The Reading / Listening - Black Panther - Level 3

The new superhero movie Black Panther is breaking box office records. It is the highest moneymaking debut ever for a February film. Disney, the movie's maker, estimated that the film has earned over $361 million in its first three days. The opening was the fifth highest-earning film ever. The movie has been helped by great reviews from critics. The movie review site Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 97 per cent rating. It is very rare for any movie to get such a high score. The Los Angeles Times newspaper compared Black Panther to a Star Wars movie. It said "Black Panther fever" took over Los Angeles. It added: "The film opened to the kind of fervor typically reserved for the latest offering in the Star Wars franchise."



Black Panther is the first Marvel superhero movie with an African-American in the title role. It also has a largely black cast and is directed by a black man. Many people of African descent have been showing their pride in the movie by attending movie theatres dressed in traditional African clothes. CNN writer Van Jones said the film was very important. He said: "This film is a godsend that will lift the self-esteem of black children in the US and around the world for a long time." A seventh-grade student who watched the film said: "For people of color, it shows us that we can get through any obstacles that are thrown at us if we work together. We can also help the world by sharing our resources."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Black Panther - Level 0 Black Panther - Level 1   or  Black Panther - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02/18/586935542/black-panther-breaks-records-and-barriers-in-debut-weekend
  • http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-black-panther-reactions-20180218-story.html
  • https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-18/-black-panther-posts-record-debut-for-disney-superhero-movie


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Warm-ups

1. BLACK PANTHER: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Black Panther. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       superhero / moneymaking / debut / million / critics / review / rare / fever / franchise /
       movie / role / cast / descent / pride / godsend / self-esteem / obstacles / resources
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. MOVIES: Students A strongly believe movies are very important; Students B strongly believe they aren't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SUPER HEROES: What is so good about these super heroes? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Who were they?

Why are they heroes?

Nelson Mandela

 

 

Malcolm X

 

 

Maya Angelou

 

 

Nina Simone

 

 

Jesse Owens

 

 

Oprah Winfrey

 

 

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5. DISNEY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "Disney". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. SUPERHEROES: Rank these with your partner. Put the best superhero movies at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Wonder Woman
  • Justice League
  • Spiderman
  • X-Men
  • Black Panther
  • Superman
  • The Avengers
  • Batman

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. box office a. People whose job is to give or write opinions on new plays, movies, books, etc.
      2. records b. The best performances of their kind, when measured against other things.
      3. debut c. Roughly calculated, guessed or judged the value, number or quantity of something.
      4. estimated d. The place at a cinema or theater where tickets are bought; the financial success of a movie.
      5. earned e. A general title or concept used for making or selling a series of products, typically films or television shows (e.g. Star Wars movies, Harry Potter Movies, etc.).
      6. critics f. The first public appearance of a new product or presentation of a new movie or play.
      7. franchise g. Got money from working.

 

    Paragraph 2

      8. largely h. A feeling or great happiness or satisfaction from one's own achievements or the achievements of others.
      9. cast i. The origin or background of a person in terms of family, country or nationality.
      10. descent j. Things that are in the way of (block) what you want to do.
      11. pride k. Mostly.
      12. self-esteem l. All of the actors taking part in a play, film, opera, etc.
      13. obstacles m. Things you have that you can use to live, function or work.
      14. resources n. How much you like yourself.

 

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Black Panther is the highest-earning movie ever.     T / F
  2. The movie made over $360 million on three days.     T / F
  3. The movie scored over 95% on the Rotten Tomatoes review website.     T / F
  4. A newspaper said the excitement was like a Star Wars movie debut.     T / F
  5. The Black Panther has an all-black cast.     T / F
  6. The article said cinemas requested people to wear African clothes.     T / F
  7. CNN said the movie would make children believe in God.     T / F
  8. The movie shows people of color can get through obstacles.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. breaking
  2. debut
  3. earned
  4. rating
  5. fever
  6. role
  7. largely
  8. descent
  9. godsend
  10. obstacles
  1. ancestry
  2. made
  3. score
  4. character
  5. barriers
  6. smashing
  7. blessing
  8. excitement
  9. premiere
  10. mainly

