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Maria Eva Duarte de Peron was born in 1919 and died in 1952. She is referred to as Eva Peron, or more famously as Evita, which means “Little Eva”. She served as Argentina’s First Lady between 1946 and 1952 and was the Spiritual Leader of the Nation. She is one of the lasting cultural icons of the 20th Century.

Peron spent her childhood in a province of Buenos Aires. Her father walked out on the family when she was one, leaving her mother to cope alone. Eva worked as a maid to help pay the bills. She loved drama and acting at school. The cinema fascinated her and she decided to become a famous actress.

Eva left her small village when she was 15, in search of the bright lights in the big city. She made her acting debut in 1935 and joined a touring theatre company. In 1942 she had a breakthrough when she signed a five-year contract with Radio Belgrano. Within a year she was one of the highest paid radio actresses in Argentina.

In 1944, Eva met Juan Peron and they were married a year later. In 1946, Eva became Argentina’s First Lady. She used her radio fame to make powerful speeches to get Juan elected as president. She became immensely popular with the poor, who nicknamed her Evita. She died at the age of 33. Her rags-to-riches life was turned into musicals and movies, which made her famous worldwide.

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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.

died

a.

symbols

2

served

b.

charmed

3.

icons

c.

passed away

4.

walked out on

d.

get by

5.

cope

e.

worked

6.

fascinated

f.

left


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

the bright lights

g.

step forward

8.

breakthrough

h.

globally

9.

within

i.

stardom

10.

fame

j.

fame

11

immensely

k

inside

12

worldwide

l

hugely

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

She is referred to as Eva Peron, or

a.

alone

2

cultural icons

b.

fascinated her

3.

…leaving her mother to cope

c.

popular with the poor

4.

Eva worked as a maid to help

d.

in the big city

5.

The cinema

e.

of the 20th Century

6.

in search of the bright lights

f.

more famously as Evita

7.

she signed a five-year contract

g.

into musicals and movies

8.

make powerful

h.

pay the bills

9.

She became immensely

i.

speeches

10.

Her rags-to-riches life was turned

j.

with Radio Belgrano


LISTENING GAP FILL

Maria Eva Duarte de Peron was born __________________ 1952. She is referred to as Eva Peron, __________________ Evita, which means “Little Eva”. __________________ Argentina’s First Lady between 1946 and 1952 and was the Spiritual Leader of the Nation. She is one of the __________________ of the 20th Century.

Peron spent her childhood __________________ Buenos Aires. Her father __________________ family when she was one, leaving her mother to cope alone. Eva worked as a maid __________________. She loved drama and acting at school. The cinema __________________ decided to become a famous actress.

Eva left her small village when she was 15, in search __________________ in the big city. She made her acting debut in 1935 __________________ theatre company. In 1942 she __________________ when she signed a five-year contract with Radio Belgrano. Within a year she was one of the highest __________________ Argentina.

In 1944 Eva met Juan Peron and they were __________________. In 1946, Eva became Argentina’s First Lady. She used her radio fame __________________ to get Juan elected as president. She became __________________ the poor, who nicknamed her Evita. She died at the age of 33. Her __________________ was turned into musicals and movies, which made her famous worldwide.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Maria Eva Duarte de Peron was born in 1919 and dead / died in 1952. She is referred to as Eva Peron, or more famous / famously as Evita, which means “Little Eva”. She served / serviced as Argentina’s First Lady between 1946 and 1952 and was the Spiritual Leader of the Nation. She is one of the lasting cultural irons /  icons of the 20th Century.

Peron spent her childhood in a provincial / province of Buenos Aires. Her father walked / ran out on the family when she was one, leaving her mother to cope / coop alone. Eva worked as a maid to help pay / payment the bills. She loved drama and acting at school. The cinema fascinated her and she decided to become a famous actress.

Eva left her small village when she was 15, in search of / with the bright lights in the big city. She made her acting / action debut in 1935 and joined a touring theatre company. In 1942 she had a breakthrough when she signs / signed a five-year contract with Radio Belgrano. Within / Between a year she was one of the highest paid radio actresses in Argentina.

In 1944 Eva met Juan Peron and they were married / marriage a year later. In 1946, Eva became Argentina’s First Lady. She used her radio famous / fame to make powerful speeches / speech to get Juan elected as president. She became immensely popular with the poor, who nicknamed her Evita. She died at the age of 33. Her rags-to-riches life was turned over / into musicals and movies, which made her famous worldwide.


