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World’s Oldest Dog Dies at 147

The world’s oldest dog has died aged 147. That’s in “dog years”, not human years. She was 21 years old in our years. Her name was Chanel and she was a dachshund (also known as a sausage dog). Chanel’s owners, Denice and Karl Shaughnessy, were very sad at the death of their pet. They said she was a part of their life for so many years. Mrs Shaughnessy told reporters that Chanel, who loved chocolate, lived a long time because she was blessed by God. "Dogs are God's angels sent here to look out for us," she said.

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It’s amazing that Chanel lived so long. Especially because she loved chocolate, and had other unhealthy habits. Her owners did take her for a walk every day, so she got exercise. She really was part of the family. I wonder if Chanel knew she was so old. I’m not sure if I want to be that old. People who live to be 100 or more see many changes in their life. They are almost like a walking history book. People who are over 100 today can remember life before cars. New medicine will make more of us live longer and longer.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

She was 21 years old in

a.

death of their pet

2

also known as

b.

by God

3.

sad at the

c.

our years

4.

part of their life

d.

look out for us

5.

she was blessed

e.

a sausage dog

6.

sent here to

f.

for so many years

 

Paragraph 2

1.

It’s amazing that Chanel lived

a.

walk every day

2

other unhealthy

b.

history book

3.

take her for a

c.

the family

4.

part of

d.

so long

5.

like a walking

e.

and longer

6.

live longer

f.

habits


LISTENING GAP FILL

The world’s oldest dog has _____________. That’s in “dog years”, ________________. She was 21 years old in our years. Her name was Chanel and she was a dachshund (_____________ a sausage dog). Chanel’s owners, Denice and Karl Shaughnessy, were very ________________ of their pet. They said she was a part of their ________________ years. Mrs Shaughnessy told reporters that Chanel, who loved chocolate, lived a long time because she was blessed by God. "Dogs are God's angels sent here ________________ us," she said.

It’s amazing that Chanel lived so long. Especially because she loved chocolate, and had other ________________. Her owners did take her for a walk every day, so ________________. She ________________ the family. I wonder if Chanel knew she was so old. I’m not sure if I want to be that old. People who live to be 100 or more ________________ in their life. They are almost like a walking history book. People _________________ today can remember life before cars. New medicine _________________ us live longer and longer.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

The world’s oldest dog has (1) ____ aged 147. That’s in “dog years”, not  (2) ____ years. She was 21 years old in our years. Her name was Chanel and she was a dachshund (also known as a sausage dog). Chanel’s owners, Denice and Karl Shaughnessy, were very sad (3) ____ the death of their pet. They said she was a part of their life for so many years. Mrs Shaughnessy told reporters that Chanel, who loved chocolate, lived a long time because she was (4) ____ by God. "Dogs are God's angels sent here to look (5) ____ for us," she said.

It’s amazing that Chanel lived so long. Especially because she loved chocolate, and had (6) ____ unhealthy habits. Her owners did (7) ____ her for a walk every day, so she got exercise. She really was part of the family. I wonder if Chanel knew she was so old. I’m not (8) ____ if I want to be that old. People who live to be 100 or more see many changes in their life. They are almost like a walking (9) ____ book. People who are over 100 today can remember life before cars. New medicine will make more of us (10) ____ longer and longer.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

death

(b)

dead

(c)

died

2.

(a)

human

(b)

humanly

(c)

humans

3.

(a)

to

(b)

at

(c)

on

4.

(a)

blessing

(b)

blessed

(c)

blesses

5.

(a)

out

(b)

up

(c)

after

6.

(a)

others

(b)

another

(c)

other

7.

(a)

take

(b)

make

(c)

fake

8.

(a)

surely

(b)

sure

(c)

sureness

9.

(a)

history

(b)

historian

(c)

historical

10.

(a)

living

(b)

life

(c)

live


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

nhaum years

2.

a esagsau dog

3.

sad at the aedth

4.

so many aersy

5.

sebedls by God

6.

Dogs are God's saenlg

 

Paragraph 2

7.

It’s azaigmn

8.

she dvloe chocolate

9.

she got sexcreie

10.

many snahecg in their life

11.

rytoshi book

12.

live lgnore


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

in their life. They are almost like a walking history book. People who are over 100 today can remember

(    )

Karl Shaughnessy, were very sad at the death of their pet. They said she was a part of their life for so

(    )

many years. Mrs Shaughnessy told reporters that Chanel, who loved chocolate, lived a long time because she was blessed

(    )

old in our years. Her name was Chanel and she was a dachshund (also known as a sausage dog). Chanel’s owners, Denice and

(    )

by God. "Dogs are God's angels sent here to look out for us," she said.

(    )

habits. Her owners did take her for a walk every day, so she got exercise. She really was part of the family. I wonder if

(    )

It’s amazing that Chanel lived so long. Especially because she loved chocolate, and had other unhealthy

1  )

Chanel knew she was so old. I’m not sure if I want to be that old. People who live to be 100 or more see many changes

(    )

The world’s oldest dog has died aged 147. That’s in “dog years”, not human years. She was 21 years

(    )

life before cars. New medicine will make more of us live longer and longer.


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

aged     oldest     147     dog     has     The     died     world’s.    

2.

old     She     in     was     our     21     years     years.    

3.

and     a     Her     Chanel     was     was     she     dachshund     name.    

4.

for     years     part     life     many     A     their     so     of.    

5.

here     us     to     look     Angels     out     sent     for.    

6.

so     lived     Chanel     that     amazing     It’s     long.    

7.

take     her     for     a     walk     every     day     Her     owners     did.    

8.

Chanel     was     if     she     old     wonder     knew     so     I.    

9.

a     They     walking     are     history     almost     book     like.    

10.

will     live     make     longer     more     of     Medicine     us.    


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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about being the oldest person in the world. 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 Chanel’s owners. Ask them three questions about Chanel. Give them three of your ideas on how they can deal with Chanel’s death. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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