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All  About Britain

Julie Hart


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Burlington Books


To the Teacher Before Reading After Reading Final Test Answers to Final Test Answers to Activities in the Reader Answers to Cross-Curricular Focus

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All About Britain

to the teacher

All About Britain gives readers an overview of famous British people and places as well as exposing them to the history and culture of Great Britain. Chapter 1 offers a tour of the famous ghosts of Britain. The tour starts in London, where the ghost of Anne Boleyn haunts the Tower of London and the ghost of an actor lives in the Covent Garden Underground Station. After that, the tour continues to Scotland, the island of Iona and the Montgomery Canal in Wales. In chapter 2, readers learn about the jobs and unusual uniforms of a Queens Guard at Buckingham Palace, a beefeater at the Tower of London, a bagpipe player in Scotland and a British judge. Chapters 3 and 4 describe some of the famous sites and attractions in Britain, including the Houses of Parliament, Stonehenge, the Jorvik Viking Museum and the Roman Wall. The Royal Family, the recent royal wedding and some unusual royal traditions and ceremonies are the topics of chapter 5. Readers find out what happens at the State Opening of Parliament and the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London and on other special days. There are many unique traditions for British holidays and festivals. A few of these traditions, including making lanterns on Halloween, having bonfires to remember Guy Fawkes, decorating a tree at Christmas and tricking friends on April Fools Day, are described in chapter 6. In chapter 7, readers discover the ingredients of some traditional British food and learn how to order a meal. Some of the ingredients are very surprising. For example, theres dried blood in black pudding, and toad in the hole isnt an animal, its a tasty meal with sausages. After enjoying the food chapter, readers learn about the national sports, football, cricket and tennis, in chapter 8. Readers can read about the rules of cricket and some of the traditions at the Wimbledon tennis tournament. Chapters 9 and 10 are about the great British writers William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and J.K. Rowling, and some famous British personalities including Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Winston Churchill and the Beatles. All these people have influenced British life and culture in different ways. There are many fascinating British legends. In chapter 11, there is a cartoon of the Lambton Worm and then readers can read about the Loch Ness Monster and George and the Dragon. The Lambton Worm is a story about a frightening creature in a well. Lord Lambton kills the creature and saves all the children of the town. The Loch Ness Monster is a legendary creature in the Loch Ness lake in Scotland. Theres a photograph of the creature but nobody knows if its real. Tourists still visit Loch Ness to look for the monster today. George and the Dragon is a legend about a brave knight. The knight saves a princess from a horrible dragon. Finally, chapter 12 is about modern Britain, its technology and popular British celebrities and shows. Britain is a leader in wind turbine technology and has got the biggest wind turbines in the world. Also, the O2 Arena in London is a fine example of modern British architecture and is the venue for many important concerts. Chef Jamie Oliver is one of the celebrities in this chapter. He is important because he is changing the British diet and making school meals healthier. The chapter ends with Mr Bean, a funny television character, played by actor Rowan Atkinson.

R  oman and Viking invasions: The Romans invaded Britain in 43AD. They built the first towns in Britain and they built straight roads between the towns. You can still see the ruins of some Roman buildings today. The Vikings started invading England in 789AD. They built a capital in Jorvik, now called York. You can see some of the Viking ruins at the Jorvik Museum in York. K  ing Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn: Anne Boleyn was the second wife of King Henry VIII of England. Henry VIII had six wives. He was very cruel and he killed Anne because she couldnt produce a male heir. Anne and Henry had a daughter, Elizabeth. After Henry died, Elizabeth became Queen of England. T  he Government of Great Britain: Great Britain is an island which includes England, Scotland and Wales. It has got a royal family, but the Queen doesnt rule the country. There is a Parliament with ministers and a Prime Minister. Scotland has also got its own parliament and Wales has got an assembly.

