English Lesson on Diana, Princess of Wales

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THE LESSON ON PRINCESS DIANA

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Lady Diana Spencer was born in 1961. She had a normal, quiet upbringing. It could never have prepared her for the fame and glamour of being a British princess. Within a few years, she changed from being a shy teenager to the most photographed person on the planet. She hit newspaper headlines around the world, but the biggest one was for her death at the age of 36.

Diana was a kindergarten teacher in London when she caught the interest of Prince Charles. She won the hearts of a nation with her shy smiles and natural beauty. The whole world watched the fairytale royal wedding in 1981. A year later, she gave birth to Prince William, the first of her two sons.

Diana was nervous at first in public, but she soon developed a charming manner. She took a strong interest in many charities and important causes. She highlighted the suffering of the homeless, lepers and AIDS victims. She also campaigned for the abolition of landmines and many countries banned them.

Diana and Charles divorced in 1996. She struggled with depression and eating disorders for many years after. She finally found happiness with an Egyptian film producer, Dodi Al-Fayed. Their romance was closely followed by the paparazzi, which led to the fatal car crash that killed her in Paris in 1997. At her funeral, British Prime Minister Tony Blair called her the “People’s Princess". To many, she was simply the “Queen of Hearts".

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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.

upbringing

a.

attention

2

fame

b.

inside

3.

within

c.

captured

4.

interest

d.

childhood

5.

won

e.

pure

6.

natural

f.

stardom


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7.

in public

g.

missions

8.

causes

h.

ending

9.

abolition

i.

deadly

10.

depression

j.

illnesses

11

disorders

k

unhappiness

12

fatal

l

in full view of people

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

She had a normal,

a.

headlines around the world

2

the most photographed

b.

and eating disorders

3.

She hit newspaper

c.

in many charities

4.

she caught the interest

d.

quiet upbringing

5.

She won the hearts of a

e.

suffering of the homeless

6.

She took a strong interest

f.

nation with her shy smiles

7.

She highlighted the

g.

person on the planet

8.

She also campaigned for the

h.

the “Queen of Hearts"

9.

She struggled with depression

i.

of Prince Charles

10.

To many, she was simply

j.

abolition of landmines

LISTENING GAP FILL

Lady Diana Spencer was born in 1961. She had a _____________________. It could never have prepared her for the _____________________ being a British princess. Within a few years, she changed from being a shy teenager to the most photographed person on the planet. She hit newspaper headlines around the world, but the biggest _____________________ at the age of 36.

Diana was a kindergarten teacher in London when _____________________ Prince Charles. She won the hearts of a nation with _____________________ beauty. The whole world watched the fairytale royal wedding in 1981. A year later, she gave birth to Prince William, _____________________ sons.

Diana was ________________________, but she soon developed a charming manner. She took ________________________ charities and important causes. She highlighted the suffering of the homeless, lepers and AIDS victims. She also campaigned _____________________ landmines and many countries banned them.

Diana and Charles divorced in 1996. She _____________________ and eating disorders for many years after. She finally found happiness with an Egyptian film producer, Dodi Al-Fayed. Their romance was closely followed by the paparazzi, which _____________________ that killed her in Paris in 1997. At her funeral, British Prime Minister Tony Blair called her the “People’s Princess". To _______________________ “Queen of Hearts".

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Lady Diana Spencer was born in 1961. She had a abnormal / normal, quiet upbringing. It could never have prepared her for the fame and glamour / glamorous of being a British princess. Within a few years, she changed from being a shy teenager to the most photographed person on the planet. She hits / hit newspaper headlines around the world, but the biggest one was for her death / dead at the age of 36.

Diana was a kindergarten teacher in London when she catch / caught the interest of Prince Charles. She won the hearts of a nation with her shy / shyness smiles and natural beauty. The whole / all world watched the fairytale royal wedding in 1981. A year later, she given / gave birth to Prince William, the first of her two sons.

Diana was nervous at one / first in public, but she soon developed a charming manner. She took a strong interesting / interest in many charities and important causes. She highlighted the suffering of the homes / homeless, lepers and AIDS victims. She also campaigned for the abolition / abolish of landmines and many countries banned them.

Diana and Charles divorced in 1996. She struggled / struggling with depression and eating disorders for many years after. She finally found happiness with an Egyptian film producer, Dodi Al-Fayed. Their romantic / romance was closely followed by the paparazzi, which led to the fatal / fatality car crash that killed her in Paris in 1997. At her funeral, British Prime Minister Tony Blair called her the “People’s Princess". To many, she was simply / simple the “Queen of Hearts".

