The Reading / Listening - Necropolis - Level 0

Archaeologists found a big cemetery under the sand near Cairo. It is a 2,000-year-old necropolis - a "city of the dead". It has many statues. Archaeologists found tombs belonging to Thoth. He was a god of the moon. People say he invented writing. Egypt's government said: "This is only the beginning of a new discovery."



Archaeologist Mostafa Waziri said he found eight tombs. He will find more. The tombs contain historic treasures. One includes over 1,000 statues and a sarcophagus (a stone coffin). He hopes the necropolis will bring more tourists to Egypt. Fewer have come since the revolution that happened in 2011.

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    Necropolis - Level 1 Necropolis - Level 2   or  Necropolis - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-egyptian-necropolis-contains-message-from-the-afterlife/
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology/egypt-uncovers-ancient-necropolis-south-of-cairo-idUSKCN1G80QI
  • http://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-spectacular-2000-year-old-tomb-complex-discovered-40-sarcophagi-819863


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. a big cemetery
  2. It is a 2,000-year-
  3. It has many
  4. tombs belonging
  5. He was a god
  6. People say he
  7. This is only
  8. a new
  1. invented writing
  2. statues
  3. the beginning
  4. old necropolis
  5. discovery
  6. under the sand
  7. of the moon
  8. to Thoth

Paragraph 2

  1. he found eight
  2. He will
  3. The tombs contain historic
  4. One includes over
  5. a stone
  6. bring more tourists
  7. Fewer have
  8. since the revolution that
  1. come
  2. 1,000 statues
  3. to Egypt
  4. find more
  5. treasures
  6. happened in 2011
  7. coffin
  8. tombs

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Archaeologists (1) ___________________ cemetery under the sand near Cairo. It is a 2,000-year-old necropolis - a "city (2) ___________________". It has (3) ___________________. Archaeologists found (4) ___________________ to Thoth. He was a god of the moon. People say he (5) ___________________. Egypt's government said: "This (6) ___________________ beginning of a new discovery."

Archaeologist Mostafa Waziri said (7) ___________________ tombs. He (8) ___________________. The tombs contain (9) ___________________. One includes over (10) ___________________ and a sarcophagus (a stone coffin). He hopes the necropolis will bring (11) ___________________ to Egypt. Fewer have (12) ___________________ revolution that happened in 2011.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ArchaeologistsfoundabigcemeteryunderthesandnearCairo.Itisa2,0
00-year-oldnecropolis-a"cityofthedead".Ithasmanystatues.Archae
ologistsfoundtombsbelongingtoThoth.Hewasagodofthemoon.Peopl
esayheinventedwriting.Egypt'sgovernmentsaid:"Thisisonlythebegi
nningofanewdiscovery."ArchaeologistMostafaWazirisaidhefoundeig
httombs.Hewillfindmore.Thetombscontainhistorictreasures.Oneincl
udesover1,000statuesandasarcophagus(astonecoffin).Hehopesthe
necropoliswillbringmoretouriststoEgypt.Fewerhavecomesincethere
volutionthathappenedin2011.

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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Answers

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