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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

Fans of the Star Wars movies have a special day to celebrate the films, characters and culture of the franchise. That day is May the 4th. Why this day? It is not the day on which the first Star Wars was released, nor is it director George Lucas' birthday. It falls on this day because the date sounds like a famous quote from the movie: "May the Force be with you". This is spoken among the Jedi Knights as they prepare to battle Darth Vader. The term was also used in the election of Margaret Thatcher – Britain's first female Prime Minister. On May 4, 1979, her party placed an advertisement in a London newspaper that said: "May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations."

So what do people do on May the 4th to celebrate Star Wars? The official website for the day, maythe4th.starwars.com, gives "10 fun ways you can celebrate your love of a galaxy far, far away". Top of the list is to have a Star Wars movie marathon and watch all the movies one after the other. However, there could be a problem here, as the site asks: "Do you start with the prequels or the original trilogy?" Of course, dressing up is important, so make sure you get out your Stormtrooper or Darth Vader uniform. The site even suggests preparing blue milk and has its own recipe. Perhaps the best suggestion is donate any Star Wars related toys you have to charities.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Day
http://maythe4th.starwars.com/top-10-ways-to-celebrate-may-the-4th/#more-727

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

a special day

a.

of the franchise

2

the films, characters and culture

b.

of Margaret Thatcher

3.

a famous

c.

in a London newspaper

4.

prepare to

d.

quote

5.

the election

e.

to celebrate

6.

placed an advertisement

f.

battle

Paragraph 2

1.

official

a.

marathon

2

a galaxy

b.

of the list

3.

top

c.

website

4.

movie

d.

or the original trilogy

5.

start with the prequels

e.

toys you have to charities

6.

donate any Star Wars related

f.

far, far away

LISTENING GAP FILL

Fans of the Star Wars movies have a (1) ___________________ the films, characters and culture of the franchise. That day is May the 4th. Why this day? It (2) ___________________ the first Star Wars was released, nor is it director George Lucas' birthday. It falls on this day because the date (3) ____________________ from the movie: "May the Force be with you". This is spoken among the Jedi Knights as (4) ___________________ Darth Vader. The term was also (5) ___________________ Margaret Thatcher – Britain's first female Prime Minister. On May 4, 1979, her party (6) ___________________ in a London newspaper that said: "May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations."

So what do people do on May the 4th to celebrate Star Wars? The official (7) ___________________, maythe4th.starwars.com, gives "10 fun ways you can celebrate (8) __________________ far, far away". Top of the list is to have a Star Wars movie marathon and watch all the movies (9) ___________________. However, there could be a problem here, as the site asks: "Do you start with the prequels (10) ___________________?" Of course, (11) ___________________, so make sure you get out your Stormtrooper or Darth Vader uniform. The site even suggests preparing blue milk and has its own recipe. Perhaps the best (12) ___________________ Star Wars related toys you have to charities.

WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

(1) ____________ of the Star Wars movies have a special day to celebrate the films, characters and culture of the    (2) ____________. That day is May the 4th. Why this day? It is not the day on which the first Star Wars was              (3) ____________, nor is it director George Lucas' birthday. It (4) ____________ on this day because the date sounds like a famous quote from the movie: "May the Force be with you". This is spoken (5) ____________ the Jedi Knights as they prepare to battle Darth Vader. The (6) ____________ was also used in the (7) ____________ of Margaret Thatcher – Britain's first female Prime Minister. On May 4, 1979, her party (8) ____________ an advertisement in a London newspaper that said: "May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations."

 

 

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So what do people do on May the 4th to celebrate Star Wars? The (9) ____________ website for the day, maythe4th.starwars.com, gives "10 fun (10) ____________ you can celebrate your love of a (11) ____________ far, far away". Top of the list is to have a Star Wars movie          (12) ____________ and watch all the movies one after the other. However, there could be a problem here, as the site asks: "Do you start with the (13) ____________ or the original (14) ____________?" Of course, dressing up is important, so make sure you get out your Stormtrooper or Darth Vader (15) ____________. The site even suggests preparing blue milk and has its own recipe. Perhaps the best suggestion is (16) ____________ any Star Wars related toys you have to charities.

 

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CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Fans of the Star Wars movies have a species / special day to celebrate the films, characters and culture / cultured of the franchise. That day is May the 4th. Why this day? It is not the day on which the first Star Wars was / have released, nor is it director George Lucas' birthday. It falls / drops on this day because the date sounds like a famous quote from the movie: "May the Force be with you". This is told / spoken among the Jedi Knights as they prepare to battle Darth Vader. The term / team was also used in the elected / election of Margaret Thatcher – Britain's first female Prime Minister. On May 4, 1979, her party placing / placed an advertisement in a London newspaper that said: "May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations."

So what do people do on May the 4th to celebrate Star Wars? The official / office website for the day, maythe4th.starwars.com, gives "10 fun ways you can celebrate your lover / love of a galaxy far, far way / away". Top of the list is to have a Star Wars movie marathon and watch all the movies one after the other / another. However, there could be a problem here, as the site asks: "Do you start with the prequels or the originality / original trilogy?" Of course, dressing up / down is important, so make sure you get out your Stormtrooper or Darth Vader uniform. The site even suggests preparing / prepared blue milk and has its own recipe. Perhaps the best suggestion is donate any Star Wars related / relative toys you have to charities.

