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THE LESSON ON JULIA ROBERTS

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Julia Roberts (born 1967) is a glamorous American movie star. She shot to fame in the early 1990s after starring in the romantic comedy ‘Pretty Woman’. She won an Oscar for best actress in 2001 for her role in ‘Erin Brockovich’. She is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world. In 2007, she was estimated to be worth $140 million.

Roberts was born in Atlanta. Her father was a vacuum cleaner salesman and her mother was a secretary. They were both one-time actors. Julia wanted to follow her parents into acting. After graduating from high school, she headed to New York to pursue a career in acting. She signed with a modeling agency and enrolled in acting classes.

Roberts made her film debut in a role opposite her brother. She had just two words to say. Her television appearances include a sketch with Elmo on Sesame Street. Roberts’ big break came with her performance in the film ‘Mystic Pizza’ in 1988. She caught the attention of Hollywood. The following year she starred in ‘Steel Magnolias’ and received her first Oscar nomination.

Her role in ‘Pretty Woman’ in 1990 earned her worldwide acclaim and movie offers came pouring in. She was hot property in Hollywood and starred in many blockbusters. Her films have earned box office receipts of over US$2 billion, making her the most profitable female actor ever. She is also the first actress to appear on the front cover of ‘Vogue’.

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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.

glamorous

a.

judged

2

shot

b.

follow

3.

estimated

c.

skyrocketed

4.

headed

d.

registered for

5.

pursue

e.

beautiful

6.

enrolled in

f.

went


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7.

break

g.

notice

8.

attention

h.

flooding

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nomination

i.

praise

10.

acclaim

j.

chance

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pouring

k

sales

12

box office

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recommendation

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

She shot to

a.

into acting

2

she was estimated to be

b.

with a modeling agency

3.

Julia wanted to follow her parents

c.

of over US$2 billion

4.

she headed to New York to

d.

role opposite her brother

5.

She signed

e.

worth $140 million

6.

Roberts made her film debut in a

f.

front cover of ‘Vogue’

7.

She caught the attention

g.

pursue a career in acting

8.

movie offers came

h.

fame in the early 1990s

9.

Her films have earned box office receipts

i.

pouring in

10.

the first actress to appear on the

j.

of Hollywood

LISTENING GAP FILL

Julia Roberts (born 1967) is a glamorous American movie star. She ________________ the early 1990s after starring in the romantic comedy ‘Pretty Woman’. She won an Oscar for best actress in ________________ ‘Erin Brockovich’. She is one ________________ actresses in the world. In 2007, she was estimated ________________ million.

Roberts was born in Atlanta. Her ________________ cleaner salesman and her mother was a secretary. They were ________________. Julia wanted to follow her parents into acting. After graduating from high school, she headed to New York to ________________ in acting. She signed with a modeling agency ________________ acting classes.

Roberts made her film debut ________________ her brother. She had just two words to say. Her television appearances ________________ Elmo on Sesame Street. Roberts’ ________________ with her performance in the film ‘Mystic Pizza’ in 1988. She caught the attention of Hollywood. The following year ________________ ‘Steel Magnolias’ and received her first Oscar nomination.

Her role in ‘Pretty Woman’ in 1990 earned her worldwide acclaim and movie offers ________________. She was ________________ Hollywood and starred in many blockbusters. Her films have earned ________________ of over US$2 billion, making her the most profitable female actor ever. She is also the first actress ________________ front cover of ‘Vogue’.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Julia Roberts (born 1967) is a glamorous / glamour American movie star. She shot to fame / famous in the early 1990s after starring in the romantic comedy ‘Pretty Woman’. She won an Oscar with / for best actress in 2001 for her role in ‘Erin Brockovich’. She is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world. In 2007, she was estimated to be value / worth $140 million.

Roberts was born in Atlanta. Her father was a vacuum cleaner salesman and her mother was a secretarial / secretary. They were both / pair one-time actors. Julia wanted to follow her parents into acting. After graduating from high school, she shouldered / headed to New York to pursue a career in / on acting. She signed with a modeling agency and enrolled in acting classes.

Roberts made her film debut in a role / roll opposite her brother. She had just two words to talk / say. Her television appearances include a sketch with Elmo on Sesame Street. Roberts’ big broken / break came with her performance in the film ‘Mystic Pizza’ in 1988. She caught the attention of Hollywood. The followed / following year she starred in ‘Steel Magnolias’ and received her first Oscar nomination.

