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Ernesto "Che" Guevara lived between 1928 and 1967. He was born in Argentina and became a doctor. However, his political opinions led him to become one of history’s best-known freedom fighters. His role in the Cuban revolution made him, and the image of his face, famous forever. He was captured and executed in Bolivia after starting an unsuccessful revolution.

As a young medical student, Guevara went on a motorbike tour of Latin America. The extreme poverty he witnessed transformed him. He became a fierce opponent of capitalism, which he said created great inequality. He went to Guatemala and helped draw up many social reforms, until the Guatemalan government was overthrown. Following this, Guevara decided to fight against social injustice everywhere.

He went to Mexico, where he met another revolutionary Fidel Castro. He joined with Castro and became a military leader in a guerilla force that invaded Cuba. Guevara’s tactics played a key role in the successful overthrow of the US-backed Cuban dictator Batista. Guevara became president of Cuba’s national bank. He also wrote a comprehensive manual on guerilla warfare, which is still studied today.

Che Guevara remains one of the icons of the 20th Century. An Alberto Korda photograph of him entitled ‘Guerilla Hero’ was named as "the most famous photograph in the world". Even though he hated commercialism, his image has appeared on every kind of product imaginable.  Today, his profile is still largely associated with revolution and fighting for the rights of the poor.

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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.

doctor

a.

killed

2

opinions

b.

journey

3.

executed

c.

views

4.

tour

d.

wrongs

5.

transformed

e.

physician

6.

injustice

f.

changed


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

key

g.

symbols

8.

backed

h.

thinkable

9.

manual

i.

supported

10.

icons

j.

important

11

imaginable

k

connected

12

associated

l

guide

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

one of history’s best-known freedom

a.

opponent of capitalism

2

He was captured and

b.

fighters

3.

The extreme poverty he witnessed

c.

with revolution

4.

He became a fierce

d.

executed in Bolivia

5.

Guevara decided to fight against social

e.

manual on guerilla warfare

6.

a military leader in

f.

transformed him

7.

He also wrote a comprehensive

g.

rights of the poor

8.

his image has appeared on every

h.

injustice everywhere

9.

his profile is still largely associated

i.

kind of product imaginable

10.

fighting for the

j.

a guerilla force


LISTENING GAP FILL

Ernesto "Che" Guevara ________________ and 1967. He was born in Argentina and became a doctor. However, his political opinions led him ________________ of history’s best-known freedom fighters. His role in the Cuban revolution made him, ________________ his face, famous forever. He was captured ________________ Bolivia after starting an unsuccessful revolution.

As a young medical student, Guevara went on a motorbike tour of Latin America. The ________________ witnessed transformed him. He became ________________ of capitalism, which he said created great inequality. He went to Guatemala and ________________ many social reforms, until the Guatemalan government was overthrown. Following this, Guevara decided to ________________ injustice everywhere.

He went to Mexico, ________________ another revolutionary Fidel Castro. He joined with Castro and became a ________________ guerilla force that invaded Cuba. Guevara’s tactics ________________ in the successful overthrow of the US-backed Cuban dictator Batista. Guevara became president of Cuba’s national bank. He also wrote a comprehensive ________________ warfare, which is still studied today.

Che Guevara remains ________________ of the 20th Century. An Alberto Korda photograph ________________ ‘Guerilla Hero’ was named as "the most famous photograph in the world". Even though he hated commercialism, his image has appeared ________________ product imaginable.  Today, his profile is still largely associated with revolution and fighting ________________ the poor.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Ernesto "Che" Guevara lived / alive between 1928 and 1967. He was born in Argentina and became a doctor. However, his political opinions led / made him to become one of history’s best-known freedom fighters. His roll /  role in the Cuban revolution made him, and the image of his face, famous forever. He was / has captured and executed in Bolivia after starting an unsuccessful revolution.

As a young medical student, Guevara went on a motorbike tour by / of Latin America. The extreme poverty he witnessed transformed him. He became a fierce opponent of / for capitalism, which he said created great inequality. He went to Guatemala and helped draw down / up many social reforms, until the Guatemalan government has / was overthrown. Following this, Guevara decided to fight against social injustice everywhere.

He went to Mexico, where he met other / another revolutionary Fidel Castro. He joined with Castro and became a military leader in a gorilla / guerilla force that invaded Cuba. Guevara’s tactics played a key role in the successful overthrow / throwing of the US-backed Cuban dictator Batista. Guevara became president of Cuba’s national bank. He also wrote a comprehensive manual in / on guerilla warfare, which is still studied today.

Che Guevara remains one / some of the icons of the 20th Century. An Alberto Korda photograph of him entitled / entered ‘Guerilla Hero’ was named as "the most famous photograph in the world". Even though he hated commercialism, his image has appeared on every kind of product imaginable / imagination.  Today, his profile is still largely associated with / for revolution and fighting for the rights of the poor.


