A.

Read the following article and put the verbs in brackets in the correct form, Past Simple or Continuous, active or passive.

A brave grandmother who (fight) ………………….. off a giant crocodile to save her friend's life has been given a special award. Alicia Sorohan, 61, (camp) ………………….. in Australia in 2004 when she (wake) ………………….. up to find a massive saltwater croc dragging her friend out of his tent. She (jump) ………………….. onto the reptile's back before it (turn) ………………….. on her, smashing her nose and arm before her son (shoot) ………………….. it. Mrs Sorohan (give) ………………….. Australia's Star of Courage, awarded to people for acts of outstanding bravery. The crocodile attack (happen) ………………….. at the Bathurst Bay campsite in Queensland in October 2004. Mrs Sorohan almost (lose) ………………….. her arm in the fight but doctors (manage) ………………….. to save it by pinning it together using two metal plates and 12 screws. Her friend also (survive) ………………….. with minor injuries. After hearing about the award Mrs Sorohan, who has two grandchildren, said of the incident: "It was pretty scary. But it's one of those things - if you see someone in trouble, you've got to help them." She (add) ………………….. that she still (love) ………………….. crocs and (find) ………………….. them "fascinating" creatures.

B. Are the following statements true (T) or false (F)?

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Alicia and her friend were camping in Queensland when the incident happened. Alicia was sleeping when the crocodile attacked her friend. Her friend was seriously injured by the crocodile. Alicia wasn’t afraid of the crocodile. When the crocodile turned on her, Alicia hit it on the back. Alicia was finally rescued by her son. She was given an award for her great courage. Alicia has always detested crocodiles.
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C. Match the words on the left with the definitions on the right. Put the correct letter into the box next to each word.

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award massive dragging reptile smashing awarded outstanding plates minor fascinating

a) b) c) d) e) f) g) h) i) j)

breaking into pieces an animal excellent; clearly very much better than what is usual flat pieces of metal very large and heavy not very serious a prize extremely interesting or attractive pulling given

D. Roleplay
Student A: You are a reporter interviewing Alicia about the incident. Student B: You are Alicia Sorohan talking to a reporter about the incident.

The article was taken from: http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_4750000/newsid_4758200/4758204.stm

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A. Read the following article and put the verbs in brackets in the correct form, Past Simple or Continuous, active or passive.

A brave grandmother who (fight) ………………….. off a giant crocodile to save her friend's life has been given a special award. Alicia Sorohan, 61, (camp) ………………….. in Australia in 2004 when she (wake) ………………….. up to find a massive saltwater croc dragging her friend out of his tent. She (jump) ………………….. onto the reptile's back before it (turn) ………………….. on her, smashing her nose and arm before her son (shoot) ………………….. it. Mrs Sorohan (give) ………………….. Australia's Star of Courage, awarded to people for acts of outstanding bravery. The crocodile attack (happen) ………………….. at the Bathurst Bay campsite in Queensland in October 2004. Mrs Sorohan almost (lose) ………………….. her arm in the fight but doctors (manage) ………………….. to save it by pinning it together using two metal plates and 12 screws. Her friend also (survive) ………………….. with minor injuries. After hearing about the award Mrs Sorohan, who has two grandchildren, said of the incident: "It was pretty scary. But it's one of those things - if you see someone in trouble, you've got to help them." She (add) ………………….. that she still (love) ………………….. crocs and (find) ………………….. them "fascinating" creatures.

B. Are the following statements true (T) or false (F)?

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Alicia and her friend were camping in Queensland when the incident happened. Alicia was sleeping when the crocodile attacked her friend. Her friend was seriously injured by the crocodile. Alicia wasn’t afraid of the crocodile. When the crocodile turned on her, Alicia hit it on the back. Alicia was finally rescued by her son. She was given an award for her great courage. Alicia has always detested crocodiles.
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C. Match the words on the left with the definitions on the right. Put the correct letter into the box next to each word.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

award massive dragging reptile smashing awarded outstanding plates minor fascinating

a) b) c) d) e) f) g) h) i) j)

breaking into pieces an animal excellent; clearly very much better than what is usual flat pieces of metal very large and heavy not very serious a prize extremely interesting or attractive pulling given

D. Roleplay
Student A: You are a reporter interviewing Alicia about the incident. Student B: You are Alicia Sorohan talking to a reporter about the incident.

The article was taken from: http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_4750000/newsid_4758200/4758204.stm

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TEACHER’S NOTES PRE-READING ACTIVITY
Before handing out the worksheets to the students I pick up a number of key words from the text and write them on the blackboard in random order, e.g. arm, son, crocodile, drag, award, grandmother, shoot, jump, friend, star. After I explain any words they don’t know, I ask the students to use their imagination and make up a story using all the words on the B/B, which they tell the class. My students enjoy this activity as they compete for the most unpredictable, weird or funny story.

ANSWER KEY A. B. C.

fought was camping woke jumped turned shot was given happened lost managed survived added loved found

1. T 2. T 3. F 4. F 5. F 6. T 7. T 8. F

1. g 2. e 3. i 4. b 5. a 6. j 7. c 8. d 9. f 10. h

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