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Woman With 99 Wrong Birthdays

A British woman got her birthday wrong for 99 years. Emily Donaghue was born in 1909 and always celebrated her birthday on May the 3rd. Before her 100th birthday, her son, 78-year-old John, found her real date of birth. She was really born on May the 5th. She was born two days later than she thought. The family found the mistake when they sent a copy of Emily’s birth certificate to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. The Queen sends every British person a telegram on their 100th birthday. John Donaghue doesn’t know why his mother got her birthday wrong.

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I will never forget my birthday. I know that. It is too special. I remember because I get lots of presents, cake and other stuff. I have also seen my birth certificate, so I can’t make a mistake. And my date of birth is on my passport. I don’t know how Emily made a mistake. Perhaps birthdays weren’t important a long time ago. No one can forget their birthday these days. Our date of birth is in hundreds of different computers. I think this is a funny but nice story. I will remember it on my birthdays. I hope I live to be one hundred.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

celebrated

a.

found the mistake

2

date

b.

certificate

3.

two days later

c.

of birth

4.

The family

d.

than she thought

5.

birth

e.

birthday

6.

100th

f.

her birthday

 

Paragraph 2

1.

I will never forget

a.

special

2

It is too

b.

days

3.

make a

c.

time ago

4.

a long

d.

my birthday

5.

these

e.

to be one hundred

6.

I hope I live

f.

mistake


LISTENING GAP FILL

A British woman got her birthday _______________ years. Emily Donaghue was born in 1909 and always _______________ birthday on May the 3rd. Before her 100th birthday, her son, 78-year-old John, found _______________ birth. She was really born on May the 5th. She was born two days _______________ thought. The family found the mistake when they sent a copy of Emily’s birth _______________ Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. The Queen sends every British person a telegram _______________ birthday. John Donaghue doesn’t know why his mother got her birthday wrong.

I will _______________ birthday. I know that. It is too special. I remember because I get lots of presents, cake _______________. I have also seen my birth certificate, so I can’t _______________. And my date of birth is on my passport. I don’t know how Emily made a mistake. Perhaps birthdays weren’t important _______________. No one can forget their birthday these days. Our date of birth is in hundreds of different computers. I think this _______________ nice story. I will remember it on my birthdays. _______________ one hundred.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

A British woman (1) ____ her birthday wrong for 99 years. Emily Donaghue was born in 1909 and always (2) ____ her birthday on May the 3rd. Before her 100th birthday, her son, 78-year-old John, found her real (3) ____ of birth. She was really born on May the 5th. She was born two days (4) ____ than she thought. The family found the mistake when they sent a copy of Emily’s birth certificate to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. The Queen sends every British (5) ____ a telegram on their 100th birthday. John Donaghue doesn’t know why his mother got her birthday wrong.

I will never forget my birthday. I know that. It is too special. I remember because I get lots of presents, cake and (6) ____ stuff. I have also (7) ____ my birth certificate, so I can’t make a mistake. And my date of birth is on my passport. I don’t know how Emily made a mistake. Perhaps birthdays weren’t important a long time (8) ____. No one can forget their birthday these days. Our date of birth is in hundreds of (9) ____ computers. I think this is a funny but nice story. I will remember it on my birthdays. I (10) ____ I live to be one hundred.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

forgot

(b)

get

(c)

got

2.

(a)

celebration

(b)

celebrates

(c)

celebrated

3.

(a)

date

(b)

dates

(c)

dated

4.

(a)

after

(b)

later

(c)

past

5.

(a)

people

(b)

person

(c)

persons

6.

(a)

other

(b)

others

(c)

another

7.

(a)

saw

(b)

seen

(c)

seeing

8.

(a)

ages

(b)

age

(c)

ago

9.

(a)

differ

(b)

different

(c)

difference

10.

(a)

hope

(b)

wishing

(c)

want


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

A British onwma

2.

adrlceeteb her birthday

3.

later than she ouhttgh

4.

birth cteciftarie

5.

every British sreonp

6.

a tegremal

 

Paragraph 2

7.

never tfrgeo

8.

too pieacls

9.

lots of rseetpns

10.

rapntoitm a long time ago

11.

hundreds of firdtneef computers

12.

live to be one rnhdeud


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

I will never forget my birthday. I know that. It is too special. I remember because I get lots of presents, cake and

1  )

A British woman got her birthday wrong for 99 years. Emily Donaghue was born in 1909 and always celebrated

(    )

mistake when they sent a copy of Emily’s birth certificate to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. The Queen sends

(    )

ago. No one can forget their birthday these days. Our date of birth is in hundreds of different computers. I think this is

(    )

every British person a telegram on their 100th birthday. John Donaghue doesn’t know why his mother got her birthday wrong.

(    )

a funny but nice story. I will remember it on my birthdays. I hope I live to be one hundred.

(    )

birth. She was really born on May the 5th. She was born two days later than she thought. The family found the

(    )

other stuff. I have also seen my birth certificate, so I can’t make a mistake. And my date of birth is on my

(    )

passport. I don’t know how Emily made a mistake. Perhaps birthdays weren’t important a long time

(    )

her birthday on May the 3rd. Before her 100th birthday, her son, 78-year-old John, found her real date of


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

woman     British     A     wrong     birthday     her     got.    

2.

birthday     on     Always     May     celebrated     the     her     3rd.    

3.

on     She     May     was     the     really     5th     born.    

4.

than     born     later     thought     was     days     she     She     two.    

5.

certificate     A     of     birth     copy     Emily’s.    

6.

will     forget     birthday     I     never     my.    

7.

I     get     lots     of     presents     ,     cake     and     other     stuff.    

8.

I     certificate     birth     my     seen     also     have.    

9.

is     My     on     date     my     of     passport     birth.    

10.

to     I     be     hope     one     I     hundred     live.    


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.

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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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WRITING

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about birthdays. Include imaginary interviews with a person who is ten today and a person who is one hundred today. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to a one-hundred-year-old person. Ask him/her three questions about his/her birthdays. Tell him/her three of your opinions on birthdays. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

 

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