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Keira Knightley is an award-winning actress. She began her career as a child and became known internationally while she was still in her teens. Today she is one of Hollywood’s leading ladies and is in big demand. She is a down-to-earth woman at heart. She likes English football, going to her local pub, and British TV dramas.

Knightley was born in England in 1985. At school she had problems with reading and spelling and doctors discovered she was dyslexic. Regardless, she did well in her studies and set her mind on becoming an actress. She got her own talent agent when she was six. In the 1990s, she performed in various local plays before getting several roles in television films.

In 1999, Knightley appeared in the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Star Wars: Episode I’. This was a sign of bigger things to come. Her first starring role came in 2001 in Disney’s ‘Princess of Thieves’. A year later she starred in ‘Bend It Like Beckham’, which really opened doors for her. Knightley’s 2003 appearances in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and ‘Love Actually’ cemented her star status.

Knightley got rave reviews and an Academy Award nomination for her performance in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ in 2005. She received more glowing praise for ‘The Edge of Love’ in 2008. Knightley has not let her success go to her head. She has warned kids that being famous also has its downsides because the media constantly watch whatever you do and say.

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Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted biographies.

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.

internationally

a.

simple

2

leading

b.

found

3.

down-to-earth

c.

top

4.

discovered

d.

different

5.

set one’s mind on

e.

globally

6.

various

f.

planned


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

blockbuster

g.

acclaim

8.

opened doors

h.

secured

9.

cemented

i.

always

10.

rave

j.

hit

11

praise

k

created opportunities

12

constantly

l

excellent

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

She began her career

a.

she was dyslexic

2

while she was still

b.

bigger things to come

3.

She is a down-to-earth woman

c.

doors for her

4.

doctors discovered

d.

more glowing praise

5.

set her mind

e.

go to her head

6.

This was a sign of

f.

reviews

7.

…which really opened

g.

in her teens

8.

Knightley got rave

h.

as a child

9.

She received

i.

at heart

10.

let her success

j.

on becoming an actress


LISTENING GAP FILL

Keira Knightley is _______________ actress. She began her career as a child and became known internationally while she was _______________. Today she is one of Hollywood’s leading ladies and _______________. She is a down-to-earth _______________. She likes English football, going to her local pub, and British TV dramas.

Knightley was born in England in 1985. At school she _______________ reading and spelling and doctors discovered _______________. Regardless, she did well in her studies and _______________ becoming an actress. She got her own talent agent when she was six. In the 1990s, she performed in _________________ before getting several roles in television films.

In 1999, Knightley appeared in the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Star Wars: Episode I’. This was a sign _______________ to come. Her _______________ came in 2001 in Disney’s ‘Princess of Thieves’. A year later she starred in ‘Bend It Like Beckham’, _______________ doors for her. Knightley’s 2003 appearances in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and ‘Love _________________ status.

Knightley _______________ and an Academy Award nomination for her performance in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ in 2005. She __________________ praise for ‘The Edge of Love’ in 2008. Knightley has not let _______________ her head. She has warned kids that being famous also has its downsides because the media constantly watch _______________ and say.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Keira Knightley is an award- / awards-winning actress. She began her career as / was a child and became known internationally while she was still in her teenager /  teens. Today she is one of Hollywood’s leading ladies and is in big demand. She is a down-to-earth woman at head / heart. She likes English football, going to her local pub, and British TV dramas.

Knightley was born in England in 1985. At school she had problems with / for reading and spelling and doctors discovering / discovered she was dyslexic. Regardless, she did well in her studies and set her mind / head on becoming an actress. She got her own talent agent when she was six. In the 1990s, she performed in various / variety local plays before getting several roles in television films.

In 1999, Knightley appeared in the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Star Wars: Episode I’. This was a sign / poster of bigger things to come. Her first starring role / roll came in 2001 in Disney’s ‘Princess of Thieves’. A year later she starred in ‘Bend It Like Beckham’, which really opened rooms / doors for her. Knightley’s 2003 appearances in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and ‘Love Actually’ cemented her star status / statues.

Knightley got rate / rave reviews and an Academy Award nomination for her performance in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ in 2005. She received more glowing / blowing praise for ‘The Edge of Love’ in 2008. Knightley has not let her success go to her head / feet. She has warned kids that being famous also has its downsize / downsides because the media constantly watch whatever you do and say.