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. the film has earned over
  2. great reviews from
  3. It is very rare for any movie to get such
  4. "Black Panther fever" took
  5. the latest offering in the Star Wars
  6. an African-American in the title
  7. It also has a largely black
  8. dressed in traditional
  9. lift the self-
  10. get through
  1. franchise
  2. esteem of black children
  3. role
  4. cast
  5. a high score
  6. any obstacles
  7. critics
  8. over Los Angeles
  9. $361 million
  10. African clothes

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
rating
franchise
superhero
typically
earned
debut
compared
critics

The new (1) ____________ movie Black Panther is breaking box office records. It is the highest moneymaking (2) ____________ ever for a February film. Disney, the movie's maker, estimated that the film has (3) ____________ over $361 million in its first three days. The opening was the fifth highest-earning film ever. The movie has been helped by great reviews from (4) ____________. The movie review site Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 97 per cent (5) ____________. It is very rare for any movie to get such a high score. The Los Angeles Times newspaper (6) ____________ Black Panther to a Star Wars movie. It said "Black Panther fever" took over Los Angeles. It added: "The film opened to the kind of fervor (7) ____________ reserved for the latest offering in the Star Wars (8) ____________."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
descent
role
obstacles
traditional
color
resources
cast
lift

Black Panther is the first Marvel superhero movie with an African-American in the title (9) ____________. It also has a largely black (10) ____________ and is directed by a black man. Many people of African (11) ____________ have been showing their pride in the movie by attending movie theatres dressed in (12) ____________ African clothes. CNN writer Van Jones said the film was very important. He said: "This film is a godsend that will (13) ____________ the self-esteem of black children in the US and around the world for a long time." A seventh-grade student who watched the film said: "For people of (14) ____________, it shows us that we can get through any (15) ____________ that are thrown at us if we work together. We can also help the world by sharing our (16) ____________."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The new superhero movie Black Panther is breaking ______
     a.  box office records
     b.  boxed office records
     c.  blocks office records
     d.  boxes office records
2)  The opening was the fifth highest-______ ever
     a.  earn in film
     b.  ear nine film
     c.  earn nine film
     d.  earning film
3)  The movie review site Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 97 ______
     a.  per cent rate in
     b.  per cent ray tin
     c.  per cent rating
     d.  per cent ray thing
4)  compared Black Panther to a Star Wars movie. It said "Black Panther ______
     a.  favor" took over
     b.  fever" took over
     c.  fee ever" took over
     d.  fee four" took over
5)  the kind of fervor typically reserved for the latest offering in the Star ______
     a.  Wars French fries
     b.  Wars branch tries
     c.  Wars franchise
     d.  Wars Fran tries

6)  the first Marvel superhero movie with an African-American in ______
     a.  the title role
     b.  the tie tall roll
     c.  the tight all role
     d.  the tie tall roll
7)  Many people of African descent have been showing their ______ movie
     a.  proud in the
     b.  pride in the
     c.  pry din the
     d.  pudding the
8)  He said: "This film is a godsend that will lift the ______ black children
     a.  self-esteem of
     b.  self-extreme of
     c.  self-eggs stream of
     d.  sell fledge sin of
9)  For people of color, it shows us that we can get through ______
     a.  many abs tackles
     b.  many yobs tackles
     c.  any yobs tales all
     d.  any obstacles
10)  We can also help the world by sharing ______
     a.  hour resources
     b.  our re-sauces
     c.  our resources
     d.  our resource is

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The new superhero movie Black Panther is (1) ___________________ records. It is the highest moneymaking debut ever for a February film. Disney, the movie's maker, (2) ___________________ film has earned over $361 million in its first three days. The opening was the fifth highest-earning film ever. The movie has been helped (3) ___________________ from critics. The movie review site Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 97 per cent rating. It is very rare for any movie to get (4) ___________________ score. The Los Angeles Times newspaper compared Black Panther to a Star Wars movie. It said "Black Panther (5) ___________________ Los Angeles. It added: "The film opened to the kind of fervor typically reserved for (6) ___________________ in the Star Wars franchise."

