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Level 6

Fairy tales could be 6,000 years old
24th January, 2016
http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1601/160124-fairy-tales.html

Contents
The Article

2

Discussion (Student-Created Qs)

14

Warm-Ups

3

Language Work (Cloze)

15

Before Reading / Listening

4

Spelling

16

While Reading / Listening

5

Put The Text Back Together

17

Match The Sentences And Listen

6

Put The Words In The Right Order

18

Listening Gap Fill

7

Circle The Correct Word

19

Comprehension Questions

8

Insert The Vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

20

Multiple Choice - Quiz

9

Punctuate The Text And Add Capitals

21

Role Play

10

Put A Slash ( / ) Where The Spaces Are

22

After Reading / Listening

11

Free Writing

23

Student Survey

12

Academic Writing

24

Discussion (20 Questions)

13

Homework

25

Answers

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THE ARTICLE
From http://www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com/1601/160124-fairy-tales.html

The famous 19th-century fairy tale collector Wilhelm Grimm suggested
fairy tales dated back thousands of years. Scientists now support his
theory and claim that many of the fairy tales we know and love could be
over 4,000 years old. Anthropologist Jamshid Tehrani and folklorist Sara
da Silva say the oldest known fairy tale dates back over 6,000 years to
the Bronze Age. This is a time between the Stone Age and Iron Age when
humans first started making tools from metal. Dr Tehrani studied the
evolution of our early languages. He found strong links between a tale
called "The Smith and the Devil" and the Proto-Indo-European language an ancient common language that dates to around 6,000 years ago.
The two scientists analysed 275 tales for elements of culture that existed
before modern languages like English, French and Italian. They say wellknown tales like "Beauty and the Beast" and "Rumplestiltskin" are at
least 4,000 years old. Dr Tehrani said: "It's remarkable that these stories
have survived so long without being written down. They are older than
the English language and would have been first told in a language that is
now extinct." Many of the fairy tales we know today were first written
down in the 17th century. Dr Tehrani says the new findings suggest that:
"A substantial number of magical tales have existed in Indo-European
oral traditions long before they were written down."
Sources:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/fairy-tales-could-date-backthousands-of-years-research-says-a6822021.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/no-fairy-tale-origins-some-famous-stories-go-backthousands-years
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35358487

Level 6
Fairy tales could be 6,000 years old – 24th January, 2016
More free lessons at www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com - Copyright Sean Banville 2016

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Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them.WARM-UPS 1.Copyright Sean Banville 2016 3 . Change partners often and share your findings. FAIRY TALES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about fairy tales. FAIRY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "fairy". 5. 2. • a fairy godmother • a happy ending • a topical world issue • a moral message • love • possibility for a Disney film • an evil person • a talking animal 6. MODERN FAIRY TALES: What fairy tale could you write about these topics? Complete this table with your partner(s). 3. Characters Story Message The Internet Global warming Immigration Terrorism Living on Mars Mobile phones 4.BreakingNewsEnglish. Change partners again and talk about your conversations. Change topics and partners frequently. Together.000 years old – 24th January. 2016 More free lessons at www. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life? famous / collector / theory / fairy tale / Stone Age / tools / metal / evolution / links / elements / culture / remarkable / survived / language / extinct / substantial / oral Have a chat about the topics you liked. CHILDREN: Students A strongly believe fairy tales are only for children. talk about these topics or words from the article. put the words into different categories.com . Students B strongly believe they are just as good for adults. Put the most essential things for a fairy tale at the top. ESSENTIALS: Rank these with your partner. CHAT: In pairs / groups. Level 6 Fairy tales could be 6. Change partners often and share your rankings. Change partners often and share what you wrote.

