English Lesson on Hillary Rodham Clinton

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THE LESSON ON HILLARY CLINTON

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Hillary Rodham Clinton is one of the most famous women in the world. She is an American politician and serves as Senator for New York. She was a candidate in 2008 for the Democratic nomination to run for the Presidency. Hillary is married to Bill Clinton and was the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. She has encouraged women worldwide to achieve their goals.

Hillary Rodham was born in Chicago in 1947. She was a highly popular and active girl at school. She loved sports and the Girl Scouts. At high school, she was involved in the student council and the school newspaper. After graduating with a degree in political science, she went onto Yale Law School. There she met and began dating Bill Clinton.

Hillary and Bill married in 1975. She joined a top law firm and slowly established herself as one of America’s top lawyers. She focused on children’s law. When Bill became Arkansas governor, Hillary went to work on reforming the state’s education. She was Arkansas Woman of the Year in 1983 and Arkansas Mother of the Year in 1984.

Hillary Rodham Clinton entered the White House as First Lady in 2003. She spent eight extremely active years there, especially with health care and women’s issues. She became a US Senator in 2001. Clinton made history with her presidential campaign of 2008. Many believe she will one day become America’s first female president.

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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.

famous

a.

contender

2

candidate

b.

extremely

3.

achieve

c.

busy with

4.

highly

d.

fulfill

5.

involved in

e.

going out with

6.

dating

f.

well known


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7.

top

g.

particularly

8.

focused

h.

very

9.

reforming

i.

leading

10.

extremely

j.

women

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especially

k

concentrated

12

female

l

improving

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

run for

a.

in the student council

2

First Lady of the

b.

women’s issues

3.

encouraged women worldwide

c.

law firm

4.

she was involved

d.

to achieve their goals

5.

she met and began

e.

female president

6.

She joined a top

f.

history

7.

reforming the

g.

dating Bill Clinton

8.

health care and

h.

United States

9.

Clinton made

i.

the Presidency

10.

America’s first

j.

state’s education

LISTENING GAP FILL

Hillary Rodham Clinton is _______________ famous women in the world. She is an American politician _______________ Senator for New York. She was a candidate in 2008 for the Democratic nomination _______________ Presidency. Hillary is married to Bill Clinton and was the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. She has encouraged women worldwide _______________ goals.

Hillary Rodham was born in Chicago in 1947. She _______________ and active girl at school. She loved sports and the Girl Scouts. At high school, she _______________ the student council and the school newspaper. She graduated _______________ political science. She went onto Yale Law School, where she ___________________ Bill Clinton.

Hillary and Bill married in 1975. She joined _______________ and slowly established _______________ of America’s top lawyers. She focused on children’s law. When Bill became Arkansas governor, Hillary _______________ reforming the state’s education. She was Arkansas Woman of the Year in 1983 and Arkansas Mother of _______________.

Hillary Rodham Clinton entered the White House as First Lady in 2003. She spent eight extremely _________________, especially with health _________________ issues. She became a US Senator in 2001. Clinton _________________ her presidential campaign of 2008. Many believe _________________ become America’s first female president.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Hillary Rodham Clinton is one of the most / mostly famous women in the world. She is an American politician and services / serves as Senator for New York. She was a candidate in 2008 for the Democratic nomination to run / for the Presidency. Hillary is married to Bill Clinton and was the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. She has encouraged women worldwide to achievement / achieve their goals.

Hillary Rodham was born in Chicago in 1947. She was a highly / high popular and active girl at school. She loved sports and the Girl Scouts. At high school, she was involvement / involved in the student council and the school newspaper. She graduated with / for a degree in political science. She went onto Yale Law School, where / while she met and began dating Bill Clinton.

Hillary and Bill married in 1975. She joint / joined a top law firm and slowly established herself was / as one of America’s top lawyers. She focused on children’s law / lawyers. When Bill became Arkansas governor, Hillary went to work on reforming the state’s / states’ education. She was Arkansas Woman of the Year in 1983 and Arkansas Mother of the Year in 1984.

Hillary Rodham Clinton entered / entrance the White House as First Lady in 2003. She spent eight extremely active / actively years there, especially with health care and women’s issues. She became a US Senator in 2001. Clinton made historian / history with her presidential campaign of 2008. Many believe she will one day become America’s first feminine / female president.

SPELLING

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

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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Woman of the Year in 1983 and Arkansas Mother of the Year in 1984.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton is one of the most famous women in the world. She is an American politician and serves

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Hillary Rodham was born in Chicago in 1947. She was a highly popular and active girl at school. She loved

(    )

 

Presidency. Hillary is married to Bill Clinton and was the First Lady of the United States from

(    )

 

Hillary and Bill married in 1975. She joined a top law firm and slowly established herself

(    )

 

as one of America’s top lawyers. She focused on children’s law. When Bill became Arkansas

(    )

 

sports and the Girl Scouts. At high school, she was involved in the student council and the school newspaper. She graduated

(    )

 

with a degree in political science. She went onto Yale Law School, where she met and began dating Bill Clinton.

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governor, Hillary went to work on reforming the state’s education. She was Arkansas

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1993 to 2001. She has encouraged women worldwide to achieve their goals.

(    )

 

as Senator for New York. She was a candidate in 2008 for the Democratic nomination to run for the

(    )

 

Hillary Rodham Clinton entered the White House as First Lady in 2003. She spent eight extremely active

(    )

 

history with her presidential campaign of 2008. Many

(    )

 

years there, especially with health care and women’s issues. She became a US Senator in 2001. Clinton made

(    )

 

believe she will one day become America’s first female President.

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

First    the    from    2001    of    States    to    Lady    United    1993

2.

encouraged   their   women   goals   worldwide   She   to   has   achieve

3.

school    a    and    at    was    popular    girl    She    highly    active

4.

political    in    degree    a    with    graduated    She    science

5.

Clinton    met    began    Bill    she    and    dating

6.

of    one    as    herself    established    lawyers    top    America’s

7.

Hillary    reforming    went    the    to    state’s    work    education    on

8.

active    there    spent    extremely    years    She    eight

9.

history    her    campaign    made    with    presidential    Clinton

10.

female   day   president   become   she   America’s   will   first   one

HILLARY CLINTON DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Hillary Clinton?

2.

Would you like to have met Hillary Clinton?

3.

What would you like to know about Hillary Clinton and why?

4.

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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 Hillary Clinton?

2.

What questions would you like to have asked Hillary Clinton?

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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HILLARY CLINTON SURVEY

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

3. HILLARY CLINTON POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Hillary Clinton. 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 Hillary Clinton. 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 Hillary Clinton. Ask her three questions about her life. Tell her how important she is in today’s world and how she is missed. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Hillary Clinton expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

famous

a.

well known

2

candidate

b.

contender

3.

achieve

c.

fulfill

4.

highly

d.

extremely

5.

involved in

e.

busy with

6.

dating

f.

going out with


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

top

g.

leading

8.

focused

h.

concentrated

9.

reforming

i.

improving

10.

extremely

j.

very

11

especially

k

particularly

12

female

l

women

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

run for

a.

the Presidency

2

First Lady of the

b.

United States

3.

encouraged women worldwide

c.

to achieve their goals

4.

she was involved

d.

in the student council

5.

she met and began

e.

dating Bill Clinton

6.

She joined a top

f.

law firm

7.

reforming the

g.

state’s education

8.

health care and

h.

women’s issues

9.

Clinton made

i.

history

10.

America’s first

j.

female president

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