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THE LESSON ON ALEX RODRIGUEZ

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Alexander Rodriguez, a.k.a. A-Rod, is one of the world’s greatest baseball players. He plays for the New York Yankees, after starting his career with Seattle and Texas. He holds a long list of baseball records. He is the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs. He will get $30 million if he breaks the all-time home run record of 762.

Rodriguez was born in 1975 in New York City to Dominican parents. He loved baseball when he was growing up and was a star player at school. He was the USA Baseball Junior Player of the Year and the Gatorade national baseball student athlete of the year. In 1993, Alex was the first ever high school player to try out for Team USA.

Rodriguez was signed by the Seattle Mariners. He made his major league debut aged 18, becoming the youngest position player in Seattle history. He quickly set many Seattle club records and in 1996 was the Major League Player of the Year. In 2000, he signed with the Texas Rangers in what was the most lucrative contract in sports history.

Rodriguez joined the New York Yankees in 2004. In 2007, he became the first player in history to have at least 35 home runs, 100 runs, and 100 RBI in 10 consecutive seasons. His success has brought criticism from the press. He told a magazine: "When people write about me, I don't know if it's because I'm good-looking [or] I make the most money.”

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

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SYNONYM MATCH

Match the words from the article on the left with their synonyms on the right. Are your answers the same as other students’?

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1.

a.k.a.

a.

in history

2

ever

b.

audition

3.

breaks

c.

sportsman

4.

star

d.

also known as

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athlete

e.

betters

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try out

f.

leading


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7.

set

g.

signed with

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debut

h.

successive

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lucrative

i.

established

10.

joined

j.

media

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consecutive

k

premiere

12

press

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moneymaking

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

one of the world’s

a.

was growing up

2

He holds a long list

b.

contract in sports history

3.

if he breaks the

c.

with the Texas Rangers

4.

He loved baseball when he

d.

greatest baseball players

5.

try out

e.

all-time home run record

6.

He made his major league

f.

criticism from the press

7.

In 2000, he signed

g.

seasons

8.

the most lucrative

h.

for Team USA

9.

10 consecutive

i.

debut aged 18

10.

His success has brought

j.

of baseball records

LISTENING GAP FILL

Alexander Rodriguez, a.k.a. A-Rod, ______________ world’s greatest baseball players. He plays for the New York Yankees, ______________ career with Seattle and Texas. He holds ______________ baseball records. He is the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs. He will get $30 million ______________ all-time home run record of 762.

Rodriguez was born in 1975 in New York City to Dominican parents. He loved baseball when he was growing up and ______________ at school. He was the USA Baseball Junior Player of the Year and the Gatorade national baseball student ______________ year. In 1993, Alex ______________ high school player ______________ Team USA.

Rodriguez ______________ the Seattle Mariners. He made his major league ______________, becoming the youngest position player in Seattle history. He quickly set many Seattle club records and in 1996 was the Major League Player of the Year. In 2000, ______________ the Texas Rangers in ______________ most lucrative contract in sports history.

Rodriguez joined the New York Yankees in 2004. In 2007, he became the first player in history ______________ 35 home runs, 100 runs, and 100 RBI in ______________ seasons. His success has brought criticism ______________. He told a magazine: "When people write about me, I don't know if it's because I'm good-looking [or] I ______________ money.”

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Alexander Rodriguez, a.k.a. A-Rod, is one of the world’s greatest baseball player / players. He plays for the New York Yankees, before / after starting his career with Seattle and Texas. He holds a long / length / list of baseball records. He is the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs. He will get $30 million if he broken / breaks the all-time home run record of 762.

Rodriguez was born in 1975 in New York City to / by Dominican parents. He loved baseball when he was growing up and was a sun / star player at school. He was the USA Baseball Junior Player of the Year and the Gatorade national baseball student athletics / athlete of the year. In 1993, Alex was the first ever high school player to try in / out for Team USA.

Rodriguez was signed by / with the Seattle Mariners. He made his major league debut aged / age 18, becoming the youngest position player in Seattle history. He quickly set much / many Seattle club records and in 1996 was the Major League Player of the Year. In 2000, he signed with the Texas Rangers in what was the most / mostly lucrative contract in sports history.

