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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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William Bradley Pitt is an American actor and film producer. He is one of Hollywood’s superstars and received an Academy Award nomination in 1995 but has yet to win an Oscar. He often tops the “most handsome guy in the world” lists. He was married to Jennifer Aniston for five years and is now married to Angelina Jolie, with whom he has six children.

Brad was born in 1963 in Oklahoma. His father owned a trucking company and his mother was a school counsellor. He was an active student and enjoyed debating and acting. He studied journalism at the University of Missouri but his heart wasn’t really in reporting. He didn’t finish his degree but instead drove to Hollywood to look for fame.

In 1988, Pitt landed his first role in ‘The Dark Side of the Sun’, which was filmed in the former Yugoslavia. He attracted great attention in the hit movie ‘Thelma & Louise’. This made him a sex symbol after he was filmed topless wearing a cowboy hat. Pitt slowly got bigger roles, including Robert Redford's ‘A River Runs Through It’ in 1992.

In 1994, his role in ‘Interview with a Vampire’ launched him into the big time as Hollywood’s hottest actor. Other blockbusters followed, including ‘Se7en’, ‘Fight Club’, ‘Twelve Monkeys’ and ‘Ocean’s Eleven’. Pitt has used his fame to help the homeless in New Orleans. He is also behind the organization Not On Our Watch, which raises awareness of the suffering in Darfur.

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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’?

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

film

a.

kids

2

tops

b.

in fact

3.

children

c.

heads

4.

debating

d.

movie

5.

really

e.

stardom

6.

fame

f.

discussing


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

landed

g.

gradually

8.

great

h.

increases

9.

slowly

i.

got

10.

launched

j.

a lot of

11

raises

k

pain

12

suffering

l

started

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

has yet

a.

counsellor

2

He often tops the most handsome

b.

former Yugoslavia

3.

his mother was a school

c.

look for fame

4.

his heart wasn’t really

d.

to win an Oscar

5.

drove to Hollywood to

e.

homeless in New Orleans

6.

filmed in the

f.

in Darfur

7.

sex

g.

bigger roles

8.

Pitt slowly got

h.

in reporting

9.

Pitt has used his fame to help the

i.

guy in the world lists

10.

raises awareness of the suffering

j.

symbol


LISTENING GAP FILL

William Bradley Pitt is an American actor and film producer. He is one of Hollywood’s superstars and received an Academy Award nomination in 1995 _______________ win an Oscar. He often tops the “most handsome guy _______________. He was married to Jennifer Aniston for five years and is now married to Angelina Jolie, _______________ six children.

Brad was born in 1963 in Oklahoma. His _______________ trucking company and his mother was a school counsellor. He was an active student and _______________ acting. He studied journalism at the University of Missouri but his _______________ in reporting. He didn’t finish his degree _______________ to Hollywood to look for fame.

In 1988, Pitt _______________ role in ‘The Dark Side of the Sun’, which was filmed in the former Yugoslavia. He _______________ attention in the hit movie ‘Thelma & Louise’. This made him a sex symbol _______________ filmed topless wearing a cowboy hat. Pitt slowly _______________, including Robert Redford's ‘A River Runs Through It’ in 1992.

In 1994, his role in ‘Interview with a Vampire’ _______________ into the big time as Hollywood’s hottest actor. _______________ followed, including ‘Se7en’, ‘Fight Club’, ‘Twelve Monkeys’ and ‘Ocean’s Eleven’. Pitt has used his fame to _______________ in New Orleans. He is also behind the organization Not On Our Watch, which raises awareness of _______________ Darfur.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

William Bradley Pitt is an American actor and film production / producer. He is one of Hollywood’s superstars and received an Academy Award nomination in 1995 but has yet / not to win an Oscar. He often tops the “most handsome guy in / on the world” lists. He was married to Jennifer Aniston for five years and is now married to Angelina Jolie, with which / whom he has six children.

Brad was born in 1963 in Oklahoma. His father owned / owner a trucking company and his mother was a school counsellor. He was an activity / active student and enjoyed debating and acting. He studied journalism at the University of Missouri but his heart / lung wasn’t really in reporting. He didn’t finish his degree but instead driving / drove to Hollywood to look for fame.

In 1988, Pitt landing / landed his first role in ‘The Dark Side of the Sun’, which was filmed in the former / farmer Yugoslavia. He attracted great attention in the hit movie ‘Thelma & Louise’. This made him a sex symbol / symbolism after he was filmed topless wearing a cowboy hat. Pitt slowed / slowly got bigger roles, including Robert Redford's ‘A River Runs Through It’ in 1992.

