The Reading / Listening - Level 2

Gabriel García Márquez, one of the world's greatest novelists, has died from a lung infection at his home in Mexico. He was 87. The Colombian writer won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982 and other top awards. Colombia's government announced three days of national mourning. It said García Márquez was, "a writer who changed the lives of his readership". His book ''Love in the Time of Cholera" is the best selling book in Spanish. He wrote many more classics. Critics say he is one of the most important writers ever. He helped develop a style of writing called "magical realism".



Barack Obama paid a tribute to Márquez. He said: "The world has lost one of its greatest visionary writers." Bill Clinton said: "I was always amazed by his unique gifts of imagination…He captured the pain and joy of our common humanity". García Márquez said he was a storyteller from a young age, saying: "I have often been told by the family that I started recounting things, stories and so on, almost since I was born - ever since I could speak." Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa said: "His novels will survive and will continue to find new readers everywhere."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 0 Level 1   or  Level 3

Sources
  • http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2014/04/18/gabriel-garcia-marquez-to-be-cremated-novelist-honored-by-colombia-mexico/
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-27076562
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel_Garc%C3%ADa_M%C3%A1rquez


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

died from a lung

a.

book in Spanish

2.

the Nobel Prize

b.

infection

3.

three days of national

c.

writers ever.

4.

a writer who changed the lives

d.

in Literature

5.

the best selling

e.

of his readership

6.

He wrote many

f.

"magical realism"

7.

one of the most important

g.

mourning

8.

a style of writing called

h.

more classics



MY e-BOOK
ESL resource book with copiable worksheets and handouts - 1,000 Ideas and Activities for Language Teachers / English teachers
See a sample

PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

Barack Obama paid a

a.

amazed

2.

The world has lost one

b.

readers everywhere

3.

I was always

c.

and joy

4.

his unique gifts

d.

of its greatest

5.

He captured the pain

e.

I could speak

6.

stories

f.

tribute to Márquez

7.

ever since

g.

and so on

8.

continue to find new

h.

of imagination

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

Gabriel García Márquez, (1) ___________________ greatest novelists, has died from (2) ___________________ at his home in Mexico. He was 87. The Colombian writer won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982 and (3) ___________________. Colombia's government announced three days of national mourning. It said García Márquez was, "a writer who (4) ___________________ of his readership". His book ''Love in the Time of Cholera" is the best selling book in Spanish. He wrote (5) ___________________. Critics say he is one of the most important writers ever. He helped develop a (6) ___________________ called "magical realism".

Barack Obama (7) ___________________ Márquez. He said: "The world (8) ___________________ greatest visionary writers." Bill Clinton said: "I was always amazed by his unique gifts of imagination…He captured (9) ___________________ of our common humanity". García Márquez said he was a storyteller from a young age, saying: "I have often been (10) ___________________ that I started recounting things, stories and so on, almost since I was born - ever (11) ___________________." Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa said: "His (12) ___________________ and will continue to find new readers everywhere."





PUT A SLASH ( / )WHERE THE SPACES ARE

GabrielGarcíaMárquez,oneoftheworld'sgreatestnovelists,hasdie
dfromalunginfectionathishomeinMexico.Hewas87.TheColombia
nwriterwontheNobelPrizeinLiteraturein1982andothertopawards.
Colombia'sgovernmentannouncedthreedaysofnationalmourning
.ItsaidGarcíaMárquezwas,"awriterwhochangedthelivesofhisread
ership".Hisbook''LoveintheTimeofCholera"isthebestsellingbooki
nSpanish.Hewrotemanymoreclassics.Criticssayheisoneofthemo
stimportantwritersever.Hehelpeddevelopastyleofwritingcalled"
magicalrealism".BarackObamapaidatributetoMárquez.Hesaid:"
Theworldhaslostoneofitsgreatestvisionarywriters."BillClintonsai
d:"Iwasalwaysamazedbyhisuniquegiftsofimagination…Hecaptur
edthepainandjoyofourcommonhumanity".GarcíaMárquezsaidhe
wasastorytellerfromayoungage,saying:"Ihaveoftenbeentoldbyt
hefamilythatIstartedrecountingthings,storiesandsoon,almostsin
ceIwasborn-eversinceIcouldspeak."PeruvianauthorMarioVarg
asLlosasaid:"Hisnovelswillsurviveandwillcontinuetofindnewread
erseverywhere."

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

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

a)

________________________________________________________

b)

________________________________________________________

c)

________________________________________________________

d)

________________________________________________________

e)

________________________________________________________

f)

________________________________________________________

g)

________________________________________________________

h)

________________________________________________________

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

a)

________________________________________________________

b)

________________________________________________________

c)

________________________________________________________

d)

________________________________________________________

e)

________________________________________________________

f)

________________________________________________________

g)

________________________________________________________

h)

________________________________________________________





WRITING

Write about novelists for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner's paper.

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

Answers

(Please check your answers against the article above.

Help Support This Web Site

  • Please consider helping Breaking News English.com

Sean Banville's Book

Thank You