Black Panther is the first Marvel superhero movie with an African-American in the title role. It also has a (7) ___________________ and is directed by a black man. Many people of African descent have been showing their pride in the movie by attending movie theatres (8) ___________________ African clothes. CNN writer Van Jones said the film was very important. He said: "This film is a godsend that will lift (9) ___________________ of black children in the US and around the world for a long time." A seventh-grade student who watched the film said: "For (10) ___________________, it shows us that we can get through (11) ___________________ are thrown at us if we work together. We can also help the world by (12) ___________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. For what month did Black Panther break records?
  2. How long did it take for Black Panther to make over $361 million?
  3. What score did the Rotten Tomatoes website give Black Panther?
  4. What did a newspaper say took over Los Angeles?
  5. What movie franchise did the LA Times compare Black Panther to?
  6. What did the article say about the cast of Black Panther?
  7. What did many people wear to movie theatres?
  8. Who is Van Jones?
  9. What grade student commented about Black Panther?
  10. What did a student say people of color could get through?




Multiple choice quiz

1) For what month did Black Panther break records?
a) November
b) February
c) January
d) December
2) How long did it take for Black Panther to make over $361 million?
a) one weekend
b) one day
c) 12 hours
d) three days
3) What score did the Rotten Tomatoes website give Black Panther?
a) 100%
b) 79%
c) 97%
d) 87%
4) What did a newspaper say took over Los Angeles?
a) Black Panther fever
b) journalists
c) Black Panther fans
d) a university
5) What movie franchise did the LA Times compare Black Panther to?
a) Harry Potter
b) Star Wars
c) James Bond
d) X-Men

6) What did the article say about the cast of Black Panther?
a) it was a largely black cast
b) it was an all-male cast
c) everyone was brilliant
d) they were all superheroes
7) What did many people wear to movie theatres?
a) cat suits
b) black clothes
c) traditional African clothes
d) jeans
8) Who is Van Jones?
a) a CNN writer
b) an actor
c) a movie critic
d) a movie director
9) What grade student commented about Black Panther?
a) third
b) fifth
c) sixth
d) seventh
10) What did a student say people of color could get through?
a) life
b) crowds
c) obstacles
d) anything

Role play

Role  A – Black Panther
You think Black Panther is the best superhero movie. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their movies. Also, tell the others which is the least heroic of these (and why): Superman, Wonder Woman or X-Men.
Role  B – Superman
You think Superman is the best superhero movie. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their movies. Also, tell the others which is the least heroic of these (and why): Black Panther, Wonder Woman or X-Men.
Role  C – Wonder Woman
You think Wonder Woman is the best superhero movie. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their movies. Also, tell the others which is the least heroic of these (and why): Superman, Black Panther or X-Men.
Role  D – X-Men
You think X-Men is the best superhero movie. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their movies. Also, tell the others which is the least heroic of these (and why): Superman, Wonder Woman or Black Panther.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'box'

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  • and 'office'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • title
    • largely
    • dressed
    • lift
    • student
    • help
    • highest
    • estimated
    • opening
    • helped
    • rare
    • latest




    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 - Black Panther movie breaks box office records

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'superhero'?
    3. What do you know about the Black Panther?
    4. What do you think of Disney movies?
    5. What is the best superhero movie ever?
    6. Would you like to be a movie critic?
    7. What's the best movie you've ever seen at the cinema?
    8. How important are superhero movies?
    9. What do you think of Star Wars movies?
    10. Is it better to watch a movie at home or at the cinema?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'movie'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Why aren't there more movies with largely black casts?
    5. Should we all go to movie theatres dressed up?
    6. Why might this film "lift the self-esteem of black children"?
    7. Would you like to see Black Panther?
    8. Who is your favourite actor, and why?
    9. What obstacles have you got through?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the movie's producer?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    The new superhero movie Black Panther is (1) ____ box office records. It is the highest moneymaking debut ever for a February film. Disney, the movie's maker, estimated that the film has (2) ____ over $361 million in its first three days. The opening was the fifth highest-earning film (3) ____. The movie has been helped by great (4) ____ from critics. The movie review site Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 97 per cent rating. It is very rare for any movie to get such a high score. The Los Angeles Times newspaper compared Black Panther to a Star Wars movie. It said "Black Panther (5) ____" took over Los Angeles. It added: "The film opened to the kind of fervor (6) ____ reserved for the latest offering in the Star Wars franchise."

