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Barack Obama
As a young child, Barack Obama was known as "Barry " His mother
was from Kansas, and his father was from Kenya. Barack's parents
met at the Universiry,of Har.vaii" but divorced shortly after he vvas

bom. For fsq;1'e?rS, Barack lived with his mother and stepfather in
Indonesia. At the age of ten,

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matern_al.gryfpqrsnts. After high school, Barack attended universi
to_Hawaii ro live

in Los Angeles and New York City. He srttled in Chicago, Illinois


and began working as a community organizer.

As

young graduate, Barack Obama helped rebuild communities. In

1988, he attended Harvard Larv School, arid became the edito,

then president, of the Harvard Law Review. In the summers.

lau,firm where he met his wife Michelle. The


married tn 1992-and had wo daughters, Malia and
worked at a

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1996

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Illinois State Senate. Hilstrong speakrng


media, attention, and he u,,as elected to
2004.In 2008, wrth only four years
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of47, Barack

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4. Barack Obama was inaugurated in


November 2008.'/

from Iraq and Afghanistan.

addressing

his nation in the 2012 c4mpaign, President obama admitted

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of al Qaeda leader Osama Bin

Critics say that Obamaffi"not create enough jobs. When

US.

3. Barack and Micheliepbama's younger


daughter is often/ened ro as "Sasha."

auto industry. Supporters also

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reformed the healthcae

system, and

Laden, and for

k Obuna was an

ofthe Unitsd

'States. This was


a historic

credit Barack

of

thatthe i , ,n.OO"*'*,,

American economy did not recover under his leadership. However,

slill believed in his slogan "Yes We Can!" and askedAmericans to


vote for him and keep things moving forward. After a very tight

America's fading

he

election race against Republican candidate Mitt Romney, Obama was


re-elected for a second terrn as president.
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I\OWABOUT OBAMA

I-HINGS

THTNGS

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FAMOUS QUOTES

Barack Obama quotes with a partner or your classmates. Which one is your faverite? Which ones do
you agree wifh? Which ones do you disagree with? Look up any words or expressions that you don't know"

DiscusS these famous

1. "It may make your blood boil

and your mind may not be changed, but the practice of listening to
opposing viervs is essential for effective citizenship. It is essential for our democracy."
Barack Obama. Universiq of Michigan Commencement. 2010

2- ."I don't

oppose all wars. What

I am opposed to is a dumb w.ar."

Barack Obama, Chicago Rally'. 2002

"A good compromise,

of legislation, is like a good


piece of music. Everybody can recognize it. They say, 'Huh. It

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a good piece

Obama, The NewYorker;2004

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4. . "Terrorism has iong been a tactic, but modem technology all
with outsized rage to murder innocents on a horrific scale."

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D}SCUSSION.IOPICS
Discus\ a few of thesr questions as a class, or choose one

Sme people'say Barack Obama has

2012 F'.leetioq
I. What

I)bana vs. Romney

meahs? Do you agree?

-Inbwn for delivering


chap shot? Does Barack
Pol itic ians are

c. Hw important is it for

What is a
beliefs as the leader

of

your coun?
d.'Shuld the leader o;*6potroffi

In orie of his

iving in a foreign coun?


to doing drugs in his youth. Dq you

think this

f. Elizabeth
teleprornpter is not
g,

Barack Obama: "?gift for reading from a


Ieadership." What did she mean? Do you agree?

After signing the A


Health CareAct legislation, the govemment
*Reali Check." What is a reality check?
an information website called
Why do you think the administration used this term?

-created

The day before the


elction, headlines were

calling this political race a


rdead heat". Find out
rryhat this idiom means
and what the origin is.
Her.e are some more to

learn:

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:tto wir jrands down

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RESEARCH
How does the Democratic parly differ from the Republican parly? Do a little research for homework. Find at least
three points to share with your class.

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VOCABULARY REVIEI,\'
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Group the following w'ords together to make six


English w'ords or expressions. lvrite an example
sentence for each one.

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presidentto ever have apersonal Facebook page

First

president to have a twitter account

irst US president to write a book


US president to sign a law into e,ffect with an auropen
First US president to win the Nobel peace prize

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US presidenr to appear on a dayrime tatk show.

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Iate-night comedy show

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president to brew his own beer in the white House

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of lights.

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Historic Events

The C lean

ident

lntermediate Level

Pre-Reading
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ffiw*se*ms
ning of "emergence"?

Hrl did yor"r feel when ycu first heard


abaut the trapped miners in Chile?

ers did t0 pass the time?

y*u r*ere trapped somewhere, what


would y*u miss the mcst about h*nne?

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Match the wcrds on the left with the correct rn*ar":ings on the right.
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callapse

probe
elated
painstaking
scribe
chip away

4.
5.

6.
7.
;,
x_
9.
1.

spirit
nalr
ordeal
surface

hole

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a)

a lcng, narrow

b)

a person lvh* takes ntes sr uJrite


to (om *b*vegrcund, to emerge
thr srnotins or inner being of a p
to examine or feel around for som
to slowly break down a material such
requiring a lot of time and eff*rt
to f*ll apart suddenly
a difficuit or painful experience
very happy and excited

c)

d)
e)
f)
)
h)

i)
j)

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The Chilean Mne Accident

51-lihrary*,

Historic Events

,teading
1.

ine e*llapsed

On August 5,2010, a

ried

in Chile. Thinty-tit

f*r signs
probe
up Cmp H(}BB

2"

abcve.