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" Level 6 Fairy tales could be 6. This is a time between common the Stone Age and Iron Age when humans first started making (5) ____________ from metal.000 years ago.Copyright Sean Banville 2016 5 .GAP FILL From http://www.000 years old. 2016 More free lessons at www. The two scientists analysed 275 tales for (9) ____________ of survived culture that existed before (10) ____________ languages like modern English.000 years old – 24th January. Anthropologist Jamshid Tehrani and folklorist links collector Sara da Silva say the oldest (4) ____________ fairy tale dates known back over 6. Dr Tehrani studied the (6) ____________ of our early languages.BreakingNewsEnglish. They say well-known tales like "Beauty and the Beast" and "Rumplestiltskin" are at (11) ____________ 4.000 years old.com/1601/160124-fairy-tales. Dr Tehrani says the new (14) ____________ least findings suggest that: "A substantial (15) ____________ of magical tales have existed in Indo-European (16) ____________ traditions long before they were written down. Dr Tehrani said: "It's remarkable that these number elements stories have (12) ____________ so long without being written oral down." Many of the fairy tales we know today were first written down in the 17th century. French and Italian.BreakingNewsEnglish.000 years to the Bronze Age. They are older than the English language and would have extinct been first told in a language that is now (13) ____________. He found strong love evolution (7) ____________ between a tale called "The Smith and the Devil" and the Proto-Indo-European language - an ancient (8) ____________ language that dates to around 6.html The famous 19th-century fairy tale (1) ____________ Wilhelm tools Grimm suggested fairy tales (2) ____________ back thousands of dated years.com . Scientists now support his theory and claim that many of the fairy tales we know and (3) ____________ could be over 4.

2016 More free lessons at www.BreakingNewsEnglish.LISTENING – Guess the answers. on the 17th century d. tales dated backs d. is now extinct c.000 years ago around 6. no and love b. tools from metals c. tool from metal 5) an a.000 years ago around 60. b. tools from metal b. being writing down c. on the 18th century 10) A substantial number of magical tales have existed in Indo-European ______ a.com/1601/160124-fairy-tales. d.000 years ago abound 60.000 years ago Level 6 Fairy tales could be 6.com . tools for metal d. 6) The two scientists analysed 275 tales for ______ a. being written down 8) older than the English language and would have been first told in a language that ______ a. being written dawn d. oral traditions d. in the 17th century b. From http://www. tales dated back 2) many of the fairy tales we ______ a.html 1) 19-century fairy tale collector Wilhelm Grimm suggested fairy ______ thousands of years a. is known extinction 9) Many of the fairy tales we know today were first written down ______ a. is now extinction b. in the 18th century c. known and love 3) Anthropologist Jamshid Tehrani and ______ Sara da Silva a.000 years old – 24th January. is know extinct d. florist b.BreakingNewsEnglish.Copyright Sean Banville 2016 6 . been written down b. folklorist 4) a time between the Stone Age and Iron Age when humans first started making ______ a. or all traditions c. elements for culture d. folk law wrist d. tales date it back b. c. tales dated backed c. elements of culture c. now and loved c. Listen to check. know and love d. aural traditions b. folk florist c. elements of cultures 7) It's remarkable that these stories have survived so long without ______ a. awe all traditions ancient common language that dates to ______ abound 6. elementals of culture b.

com . They are older than the English language and would have been first told in a language that (10) ___________________." Level 6 Fairy tales could be 6.000 years old. Scientists now support his (2) ___________________ that many of the fairy tales we know and love could be over 4. He found strong (5) ___________________ tale called "The Smith and the Devil" and the Proto-Indo-European language - (6) ___________________ language that dates to around 6. This is a time between the Stone Age and Iron Age when humans first started making (4) ___________________.html The famous 19th-century (1) ___________________ Wilhelm Grimm suggested fairy tales dated back thousands of years. Dr Tehrani studied the evolution of our early languages.com/1601/160124-fairy-tales." Many of the fairy tales we know today were first written down in the 17th century.Copyright Sean Banville 2016 7 .000 years old – 24th January.BreakingNewsEnglish.LISTENING – Listen and fill in the gaps From http://www.000 years to the Bronze Age. Dr Tehrani says the new (11) ___________________: "A substantial number of magical tales have existed in Indo-European (12) ___________________ long before they were written down. 2016 More free lessons at www.000 years old. They say well-known tales like "Beauty and the Beast" and "Rumplestiltskin" are at least 4. Anthropologist Jamshid Tehrani and folklorist Sara da Silva say the oldest known fairy tale (3) ___________________ 6. Dr Tehrani said: "It's (8) ___________________ stories have survived (9) ___________________ being written down. The two scientists analysed 275 tales (7) ___________________ culture that existed before modern languages like English.000 years ago.BreakingNewsEnglish. French and Italian.