    Black Panther is the first Marvel superhero movie with an African-American in the title (7) ____. It also has a largely black cast and is directed by a black man. Many people of African (8) ____ have been showing their pride in the movie by attending movie theatres dressed in traditional African clothes. CNN writer Van Jones said the film was very important. He said: "This film is a (9) ____ that will (10) ____ the self-esteem of black children in the US and around the world for a long time." A seventh-grade student who watched the film said: "For people of color, it shows us that we can get through any (11) ____ that are thrown at us if we work together. We can also help the world by (12) ____ our resources."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     break     (b)     breaks     (c)     broken     (d)     breaking    
    2. (a)     earnings     (b)     earning     (c)     earns     (d)     earned    
    3. (a)     event     (b)     ever     (c)     even     (d)     every    
    4. (a)     renews     (b)     reduce     (c)     reviews     (d)     residues    
    5. (a)     illness     (b)     sickness     (c)     fever     (d)     disease    
    6. (a)     typically     (b)     typical     (c)     typify     (d)     typicality    
    7. (a)     roll     (b)     role     (c)     rule     (d)     rile    
    8. (a)     descent     (b)     descant     (c)     decent     (d)     descendant    
    9. (a)     godlike     (b)     godsend     (c)     godless     (d)     godly    
    10. (a)     top     (b)     height     (c)     lift     (d)     up    
    11. (a)     tentacles     (b)     receptacles     (c)     obstacles     (d)     spectacles    
    12. (a)     shared     (b)     shard     (c)     shares     (d)     sharing

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    4. lift the self-teseme of black children
    5. any sastelboc that are thrown at us
    6. sharing our sucosrere

    Put the text back together

    (...)  pride in the movie by attending movie theatres dressed in traditional African clothes. CNN writer Van Jones said
    (...)  Black Panther is the first Marvel superhero movie with an African-American in the title role. It also has a largely black
    (...)  rare for any movie to get such a high score. The Los Angeles Times newspaper compared Black Panther
    (...)  to a Star Wars movie. It said "Black Panther fever" took over Los Angeles. It added: "The film
    (...)  are thrown at us if we work together. We can also help the world by sharing our resources."
    (...)  opened to the kind of fervor typically reserved for the latest offering in the Star Wars franchise."
    (...)  been helped by great reviews from critics. The movie review site Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 97 per cent rating. It is very
    (...)  the film was very important. He said: "This film is a godsend that will lift the self-esteem of black
    (...)  debut ever for a February film. Disney, the movie's maker, estimated that the film has earned
    1  ) The new superhero movie Black Panther is breaking box office records. It is the highest moneymaking
    (...)  over $361 million in its first three days. The opening was the fifth highest-earning film ever. The movie has
    (...)  watched the film said: "For people of color, it shows us that we can get through any obstacles that
    (...)  cast and is directed by a black man. Many people of African descent have been showing their
    (...)  children in the US and around the world for a long time." A seventh-grade student who

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Black Panther is the first Marvel superhero movie with an African-American in the title roll / role. It also has a largely black cast and is direction / directed by a black man. Many people for / of African descent have been showing their proud / pride in the movie by attending movie theatres dressed in / on traditional African clothes. CNN writer Van Jones said the film was very important. He said: "This film is a godsend that will drop / lift the self-esteem of black children in the US and around the worldwide / world for a long time." A seventh-grade student who watched / looked the film said: "For people of color, it shows us that we can get through / though any obstacles that are thrown at us if we work together. We can also help the world by share / sharing our resources."

