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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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Francis Firebrace is an Aboriginal storyteller of the Yorta Yorta people in Australia. As well as telling stories, he is an inspirational speaker, an entertainer and an artist. He also describes himself as a passionate humanitarian. He has entertained and inspired people from all over the world with his Dreamtime stories – traditional tales from his culture.

Francis was brought up in the Australian bush and lived a life very close to nature. When he was seven, he moved to a village of 300 people, which he thought was a city. He wasn’t used to seeing groups of more than ten. He grew up wanting to be white and said: “That was sad but it…gives me compassion for other people.”

Firebrace spent his twenties on the land hunting rabbits and kangaroos, and listening to his elders telling the stories that are passed down through generations. When he was 28, he moved to Canberra and got into filmmaking. He won an international film award, which changed his life 180 degrees. He now performs on television, at Sydney’s Opera House, and at festivals across the globe.

Firebrace says he is a “travelling storyteller” and gets his stories by swapping them with other tribal people. “All my stories are selected for their meanings and positive messages. The only way to make change is to go out there and give people another view of life. That's what I do through my stories, my paintings and my philosophy,” he said.

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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.

inspirational

a.

countryside

2

passionate

b.

relocated

3.

bush

c.

energetic

4.

brought up

d.

care

5.

moved

e.

motivational

6.

compassion

f.

raised


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

got into

g.

world

8.

180 degrees

h.

beliefs

9.

globe

i.

totally

10.

swapping

j.

hopeful

11

positive

k

took up

12

philosophy

l

exchanging

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

the Yorta Yorta

a.

from his culture

2

traditional tales

b.

with other tribal people

3.

Francis was brought up

c.

be white

4.

lived a life very

d.

people in Australia

5.

He grew up wanting to

e.

down through generations

6.

the stories that are passed

f.

close to nature

7.

changed his life

g.

and positive messages

8.

gets his stories by swapping them

h.

in the Australian bush

9.

selected for their meanings

i.

to go out there

10.

The only way to make change is

j.

180 degrees


LISTENING GAP FILL

Francis Firebrace is an Aboriginal ______________ Yorta Yorta people in Australia. ______________ telling stories, he is an inspirational speaker, an entertainer and an artist. He also _________________ a passionate humanitarian. He has entertained and inspired people from all over the world with his Dreamtime stories – traditional ___________________.

Francis was _________________ Australian bush and lived a life very close to nature. When he was seven, ______________ village of 300 people, which he thought was a city. He wasn’t ______________ groups of more than ten. He grew up _________________ and said: “That was sad but it…gives me compassion for other people.”

Firebrace _________________ on the land hunting rabbits and kangaroos, and listening to his _________________ stories that are passed on through generations. When he was 28, he moved to Canberra ______________ filmmaking. He won an international film award, which changed his ______________. He now performs on television, at Sydney’s Opera House, and at festivals across the globe.

Firebrace says he is a “travelling storyteller” and gets his stories by ______________ with other tribal people. “All my stories are selected _________________ and positive messages. The only way to make change _________________ and give people another view of life. That's what I do through my stories, my paintings ______________,” he said.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Francis Firebrace is an Aboriginal storyteller of the Yorta Yorta people in Australia. As good / well as telling stories, he is an inspirational speaker, an entertainer and an artist. He also describes himself is / as a passionate / passion humanitarian. He has entertained and inspired people from all over the world with his Dreamtime stories – traditional tails / tales from his culture.

Francis was brought / bring  up in the Australian bush and lived a life very close to natural / nature. When he was seven, he moved to a village of 300 people, which he thought was a city. He wasn’t used to seeing groups / group of more than ten. He grew up wanted / wanting to be white and said: “That was sad but it…gives me compassion for other people.”

Firebrace spent his twenties / twenty on the land hunting rabbits and kangaroos, and listening to his elders telling the stories that are passed  in / down through generations. When he was 28, he moved to Canberra and got / put into filmmaking. He won an international film award, which changed his life / live 180 degrees. He now performs on television, at Sydney’s Opera House, and at festivals across the globe.

Firebrace says he is a “travelling storyteller” and gets his stories by swapping / swapped them with other tribal people. “All my stories are selection / selected for their meanings and positive messages. The only way for / to make change is to go out there and give people another view of life. That's what I do threw / through my stories, my paintings and my philosophy,” he said.


