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Mahatma Gandhi’s Ashes Finally Scattered (January 30, 2010)

Mahatma Gandhi died 62 years ago but his ashes have only just been scattered. Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948. Since then, his 69-year-old granddaughter Ela Gandhi has kept his ashes. There were many family arguments over what they should do with them. They finally decided to scatter them in the Indian Ocean off the coast of South Africa. Gandhi spent much of his younger years there campaigning for Indian workers’ rights. Ela said: “It was a beautiful ceremony attended by more than 200 people."

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It’s wonderful that Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes have finally been scattered. He was a truly great man. Today’s youngsters everywhere in the world need to learn about him. His message of non-violence can teach many world leaders a lot. Gandhi was a hero for so many people. Martin Luther King Jr. often quoted Gandhi’s words: “Through our pain we will make them see their injustice." Perhaps one of the biggest injustices of the twentieth century is this – Mahatma Gandhi never received a Nobel Peace Prize.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

his ashes have only just

a.

rights

2

Gandhi was

b.

more than 200

3.

family

c.

assassinated

4.

off the coast

d.

been scattered

5.

campaigning for Indian workers’

e.

arguments

6.

a beautiful ceremony attended by

f.

of South Africa

 

Paragraph 2

1.

a truly

a.

the 20th century

2

His message

b.

many people

3.

a hero for so

c.

Nobel Peace Prize

4.

quoted

d.

of non-violence

5.

the biggest injustices of

e.

great man

6.

Gandhi never received a

f.

Gandhi’s words


LISTENING GAP FILL

Mahatma Gandhi died 62 years ago but his _________________ just been scattered. Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948. Since then, his 69-year-old granddaughter Ela Gandhi _________________. There were many family arguments over what they should do with them. They _________________ scatter them in the Indian Ocean off the coast of South Africa. Gandhi spent _________________ years there campaigning for Indian workers’ rights. Ela said: “It was a beautiful ceremony _________________ than 200 people."

It’s wonderful that Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes have finally been scattered. He was _________________. Today’s youngsters everywhere in the _________________ about him. His message of non-violence can teach many _________________. Gandhi _________________ many people. Martin Luther King Jr. often quoted Gandhi’s words: “Through _________________ make them see their injustice." Perhaps one of the biggest injustices of the twentieth century is this – Mahatma Gandhi _________________ Nobel Peace Prize.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Mahatma Gandhi (1) ____ 62 years ago but his ashes have only just been scattered. Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948. Since (2) ____, his 69-year-old granddaughter Ela Gandhi has kept his ashes. There were many family arguments (3) ____ what they should do with them. They finally decided to scatter them in the Indian Ocean (4) ____ the coast of South Africa. Gandhi spent much of his younger years there campaigning for Indian workers’ rights. Ela said: “It was a beautiful ceremony (5) ____ by more than 200 people."

It’s wonderful that Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes have (6) ____ been scattered. He was a truly great man. Today’s youngsters everywhere in the world need to learn about him. His message of (7) ____-violence can teach many world leaders (8) ____  lot. Gandhi was a hero for so many people. Martin Luther King Jr. often quoted Gandhi’s words: “Through our (9) ____ we will make them see their injustice." Perhaps one of the biggest injustices of the twentieth century is (10) ____ – Mahatma Gandhi never received a Nobel Peace Prize.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

died

(b)

death

(c)

dead

2.

(a)

that

(b)

there

(c)

then

3.

(a)

under

(b)

over

(c)

across

4.

(a)

at

(b)

off

(c)

to

5.

(a)

attended

(b)

attend

(c)

attendance

6.

(a)

finally

(b)

final

(c)

finalize

7.

(a)

not

(b)

non

(c)

no

8.

(a)

the

(b)

so

(c)

a

9.

(a)

painful

(b)

pain

(c)

pained

10.

(a)

that

(b)

these

(c)

this


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

only tsju

2.

tekp his ashes

3.

lyfaim arguments

4.

off the sotac

5.

workers’ grihts

6.

a beautiful necyreom

 

Paragraph 2

7.

It’s refowudln

8.

a uylrt great man

9.

emssaeg of non-violence

10.

doqute Gandhi’s words

11.

see their jeuinisct

12.

the twentieth tnryuec


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

biggest injustices of the twentieth century is this – Mahatma Gandhi never received a Nobel Peace Prize.

(    )

can teach many world leaders a lot. Gandhi was a hero for so many people. Martin Luther King Jr. often quoted

1  )

Mahatma Gandhi died 62 years ago but his ashes have only just been scattered. Gandhi was assassinated

(    )

on January 30, 1948. Since then, his 69-year-old granddaughter Ela Gandhi has kept his

(    )

man. Today’s youngsters everywhere in the world need to learn about him. His message of non-violence

(    )

scatter them in the Indian Ocean off the coast of South Africa. Gandhi spent much of his younger years there

(    )

ashes. There were many family arguments over what they should do with them. They finally decided to

(    )

campaigning for Indian workers’ rights. Ela said: “It was a beautiful ceremony attended by more than 200 people."

(    )

It’s wonderful that Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes have finally been scattered. He was a truly great

(    )

Gandhi’s words: “Through our pain we will make them see their injustice." Perhaps one of the


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

have     ashes     His     scattered     been     just     only.    

2.

1948     on     January     Gandhi     30,     was     assassinated.    

3.

do     over     with     what     them     they     should     Arguments.    

4.

coast     South     the     of     Africa     Off.    

5.

more   people   beautiful   by   200   A   attended   than   ceremony.

6.

.     was     He     truly     a     man     great

7.

world     Today’s     everywhere     the     youngsters     in.     

8.

many     message     -     teach     His     non     can     of     violence.    

9.

Gandhi     so     was     many     a     people     hero     for.    

10.

biggest     The     century     twentieth     the     of     injustices.    


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 Mahatma Gandhi 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. MAHATMA GANDHI: Search the Internet and find more information about Mahatma Gandhi. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about cremations and funerals. 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 hero of Mahatma Gandhi. Ask him/her three questions about Gandhi. Give him/her three of your opinions on Mahatma Gandhi. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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