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    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    B l_c k   P_n t h_r  _s   t h_  f_r s t   M_r v_l   s_p_r h_r_  m_v__   w_t h  _n   A f r_c_n - A m_r_c_n  _n   t h_  t_t l_  r_l_.   I t  _l s_  h_s  _  l_r g_l y   b l_c k   c_s t  _n d  _s   d_r_c t_d   b y  _  b l_c k   m_n .   M_n y   p__ p l_ _f   A f r_c_n   d_s c_n t   h_v_  b__ n   s h_w_n g   t h__ r   p r_d_ _n   t h_  m_v__   b y  _t t_n d_n g   m_v__   t h__ t r_s   d r_s s_d  _n   t r_d_t__ n_l   A f r_c_n   c l_t h_s .   C N N   w r_t_r   V_n   J_n_s   s__ d   t h_  f_l m   w_s   v_r y  _m p_r t_n t .   H_  s__ d :   " T h_s   f_l m  _s  _  g_d s_n d   t h_t   w_l l   l_f t   t h_  s_l f -_s t__ m  _f   b l_c k   c h_l d r_n  _n   t h_  U S  _n d  _r__ n d   t h_  w_r l d   f_r  _  l_n g   t_m_. "   A   s_v_n t h - g r_d_  s t_d_n t   w h_  w_t c h_d   t h_  f_l m   s__ d :   " F_r   p__ p l_ _f   c_l_r ,  _t   s h_w s  _s   t h_t   w_  c_n   g_t   t h r__ g h  _n y  _b s t_c l_s   t h_t  _r_  t h r_w n  _t  _s  _f   w_  w_r k   t_g_t h_r .   W_  c_n  _l s_  h_l p   t h_  w_r l d   b y   s h_r_n g  __ r   r_s__ r c_s ."

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the new superhero movie black panther is breaking box office records it is the highest moneymaking debut ever for a february film disney the movies maker estimated that the film has earned over 361 million in its first three days the opening was the fifth highestearning film ever the movie has been helped by great reviews from critics the movie review site rotten tomatoes gave it a 97 per cent rating it is very rare for any movie to get such a high score the los angeles times newspaper compared black panther to a star wars movie it said black panther fever took over los angeles it added the film opened to the kind of fervor typically reserved for the latest offering in the star wars franchise

    black panther is the first marvel superhero movie with an africanamerican in the title role it also has a largely black cast and is directed by a black man many people of african descent have been showing their pride in the movie by attending movie theatres dressed in traditional african clothes cnn writer van jones said the film was very important he said this film is a godsend that will lift the selfesteem of black children in the us and around the world for a long time a seventhgrade student who watched the film said for people of color it shows us that we can get through any obstacles that are thrown at us if we work together we can also help the world by sharing our resources"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    ThenewsuperheromovieBlackPantherisbreakingboxofficerecords.Iti
    sthehighestmoneymakingdebuteverforaFebruaryfilm.Disney,them
    ovie'smaker,estimatedthatthefilmhasearnedover$361millioninitsfir
    stthreedays.Theopeningwasthefifthhighest-earningfilmever.Them
    oviehasbeenhelpedbygreatreviewsfromcritics.Themoviereviewsite
    RottenTomatoesgaveita97percentrating.Itisveryrareforanymovieto
    getsuchahighscore.TheLosAngelesTimesnewspapercomparedBlack
    PanthertoaStarWarsmovie.Itsaid"BlackPantherfever"tookoverLosA
    ngeles.Itadded:"Thefilmopenedtothekindoffervortypicallyreservedf
    orthelatestofferingintheStarWarsfranchise."BlackPantheristhefirst
    MarvelsuperheromoviewithanAfrican-Americaninthetitlerole.Itals
    ohasalargelyblackcastandisdirectedbyablackman.ManypeopleofAfri
    candescenthavebeenshowingtheirprideinthemoviebyattendingmov
    ietheatresdressedintraditionalAfricanclothes.CNNwriterVanJonessa
    idthefilmwasveryimportant.Hesaid:"Thisfilmisagodsendthatwillliftt
    heself-esteemofblackchildrenintheUSandaroundtheworldforalongti
    me."Aseventh-gradestudentwhowatchedthefilmsaid:"Forpeopleofc
    olor,itshowsusthatwecangetthroughanyobstaclesthatarethrownatu
    sifweworktogether.Wecanalsohelptheworldbysharingourresources.
    "

    Free writing

    Write about Black Panther for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Children need superheroes. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. BLACK PANTHER: Make a poster about the Black Panther movie. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. SUPERHERO: Write a magazine article about the Black Panther and other superheroes. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against them.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on Black Panther. Ask him/her three questions about the superhero. Give him/her three of your opinions on superheroes. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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