In 1994, his role in ‘Interview with a Vampire’ lunched / launched him into the big time was / as Hollywood’s hottest actor. Other blockbusters followed, including ‘Se7en’, ‘Fight Club’, ‘Twelve Monkeys’ and ‘Ocean’s Eleven’. Pitt has used his fame / famous to help the homeless in New Orleans. He is also behind the organization Not On Our Watch, which raises awareness of the suffers / suffering in Darfur.


SPELLING

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

Paragraph 1
 

1.

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2.

He is one of Hollywood’s esrptssuar

3.

the most senodahm guy in the world

4.

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Paragraph 2
 

5.

His father wnedo a trucking company

6.

He was an itevca student

7.

his erath wasn’t really in reporting

8.

He didn’t finish his egedre


Paragraph 3
 

9.

In 1988, Pitt ednadl his first role

10.

was filmed in the ermorf Yugoslavia

11.

sex mlsboy

12.

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Paragraph 4
 

13.

Other blockbusters dwfolloe

14.

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15.

the lemsheos in New Orleans

16.

the ifesugfrn in Darfur


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

 

In 1988, Pitt landed his first role in ‘The Dark Side of the Sun’, which was filmed in the former

(    )

 

Yugoslavia. He attracted great attention in the hit movie ‘Thelma & Louise’. This made him a sex

(    )

 

finish his degree but instead drove to Hollywood to look for fame.

(    )

 

counsellor. He was an active student and enjoyed debating and acting. He studied journalism

(    )

 

roles, including Robert Redford's ‘A River Runs Through It’ in 1992.

(    )

 

Academy Award nomination in 1995 but has yet to win an Oscar. He often tops the “most handsome guy in the world”

(    )

 

organization Not On Our Watch, which raises awareness of the suffering in Darfur.

(    )

 

Eleven’. Pitt has used his fame to help the homeless in New Orleans. He is also behind the

(    )

 

lists. He was married to Jennifer Aniston for five years and is now married to Angelina Jolie, with whom he has six children.

(    )

 

actor. Other blockbusters followed, including ‘Se7en’, ‘Fight Club’, ‘Twelve Monkeys’ and ‘Ocean’s

(    )

 

Brad was born in 1963 in Oklahoma. His father owned a trucking company and his mother was a school

(    )

 

In 1994, his role in ‘Interview with a Vampire’ launched him into the big time as Hollywood’s hottest

(    )

 

symbol after he was filmed topless wearing a cowboy hat. Pitt slowly got bigger

(    )

 

at the University of Missouri but his heart wasn’t really in reporting. He didn’t

( 1 )

 

William Bradley Pitt is an American actor and film producer. He is one of Hollywood’s superstars and received an


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

yet    has    Oscar    an    win    to

2.

the    in    guy    handsome    most    the    lists    world

3.

student    active    an    was    He    debating    enjoyed    and

4.

his    reporting    in    really    wasn’t    heart

5.

for    drove    Hollywood    look    fame    to    to

6.

filmed    former    in    Yugoslavia    the

7.

wearing    topless    filmed    was    he    hat    cowboy    a

8.

launched    time    big    the    into    him

9.

New    in    homeless    the    help    to    fame    his    used    Orleans

10.

suffering    Darfur    awareness    the    in    raises    of


BRAD PITT DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Brad Pitt?

2.

Would you like to meet Brad Pitt?

3.

What would you like to know about Brad Pitt and why?

4.

___________________________________________________

5.

___________________________________________________

6.

___________________________________________________

7.

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8.

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

1.

What did you learn from this text about Brad Pitt?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Brad Pitt?

3.

What would his answers be to those questions?

4.

___________________________________________________

5.

___________________________________________________

6.

___________________________________________________

7.

___________________________________________________

8.

___________________________________________________


BRAD PITT SURVEY

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

3. BRAD PITT POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Brad Pitt. 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 Brad Pitt. 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 Brad Pitt. 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 “Brad Pitt expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

film

a.

movie

2

tops

b.

heads

3.

children

c.

kids

4.

debating

d.

discussing

5.

really

e.

in fact

6.

fame

f.

stardom


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

landed

g.

got

8.

great

h.

a lot of

9.

slowly

i.

gradually

10.

launched

j.

started

11

raises

k

increases

12

suffering

l

pain

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

has yet

a.

to win an Oscar

2

He often tops the most handsome

b.

guy in the world lists

3.

his mother was a school

c.

counsellor

4.

his heart wasn’t really

d.

in reporting

5.

drove to Hollywood to

e.

look for fame

6.

filmed in the

f.

former Yugoslavia

7.

sex

g.

symbol

8.

Pitt slowly got

h.

bigger roles

9.

Pitt has used his fame to help the

i.

homeless in New Orleans

10.

raises awareness of the suffering

j.

in Darfur

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