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Before reaDinG
These activities are designed to help the students reading comprehension. They help to activate the students background knowledge and ability to predict. At this level, these activities will usually be conducted in the students mother tongue. Students with a strong vocabulary can do some of these activities in English. Ask the questions and elicit the answers from the whole class. Some possible answers are provided in italics. If you prefer, students can work in pairs or small groups.
Suggestions for Lead-in Ac tivitie s

1. Can you name ? a. three countries in Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales) b.  three British towns or cities (London, Manchester, Liverpool, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, Cardiff, Glasgow, York) c.  three British celebrities (Paul McCartney, David Beckham, Jamie Oliver, Rowan Atkinson, Colin Firth, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson) 2.  List as many members of the British Royal Family as you can. (Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Princess Anne, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie) What interesting facts do you know about them? 3.  What is the capital city of the United Kingdom? (London) Which famous buildings or landmarks do you know in that city? (Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, St Pauls Cathedral, London Eye) 4. What are some holidays you celebrate? What special things do you do on these days? 5.  Name some traditional foods from your country. Do you like them? Name some traditional British foods. (fish and chips, shepherds pie, cottage pie, Yorkshire pudding, scones) 6. Do you like British music? Which musicians do you like?
Before R eadi ng Ac tivitie s

1.  Look briefly at the pictures in each chapter. Which chapters look interesting to you? Explain why. 2.  Look at the picture and read the first two sentences on page 11. Who is Moira Cameron and what does she do? (She is the first female beefeater. She guards the Tower of London.) 3.  Look at the picture on page 12. Where do you think the man is from? (Scotland) Why? (Because hes wearing a kilt and playing a bagpipe.) 4.  Find a picture of a famous landmark in London. Then find the name of the landmark on the page. (Tower of London page 11, Big Ben page 16) 5.  On page 22, find seven members of the royal family. (Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Prince Harry, Prince William) 6. Read the lunch menu on page 31. Which foods do you like / dont you like? 7.  Find a picture from a popular film. (Page 37 has got a picture from a Harry Potter film.) Describe what is happening in the picture. (Harry Potter and Hagrid are riding on a motorbike with a sidecar.)

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After reaDinG
Drama Act ivitie s

Work with a partner or a group. Learn one of the dialogues below and act it out in front of the class. 1. An American tourist is ordering breakfast. Waiter: Good morning. Can I take your  order now? Tourist: Y  es, please. What do you recommend for breakfast today? Waiter: Y  ou can have a traditional English breakfast with eggs, sausages, black pudding and beans. Tourist: Black pudding? Whats that? Waiter: Its dried blood. Its delicious. Tourist: Blood! No, thanks Im not a  vampire! Can I have the eggs, sausages and beans, please? 2. Lord Lambton is fishing. Lord Lambton: W  hats that horrible creature? Its got teeth! Old man: Its a type of worm. Its just  a baby, but it looks dangerous! You must kill it! Lord Lambton:  I cant kill anything. Goodbye ugly worm. Im throwing you in the well. 3. The Lambton Worm five years later. Little Girl: A  aah! Theres a monster in the well! Lambton Worm:  Im hungry. Mmm! Those children look tasty! Mother: Help! That monsters got my  children! Townsman: T  heres a giant worm at the well. Every day, it comes into the town and steals our children. Lord Lambton:  Oh, no! Im responsible for this. I didnt kill the worm five years ago, but I must kill it now! Old man: I remember you! You didnt  listen to me. Lord Lambton: Wheres the worm now? Old man: Its at the well, but you cant kill  it now. Its enormous! Lord Lambton: I must try.


You may want to present some of these activities in the students own language. 1.  Trace a map of Britain. On your map, write the names of three countries and three cities from the book. 2. Imagine you are a beefeater at the Tower of London. Write a short paragraph about your job. 3.  Design a page for a travel brochure about York and the North of England. Include pictures of places to visit and a sentence about each place. 4.  Work in a group. Choose a royal ceremony and mime something people do in it. The rest of the group must guess the ceremony. 5.  Work in a group and play True or False. Make a true or false statement about a British festival. The rest of the group must decide if its true. 6.  Imagine youre one of the people in the book. The other students can ask 20 questions to try to guess who you are. You can only answer with: Yes, I am. / No, Im not.; Yes, I do. / No, I dont.; Yes, I have. / No, I havent. 7. Draw a picture of a legendary monster from the book. Then write a paragraph about it. 8.  Look in an encyclopedia or search on the Internet for information about a famous British person. Write a short paragraph about him / her and read it to the class.

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A Write the words next to the categories below.
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B Replace the pictures with words. Use the letters in brackets.

