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Lucy Liu is an American actress and artist. She was a Charlie’s Angel and was the voice of Viper in ‘Kung Fu Panda’. She has held several exhibitions of her painting and photography. She regularly donates the profits of her shows to UNICEF, for whom she is an ambassador. Liu is probably the most well-known Asian-American in the world.

Liu was born in 1968 and raised in Queens, New York by Taiwanese immigrant parents. She did not learn English until she was five years old. Her parents pushed her hard to study and she managed to get into a prestigious New York high school. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in Asian Languages and Cultures.

Liu took up acting in 1989. She got lucky and landed small TV parts. She had a four-year stint in the popular TV series Ally McBeal. She played the feisty Ling Woo and audiences loved her. She hit the big time in 2000 in ‘Charlie’s Angels’. In 2003, Liu played the evil O-Ren Ishii in ‘Kill Bill’ and won the MTV award for Best Movie Villain.

Liu is known for her charitable work. In 2006, she starred in ‘3 Needles’, a movie about HIV/AIDS. She agreed to receive a fraction of the usual pay because she wanted to raise awareness of AIDS in China. She has traveled to Pakistan, Lesotho and other countries with UNICEF. She has also highlighted the impact of human trafficking in Asia.

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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.

several

a.

most likely

2

donates

b.

encouraged

3.

probably

c.

a number of

4.

raised

d.

high ranking

5.

pushed

e.

brought up

6.

prestigious

f.

gives


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7.

took up

g.

got

8.

landed

h.

tiny amount

9.

villain

i.

understanding

10.

fraction

j.

started

11

awareness

k

smuggling

12

trafficking

l

bad guy

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

She has held several exhibitions

a.

immigrant parents

2

She regularly donates the profits

b.

AIDS in China

3.

Taiwanese

c.

small TV parts

4.

Her parents pushed her

d.

audiences loved her

5.

she managed to get into a prestigious

e.

of her painting

6.

She got lucky and landed

f.

trafficking in Asia

7.

She played the feisty Ling Woo and

g.

New York high school

8.

She agreed to receive a fraction

h.

of her shows to UNICEF

9.

raise awareness of

i.

hard to study

10.

highlighted the impact of human

j.

of the usual pay

LISTENING GAP FILL

Lucy Liu is an American actress and artist. She was a Charlie’s Angel and _______________ Viper in ‘Kung Fu Panda’. She _______________ exhibitions of her painting and photography. She ___________________ profits of her shows to UNICEF, for whom she is an ambassador. Liu _______________ well-known Asian-American in the world.

Liu was born in ___________________ Queens, New York by Taiwanese ___________________. She did not learn English until she was five years old. Her parents pushed ___________________ and she ___________________ a prestigious New York high school. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in Asian Languages and Cultures.

Liu ___________________. She got lucky and landed small TV parts. She had a ___________________ the popular TV series Ally McBeal. She played the feisty Ling Woo and ___________________. She hit the big time in 2000 in ‘Charlie’s Angels’. In 2003, Liu played the evil O-Ren Ishii in ‘Kill Bill’ and won the MTV award __________________.

Liu is known for ___________________. In 2006, she starred in ‘3 Needles’, a movie about HIV/AIDS. She agreed ___________________ of the usual pay because she wanted to raise ___________________ in China. She has traveled to Pakistan, Lesotho and other countries with UNICEF. She has also highlighted the ___________________ trafficking in Asia.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Lucy Liu is an American actress and artistry / artist. She was a Charlie’s Angel and was the voice / vocal of Viper in ‘Kung Fu Panda’. She has held several exhibitions of her painting and photography. She regularly donation / donates the profits of her shows to UNICEF, for whom she is an ambassador. Liu is probably the best / most well-known Asian-American in the world.

Liu was born in 1968 and raised / risen in Queens, New York by Taiwanese immigrant parent / parents. She did not learn English by / until she was five years old. Her parents pushed her hard to study and she managed / management to get into a prestigious New York high school. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in Asian Languages and Cultures.

Liu took up acting in 1989. She got lucky and landed / landing small TV parts. She had a four-year stunt / stint in the popular TV series Ally McBeal. She played the feisty Ling Woo and audiences loved / loving her. She hit the big clock / time in 2000 in ‘Charlie’s Angels’. In 2003, Liu played the evil O-Ren Ishii in ‘Kill Bill’ and won the MTV award for Best Movie Villain.

