The Reading / Listening - Moon Landing - Level 6

Space enthusiasts will soon have the chance to purchase a piece of space exploration history. Items from Neil Armstrong's personal collection of mementos are to be auctioned. Mr Armstrong was the first person to walk on the moon. A variety of artifacts from the July 20, 1969 lunar landing will go under the auctioneer's hammer. These include a US flag, a UN flag, state flags and commemorative medallions that were given to NASA astronauts. The auction house anticipates that 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 was born, lived and died in the state of Ohio. He kept his many space souvenirs in his house there. His son, Mark Armstrong, said his father never talked to him about what he wanted to be done with the huge amount of items he had kept. 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 Rick decided it would be best to auction the items to share their father's legacy. They had to restore many of the items. They also said it was becoming increasingly difficult to correctly identify some things as the number of living people connected to the Apollo 11 mission was decreasing.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Moon Landing - Level 4  or  Moon Landing - Level 5

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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Warm-ups

1. SPACE TRAVEL: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about space travel. 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?
       enthusiasts / space exploration / lunar landing / auction / US flag / popular / single /
       state / souvenirs / huge / saving / legacy / difficult / identify / Apollo 11 / mission
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. THE MOON LANDING: Students A strongly believe the moon landing was the greatest event on Earth; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SPACE EXPLORATION: What are the challenges with these areas of space exploration? Are they worth it? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Challenges

Are They Worth It?

The Moon

 

 

Mars

 

 

Space Stations

 

 

Asteroids

 

 

Saturn

 

 

Other Galaxies

 

 

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

  • Name badge
  • Apollo 11 part
  • NASA watch
  • Apollo 11 log book
  • Moon rock
  • Space helmet
  • US flag
  • NASA medal

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. enthusiasts a. Acquire something by paying for it; buy.
      2. purchase b. An object made by a human being, typically an item of cultural or historical interest.
      3. mementos c. Really, really interested in something.
      4. artifacts d. An object kept as a reminder or souvenir of a person or event.
      5. commemorative e. A class or division of people or things regarded as having particular shared characteristics.
      6. categories f. People who are highly interested in a particular activity or subject.
      7. fascinated g. Acting as a memorial or mark of an event or person.

    Paragraph 2

      8. state h. In a way that is easily perceived or understood.
      9. obviously i. Sufficiently good, important, or interesting to justify a specified action.
      10. worth j. An expedition into space.
      11. auction k. Something that is a part of your history or that remains from an earlier time.
      12. legacy l. A public sale in which goods or property are sold to the highest bidder.
      13. restore m. An organized political community or area forming part of a federal republic.
      14. mission n. Return someone or something to a former condition, place, or position.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Astronaut Neil Armstrong's space souvenirs will be auctioned.     T / F
  2. A hammer used on the moon will be auctioned.     T / F
  3. People will be able to bid for a NASA medallion given to astronauts.     T / F
  4. An auction house said most people are fascinated by space.     T / F
  5. All of Neil Armstrong's space mementos were kept in a museum.     T / F
  6. Neil Armstrong told his sons what to do with his mementos.     T / F
  7. Neil Armstrong's sons had to restore many of the mementos.     T / F
  8. Many of the Apollo 11 team are still alive.     T / F

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

  1. enthusiasts
  2. purchase
  3. variety
  4. anticipates
  5. fascinated
  6. huge
  7. obviously
  8. restore
  9. identify
  10. mission
  1. assortment
  2. journey
  3. captivated
  4. repair
  5. enormous
  6. fans
  7. expects
  8. recognize
  9. buy
  10. clearly

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

  1. the chance to purchase a piece of space
  2. Armstrong's personal collection
  3. auction
  4. every single person seems
  5. they are fascinated
  6. talked to him about
  7. I don't think he spent much time
  8. he obviously felt they were
  9. share their father's
  10. it was becoming
  1. worth saving
  2. by it
  3. increasingly difficult
  4. what he wanted
  5. of mementos
  6. house
  7. legacy
  8. to be interested
  9. thinking about it
  10. exploration history

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
history
anticipates
lunar
fascinated
chance
single
variety
hammer