SPELLING

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

Paragraph 1
 

1.

Keira Knightley is an awdar-winning actress

2.

still in her neset

3.

one of Hollywood’s lneadig ladies

4.

She is a down-to-earth woman at tehra


Paragraph 2
 

5.

At school she had loesmprb with reading

6.

doctors escdrvdeio she was dyslexic

7.

set her nmid on becoming an actress

8.

performed in aruvois local plays


Paragraph 3
 

9.

This was a sign of erggib things to come

10.

Her first aginsrtr role

11.

really pondee doors for her

12.

‘Love Actually’ tencdeme her star status


Paragraph 4
 

13.

Knightley got rave wseveir

14.

She received more glowing arspie

15.

Knightley has not let her sseccus go to her head

16.

the media nscoltyant watch whatever you do


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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in various local plays before getting several roles in television films.

(    )

 

things to come. Her first starring role came in 2001 in Disney’s ‘Princess of Thieves’. A year

(    )

 

for ‘The Edge of Love’ in 2008. Knightley has not let her success go to her head. She has warned kids that

(    )

 

Knightley got rave reviews and an Academy Award nomination for her

(    )

 

reading and spelling and doctors discovered she was dyslexic. Regardless, she did well in her studies and set

(    )

 

In 1999, Knightley appeared in the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Star Wars: Episode I’. This was a sign of bigger

(    )

 

appearances in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and ‘Love Actually’ cemented her star status.

1  )

 

Keira Knightley is an award-winning actress. She began her career as a child and became known internationally

(    )

 

while she was still in her teens. Today she is one of Hollywood’s leading ladies and is in big

(    )

 

later she starred in ‘Bend It Like Beckham’, which really opened doors for her. Knightley’s 2003

(    )

 

performance in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ in 2005. She received more glowing praise

(    )

 

being famous also has its downsides because the media constantly watch whatever you do and say.

(    )

 

demand. She is a down-to-earth woman at heart. She likes English football, going to her local pub, and British TV dramas.

(    )

 

Knightley was born in England in 1985. At school she had problems with

(    )

 

her mind on becoming an actress. She got her own talent agent when she was six. In the 1990s, she performed


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

as    child    began    career    a    She    her

2.

one    is    she    Today    ladies    leading    Hollywood’s    of

3.

-    earth    woman    at    heart    She    is    a    down    -    to

4.

she    and    had    spelling    problems    At    with    school    reading

5.

her    on    an    set    mind    becoming    actress

6.

things    a    to    sign    come    of    This    bigger    was

7.

role    in    Her    starring    came    2001    first

8.

let    go    head    not    success    her    has    her    to    Knightley

9.

being    downsides    its    has    also    famous

10.

watch    you    the    constantly    whatever    do    media


KEIRA KNIGHTLEY DISCUSSION (Write your questions)

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

1.

What do you know about Keira Knightley?

2.

Would you like to meet Keira Knightley?

3.

What would you like to know about Keira Knightley and why?

4.

___________________________________________________

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 Keira Knightley?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Keira Knightley?

3.

What would her answers be to those questions?

4.

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5.

___________________________________________________

6.

___________________________________________________

7.

___________________________________________________

8.

___________________________________________________


THE KEIRA KNIGHTLEY SURVEY

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

3. KEIRA KNIGHTLEY POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Keira Knightley. 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 Keira Knightley. 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 Keira Knightley. 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 “Keira Knightley expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

internationally

a.

globally

2

leading

b.

top

3.

down-to-earth

c.

simple

4.

discovered

d.

found

5.

set one’s mind on

e.

planned

6.

various

f.

different


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

blockbuster

g.

hit

8.

opened doors

h.

created opportunities

9.

cemented

i.

secured

10.

rave

j.

excellent

11

praise

k

acclaim

12

constantly

l

always

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

She began her career

a.

as a child

2

while she was still

b.

in her teens

3.

She is a down-to-earth woman

c.

at heart

4.

doctors discovered

d.

she was dyslexic

5.

set her mind

e.

on becoming an actress

6.

This was a sign of

f.

bigger things to come

7.

…which really opened

g.

doors for her

8.

Knightley got rave

h.

reviews

9.

She received

i.

more glowing praise

10.

let her success

j.

go to her head

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