Liu is known for her charitable workings / work. In 2006, she starred in ‘3 Needles’, a movie about HIV/AIDS. She agreed to receive a fraction / friction of the usual pay because she wanted to rise / raise awareness of AIDS in China. She has traveled to Pakistan, Lesotho and other countries with UNICEF. She has also highlighted the impact of human trafficking / traffic in Asia.

SPELLING

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

Paragraph 1
 

1.

the ecoiv of Viper in ‘Kung Fu Panda’

2.

She has held rvleesa exhibitions of her painting

3.

She regularly atnoesd the profits of her shows

4.

Liu is rylbbpoa the most well-known Asian-American


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5.

born in 1968 and irseda in Queens

6.

Her parents heupsd her hard

7.

gdmaane to get into a prestigious New York high school

8.

a Bachelor’s dgeere in Asian Languages and Cultures


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9.

She got uckyl

10.

a four-year stint in the alporup TV series Ally McBeal

11.

ineaudsec loved her

12.

the MTV award for Best Movie nliVila


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13.

Liu is known for her bhtcieraal work

14.

receive a fornaitc of the usual pay

15.

reasi awareness

16.

the caitpm of human trafficking

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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parents. She did not learn English until she was five years old. Her parents pushed her hard to study and she managed

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Liu is known for her charitable work. In 2006, she starred in ‘3 Needles’, a movie about HIV/AIDS. She agreed

(    )

 

of Viper in ‘Kung Fu Panda’. She has held several exhibitions of her painting and photography. She regularly donates the

(    )

 

time in 2000 in ‘Charlie’s Angels’. In 2003, Liu played the evil

(    )

 

Liu took up acting in 1989. She got lucky and landed small TV parts. She had a four-year stint in the popular

(    )

 

with a Bachelor’s degree in Asian Languages and Cultures.

(    )

 

TV series Ally McBeal. She played the feisty Ling Woo and audiences loved her. She hit the big

(    )

 

to receive a fraction of the usual pay because she wanted to raise awareness of AIDS in China. She has

(    )

 

highlighted the impact of human trafficking in Asia.

(    )

 

profits of her shows to UNICEF, for whom she is an ambassador. Liu is probably the most well-known Asian-American in the world.

( 1 )

 

Lucy Liu is an American actress and artist. She was a Charlie’s Angel and was the voice

(    )

 

Liu was born in 1968 and raised in Queens, New York by Taiwanese immigrant

(    )

to get into a prestigious New York high school. She graduated from the University of Michigan

(    )

 

O-Ren Ishii in ‘Kill Bill’ and won the MTV award for Best Movie Villain.

(    )

 

traveled to Pakistan, Lesotho and other countries with UNICEF. She has also

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

held    has    She    painting    her    of    exhibitions    several

2.

She    shows    her    of    profits    the    donates    regularly

3.

was    learn    five    English    She    until    did    she    not

4.

hard    study    parents    her    to    Her    pushed

5.

New    York    high    prestigious    get    school    into    a

6.

Liu    1989    in    acting    up    took

7.

time    ‘Charlie’s    Angels’    She    the    big    hit    in    2000    in

8.

MTV    the    won    Villain    Movie    Best    for    award

9.

for    charitable    Liu    known    her    work    is

10.

wanted    raise    of    she    to    awareness    AIDS

LUCY LIU DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Lucy Liu?

2.

Would you like to have met Lucy Liu?

3.

What would you like to know about Lucy Liu 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 Lucy Liu?

2.

What questions would you like to have asked Lucy Liu?

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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LUCY LIU SURVEY

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

3. LUCY LIU POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Lucy Liu. 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 Lucy Liu. 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 Lucy Liu. 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 “Lucy Liu expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

several

a.

a number of

2

donates

b.

gives

3.

probably

c.

most likely

4.

raised

d.

brought up

5.

pushed

e.

encouraged

6.

prestigious

f.

high ranking


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

took up

g.

started

8.

landed

h.

got

9.

villain

i.

bad guy

10.

fraction

j.

tiny amount

11

awareness

k

understanding

12

trafficking

l

smuggling

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

She has held several exhibitions

a.

of her painting

2

She regularly donates the profits

b.

of her shows to UNICEF

3.

Taiwanese

c.

immigrant parents

4.

Her parents pushed her

d.

hard to study

5.

she managed to get into a prestigious

e.

New York high school

6.

She got lucky and landed

f.

small TV parts

7.

She played the feisty Ling Woo and

g.

audiences loved her

8.

She agreed to receive a fraction

h.

of the usual pay

9.

raise awareness of

i.

AIDS in China

10.

highlighted the impact of human

j.

trafficking in Asia

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