SPELLING:

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

Paragraph 1
 

1.

an Aboriginal lyrtotleers

2.

he is an inspirational praekse

3.

He also bceesrsdi himself as a passionate humanitarian

4.

traditional tales from his cutrlue


Paragraph 2
 

5.

Francis was ugbohrt up in the Australian bush

6.

he moved to a lagleiv of 300 people

7.

He wasn’t used to gisnee groups of more than ten

8.

He grew up wanting to be iweth


Paragraph 3
 

9.

Firebrace spent his setewtin on the land

10.

stories that are essadp on through generations

11.

he moved to Canberra and got into igmkfmianl

12.

festivals across the oebgl


Paragraph 4
 

13.

gets his stories by wnisppag them with other tribal people

14.

my stories are selected for their meanings and positive eegsssam

15.

give people another ivwe of life

16.

my poloyhihsp


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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Francis was brought up in the Australian bush and lived a life very close to nature. When he was seven, he moved to a

(    )

 

traditional tales from his culture.

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elders telling the stories that are passed on through generations. When he was 28, he moved to Canberra and got

(    )

 

at Sydney’s Opera House, and at festivals across the globe.

(    )

 

village of 300 people, which he thought was a city. He wasn’t used to seeing groups of more than ten. He grew up wanting

(    )

 

stories, he is an inspirational speaker, an entertainer and an artist. He also describes himself as a passionate

(    )

 

my stories, my paintings and my philosophy,” he said.

(    )

 

into filmmaking. He won an international film award, which changed his life 180 degrees. He now performs on television,

(    )

 

Firebrace spent his twenties on the land hunting rabbits and kangaroos, and listening to his

(    )

 

swapping them with other tribal people. “All my stories are selected for their meanings and positive messages. The only

(    )

 

Firebrace says he is a “travelling storyteller” and gets his stories by

(    )

 

to be white and said: “That was sad but it…gives me compassion for other people.”

(    )

 

way to make change is to go out there and give people another view of life. That's what I do through

( 1 )

 

Francis Firebrace is an Aboriginal storyteller of the Yorta Yorta people in Australia. As well as telling

(    )

 

humanitarian. He has entertained and inspired people from all over the world with his Dreamtime stories –


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

Yorta   the   of   storyteller   Aboriginal   an   people   Yorta

2.

as   himself   describes   also   He   humanitarian   passionate   a

3.

brought   was   Francis   bush   Australian   the   in   up

4.

seeing   more   He   to   of   ten   used   groups   than   wasn’t

5.

be   He   up   to   white   grew   wanting

6.

twenties   rabbits   on   Firebrace   the   spent   land   his   hunting

7.

generations   are   telling   passed   the   on   stories   through   that

8.

with   people   stories   them   tribal   his   swapping   other   gets   by

9.

meanings   messages   are   their   positive   stories   for   and   my   selected

10.

there   The   only   way   to   make   change   is   to   go   out


 FRANCIS FIREBRACE DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Francis Firebrace?

2.

Would you like to meet Francis Firebrace?

3.

What would you like to know about Francis Firebrace 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 Francis Firebrace?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Francis Firebrace?

3.

What would his answers be 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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 FRANCIS FIREBRACE SURVEY

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

3. FRANCIS FIREBRACE POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Francis Firebrace. 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 Francis Firebrace. 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 Francis Firebrace. 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 “Francis Firebrace expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

 


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

inspirational

a.

motivational

2

passionate

b.

energetic

3.

bush

c.

countryside

4.

brought up

d.

raised

5.

moved

e.

relocated

6.

compassion

f.

care


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

got into

g.

took up

8.

180 degrees

h.

totally

9.

globe

i.

world

10.

swapping

j.

exchanging

11

positive

k

hopeful

12

philosophy

l

beliefs

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

the Yorta Yorta

a.

people in Australia

2

traditional tales

b.

from his culture

3.

Francis was brought up

c.

in the Australian bush

4.

lived a life very

d.

close to nature

5.

He grew up wanting to

e.

be white

6.

the stories that are passed

f.

down through generations

7.

changed his life

g.

180 degrees

8.

gets his stories by swapping them

h.

with other tribal people

9.

selected for their meanings

i.

and positive messages

10.

The only way to make change is

j.

to go out there

ALL OTHER EXERCISES:

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