The Reading / Listening - Moon Landing - Level 5

We will soon have the chance to buy a piece of space exploration history. Neil Armstrong's collection of mementos will be auctioned. Mr Armstrong was the first person to walk on the moon, on July 20, 1969. Items from that lunar landing will go under the auctioneer's hammer, including a US flag and medals given to NASA astronauts. The auction house thinks the sale will be very popular. It said: "Space is one of the very, very few categories that every single person seems to be interested in....You show somebody something from the space program, and they are fascinated by it."



Neil Armstrong kept his many space souvenirs in his house in Ohio. His son Mark said his father never talked about what he wanted to be done with his collection of space mementos. He said: "I don't think he spent much time thinking about it. He did save all the items, so he obviously felt they were worth saving." Mark and his brother decided to auction the items to share their father's legacy. They restored many of the items. They said it was becoming increasingly difficult to identify some things. The number of living people connected to the Apollo 11 mission was decreasing.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Moon Landing - Level 4 or  Moon Landing - Level 6

Sources
  • https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/giant-sale-neil-armstrongs-collection-auction-56712871
  • https://www.engadget.com/2018/07/20/neil-armstrong-collection-space-artifacts-auction/
  • https://www.cleveland.com/expo/news/erry-2018/07/4b2ea67c9d1707/2000-items-owned-by-neil-armst.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. a piece of space exploration
  2. lunar
  3. go under the auctioneer's
  4. medals given to
  5. one of the very, very
  6. every single person seems
  7. the space
  8. they are fascinated
  1. hammer
  2. program
  3. few categories
  4. by it
  5. landing
  6. history
  7. NASA astronauts
  8. to be interested

Paragraph 2

  1. his father never talked about
  2. his collection
  3. he obviously felt they were
  4. his brother decided to
  5. share their father's
  6. They restored many
  7. difficult to identify some
  8. people connected to the
  1. of the items
  2. worth saving
  3. Apollo 11 mission
  4. what he wanted
  5. of space mementos
  6. things
  7. legacy
  8. auction the items

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

We will soon have (1) ___________________ buy a piece of space exploration history. Neil Armstrong's collection of mementos will be auctioned. Mr Armstrong was the (2) ___________________ walk on the moon, on July 20, 1969. Items from that (3) ___________________ go under the auctioneer's hammer, including a US flag and medals given to NASA astronauts. The (4) ___________________ the sale will be very popular. It said: "Space is one of the very, (5) ___________________ that every single person seems to be interested in....You show somebody something from the space program, and they (6) ___________________ it."

Neil Armstrong kept his (7) ___________________ in his house in Ohio. His son Mark said his father never talked (8) ___________________ wanted to be done with his collection of space mementos. He said: "I don't think he (9) ___________________ thinking about it. He did save all the items, so he obviously felt they were worth saving." Mark and his brother decided to auction the items to share (10) ___________________. They restored many of the items. They said it was becoming increasingly (11) ___________________ some things. The number of living people (12) ___________________ Apollo 11 mission was decreasing.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Wewillsoonhavethechancetobuyapieceofspaceexplorationhistory.N
eilArmstrong'scollectionofmementoswillbeauctioned.MrArmstrong
wasthefirstpersontowalkonthemoon,onJuly20,1969.Itemsfromthat
lunarlandingwillgoundertheauctioneer'shammer,includingaUSflaga
ndmedalsgiventoNASAastronauts.Theauctionhousethinksthesalewi
llbeverypopular.Itsaid:"Spaceisoneofthevery,veryfewcategoriesth
ateverysinglepersonseemstobeinterestedin....Youshowsomebodys
omethingfromthespaceprogram,andtheyarefascinatedbyit."NeilAr
mstrongkepthismanyspacesouvenirsinhishouseinOhio.HissonMark
saidhisfathernevertalkedaboutwhathewantedtobedonewithhiscolle
ctionofspacemementos.Hesaid:"Idon'tthinkhespentmuchtimethink
ingaboutit.Hedidsavealltheitems,soheobviouslyfelttheywereworths
aving."Markandhisbrotherdecidedtoauctiontheitemstosharetheirfat
her'slegacy.Theyrestoredmanyoftheitems.Theysaiditwasbecomingi
ncreasinglydifficulttoidentifysomethings.Thenumberoflivingpeople
connectedtotheApollo11missionwasdecreasing.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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