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Michael Jackson Movie Premieres (30th October)

Thousands of Michael Jackson fans went to the cinema on Wednesday night to see the movie “This Is It". The film is a documentary made from 100 hours of video. It shows Jackson rehearsing for his London concerts that never happened. The film premiered in 17 cities around the world. Many stars were at the premieres, including Will Smith and Jennifer Lopez in Los Angeles. Experts believe the movie will make around $60 million worldwide. People who saw the film said it was awesome. The movie is sure to be a hit in the 97 countries it is showing.

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The death of Michael Jackson was a huge shock. He was so young and still had a lot more music to give his fans. Jackson is called the King of Pop. He wowed the world for four decades with his beautiful voice and amazing dancing. You can hear his songs in every country you visit. Everybody has a favourite Michael Jackson song. The movie “This Is It” shows the very last images of Michael. He sang his final song the evening before he died, and that is on video. It is very likely the movie will be a favourite for decades to come.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

Thousands of

a.

of video

2

The film is a

b.

the premieres

3.

100 hours

c.

never happened

4.

his London concerts that

d.

Michael Jackson fans

5.

Many stars were at

e.

to be a hit

6.

The movie is sure

f.

documentary

 

Paragraph 2

1.

The death of Michael Jackson

a.

the world

2

still had a lot more

b.

of Michael

3.

He wowed

c.

to come

4.

You can hear his songs

d.

was a huge shock

5.

the very last images

e.

in every country

6.

for decades

f.

music to give


LISTENING GAP FILL

Thousands of Michael Jackson ___________________ cinema on Wednesday night to see the movie “This Is It". The film is a documentary made ___________________ video. It shows Jackson ___________________ London concerts that never happened. The film premiered in 17 cities around the world. Many ___________________ premieres, including Will Smith and Jennifer Lopez in Los Angeles. Experts believe the movie ___________________ $60 million worldwide. People who saw the film said it was awesome. The movie ___________________ in the 97 countries it is showing.

The death of Michael Jackson ___________________. He was so young and ___________________ music to give his fans. Jackson is called the King of Pop. He wowed the world for four decades with his beautiful voice and amazing dancing. You ___________________ every country you visit. Everybody has a favourite Michael Jackson song. The movie “This Is It” shows the very last images of Michael. He ___________________ the evening before he died, ___________________. It is very likely the movie will be a favourite ___________________.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

(1) ____ of Michael Jackson fans went to the cinema on Wednesday night to see the movie “This Is It". The film is a documentary made (2) ____ 100 hours of video. It shows Jackson (3) ____ for his London concerts that never happened. The film premiered in 17 cities around the world. Many stars were at the premieres, including Will Smith and Jennifer Lopez in Los Angeles. Experts (4) ____ the movie will make around $60 million worldwide. People who saw the film said it was awesome. The movie is (5) ____ to be a hit in the 97 countries it is showing.

The (6) ____ of Michael Jackson was a huge shock. He was so young and still had a lot more music to give his fans. Jackson is called the King of Pop. He (7) ____ the world for four decades with his beautiful voice and amazing dancing. You can hear his songs in every country you visit. Everybody has a favourite Michael Jackson song. The movie “This Is It” (8) ____ the very last images of Michael. He (9) ____ his final song the evening before he died, and that is on video. It is very (10) ____ the movie will be a favourite for decades to come.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

Thousands

(b)

Dozens

(c)

Millions

2.

(a)

at

(b)

from

(c)

in

3.

(a)

rehearsing

(b)

rehearsed

(c)

rehearsal

4.

(a)

belief

(b)

believer

(c)

believe

5.

(a)

surely

(b)

sure

(c)

shore

6.

(a)

death

(b)

dead

(c)

died

7.

(a)

wow

(b)

wows

(c)

wowed

8.

(a)

showing

(b)

shows

(c)

showed

9.

(a)

sang

(b)

sung

(c)

sing

10.

(a)

liking

(b)

likes

(c)

likely


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

dnsaoThsu of Michael Jackson fans

2.

The film is a atmodneyrcu

3.

100 hrosu of video

4.

17 citsie

5.

$60 olmnlii worldwide

6.

seur to be a hit

 

Paragraph 2

7.

The hteda of Michael Jackson

8.

He was so nouyg

9.

He odwew the world

10.

every country you visti

11.

smagie of Michael

12.

for deaecds to come


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

worldwide. People who saw the film said it was awesome. The movie is sure to be a hit in the 97 countries it is showing.

(    )

including Will Smith and Jennifer Lopez in Los Angeles. Experts believe the movie will make around $60 million

(    )

The movie “This Is It” shows the very last images of Michael. He sang his final song the evening before he died,

(    )

fans. Jackson is called the King of Pop. He wowed the world for four decades with his beautiful voice and

(    )

never happened. The film premiered in 17 cities around the world. Many stars were at the premieres,

(    )

is a documentary made from 100 hours of video. It shows Jackson rehearsing for his London concerts that

1  )

Thousands of Michael Jackson fans went to the cinema on Wednesday night to see the movie “This Is It". The film

(    )

The death of Michael Jackson was a huge shock. He was so young and still had a lot more music to give his

(    )

and that is on video. It is very likely the movie will be a favourite for decades to come.

(    )

amazing dancing. You can hear his songs in every country you visit. Everybody has a favourite Michael Jackson song.


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

Fans     on     went     Wednesday     to     night     the     cinema.    

2.

made     video     from     100     A     hours     documentary     of.    

3.

in     cities     The     premiered     17     film.    

4.

$     movie     60     will     million     make     around     The.    

5.

sure     to     The     be     movie     a     is     hit.    

6.

of     was     shock     death     Jackson     huge     The     Michael     a.    

7.

four     for     world     the     wowed     He     decades.    

8.

songs     You     in     can     every     hear     country     his.    

9.

song     He     the     sang     evening     his     before     final.    

10.

come The movie will be a favourite for decades 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.

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Michael Jackson. Include imaginary interviews with people who knew him. 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 director of “This Is It”. Ask him three questions about Michael Jackson. Give him three of your opinions on the King of Pop. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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