SPELLING

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

Paragraph 1
 

1.

Guevara lived wneteeb 1928 and 1967

2.

political inpoinso

3.

one of history’s best-known mereodf fighters

4.

the amgie of his face


Paragraph 2
 

5.

a young diaelmc student

6.

The extreme yopterv he witnessed transformed him

7.

a eecfir opponent of capitalism

8.

Guevara deieddc to fight against social injustice


Paragraph 3
 

9.

a lmitriya leader in a guerilla force

10.

Guevara’s statcci played a key role

11.

Guevara became redsinetp of Cuba’s national bank

12.

a comprehensive lmaaun on guerilla warfare


Paragraph 4
 

13.

Che Guevara risnema one of the icons of the 20th Century

14.

emdna as "the most famous photograph in the world"

15.

every kind of otpucdr imaginable

16.

fighting for the hirtgs of the poor


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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He went to Mexico, where he met another revolutionary Fidel Castro. He joined with

(    )

 

inequality. He went to Guatemala and helped draw up many social reforms, until the Guatemalan

(    )

 

Castro and became a military leader in a guerilla force that invaded Cuba. Guevara’s tactics played a key

(    )

 

Che Guevara remains one of the icons of the 20th Century. An Alberto Korda photograph of him

(    )

 

is still largely associated with revolution and fighting for the rights of the poor.

(    )

 

commercialism, his image has appeared on every kind of product imaginable.  Today, his profile

(    )

 

opinions led him to become one of history’s best-known freedom fighters. His role in the Cuban revolution made

(    )

 

national bank. He also wrote a comprehensive manual on guerilla warfare, which is still studied today.

(    )

 

As a young medical student, Guevara went on a motorbike tour of Latin America. The extreme

(    )

 

role in the successful overthrow of the US-backed Cuban dictator Batista. Guevara became president of Cuba’s

(    )

 

government was overthrown. Following this, Guevara decided to fight against social injustice everywhere.

(    )

 

entitled ‘Guerilla Hero’ was named as "the most famous photograph in the world". Even though he hated

(    )

 

him, and the image of his face, famous forever. He was captured and executed in Bolivia after starting an unsuccessful revolution.

(    )

 

poverty he witnessed transformed him. He became a fierce opponent of capitalism, which he said created great

( 1 )

 

Ernesto "Che" Guevara lived between 1928 and 1967. He was born in Argentina and became a doctor. However, his political


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

1967   and   1928   between   lived   Guevara

2.

executed   Bolivia   was   and   in   He   captured

3.

of   on   Latin   a   America   motorbike   Guevara   tour   went

4.

extreme   he   transformed   The   poverty   witnessed   him

5.

Guevara   everywhere   injustice   social   against   fight   to   decided

6.

played   tactics   Guevara’s   role   key   a

7.

He   manual   also   on   wrote   guerilla   a   warfare   comprehensive

8.

of   Guevara   the   of   the   20th   Century   Che   one   remains   icons

9.

has   of   appeared   product   on   his   every   image   kind

10.

profile   his   revolution   with   associated   largely   still   is


CHE GUEVARA DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Che Guevara?

2.

Would you like to have met Che Guevara?

3.

What would you like to know about Che Guevara and why?

4.

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5.

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

1.

What did you learn from this text about Che Guevara?

2.

What questions would you like to have asked Che Guevara?

3.

What would his answers have been to those questions?

4.

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6.

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CHE GUEVARA SURVEY

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

3. ERNESTO CHE GUEVARA POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Che Guevara. 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 Che Guevara. Include an imaginary interview with him. Write about what he did every day and what he thought 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 Che Guevara. Ask him three questions about his life. Tell him how important he is in today’s world. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your "Che Guevara expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

doctor

a.

physician

2

opinions

b.

views

3.

executed

c.

killed

4.

tour

d.

journey

5.

transformed

e.

changed

6.

injustice

f.

wrongs


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

key

g.

important

8.

backed

h.

supported

9.

manual

i.

guide

10.

icons

j.

symbols

11

imaginable

k

thinkable

12

associated

l

connected

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

one of history’s best-known freedom

a.

fighters

2

He was captured and

b.

executed in Bolivia

3.

The extreme poverty he witnessed

c.

transformed him

4.

He became a fierce

d.

opponent of capitalism

5.

Guevara decided to fight against social

e.

injustice everywhere

6.

a military leader in

f.

a guerilla force

7.

He also wrote a comprehensive

g.

manual on guerilla warfare

8.

his image has appeared on every

h.

kind of product imaginable

9.

his profile is still largely associated

i.

with revolution

10.

fighting for the

j.

rights of the poor

ALL OTHER EXERCISES:

Look at the text in "THE READING / TAPESCRIPT" section at the top of this page.

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