html 1.com/1601/160124-fairy-tales. How old is the fairy tale 'Beauty and the Beast'? 8.com . 2016 More free lessons at www. When does the Proto-Indo-European language date back to? 6. What did Jamshid Tehrani study the evolution of? 5.000 years old – 24th January. How many magical tales existed before they were written down? Level 6 Fairy tales could be 6. What did Dr Tehrani say the fairy tales were older than? 9. What field of study / research is Jamshid Tehrani in? 3.BreakingNewsEnglish. When were today's fairy tales first written down? 10. When was Wilhelm Grimm alive? 2. How many fairy tales did scientists analyse? 7.Copyright Sean Banville 2016 8 .BreakingNewsEnglish.COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS From http://www. What is between the Stone Age and Iron Age? 4.

Copyright Sean Banville 2016 9 .com/1601/160124-fairy-tales.QUIZ From http://www. How old is the fairy tale 'Beauty and the Beast'? a) archaeology a) over 4.000 years ago d) metal d) 6.BreakingNewsEnglish.html 1.000 years ago d) over 10.000 Level 6 Fairy tales could be 6. When was Wilhelm Grimm alive? 6.000 years ago b) just a few c) 3.MULTIPLE CHOICE . How many magical tales existed before they were written down? a) 1901 a) a substantial number b) 4.BreakingNewsEnglish. 2016 More free lessons at www.com . 5.000 years ago When does the Proto-Indo-European language date back to? 10.000 years old – 24th January. 3. How many fairy tales did scientists analyse? a) 1767-1829 a) 274 b) 1922 b) 276 c) some time between 1900-1999 c) 275 d) the 19th century d) 277 What field of study / research is Jamshid Tehrani in? 7.000 years old b) anthropology b) exactly 4.000 years old d) English literature d) just under 4.000 years old c) literacy c) around 4. 4.000 BC c) 275 d) around 6. When were today's fairy tales first written down? a) humans a) 1752 b) Rumpelstilskin b) the 17th century c) our early languages c) 4. 2.000 years old What is between the Stone Age and Iron Age? 8. What did Dr Tehrani say the fairy tales were older than? a) the Fairy Tale Age a) language b) the Copper Age b) Stone c) the Digital Age c) English d) the Bronze Age d) metal What did Jamshid Tehrani study the evolution of? 9.

BreakingNewsEnglish. Tell the others three reasons why. Also. fairy godmother or a topical world issue. Also. Tell the others three reasons why. a moral message or a topical world issue.ROLE PLAY From http://www. tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): a happy ending. Level 6 Fairy tales could be 6.Copyright Sean Banville 2016 10 . Also. tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): a happy ending. a moral message or fairy godmother. Tell the others three reasons why. 2016 More free lessons at www.html Role A – Fairy godmother You think a fairy godmother is most important for a fairy tale.BreakingNewsEnglish. tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): a happy ending. Tell them why their things aren't as good. a moral message or a topical world issue. Tell them why their things aren't as good. Role C – A moral message You think a moral message is most important for a fairy tale. Tell them why their things aren't as good. tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): fairy godmother. Role B – A happy ending You think a happy ending is most important for a fairy tale. Tell them why their things aren't as good.000 years old – 24th January. Role D – A topical world issue You think a topical world issue is most important for a fairy tale.com/1601/160124-fairy-tales.com . Also. Tell the others three reasons why.

