The Reading / Listening - Level 1

We have a good idea of what people wore 5,000 years ago. Scientists studied material from the body of a man who died 5,300 years ago. His body was frozen under ice, but archaeologists found him in 1991. They called him Otzi. Scientists studied the material and his weapons and accessories to get an idea of how early humans lived. They even have an idea of how Otzi sounded. Otzi gave "valuable information" about how humans used animals.



Otzi's clothes were from different animals. His leggings were goat leather; his hat was bear fur; and his leather coat was from four different kinds of animals. His shoes were made from grass. Otzi had 61 tattoos. These were to make pain go away, not for beauty. He had problems with his heart and with his teeth. Otzi was 45 when he died. This was old for a man 5,000 years ago. Someone killed him with an arrow, which hit him in the head.

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Sources
  • http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/19/health/otzi-iceman-ancient-clothes/
  • http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/otzi-iceman-european-alps-mummy-clothing-dna-leather-fur-archaeology/
  • http://www.popsci.com/iceman-wore-five-different-animal-products-on-his-final-journey


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. what people wore
  2. His body was frozen
  3. Scientists
  4. weapons and
  5. get an idea of how early
  6. an idea of how Otzi
  7. Otzi gave valuable
  8. how humans used
  1. humans lived
  2. sounded
  3. 5,000 years ago
  4. animals
  5. studied the material
  6. information
  7. under ice
  8. accessories

Paragraph 2

  1. Otzi's clothes were from different
  2. goat
  3. his hat was bear
  4. Otzi had 61
  5. These were to make pain
  6. He had problems
  7. Someone killed him
  8. hit him
  1. fur
  2. with his heart
  3. with an arrow
  4. animals
  5. in the head
  6. tattoos
  7. leather
  8. go away

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

We have (1) ___________________ of what people wore 5,000 years ago. Scientists (2) ___________________ from the body of a man who died 5,300 years ago. His body was (3) ___________________, but archaeologists found him in 1991. They called him Otzi. Scientists (4) ___________________ and his weapons and accessories to (5) ___________________ of how early humans lived. They even have an idea of how Otzi sounded. Otzi gave "(6) ___________________" about how humans used animals.

Otzi's clothes were from (7) ___________________. His leggings were goat leather; his hat (8) ___________________; and his leather coat was from four different (9) ___________________. His shoes were made from grass. Otzi had 61 tattoos. These were to make (10) ___________________, not for beauty. He had problems (11) ___________________ and with his teeth. Otzi was 45 when he died. This was old for a man 5,000 years ago. Someone killed him with an arrow, which (12) ___________________ the head.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Wehaveagoodideaofwhatpeoplewore5,000yearsago.Scientistsstudi
edmaterialfromthebodyofamanwhodied5,300yearsago.Hisbodywa
sfrozenunderice,butarchaeologistsfoundhimin1991.Theycalledhim
Otzi.Scientistsstudiedthematerialandhisweaponsandaccessoriesto
getanideaofhowearlyhumanslived.TheyevenhaveanideaofhowOtzis
ounded.Otzigave"valuableinformation"abouthowhumansusedanim
als.Otzi'sclotheswerefromdifferentanimals.Hisleggingsweregoatlea
ther;hishatwasbearfur;andhisleathercoatwasfromfourdifferentkind
sofanimals.Hisshoesweremadefromgrass.Otzihad61tattoos.These
weretomakepaingoaway,notforbeauty.Hehadproblemswithhisheart
andwithhisteeth.Otziwas45whenhedied.Thiswasoldforaman5,000y
earsago.Someonekilledhimwithanarrow,whichhithiminthehead.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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