SPELLING

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

Paragraph 1
 

1.

She is erfderre to as Eva Peron

2.

She devers as Argentina’s First Lady

3.

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4.

one of the lasting tlluaurc icons of the 20th Century


Paragraph 2
 

5.

stepn her childhood in a province of Buenos Aires

6.

Her father leadwk out on the family

7.

help pay the lsbil

8.

The cinema ctenaiasfd her


Paragraph 3
 

9.

in search of the ghrbit lights

10.

her acting tdbue

11.

joined a niuotgr theatre company

12.

one of the htsgieh paid radio actresses


Paragraph 4
 

13.

they were areirmd a year later

14.

make ewfroupl speeches

15.

deeetcl as president

16.

Her rgsa-ot-crsehi life


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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riches life was turned into musicals and movies, which made her famous worldwide.

( 1 )

 

Maria Eva Duarte de Peron was born in 1919 and died in 1952. She is referred to as Eva Peron, or more famously

(    )

 

Eva left her small village when she was 15, in search of the bright lights in the big

(    )

 

her radio fame to make powerful speeches to get Juan elected as president. She became immensely

(    )

 

city. She made her acting debut in 1935 and joined a touring theatre company. In 1942 she had a

(    )

 

acting at school. The cinema fascinated her and she decided to become a famous actress.

(    )

 

breakthrough when she signed a five-year contract with Radio Belgrano. Within a

(    )

 

as Evita, which means “Little Eva”. She served as Argentina’s First Lady between 1946 and 1952 and was the Spiritual

(    )

 

year she was one of the highest paid radio actresses in Argentina.

(    )

 

Peron spent her childhood in a province of Buenos Aires. Her father walked out on the family when she was

(    )

 

popular with the poor, who nicknamed her Evita. She died at the age of 33. Her rags-to-

(    )

 

one, leaving her mother to cope alone. Eva worked as a maid to help pay the bills. She loved drama and

(    )

 

In 1944 Eva met Juan Peron and they were married a year later. In 1946, Eva became Argentina’s First Lady. She used

(    )

 

Leader of the Nation. She is one of the lasting cultural icons of the 20th Century.


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

Eva    She    referred    as    Peron    is    to

2.

the    of    icons    cultural    Century    20th

3.

her    leaving    alone    cope    to    mother

4.

help    bills    as    to    the    worked    maid    pay    Eva    a

5.

actress    decided    become    famous    she    to    a

6.

big    the    lights    the    city    bright    in

7.

in    She    her    debut    1935    made    acting

8.

used    make    her    powerful    radio    speeches    fame    She    to

9.

She    immensely    with    poor    became    popular    the

10.

-    to    -    was    riches    life    turned    into    Her    musicals    rags


EVA PERON DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Eva Peron?

2.

Would you like to have met Eva Peron?

3.

What would you like to know about Eva Peron 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 Eva Peron?

2.

What questions would you like to have asked Eva Peron?

3.

What would her answers have been to those questions?

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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EVA PERON SURVEY

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

3. EVA PERON POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Eva Peron. 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 Eva Peron. Include an imaginary interview with her. 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 Eva Peron. Ask her three questions about her life. Tell her how important she is in today’s world. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Eva Peron expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

died

a.

passed away

2

served

b.

worked

3.

icons

c.

symbols

4.

walked out on

d.

left

5.

cope

e.

get by

6.

fascinated

f.

charmed


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

the bright lights

g.

fame

8.

breakthrough

h.

step forward

9.

within

i.

inside

10.

fame

j.

stardom

11

immensely

k

hugely

12

worldwide

l

globally

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

She is referred to as Eva Peron, or

a.

more famously as Evita

2

cultural icons

b.

of the 20th Century

3.

…leaving her mother to cope

c.

alone

4.

Eva worked as a maid to help

d.

pay the bills

5.

The cinema

e.

fascinated her

6.

in search of the bright lights

f.

in the big city

7.

she signed a five-year contract

g.

with Radio Belgrano

8.

make powerful

h.

speeches

9.

She became immensely

i.

popular with the poor

10.

Her rags-to-riches life was turned

j.

into musicals and movies

ALL OTHER EXERCISES:

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