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Paparazzi Hunt for First Beyonce Baby Photo (10th January, 2012)

Superstar singer Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay-Z had their first child on Saturday. The new parents are overjoyed at the birth of their baby daughter and said: "We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born on Saturday, January 7, 2012. Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven. She was delivered naturally…and it was the best experience of both of our lives." They added: “We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support.”

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The world’s celebrity magazines and paparazzi photographers are now going crazy. They want to be first to get pictures of the newborn. Showbiz reporters believe the couple could get millions of dollars for exclusive photos of Blue Ivy with her parents. Meanwhile, journalists are still reporting on the anger caused by the high level of security in the hospital, which made it difficult for other families to visit their new babies. Father-to-be Neil Coulon complained: “Three times they stopped me from entering or exiting the ICU….I want an apology.”

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

The new parents are

a.

to everyone

2

the birth of their

b.

naturally

3.

She was delivered

c.

support

4.

the best experience of

d.

baby daughter

5.

We are thankful

e.

both of our lives

6.

well wishes, love and

f.

overjoyed

 

Paragraph 2

1.

celebrity

a.

of the newborn

2

going

b.

magazines

3.

be first to get pictures

c.

to-be

4.

the high level

d.

apology

5.

Father-

e.

crazy

6.

I want an

f.

of security


LISTENING GAP FILL

Superstar singer Beyonce and ___________________ Jay-Z had their first child on Saturday. The new parents are overjoyed at ___________________ baby daughter and said: "We are happy to ___________________ of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born on Saturday, January 7, 2012. Her birth was emotional and ___________________, we are in heaven. She was delivered naturally…and it was the ___________________ of both of our lives." They added: “We are ___________________ for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support.”

The world’s ___________________ and paparazzi photographers are now going crazy. They want to ___________________ pictures of the newborn. Showbiz reporters believe the couple could get millions of dollars for ___________________ of Blue Ivy with her parents. Meanwhile, journalists are still reporting on the anger caused by ___________________ security in the hospital, which ___________________ for other families to visit their new babies. Father-to-be Neil Coulon complained: “Three times they stopped me from ___________________ the ICU….I want an apology.”


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Superstar singer Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay-Z had their first child on Saturday. The new (1) ____ are overjoyed at the birth of their baby daughter and said: "We are happy to (2) ____ the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born on Saturday, January 7, 2012. Her (3) ____ was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven. She was (4) ____ naturally…and it was the best experience of both of our lives." They          (5) ____: “We are thankful to everyone (6) ____ all your prayers, well wishes, love and support.”

The world’s celebrity magazines and paparazzi photographers are now      (7) ____ crazy. They want to be first to get pictures of the (8) ____. Showbiz reporters believe the couple could get millions of dollars for         (9) ____ photos of Blue Ivy with her parents. Meanwhile, journalists are still reporting on the anger caused (10) ____ the high level of security in the hospital, which made it difficult (11) ____ other families to visit their new babies. Father-to-be Neil Coulon complained: “Three times they stopped me from entering or (12) ____ the ICU….I want an apology.”

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

parent

(b)

parenting

(c)

parents

2.

(a)

announce

(b)

announced

(c)

announcing

3.

(a)

born

(b)

birth

(c)

birthday

4.

(a)

delivery

(b)

delivered

(c)

delivers

5.

(a)

subtracted

(b)

multiplied

(c)

added

6.

(a)

for

(b)

at

(c)

by

7.

(a)

gone

(b)

going

(c)

go

8.

(a)

newly

(b)

born

(c)

newborn

9.

(a)

developed

(b)

exclusive

(c)

sepia

10.

(a)

by

(b)

as

(c)

to

11.

(a)

so

(b)

from

(c)

for

12

(a)

exiting

(b)

exciting

(c)

existing


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

Beyonce and her rapper ahunsbd

2.

The new parents are ydverojeo

3.

announce the lvrraia

4.

extremely euecpalf

5.

We are kftnhalu to everyone

6.

love and urtpsop

 

Paragraph 2

7.

litebercy magazines

8.

first to get tecripus

9.

lnlsioim of dollars

10.

high level of uirteycs

11.

entering or xetiign

12.

I want an goapoyl


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born on Saturday, January 7, 2012. Her birth

(    )

to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support.”

(    )

difficult for other families to visit their new babies. Father-to-be Neil Coulon complained: “Three

(    )

crazy. They want to be first to get pictures of the newborn. Showbiz reporters believe the

(    )

was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven. She was delivered

(    )

naturally…and it was the best experience of both of our lives." They added: “We are thankful

1  )

Superstar singer Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay-Z had their first child on Saturday. The new

(    )

The world’s celebrity magazines and paparazzi photographers are now going

(    )

still reporting on the anger caused by the high level of security in the hospital, which made it

(    )

couple could get millions of dollars for exclusive photos of Blue Ivy with her parents. Meanwhile, journalists are

(    )

times they stopped me from entering or exiting the ICU….I want an apology.”

(    )

parents are overjoyed at the birth of their baby daughter and said: "We are happy to


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

husband     rapper     her     and     Beyonce     singer     Superstar.    

2.

parents     birth     are     overjoyed     The     at     new     the.    

3.

the     announce     to     happy     are     We     arrival.    

4.

both     The     of     best     our     experience     lives     of.    

5.

to     thankful     are     We     everyone.    

6.

going     now     are     Photographers     crazy.    

7.

first     They     to     want     get     to     pictures     be.    

8.

couple     The     dollars     of     millions     get     could.    

9.

The     in     high     the     level     hospital     of     security.    

10.

me     stopped     They     exiting     or     entering     from.    


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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Beyonce’s baby. Include an imaginary interview with her and the baby. 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 Beyonce. Ask her three questions about Blue Ivy. Give her three of your opinions on the baby’s name. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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