MULTIPLE CHOICE

(1) ____ of the Star Wars movies have a special day to celebrate the films, characters and culture of the (2) ____. That day is May the 4th. Why this day? It is not the day on which the first Star Wars was (3) ____, nor is it director George Lucas' birthday. It falls on this day because the date sounds like a famous (4) ____ from the movie: "May the Force be with you". This is spoken among the Jedi Knights as they prepare to battle Darth Vader. The term was also used in the (5) ____ of Margaret Thatcher – Britain's first female Prime Minister. On May 4, 1979, her party (6) ____ an advertisement in a London newspaper that said: "May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations."

So what do people do on May the 4th to celebrate Star Wars? The (7) ____ website for the day, maythe4th.starwars.com, gives "10 fun ways you can celebrate your love of a (8) ____ far, far away". Top of the list is to have a Star Wars movie (9) ____ and watch all the movies one after the other. However, there could be a problem here, as the site asks: "Do you start with the prequels or the original (10) ____?" Of course, dressing up is important, so make sure you get out your Stormtrooper or Darth Vader uniform. The site even suggests (11) ____ blue milk and has its own recipe. Perhaps the best suggestion is donate any Star Wars (12) ____ toys you have to charities.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

Fans

(b)

Ferns

(c)

Fronds

(d)

Fins

2.

(a)

merchandise

(b)

enfranchise

(c)

franchise

(d)

disfranchise

3.

(a)

set free

(b)

released

(c)

let go

(d)

freed

4.

(a)

words

(b)

poem

(c)

chorus

(d)

quote

5.

(a)

election

(b)

vote

(c)

survey

(d)

poll

6.

(a)

took

(b)

uploaded

(c)

filmed

(d)

placed

7.

(a)

office

(b)

officially

(c)

official

(d)

officials

8.

(a)

sky

(b)

galaxy

(c)

world

(d)

atmosphere

9.

(a)

mania

(b)

jog

(c)

Olympics

(d)

marathon

10.

(a)

trilogy

(b)

triangle

(c)

triad

(d)

trillion

11.

(a)

prepares

(b)

preparing

(c)

prepared

(d)

prepare

12.

(a)

born

(b)

told

(c)

related

(d)

applied

SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

Star Wars was leedreas

2.

a famous tuqoe

3.

epraepr to battle Darth Vader

4.

in the ieclonet of Margaret Thatcher

5.

an emtaeveisnrtd in a London newspaper

6.

May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. lusattnrgooaniC.

 

Paragraph 2

7.

fifaciol website

8.

a laagxy far, far away

9.

a Star Wars movie tmahonar

10.

the original toilrgy

11.

its own rpeeci

12.

aeontd any Star Wars related toys

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

the election of Margaret Thatcher – Britain's first female Prime Minister. On May 4, 1979, her party placed

(    )

among the Jedi Knights as they prepare to battle Darth Vader. The term was also used in

(    )

all the movies one after the other. However, there could be a problem here, as the site asks: "Do you

(    )

So what do people do on May the 4th to celebrate Star Wars? The official

(    )

and culture of the franchise. That day is May the 4th. Why this day? It is not the day on

(    )

an advertisement in a London newspaper that said: "May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations."

(    )

start with the prequels or the original trilogy?" Of course, dressing up is important, so make sure

(    )

own recipe. Perhaps the best suggestion is donate any Star Wars related toys you have to charities.

(    )

which the first Star Wars was released, nor is it director George Lucas' birthday. It falls on this day

(    )

your love of a galaxy far, far away". Top of the list is to have a Star Wars movie marathon and watch

(    )

you get out your Stormtrooper or Darth Vader uniform. The site even suggests preparing blue milk and has its

(    )

website for the day, maythe4th.starwars.com, gives "10 fun ways you can celebrate

(    )

because the date sounds like a famous quote from the movie: "May the Force be with you". This is spoken

1  )

Fans of the Star Wars movies have a special day to celebrate the films, characters

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

Wars    movies    have    a    special    .    day     Fans    of    the    Star

2.

The     day     on     which    the    first    Star    Wars    was    released.    

3.

the    movie   The    date    sounds    like    a    famous    quote    from.

4.

term     the     was     election     also     used     The     in.    

5.

advertisement   London   Her   an   a   placed   in   newspaper     party.    

6.

your     a     ,     Celebrate     of     far     away     love     galaxy     far.    

7.

marathon   Star   to   the   Wars   have   list    Top   movie   a   is     of.

8.

after     all     the     the     other     movies     one     Watch.    

9.

course     Of     important     is     up     dressing     ,.    

10.

milk     blue     preparing     suggests     even     site     The.    

DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________

THE STAR WARS DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about Star Wars Day 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 Star Wars Day 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 Star Wars Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Star Wars Day. Write about what happens around the world. Include two imaginary interviews with people who did something on this day.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. POSTER: Make your own poster about Star Wars Day. Write about will happen on this day around the world.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

ANSWERS

Check your answers in "THE READING / TAPESCRIPT" section at the top of this page.


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