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Important Election In Iran

Iran voted. It was one of the most important elections in the world. It was between the president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and another man called Mir-Hossein Mousavi. Mr. Mousavi wanted to change many things in Iran. He said the laws in Iran are too strict. But, many people like Mr. Ahmadinejad. They think he is strong and he doesn’t listen to the U.S.A. Many people were excited about the election. Thousands of people protested in the streets. There were lots of arguments about which person should win.

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I think elections are difficult. It’s very confusing to know who is best. All of the politicians speak on television and they all say they want to help the people. This is great. The problem is that they do not keep their promises. Many people become president and then steal lots of money. I haven’t seen many presidents who help their people. There are lots of poor people in every country, so politicians are liars. The election in Iran is also difficult. Many Americans want Mr. Ahmadinejad to lose. He wants to help poor people in Iran.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

the most important

a.

change many things

2

Mousavi wanted to

b.

the streets

3.

laws in Iran are

c.

about the election

4.

people were excited

d.

elections in the world

5.

people protested in

e.

of arguments

6.

There were lots

f.

too strict

 

Paragraph 2

1.

It’s very

a.

their promises

2

they want to help

b.

help

3.

they do not keep

c.

the people

4.

steal

d.

liars

5.

politicians are

e.

confusing

6.

He wants to

f.

lots of money


LISTENING GAP FILL

Iran voted. It ________________ most important elections in the world. It was between the president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and ________________ Mir-Hossein Mousavi. Mr. Mousavi wanted to ________________ in Iran. He said the laws in Iran are too strict. But, many people like Mr. Ahmadinejad. They think he is strong ________________ listen to the U.S.A. Many people were excited about the election. Thousands of people protested in the streets. ________________ arguments about which person should win.

________________ difficult. It’s very confusing to know who is best. All of the politicians speak on television ________________ they want to help the people. This is great. The problem is that they do not ________________. Many people become president and then steal lots of money. I haven’t seen many presidents ________________ people. There are lots of poor people in every country, so ________________. The election in Iran is also difficult. Many Americans want Mr. Ahmadinejad to lose. He wants to help poor people in Iran.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Iran (1) ____. It was one of the most important elections in the world. It was between the president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and another man called Mir-Hossein Mousavi. Mr. Mousavi wanted to (2) ____ many things in Iran. He said the (3) ____ in Iran are too strict. But, many people like Mr. Ahmadinejad. They think he is strong and he doesn’t listen to the U.S.A. Many people were  (4) ____ about the election. Thousands of people protested in the streets. There were lots of (5) ____ about which person should win.

I think elections are difficult. It’s very (6) ____ to know who is best. All of the politicians speak on television and they all say they want to help the people. This is great. The problem is that they do not (7) ____ their promises. Many people become president and then steal (8) ____ of money. I haven’t seen many presidents who help their people. There are lots of poor people in every country, (9) ____ politicians are liars. The election in Iran is also difficult. Many Americans want Mr. Ahmadinejad (10) ____ lose. He wants to help poor people in Iran.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

voters

(b)

voting

(c)

voted

2.

(a)

change

(b)

chance

(c)

chase

3.

(a)

legal

(b)

laws

(c)

lawyer

4.

(a)

exciting

(b)

excited

(c)

excitement

5.

(a)

arguments

(b)

argue

(c)

arguing

6.

(a)

confusion

(b)

confusing

(c)

confused

7.

(a)

save

(b)

store

(c)

keep

8.

(a)

lot

(b)

many

(c)

lots

9.

(a)

because

(b)

so

(c)

however

10.

(a)

him

(b)

not

(c)

to


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

Iran tevdo

2.

laws in Iran are too tsitrc

3.

he doesn’t itnsel

4.

people were ceixetd

5.

people eestrotpd

6.

lots of ratngusme

 

Paragraph 2

7.

It’s very oincngsuf

8.

politicians pskae on television

9.

keep their pirseoms

10.

seatl lots of money

11.

politicians are lrsia

12.

also ctudlfifi


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

and he doesn’t listen to the U.S.A. Many people were excited about the election. Thousands of

(    )

I think elections are difficult. It’s very confusing to know who is best. All of the politicians speak on

1  )

Iran voted. It was one of the most important elections in the world. It was between the president,

(    )

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and another man called Mir-Hossein Mousavi. Mr. Mousavi wanted to change many things in

(    )

also difficult. Many Americans want Mr. Ahmadinejad to lose. He wants to help poor people in Iran.

(    )

Iran. He said the laws in Iran are too strict. But, many people like Mr. Ahmadinejad. They think he is strong

(    )

their promises. Many people become president and then steal lots of money. I haven’t seen many presidents who help

(    )

television and they all say they want to help the people. This is great. The problem is that they do not keep

(    )

their people. There are lots of poor people in every country, so politicians are liars. The election in Iran is

(    )

people protested in the streets. There were lots of arguments about which person should win.


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

the     elections     world     of     important     the     One     most     in.    

2.

in     to     Iran     change     many     Mousavi     things     wanted.    

3.

Iran     strict     said     in     too     He     laws     are     the.    

4.

Many     election     the     about     excited     were     people.    

5.

of     Thousands     streets     the     in     protested     people.    

6.

to     know     It’s     who     very     is     confusing     best.    

7.

on     speak     politicians     the     of     All     television.    

8.

do     keep     promises     They     not     their.    

9.

of     in     lots     people     country     are     poor     every     There.    

10.

want     lose     Mr     .     Many     Ahmadinejad     Americans     to.    


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.

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6.

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WRITING

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about elections. Include imaginary interviews with two people, one who loves elections and one who hates them. 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 President Ahmadinejad. Ask him three questions about Iran’s elections. Give him three of your opinions on Iran. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

 

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