SPELLING

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

Paragraph 1
 

1.

She had a normal, uteiq upbringing.

2.

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3.

the most photographed person on the anltep

4.

her tdeha at the age of 36


Paragraph 2
 

5.

she caught the tteesrni of Prince Charles

6.

She won the tsahre of a nation

7.

The whole world watched the fairytale aoyrl wedding

8.

she gave trihb to Prince William


Paragraph 3
 

9.

Diana was nervous at first in iblucp

10.

She took a strong rnsttiee in many charities

11.

She highlighted the ensfigrfu of the homeless

12.

She also campaigned for the otilnobai of landmines


Paragraph 4
 

13.

Diana and Charles oiecdrdv in 1996.

14.

She finally found ipnsspeha

15.

the fatal car acrhs that killed her

16.

To many, she was slypim the “Queen of Hearts".

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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landmines and many countries banned them.

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the “People’s Princess". To many, she was simply the “Queen of Hearts".

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manner. She took a strong interest in many charities and important causes. She highlighted the suffering of the

(    )

 

royal wedding in 1981. A year later, she gave birth to Prince William, the first of her two sons.

(    )

 

homeless, lepers and AIDS victims. She also campaigned for the abolition of

(    )

 

British Prime Minister Tony Blair called her

(    )

 

Diana was a kindergarten teacher in London when she caught the interest

(    )

 

her for the fame and glamour of being a British princess. Within a few years, she changed from being a shy

(    )

 

closely followed by the paparazzi, which led to the fatal car crash that killed her in Paris in 1997. At her funeral,

( 1 )

 

Lady Diana Spencer was born in 1961. She had a normal, quiet upbringing. It could never have prepared

(    )

 

one was for her death at the age of 36.

(    )

 

Diana and Charles divorced in 1996. She struggled with depression and eating

(    )

 

of Prince Charles. She won the hearts of a nation with her shy smiles and natural beauty. The whole world watched the fairytale

(    )

 

teenager to the most photographed person on the planet. She hit newspaper headlines around the world, but the biggest

(    )

 

disorders for many years after. She finally found happiness with an Egyptian film producer, Dodi Al-Fayed. Their romance was

(    )

 

Diana was nervous at first in public, but she soon developed a charming

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

a   ,   upbringing   had   normal   quiet   She

2.

planet   most   person   the   the   photographed   on

3.

She   newspaper   around   world   hit   headlines   the

4.

a   She   the   of   nation   won   hearts

5.

world   whole   The   wedding   royal   fairytale   the   watched

6.

she   manner   charming   a   developed   soon

7.

of   abolition   the   for   campaigned   also   She   landmines

8.

struggled   depression   eating   She   with   and   disorders

9.

with   She   an   finally   Egyptian   found   film   happiness   producer

10.

the   car   that   her   fatal   crash   killed

PRINCESS DIANA DISCUSSION (Write your questions)

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

1.

What do you know about Princess Diana?

2.

Would you like to have met Princess Diana?

3.

What would you like to know about Princess Diana and why?

4.

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5.

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6.

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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 Princess Diana?

2.

What questions would you like to have asked Princess Diana?

3.

What would her answers to those questions have been?

4.

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5.

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6.

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7.

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8.

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THE PRINCESS DIANA SURVEY

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

3. PRINCESS DIANA POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Princess Diana. 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 Princess Diana. Include imaginary interviews with her friends. Write about what she did every day and what she 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 a princess. Ask her three questions about her life. Give her three suggestions on what she should do in her future. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “princess expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

upbringing

a.

childhood

2

fame

b.

stardom

3.

within

c.

inside

4.

interest

d.

attention

5.

won

e.

captured

6.

natural

f.

pure


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

in public

g.

in full view of people

8.

causes

h.

missions

9.

abolition

i.

ending

10.

depression

j.

unhappiness

11

disorders

k

illnesses

12

fatal

l

deadly

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

She had a normal,

a.

quiet upbringing

2

the most photographed

b.

person on the planet

3.

She hit newspaper

c.

headlines around the world

4.

she caught the interest

d.

of Prince Charles

5.

She won the hearts of a

e.

nation with her shy smiles

6.

She took a strong interest

f.

in many charities

7.

She highlighted the

g.

suffering of the homeless

8.

She also campaigned for the

h.

abolition of landmines

9.

She struggled with depression

i.

and eating disorders

10.

To many, she was simply

j.

the “Queen of Hearts"

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