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11-11-11 (11th November, 2011)

Today sees an event that only happens once every 100 years. All the numbers in the time and date are the same – the number one. At 11 seconds past 11 minutes past 11 o’clock, the time will be 11.11.11 and the date will be 11.11.11. Some people believe mysteries of the universe happen on this day. Famous psychic Uri Geller believes the number represents “the need to find balance in life”. He said: “When I see the number 1111, I pray for sick children and world peace.” A new movie released today called "11-11-11" predicts the opening to Hell.

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November 11 is also remembered around the world for another important reason. It is Veterans Day in North America and Remembrance or Armistice Day in the U.K. This is the day when people remember the end of World War I on the 11th of November 1918. Fighting ended at 11am on that day. It is famously known as "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month". WWI was called “the War to End All Wars”. Over 20 million people died in it.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

an event that only happens once

a.

of the universe

2

All the numbers in the time and

b.

released today

3.

mysteries

c.

date are the same

4.

the need to find

d.

for sick children

5.

I pray

e.

every 100 years

6.

A new movie

f.

balance in life

 

Paragraph 2

1.

remembered

a.

End All Wars

2

another important

b.

on that day

3.

people remember the end

c.

million people died

4.

Fighting ended at 11am

d.

around the world

5.

the War to

e.

of World War I

6.

Over 20

f.

reason


LISTENING GAP FILL

Today sees an event _____________________ every 100 years. All the numbers in the time and date are the same – the number one. _____________________ 11 minutes past 11 o’clock, the time will be 11.11.11 and the date will be 11.11.11. Some people _____________________ the universe happen on this day. Famous psychic Uri Geller believes _____________________ “the need to find balance in life”. He said: “When I see the number 1111, I _____________________ and world peace.” A new movie _____________________ "11-11-11" predicts the opening to Hell.

November 11 _____________________ around the world for _____________________. It is Veterans Day in North America and Remembrance or Armistice Day in the U.K. This is the day _____________________ the end of World War I on the 11th of November 1918. _____________________ 11am on that day. It is famously known as "_____________________ of the eleventh day of the eleventh month". WWI was called “the War to End All Wars”. Over 20 _____________________ in it.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Today sees an (1) ____ that only happens once every 100 years. All the numbers in the time and date are the (2) ____ – the number one. At 11 seconds past 11 minutes past 11 o’clock, the time will be 11.11.11 and the (3) ____ will be 11.11.11. Some people believe mysteries of the universe happen on this day. Famous psychic Uri Geller (4) ____ the number represents “the need to find balance (5) ____ life”. He said: “When I see the number 1111, I pray for sick children and world (6) ____.” A new movie released today called "11-11-11" predicts the opening to Hell.

November 11 is also remembered around the world for another important (7) ____. It is Veterans Day in North America and Remembrance or Armistice Day in the U.K. This is the day when people (8) ____ the (9) ____ of World War I on the 11th of November 1918. Fighting ended at 11am on that day. It is (10) ____ known (11) ____ "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month". WWI was (12) ____ “the War to End All Wars”. Over 20 million people died in it.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

even

(b)

event

(c)

eventful

2.

(a)

same

(b)

similar

(c)

identical

3.

(a)

days

(b)

dating

(c)

date

4.

(a)

belief

(b)

believes

(c)

believing

5.

(a)

in

(b)

on

(c)

at

6.

(a)

piece

(b)

peace

(c)

peas

7.

(a)

why

(b)

goal

(c)

reason

8.

(a)

remember

(b)

memory

(c)

memorize

9.

(a)

finish

(b)

last

(c)

end

10.

(a)

famously

(b)

fame

(c)

famous

11.

(a)

has

(b)

as

(c)

was

12

(a)

call

(b)

calls

(c)

called


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

apnehps once every 100 years

2.

the umnber one

3.

sseeityrm of the universe

4.

find lneaabc in life

5.

pray for sick deinlrhc

6.

A new movie daeelesr today

 

Paragraph 2

7.

emedmeberr around the world

8.

another important onraes

9.

Fighting ndede at 11am

10.

oausyflm known as

11.

the eetehlvn month

12.

20 nliomli people died


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

famously known as "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh

(    )

past 11 o’clock, the time will be 11.11.11 and the date will be 11.11.11. Some people believe

(    )

November 11 is also remembered around the world for another

1  )

Today sees an event that only happens once every 100 years. All the numbers

(    )

the 11th of November 1918. Fighting ended at 11am on that day. It is

(    )

the U.K. This is the day when people remember the end of World War I on

(    )

need to find balance in life”. He said: “When I see the number 1111, I pray for sick

(    )

in the time and date are the same – the number one. At 11 seconds past 11 minutes

(    )

month". WWI was called “the War to End All Wars”. Over 20 million people died in it.

(    )

important reason. It is Veterans Day in North America and Remembrance or Armistice Day in

(    )

children and world peace.” A new movie released today called "11-11-11" predicts the opening to Hell.

(    )

mysteries of the universe happen on this day. Famous psychic Uri Geller believes the number represents “the


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

event     happens     100     An     only    every     that     once     years.

2.

numbers     time     are    The    the    date     same     in     and     the.    

3.

minutes     o’clock     11     11     11     At     past     past     seconds.    

4.

find     to     need     The     life     in     balance.    

5.

pray     world     for     peace     sick     children     I     and.    

6.

11     the     is     world     also     remembered     November     around.    

7.

I     people     end     War     When     the     World     remember     of.    

8.

11am     at     ended     Fighting     day     that     on.    

9.

the     War     to     End     All     Wars     ”.     WWI     was     called     “

10.

died     people     million     20     Over     it     in.    


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 11-11-11 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. 11-11-11: Search the Internet and find more information about 11-11-11. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about 11-11-11. Include an imaginary interview with people who think this day is important. 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 date expert. Ask him/her three questions about 11-11-11. Give him/her three of your opinions on this day. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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