Check your answers. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.000 years old – 24th January. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates. compare your answers to this exercise. Ask your partner / group your questions.com/1601/160124-fairy-tales. pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings. Ask your partner / group your questions. worth learning…? 4. 2016 More free lessons at www. With your partner. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand.Copyright Sean Banville 2016 11 . GAP FILL: In pairs / groups.AFTER READING / LISTENING From http://www. synonyms … for the words 'fairy' and 'tale'. Were they new.BreakingNewsEnglish. • • Share your questions with other classmates / groups. In groups. information. 3.BreakingNewsEnglish.html 1.com . 5. 2. fairy • • • tale Share your findings with your partners. other meanings. interesting. try to recall how they were used in the text: • • • • • • famous claim known metal early ago • • • • • • modern least without extinct 17 number Level 6 Fairy tales could be 6. Make questions using the words you found. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. Talk about the words from the activity.

com . Q.1. Write down their answers. Level 6 Fairy tales could be 6.BreakingNewsEnglish.4. Q.000 years old – 24th January. When you have finished.3. • Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings. 2016 More free lessons at www.Copyright Sean Banville 2016 12 .BreakingNewsEnglish. Change partners often.2. • Now return to your original partner and share and talk about what you found out. interview other students. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.5. Q. Q. Do this in pairs.FAIRY TALES SURVEY From http://www.html Write five GOOD questions about fairy tales in the table. STUDENT 1 STUDENT 2 STUDENT 3 _____________ _____________ _____________ Q.com/1601/160124-fairy-tales.

BreakingNewsEnglish.FAIRY TALES DISCUSSION STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B) 1) What did you think when you read the headline? 2) What springs to mind when you hear the term 'fairy tale'? 3) How important are fairy tales? 4) What fairy tales are important in your culture? 5) What fairy tales did you like as a kid? 6) What do you think about what you read? 7) What do you think that fairy tales are over 4.000 years old? 8) Do you think it's OK that Disney makes movies of fairy tales? 9) Are fairy tales still being written? Do you know any modern ones? 10) What are the similarities between many fairy tales? Fairy tales could be 6.Copyright Sean Banville 2016 13 . 2016 More free lessons at www.BreakingNewsEnglish.000 years old – 24th January.com ----------------------------------------------------------------------------FAIRY TALES DISCUSSION STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A) 11) Did you like reading this article? Why/not? 12) How important are fairy tales to you? 13) What do fairy tales teach us? 14) Why are the same fairy tales told in many different cultures? 15) What do you know about the fairy tale 'Beauty and the Beast'? 16) Why are fairy tales good for people? 17) What do you know about the early history of your language? 18) At what age should people stop reading fairy tales? 19) Who is your favourite fairy tale character and why? 20) What questions would you like to ask the scientists? Level 6 Fairy tales could be 6.com . 2016 More free lessons at www.000 years old – 24th January.

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FREE WRITING From http://www. Comment on your partner’s paper.000 years old – 24th January.BreakingNewsEnglish.html Write about fairy tales for 10 minutes.Copyright Sean Banville 2016 23 . 2016 More free lessons at www. _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ Level 6 Fairy tales could be 6.com .com/1601/160124-fairy-tales.BreakingNewsEnglish.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.BreakingNewsEnglish.BreakingNewsEnglish. while others don't.000 years old – 24th January.html Some people think fairy tales are important.ACADEMIC WRITING From http://www.com . 2016 More free lessons at www. _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ Level 6 Fairy tales could be 6.Copyright Sean Banville 2016 24 .com/1601/160124-fairy-tales.

Level 6 Fairy tales could be 6. Your partner(s) will answer your questions. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson.com . Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).Copyright Sean Banville 2016 25 . Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word. 3.000 years old – 24th January. 2. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles. Give him/her three reasons why they are so important. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on fairy tales. 5.HOMEWORK 1. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things? 4. Ask him/her three questions about fairy tales. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson.BreakingNewsEnglish. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Include imaginary interviews with people who think they are very important. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about fairy tales. 2016 More free lessons at www. 6. and with people who think they are not so important. FAIRY TALES: Write a magazine article about how important fairy tales are. YOUR CULTURE: Make a poster about fairy tales specific to your culture.

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