The Reading / Listening - Level 2

A movie by Hollywood actor Brad Pitt is in the headlines for scaring farm animals in the countryside in Northern Ireland in the U.K. The movie, 'The Lost City of Z,' is set in the 1920s. It is about a British soldier who disappeared in the Brazilian jungle in 1925 with his son. They were searching for a lost city called Z. Film makers needed to create explosions and loud noises for the movie's special effects. However, locals and farmers in the nearby town complained that the loud bangs frightened their animals. No one knows if Mr Pitt was in the town as he is not acting in the film.



Local people said the explosions began on September 14 and gradually became louder. Some locals said it sounded like a war. The noise shook windows in houses. One farmer spoke about how his animals were "terrified". He said: "The dog was shivering under a chair….Then I heard there had been another explosion while I was out….Another neighbour’s cow and calf jumped the hedge and the cows were crying in fear." Mr Pitt may do something special for the people. He is a famous animal rights activist. He might be upset if he heard animals suffered because of his film.

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Sources
    http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/sep/24/brad-pitt-movie-northern-ireland-farm-animals-frightened
    http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2015/09/brad-pitt-lost-city-of-z-animals
    http://mashable.com/2015/09/24/brad-pitt-scaring-chickens/#vUiPL2wTkZqC


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

Brad Pitt is in

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in the countryside

2.

farm animals

b.

for a lost city

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'The Lost City of Z,' is set

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who disappeared

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It is about a British soldier

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in the film

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the Brazilian

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effects

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searching

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the headlines

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the movie's special

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in the 1920s

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he is not acting

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jungle



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

gradually became

a.

windows in houses

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locals said it sounded

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he heard

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The noise shook

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hedge

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cow and

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because of his film

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jumped the

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activist

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a famous animal rights

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like a war

7.

He might be upset if

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calf

8.

animals suffered

h.

louder

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

A movie by Hollywood actor Brad Pitt (1) ___________________ for scaring farm animals (2) ___________________ in Northern Ireland in the U.K. The movie, 'The Lost City of Z,' is set in the 1920s. It is about a British soldier (3) ___________________ the Brazilian jungle in 1925 with his son. They (4) _________________ a lost city called Z. Film makers needed (5) ___________________ and loud noises for the movie's special effects. However, locals and farmers in the nearby town complained that the loud bangs frightened their animals. No one knows if Mr Pitt (6) ___________________ he is not acting in the film.

Local people said the explosions began on September 14 and (7) ___________________. Some locals said it sounded like a war. The (8) ___________________ in houses. One farmer spoke about how his animals were "terrified". He said: "The dog (9) ___________________ a chair….Then I heard there had been another explosion while I was out….Another neighbour’s cow and calf jumped the (10) ___________________ were crying in fear." Mr Pitt may do something special for the people. He is a famous (11) ___________________. He might be upset if he heard animals (12) ___________________ his film.

 





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

AmoviebyHollywoodactorBradPittisintheheadlinesforscaringfarman
imalsinthecountrysideinNorthernIrelandintheU.K.Themovie,'TheLo
stCityofZ,'issetinthe1920s.ItisaboutaBritishsoldierwhodisappeared
intheBrazilianjunglein1925withhisson.Theyweresearchingforalostci
tycalledZ.Filmmakersneededtocreateexplosionsandloudnoisesforth
emovie'sspecialeffects.However,localsandfarmersinthenearbytown
complainedthattheloudbangsfrightenedtheiranimals.Nooneknowsif
MrPittwasinthetownasheisnotactinginthefilm.Localpeoplesaidtheex
plosionsbeganonSeptember14andgraduallybecamelouder.Someloc
alssaiditsoundedlikeawar.Thenoiseshookwindowsinhouses.Onefar
merspokeabouthowhisanimalswere"terrified".Hesaid:"Thedogwass
hiveringunderachair….ThenIheardtherehadbeenanotherexplosionw
hileIwasout….Anotherneighbour’scowandcalfjumpedthehedgeandt
hecowswerecryinginfear."MrPittmaydosomethingspecialforthepeop
le.Heisafamousanimalrightsactivist.Hemightbeupsetifheheardanim
alssufferedbecauseofhisfilm.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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WRITING

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