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THE LESSON ON KATE MOSS

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Kate Moss was born in England in 1974. She is best known for her waifish figure, which made her into a hugely successful supermodel. She is also famous for her controversial private life, with its high-profile relationships, party lifestyle and drugs. She changed the look of modelling and started a global debate on eating disorders and her role in the size zero fashion.

Moss became a model at the age of 14. She was at New York’s JFK Airport on her way home from a family holiday. The owner of a top modeling agency spotted her and asked her to be one of her models. She hit the big time a year later when she did a photo shoot for ‘The Face’ magazine.

Moss changed the way models looked in the 1990s. She became a kind of anti-supermodel with her thin, pale, but very fresh and simple look. She has frequently been voted the sexiest woman in the world. She has also worked with all the top brands and designers. She is among the richest women in Britain.

Moss’s career has had its ups and downs. She was engaged to rock star Pete Doherty. Their break-up provided tabloid headlines for months. The newspapers cashed in on a 2006 photograph of Moss taking cocaine. Her career was in ruins and many modeling agencies dropped her. However, the scandal only added to her fame. She earns much more now than before and is in great demand.

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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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hugely

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illnesses

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debate

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noticed

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disorders

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discussion

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top

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became successful

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spotted

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very

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hit the big time

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leading


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kind of

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split

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frequently

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high and low points

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among

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sort of

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ups and downs

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included in

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break-up

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made lots of money from

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cashed in on

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regularly

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

She is best known

a.

spotted her

2

started a global debate

b.

headlines for months

3.

her role in the size

c.

of anti-supermodel

4.

The owner of a top modeling agency

d.

richest women in Britain

5.

She hit the big

e.

on eating disorders

6.

She became a kind

f.

for her waifish figure

7.

She is among the

g.

zero fashion

8.

Moss’s career has had its ups

h.

in ruins

9.

Their break-up provided tabloid

i.

time a year later

10.

Her career was

j.

and downs

LISTENING GAP FILL

Kate Moss was born in England in 1974. She is best known ______________ figure, which made ______________ successful supermodel. She is also famous for her controversial private life, with its ______________ relationships, party lifestyle and drugs. She changed the look of modelling and started a global debate on eating disorders ______________ the size zero fashion.

Moss became a model ______________. She was at New York’s JFK Airport on her way home from a family holiday. The owner of a top modeling agency ______________ asked her to be one of her models. She ______________ a year later when she ______________ for ‘The Face’ magazine.

Moss changed _________________ in the 1990s. She became a kind of anti-supermodel with her ______________ very fresh and simple look. She ______________ voted the sexiest woman in the world. She has also worked with all the top brands and designers. She ______________ richest women in Britain.

Moss’s career has had ______________. She was engaged to rock star Pete Doherty. Their break-up provided ______________ for months. The newspapers ______________ 2006 photograph of Moss taking cocaine. Her ______________ and many modeling agencies dropped her. However, the scandal only added to her fame. She ________________ than before and is in great demand.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Kate Moss was born in England in 1974. She is best knowing / known for her waifish figure, which made her into / onto a hugely successful supermodel. She is also famous for her controversial private life, with its high-profile relationships, party lifestyle and drugs. She changed the look / looking of modelling and started a global debate on eating disorders and her roll / role in the size zero fashion.

Moss became a model at the age of 14. She was at New York’s JFK Airport on / at her way home from a family holiday. The own / owner of a top modeling agency spotted her / she and asked her to be one of her models. She hit the big time over / a year later when she did a photo shoot for ‘The Face’ magazine.

Moss changed the way models looked / look in the 1990s. She became a kind of anti-supermodel with her think / thin, pale / pail, but very fresh and simple look. She has frequently been voted the sexiest woman in the world. She has also worked with all the top brands and designers. She is among / between the richest women in Britain.

Moss’s career has had her / its ups and downs. She was engaged to rock star Pete Doherty. Their break-up provided tabloid headlines since / for months. The newspapers cashed in / on on a 2006 photograph of Moss taking cocaine. Her career was in destruction / ruins and many modeling agencies dropped her. However, the scandal only added to her fame. She earns much more now than before and is in great demand.