Rodriguez joined the New York Yankees in 2004. In 2007, he became the first player in history to have at most / least 35 home runs, 100 runs, and 100 RBI in 10 consecutively / consecutive seasons. His success has brought criticism from the iron / press. He told a magazine: "When people write about me, I don't know if it's because I'm good-looking [or] I print / make the most money.”

SPELLING

The underlined, jumbled words are from the text. Spell them correctly.

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1.

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He will get $30 limlion

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5.

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when he was rggnwio up

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Rodriguez was gdseni by the Seattle Mariners

10.

his major league dtueb

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in Seattle toryhis

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the most lucrative tocrnatc in sports


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He told a inamzega

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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Player of the Year and the Gatorade national baseball student athlete of the

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history to have at least 35 home runs, 100 runs, and 100 RBI in 10 consecutive seasons. His success has brought

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youngest position player in Seattle history. He quickly set many Seattle club

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growing up and was a star player at school. He was the USA Baseball Junior

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after starting his career with Seattle and Texas. He holds a long list of baseball records. He is the youngest player ever to hit

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Rodriguez joined the New York Yankees in 2004. In 2007, he became the first player in

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records and in 1996 was the Major League Player of the Year. In 2000, he signed with the Texas Rangers in what

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Alexander Rodriguez, a.k.a. A-Rod, is one of the world’s greatest baseball players. He plays for the New York Yankees,

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criticism from the press. He told a magazine: "When people write about me, I don't know if it's

(    )

 

because I'm good-looking [or] I make the most money.”

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Rodriguez was born in 1975 in New York City to Dominican parents. He loved baseball when he was

(    )

 

was the most lucrative contract in sports history.

(    )

 

Rodriguez was signed by the Seattle Mariners. He made his major league debut aged 18, becoming the

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500 home runs. He will get $30 million if he breaks the all-time home run record of 762.

(    )

 

year. In 1993, Alex was the first ever high school player to try out for Team USA.

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

a    holds    He    records    baseball    of    list    long

2.

-    of    time    762    home    the    run    all    record

3.

He    up    growing    was    he    when    baseball    loved

4.

Year    the    Junior    the    was    Baseball    of    He    USA    Player

5.

Alex    first    school    try    the    high    to    was    ever    player

6.

his    made    He    18    aged    debut    league    major

7.

Seattle    records    quickly    many    club    He    set

8.

history    most    contract    sports    the    lucrative    in

9.

at   have   to   history   in   player   first   the   runs   home   35   least

10.

has    success    His    press    the    from    criticism    brought

ALEX RODRIGUEZ DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Alex Rodriguez?

2.

Would you like to meet Alex Rodriguez?

3.

What would you like to know about Alex Rodriguez and why?

4.

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

1.

What did you learn from this text about Alex Rodriguez?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Alex Rodriguez?

3.

What would his answers be to those questions?

4.

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5.

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7.

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8.

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ALEX RODRIGUEZ SURVEY

Write five questions about Alex Rodriguez 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.

 

 

 

 

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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 Alex Rodriguez 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 Alex Rodriguez. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. ALEX RODRIGUEZ POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Alex Rodriguez. Show your poster to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all find out similar things?

4. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Alex Rodriguez. Include an imaginary interview with him. Write about what he does every day and what he thinks about.

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

5. LETTER: Write a letter to Alex Rodriguez. Ask him three questions about his life. Give him three suggestions on what he should do in his future. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Alex Rodriguez expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

a.k.a.

a.

also known as

2

ever

b.

in history

3.

breaks

c.

betters

4.

star

d.

leading

5.

athlete

e.

sportsman

6.

try out

f.

audition


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

set

g.

established

8.

debut

h.

premiere

9.

lucrative

i.

moneymaking

10.

joined

j.

signed with

11

consecutive

k

successive

12

press

l

media

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

one of the world’s

a.

greatest baseball players

2

He holds a long list

b.

of baseball records

3.

if he breaks the

c.

all-time home run record

4.

He loved baseball when he

d.

was growing up

5.

try out

e.

for Team USA

6.

He made his major league

f.

debut aged 18

7.

In 2000, he signed

g.

with the Texas Rangers

8.

the most lucrative

h.

contract in sports history

9.

10 consecutive

i.

seasons

10.

His success has brought

j.

criticism from the press

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