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Boy Drinks Petrol To Become Robot

A 14-year-old boy in China drank petrol to be like his Transformers movie hero Optimus Prime. His father said: "Since the boy watched the film, he started drinking gasoline to become a brave fighter. He was a very smart boy. He could even repair a television. But now he does not know the answer of seven plus 17.” The boy started by drinking fuel from cigarette lighters. He soon moved on to stealing petrol from cars. His father added: "We were shocked when one day he drank half a bottle of gasoline from our motorcycle."

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I think this is a sad story. The boy only wanted to be like his hero. It’s a little strange his family didn’t know about his habit. Petrol has a really bad smell. Surely his parents knew something was strange. They must be really mad at Hollywood. The Transformers movie changed the boy’s life forever. Drinking the petrol damaged his brain. The makers of the movie should help him. They should send the boy to a special school where he can get better. The boss of the film company would be a real hero if he or she did this.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

A 14-year-

a.

plus 17

2

He was a

b.

a television

3.

He could even repair

c.

a bottle

4.

the answer of seven

d.

to stealing

5.

He soon moved on

e.

old boy in China

6.

he drank half

f.

very smart boy

 

Paragraph 2

1.

The boy only wanted to be

a.

about his habit

2

his family didn’t know

b.

a special school

3.

really mad at

c.

be a real hero

4.

changed the boy’s life

d.

Hollywood

5.

send the boy to

e.

forever

6.

The boss of the film company would

f.

like his hero


LISTENING GAP FILL

A 14-year-old boy in China drank petrol ________________ Transformers movie hero Optimus Prime. His father said: "________________ the film, he started drinking gasoline to become a brave fighter. He was a very smart boy. He ________________ television. But now he does not know the answer of seven plus 17.” The boy ________________ fuel from cigarette lighters. He ________________ stealing petrol from cars. His father added: "We were shocked when one day he drank ________________ gasoline from our motorcycle."

I think this is a sad story. The boy ________________ like his hero. It’s a little strange his family didn’t know about his habit. Petrol ________________ smell. Surely his parents knew something was strange. They ________________ at Hollywood. The Transformers movie changed the boy’s life forever. Drinking the petrol damaged his brain. ________________ movie should help him. They should send the boy ________________ where he can get better. The boss of the film company would be a real hero __________________.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

A 14-year-old boy in China (1) ____ petrol to be like his Transformers movie hero Optimus Prime. His father said: "(2) ____ the boy watched the film, he started drinking gasoline to become a brave fighter. He was a very smart boy. He could even (3) ____ a television. But now he does not know the answer of seven plus 17.” The boy started (4) ____ drinking fuel from cigarette lighters. He soon moved on to stealing petrol from cars. His father added: "We were (5) ____ when one day he drank half a bottle of gasoline from our motorcycle."

I think this is a sad story. The boy only wanted to be like his hero. It’s a little (6) ____ his family didn’t know about his habit. Petrol has a really bad (7) ____. Surely his parents knew something was strange. They must be really mad at Hollywood. The Transformers movie changed the boy’s life forever. Drinking (8) ____ petrol damaged his brain. The makers of the movie should help (9) ____. They should send the boy to a special school where he can get better. The boss of the film company would be a real hero if he or she (10) ____ this.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

drank

(b)

drank

(c)

drinks

2.

(a)

Since

(b)

From

(c)

Soon

3.

(a)

repaired

(b)

repair

(c)

repairs

4.

(a)

at

(b)

to

(c)

by

5.

(a)

shocked

(b)

shocks

(c)

shocking

6.

(a)

stranger

(b)

strangely

(c)

strange

7.

(a)

smells

(b)

smelly

(c)

smell

8.

(a)

a

(b)

the

(c)

those

9.

(a)

him

(b)

he

(c)

his

10.

(a)

do

(b)

doing

(c)

did


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

veoim hero

2.

he stdtear drinking gasoline

3.

a very tarsm boy

4.

eluf from cigarette lighters

5.

eganilst petrol from cars

6.

he drank half a totlbe

 

Paragraph 2

7.

a little grntsea

8.

know about his ihabt

9.

They must be elyral mad

10.

changed the boy’s life roeervf

11.

a aicslep school

12.

film ycpmoan


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

added: "We were shocked when one day he drank half a bottle of gasoline from our motorcycle."

(    )

smart boy. He could even repair a television. But now he does not know the answer of seven plus 17.” The boy

(    )

I think this is a sad story. The boy only wanted to be like his hero. It’s a little strange his family didn’t

1  )

A 14-year-old boy in China drank petrol to be like his Transformers movie hero Optimus Prime. His father said:

(    )

school where he can get better. The boss of the film company would be a real hero if he or she did this.

(    )

"Since the boy watched the film, he started drinking gasoline to become a brave fighter. He was a very

(    )

petrol damaged his brain. The makers of the movie should help him. They should send the boy to a special

(    )

started by drinking fuel from cigarette lighters. He soon moved on to stealing petrol from cars. His father

(    )

know about his habit. Petrol has a really bad smell. Surely his parents knew something was strange. They must

(    )

be really mad at Hollywood. The Transformers movie changed the boy’s life forever. Drinking the


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

A     petrol     drank     China     in     boy     old     -     year     -     14.    

2.

repair     television     He     even     a     could.    

3.

know    the    answer    of    seven    plus    17    He    does    not.   

4.

petrol     moved     stealing     cars     soon     to     from     He     on.    

5.

One     drank     bottle     he     a     gasoline     day     half     of.    

6.

hero     boy     to     his     The     wanted     like     only     be.    

7.

family     a     didn’t     little     know     strange     his     It’s.    

8.

his     Surely     strange     was     something     knew     parents.    

9.

the     damaged     brain     Drinking     petrol     his.    

10.

should     boy     special     They     the     a     send     to     school.    


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.

________________________________________________________

4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about robots. Include imaginary interviews with someone who makes robots and someone who wants a robot. 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 the maker of the movie. Ask him/her three questions about Transformers. Give him/her three suggestions on how to help the boy. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

 

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