)

whole

(d)

entire

2.

(a)

end

(b)

start

(c)

middle

(d)

top

3.

(a)

affects

(b)

effects

(c)

defects

(d)

infects

4.

(a)

knows

(b)

knowing

(c)

knew

(d)

known

5.

(a)

quite

(b)

quiet

(c)

quit

(d)

quilt

6.

(a)

fought

(b)

fights

(c)

fighting

(d)

fort

7.

(a)

moment

(b)

momento

(c)

momentum

(d)

momentary

8.

(a)

the other

(b)

others

(c)

another

(d)

other

9.

(a)

nearly

(b)

nearing

(c)

neared

(d)

nearest

10.

(a)

injury

(b)

injured

(c)

injurious

(d)

injures

11.

(a)

symbolic

(b)

symbolism

(c)

symbol

(d)

symbolize

12.

(a)

while

(b)

last

(c)

for

(d)

during


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

the end of drolW War I

2.

gisnde a ceasefire

3.

taking cfefet at eleven o'clock

4.

all qeitu on the Western Front

5.

the efromr Russian Empire

6.

one of the deadliest clcnisfto

 

Paragraph 2

7.

moment of necilse

8.

a sign of seeprct

9.

ontdae money

10.

soldiers enrdjiu in wars

11.

Poppies also eoodbml

12.

durgni the War


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

Europe, especially in the former Russian Empire. WWI was called “the War to End All Wars”. Most of the world's great

(    )

these days by another name – Poppy Day. People wear poppies and donate money to charities for soldiers injured

(    )

minute moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. This is a sign of respect for those who died. In Britain, there is another name

(    )

in wars. Poppies are a symbol of the blood that filled the trenches. Poppies also

(    )

Armistice Day is observed all over the world. In many countries, people stop what they are doing for a two-

1  )

Armistice Day is on November the 11th every year. It commemorates the end of World

(    )

morning. This became famously known as "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh

(    )

for Armistice Day - Remembrance Sunday. In 1939, the British government moved Armistice Day to the Sunday

(    )

bloomed across some of the worst battlefields during the War.

(    )

War I on the 11th of November 1918. It was on this day that the Allies and Germany signed a ceasefire that was the beginning

(    )

nearest November 11. In America, the day is also called Veterans Day. Children in Commonwealth countries know

(    )

month". While it was “all quiet on the Western Front,” the war continued for a while longer in other parts of

(    )

powers fought in it. Over 20 million people died, making it one of the deadliest conflicts in history.

(    )

of the end of the Great War. Hostilities ended on the Western Front, taking effect at eleven o'clock in the


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

I     War     World     of     end     the     commemorates     It

2.

end     Great     The     the     the     of     of     War     beginning.    

3.

effect     the     at     morning     eleven     o'clock     Taking     in.    

4.

all     Front     quiet     on     It     the     was     Western.    

5.

powers     it     of     great     in     Most     world's     fought     the.    

6.

doing     People     what     are     stop     they.    

7.

is     a     sign     of     respect     for     those     who     died     This.    

8.

The     Day     Veterans     called     also     is     day.    

9.

poppies     charities     and     donate     People     money     wear     to.    

10.

the     of     symbol     a     are     Poppies     blood.    


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 ARMISTICE DAY SURVEY

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Armistice 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 Armistice 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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