Her role in ‘Pretty Woman’ in 1990 earned her worldwide reclaim / acclaim and movie offers came pouring / poured in. She was hot / lost property in Hollywood and starred in many blockbusters. Her films have earned box office invoices / receipts of over US$2 billion, making her the most profitable female actor ever. She is also the first actress to appear on the front cover of ‘Vogue’.

SPELLING

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

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one of the gshheit-paid actresses

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estimated to be orhwt $140 million


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her mother was a rstcearey

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pursue a aeercr in acting

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a role opioepts her brother

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She was hot ptrreoyp in Hollywood

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starred in many etsblubrcoks

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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attention of Hollywood. The following year she starred in ‘Steel Magnolias’ and received her first Oscar nomination.

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property in Hollywood and starred in many blockbusters. Her films have earned box office receipts of over US$2 billion,

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words to say. Her television appearances include a sketch with Elmo on Sesame Street. Roberts’ big

1  )

 

Julia Roberts (born 1967) is a glamorous American movie star. She shot to fame in the early 1990s after

(    )

 

break came with her performance in the film ‘Mystic Pizza’ in 1988. She caught the

(    )

 

pursue a career in acting. She signed with a modeling agency and enrolled in acting classes.

(    )

 

Roberts made her film debut in a role opposite her brother. She had just two

(    )

 

Her role in ‘Pretty Woman’ in 1990 earned her worldwide acclaim and movie offers came pouring in. She was hot

(    )

 

Roberts was born in Atlanta. Her father was a vacuum cleaner salesman and her mother was a

(    )

 

secretary. They were both one-time actors. Julia wanted to follow her parents

(    )

 

role in ‘Erin Brockovich’. She is one of the highest-paid actresses in the

(    )

 

making her the most profitable female actor ever. She is also the first actress to appear on the front cover of ‘Vogue’.

(    )

 

into acting. After graduating from high school, she headed to New York to

(    )

 

starring in the romantic comedy ‘Pretty Woman’. She won an Oscar for best actress in 2001 for her

(    )

 

world. In 2007, she was estimated to be worth $140 million.

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

in   fame   to   shot   She   1990s   early   the

2.

paid   -   highest   the   of   one   is   She   world   the   in   actresses

3.

,   2007   In   million   140   $   worth   be   to   estimated   was   she

4.

follow   to   wanted   Julia   acting   into   parents   her

5.

acting   she   headed   to   New   York   to   pursue   a   career   in

6.

say   had   two   to   She   just   words

7.

She   the   of   caught   attention   Hollywood.  

8.

was   She   Hollywood   in   property   hot

9.

box  films  2  over  office  have  billion  US  receipts  earned  Her  $  of

10.

front   the   on   appear   to   actress   first   the   Vogue’   ‘   of   cover

JULIA ROBERTS DISCUSSION (Write your questions)

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

1.

What do you know about Julia Roberts?

2.

Would you like to meet Julia Roberts?

3.

What would you like to know about Julia Roberts and why?

4.

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5.

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6.

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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 Julia Roberts?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Julia Roberts?

3.

What would her 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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THE JULIA ROBERTS SURVEY

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

3. JULIA ROBERTS POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Julia Roberts. 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 Julia Roberts. Include an imaginary interview with her. Write about what she does every day and what she 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 Julia Roberts. 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 “Julia Roberts expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

glamorous

a.

beautiful

2

shot

b.

skyrocketed

3.

estimated

c.

judged

4.

headed

d.

went

5.

pursue

e.

follow

6.

enrolled in

f.

registered for


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

break

g.

chance

8.

attention

h.

notice

9.

nomination

i.

recommendation

10.

acclaim

j.

praise

11

pouring

k

flooding

12

box office

l

sales

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

She shot to

a.

fame in the early 1990s

2

she was estimated to be

b.

worth $140 million

3.

Julia wanted to follow her parents

c.

into acting

4.

she headed to New York to

d.

pursue a career in acting

5.

She signed

e.

with a modeling agency

6.

Roberts made her film debut in a

f.

role opposite her brother

7.

She caught the attention

g.

of Hollywood

8.

movie offers came

h.

pouring in

9.

Her films have earned box office receipts

i.

of over US$2 billion

10.

the first actress to appear on the

j.

front cover of ‘Vogue’

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