Two weeks a

the miners. The ncte


All 33 men w*re still
mlners were elat**
operation would be
until Christms t0 rescue

A rorpedo-shaped tube tra

watchee, a video birth of his


her Hope. Another rniner asked a
his wife flowers for their anniversar!. The
also watched a live soccer match on a

scr*n and celebrated Chile's 20th anni


of i.rrdependenc*.

4"

While underground, each miner too|< on a special


responsilrility. Srre was a scribe while anoti"rer
was a rnedic. One took ofi the role of pset. The
youngest miner was 19-ye*r-old Jimmy Sanchez.
Jimmy tsok on the role of *nvironmental specialist.
|1is job was t make sure the air quality was safe.
The miners also tookturns chipping $ray at rock'
Their spirits remained high, despite the darkness
and heat. Video conferences helped tremendously'
1r"l the rnantime, engineers worked day and night'
They had to devel*p and dig n escape shaft.
The Chilean Navy built "the Ph*enix." This was a
capsule for puiling the rnlners up to afety. The
president of Chile c*rnpared the last ferar days af
the ordeal to waiting for a baby's birth. You never
kncw when the big day is going tt come. The
c*nditions have to be perfect.
e miners did not hve to wait until Christmas
rescued. On October 12, after 6 days of
ness. the first rniner was pulled t safety. lt
a Z0-mirute j*urney, Within ?4 hours, all 33
surfaced sofe cnd sound. The miners
med o"i* by one *n live TV.

omprehension
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order ('l-8)

hqad th* statements b*low. lf the staterfiet 15 tr


v':rite.T beside tl'* sentence. lf it is f{se, write F and
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c0rr&ct the inforrnation.
Mar:y miners died wh*n
the Chilean rnine collapsed.

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Tle miners were trpped


for rncre than two mcnths.
The your:g*st rniner was also a doctor"
One of the trapped miners
ws a pr*nnt wran"
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The trapped miners celebrated the 'l0year anniversary. of Chile's independence.

life in the mine.


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funerged safely.

Thirty-th

x was used.

A special

ng 33 miners

A Chilean

Th* rniners

ili
irt

they were aiive"

Chile celebrated its !Oti' lndependence Day.

Fo*d and supplies were


sent down to the miners.

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The Chilean Mine Accident


Historic E\rents

abulary Review
Chocse the wordis) with
in

the underlined

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at

Miners

a) physicion
b) enterwin*r

a)

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e)'rewove

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Inv*stigat*rs will prabe for cluea

The mir:er's wife was


when she saw the ea

srprsed

hj

o:verj*yed

as t0 the cause of the accide*t.

The m*n emerged from a slim shaft,


j {ge
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'Diggin a iescue shaftwas

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A

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dangerous

b) discour*girg
c) very dilficalt

s) shtfi

often ccllapse duri:rg n erthquke,

C*mrnu*ication al!awed the


miners tc remain in high spirits.
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sfrif,{
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c) energec

5.

The n:iners survive.d a 7-day ordeal,


nj di#crtry

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with smiles *n their faees.

b) *rgcnizofr$n
c) escape

Role-Play
What questions w*uld ynu
have for the miners? Wrte at
least five questia,ns. Ttren get a
partner. ?ake turns being the
reporter and a miner. Ask the
miner ycur questisns.

(l

aJ seff?
b) pirk up
reveal

rJ srsJs
i?

ne miner tok the ral* of scribe"

1.

7.
3,
4.

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The Chitean Mne Accident

ESLlibrarY.**

l-tistoric Events

Summarize
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t,
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YSCAEULARY

n5
Wark as a cla
of
turns telling
re
at [he timel!
yu silmmarlue
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ssage 5

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u5e

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.
'

collaPs*
probe
elated
pinstakin
scribe

chip awaY

spirits
shaft
ordeal
surface

fl!iscuss
'1.

Could Y*u imagine working a

Z"

This mine had exPerienced tro


Should mines be shut down if th

3.

Wny do you think the miners ernerged

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Whet would be the hardest part about


b*ing a i*ved cn* of a traPPed miner?

5. ls mining the most dangerous job in the world'fr


' \t/hat oth*rjcbs are dangerous?
w
6. Why might the rniners have taken a "vow of :ilencb"?
7, n'oyouthinkany cfthese minerswill ever enter

33 Thing We're Thankful or


Simple ttiings like
tt is easy ta be thankful during times like this'
Tl^lis is called "gratitde"'
foorJ and water seerfi rnore irnportant"
of these brave miners'
Here is a fun activity you (n dc in honor
group' Make a list of 33
et together with ysur class cr a small
Do this activity rally
ir,si[",u, you are thankful for cn this earttr'
not have access to
did
mlners
or in Uvritln[. Think nf things lhat the
in a blag' poster'
this
ds
vuhile they were underground. Ycu can elso
or video recording.

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