SPELLING

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

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best known for her waifish iregfu,

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Moss became a modle at the age of 14

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on her way home from a imyalf holiday

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The owner of a top modeling agency petstod her

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she did a photo oohst for ‘The Face’ magazine


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Moss changed the way models edlkoo

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very fresh and elpism look

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She has rltefuqyne been voted the sexiest woman in the world

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She is nmoga the richest women in Britain


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Moss’s career has had its ups and nodws

14.

She was negaegd to rock star Pete Doherty

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Her career was in iurns

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the scandal only ddeda to her fame

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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Kate Moss was born in England in 1974. She is best known for her waifish figure, which

(    )

 

added to her fame. She earns much more now than before and is in great demand.

(    )

 

career was in ruins and many modeling agencies dropped her. However, the scandal only

(    )

 

Moss became a model at the age of 14. She was at New York’s JFK Airport on her way

(    )

 

made her into a hugely successful supermodel. She is also famous for her controversial

(    )

 

private life, with its high-profile relationships, party lifestyle and drugs. She changed the look of

(    )

 

home from a family holiday. The owner of a top modeling agency spotted her and asked her to be

(    )

 

modelling and started a global debate on eating disorders and her role in the size zero fashion.

(    )

 

Moss changed the way models looked in the 1990s. She became a kind of anti-supermodel with her

(    )

 

provided tabloid headlines for months. The newspapers cashed in on a 2006 photograph of Moss taking cocaine. Her

(    )

 

among the richest women in Britain.

(    )

 

one of her models. She hit the big time a year later when she did a photo shoot for ‘The Face’ magazine.

(    )

 

thin, pale, but very fresh and simple look. She has frequently been voted the sexiest woman

(    )

 

in the world. She has also worked with all the top brands and designers. She is

(    )

 

Moss’s career has had its ups and downs. She was engaged to rock star Pete Doherty. Their break-up

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

She   figure   waifish   her   for   known   best   is

2.

for   She   her   is   controversial   also   private   famous   life

3.

started   global   on   disorders   a   debate   eating

4.

family   a   from   home   way   her   on   holiday

5.

the   time   year   hit   big   a   She

6.

Moss   looked   changed   in   the   the   way   1990s   models

7.

in   women   richest   the   among   is   She   Britain

8.

and   ups   its   had   has   career   Moss’s   downs

9.

ruins   was   Her   in   career

10.

only   to   fame   scandal   added   her   the

KATE MOSS DISCUSSION (Write your questions)

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

1.

What do you know about Kate Moss?

2.

Would you like to meet Kate Moss?

3.

What would you like to know about Kate Moss and why?

4.

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5.

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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 Kate Moss?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Kate Moss?

3.

What would her answers be to those questions?

4.

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THE KATE MOSS SURVEY

Write five questions about Kate Moss 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.

 

 

 

 

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Q.4.

 

 

 

 

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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 Kate Moss 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 Kate Moss. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. KATE MOSS POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Kate Moss. 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 Kate Moss. 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 Kate Moss. 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 “Kate Moss expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

hugely

a.

very

2

debate

b.

discussion

3.

disorders

c.

illnesses

4.

top

d.

leading

5.

spotted

e.

noticed

6.

hit the big time

f.

became successful


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

kind of

g.

sort of

8.

frequently

h.

regularly

9.

among

i.

included in

10.

ups and downs

j.

high and low points

11

break-up

k

split

12

cashed in on

l

made lots of money from

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

She is best known

a.

for her waifish figure

2

started a global debate

b.

on eating disorders

3.

her role in the size

c.

zero fashion

4.

The owner of a top modeling agency

d.

spotted her

5.

She hit the big

e.

time a year later

6.

She became a kind

f.

of anti-supermodel

7.

She is among the

g.

richest women in Britain

8.

Moss’s career has had its ups

h.

and downs

9.

Their break-up provided tabloid

i.

headlines for months

10.

Her career was

j.

in ruins

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