1. The British 2. We can see the 3. My 4. This is my sisters 5. Our house has got a red 6. The 7. You need a

C Choose the correct answer.

1. Beefeaters guard Buckingham Palace / the Tower of London. 2. There are old coins in a bagpipe / Big Ben. 3. The Romans built Hadrians Wall / Stonehenge. 4. The Queen sends a card / money to people on their 100th birthday. 5. Guy Fawkes wanted to blow up Buckingham Palace / the Houses of Parliament. 6. Sheffield was the town with the first tennis tournament / football club. 7. Charles Dickens wrote stories about bad experiences / wizards. 8. The Beatles were from London / Liverpool. 9. Lord Lambton killed a dragon / found a horrible worm. 10. Britain wants to build an enormous arena / wind turbine.
20 points (2 points each)

16 points (2 points each)

is red, white and blue. (galf) at night. (onom) is on 5th April. (tabyrhid) . Theyve got two children. (shadunb) . (foro) rings every hour. (lelb) to open the door. (yek)
14 points (2 points each)

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answers to final test

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C 1. the Tower of London

2. Big Ben 3. Hadrians Wall 4. a card 5. the Houses of Parliament 6. football club 7. bad experiences 8. Liverpool 9. found a horrible worm

neck heart

cow worm


orange juice water

castle factory
5. roof 6. bell 7. key

B 1. flag
2. moon 3. birthday 4. husband

10. wind turbine

answers to activities in the reaDer

PRE-READING ACTIVITIES (page 7) 1 1. flag 2. bell 3. clock 4. castle 5. lake 6. queen CHAPTERS 3-4 ACTIVITIES (pages 20-21) 1 1. moon 2. coins 3. soldier 4. sun 5. clock 6. bell 4. carry 5. village 2 1. c 2. a 3. d 2. a, g 4. e 5. b 4. c, f 3 1. b, h 3. d, e

2 Jobs: guard, soldier, judge Places in Britain: Scotland, Wales, England Food: egg, beans, sausage Family: husband, son, wife

2 1. inside 2. listen 3. meeting 2. d 3. a

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CHAPTERS 1-2 ACTIVITIES (pages 14-15) 1 1. flag 2. roof 3. expensive 4. dance 5. sad 6. cow 7. died 8. uncle

3 1. e 4
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4. c

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castle flag roof expensive train heavy

CHAPTERS 5-6 ACTIVITIES (pages 28-29) 1 1. neighbours


4. Congratulations 5. poor 6. weather 4. f 4. a 5. a 6. c 5. d 6. b 7. f




2. birthday 3. husband

sad safe cow killed husband uncle

2 1. d 2. e 3. b 3 1. c 2. e 3. g


4 1. husband 2. four 3. feet

4. Halloween 5. tree 6. April Fools Day

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Answers to Activities in the Reader continued CHAPTERS 7-8 ACTIVITIES (pages 34-35) 1
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CHAPTERS 9-10 ACTIVITIES (pages 40-41) 1

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1. factory 2. journey 3. leader 4. daughter 5. receive 6. cruel


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orange juice water lunch

2 1. c
milk chicken

a b c d e 1 P T R A E 2 K S B O N 3 D I C X M 4 E U Q H M 5 V O A Z G

2. d 3. e 4. a 5. b His name is ROMEO.

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3 1. C 2. D 3. F 4. E 5. A 6. B 4 1. F 2. F 3. T 4. F 5. T 6. T 5. T 6. F

The red team scores the goal.

2 1. T 2. F 3. F 4. T 3
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Football Cricket

CHAPTERS 11-12 ACTIVITIES (pages 48-49) 1 1. ugly 2. dangerous 2. d 3. a

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3. dead 4. hungry 4. e 5. b
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1. teeth 2. children

3. Scotland 4. neck 4. e 5. c

5. dragon 6. princess

4 1. b 2. d 3. a

answers to cross-curricular focus

A United Nation (page 55) 1 1. T (p) 2. F (o) 3. T (u) 4. F (n) 5. T (d) Flags (page 57) 3
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Wales England Scotland Ireland

 The British dont use the euro. Theyve got the pound. 2 1. The British Isles 2. Great Britain 3. The United Kingdom

4 1. 1801 2. 1606

3. 1707 4. 1512

5. 1194