Space enthusiasts will soon have the (1) ____________ to purchase a piece of space exploration (2) ____________. Items from Neil Armstrong's personal collection of mementos are to be auctioned. Mr Armstrong was the first person to walk on the moon. A (3) ____________ of artifacts from the July 20, 1969 (4) ____________ landing will go under the auctioneer's (5) ____________. These include a US flag, a UN flag, state flags and commemorative medallions that were given to NASA astronauts. The auction house (6) ____________ that the sale will be very popular. It said: "Space is one of the very, very few categories that every (7) ____________ person seems to be interested in....You show somebody something from the space program, and they are (8) ____________ by it."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
spent
state
identify
worth
huge
mission
souvenirs
legacy

Neil Armstrong was born, lived and died in the (9) ____________ of Ohio. He kept his many space (10) ____________ in his house there. His son, Mark Armstrong, said his father never talked to him about what he wanted to be done with the (11) ____________ amount of items he had kept. He said: "I don't think he (12) ____________ much time thinking about it. He did save all the items, so he obviously felt they were (13) ____________ saving." Mark and his brother Rick decided it would be best to auction the items to share their father's (14) ____________. They had to restore many of the items. They also said it was becoming increasingly difficult to correctly (15) ____________ some things as the number of living people connected to the Apollo 11 (16) ____________ was decreasing.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Space enthusiasts will soon have the chance to purchase a piece of space ______
     a.  explorative history
     b.  exploratory history
     c.  exploration history
     d.  exploitation history
2)  Neil Armstrong's personal collection of mementos are ______
     a.  to be auction
     b.  to be auctioneer
     c.  to be auctions
     d.  to be auctioned
3)  the July 20, 1969 lunar landing will go under the ______
     a.  auctioneer's stammer
     b.  auctioneer's hammer
     c.  auctioneer's grammar
     d.  auctioneer's jammer
4)  Space is one of the very, very few categories that every single person ______
     a.  seen stew be interested
     b.  seems to be interested
     c.  seems Toby interested
     d.  seems to being rested
5)  You show somebody something from the space program, and they are ______
     a.  fascinate it by it
     b.  fascinates buy it
     c.  fascinated buy it
     d.  fascinated by it

6)  his father never talked to him about what he wanted to be done with the ______ items
     a.  luge amount off
     b.  hugely amount of
     c.  luge amount of
     d.  huge amount of
7)  He did save all the items, so he obviously felt they ______
     a.  were worth saving
     b.  were worthy saving
     c.  were worth savings
     d.  were worthy savings
8)  Rick decided it would be best to auction the items to share ______
     a.  their father's regency
     b.  their father's legally
     c.  their father's legacy
     d.  their father's legacies
9)  They also said it was becoming increasingly difficult to correctly ______ things
     a.  eyed enter fry some
     b.  identify some
     c.  identity some
     d.  I dent a fly some
10)  the number of living people connected to the Apollo 11 ______ decreasing
     a.  mission was
     b.  emission was
     c.  commission was
     d.  remission was

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Space enthusiasts will soon have the (1) ___________________ a piece of space exploration history. Items from Neil Armstrong's personal collection of mementos are (2) ___________________. Mr Armstrong was the first person to walk on the moon. A variety of artifacts from the July 20, 1969 lunar landing will (3) ___________________ auctioneer's hammer. These include a US flag, a UN flag, state flags and commemorative medallions that were given to NASA astronauts. The auction (4) ___________________ the sale will be very popular. It said: "Space is one of the very, very few categories that (5) ___________________ seems to be interested in....You show somebody something from the space program, and they (6) ___________________ it."

Neil Armstrong was born, lived and died in the state of Ohio. He kept his many (7) ___________________ his house there. His son, Mark Armstrong, said his father never talked to him about what he wanted to be done with the huge (8) ___________________ he had kept. He said: "I don't think he spent much time thinking about it. He did save all the items, so he obviously felt they (9) ___________________." Mark and his brother Rick decided it would be best to auction the items to share (10) ___________________. They had to restore many of the items. They also said it was becoming increasingly difficult (11) ___________________ some things as the number of living people connected to the Apollo 11 (12) ___________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. What kind of history will people be able to buy a part of?
  2. What date was the first lunar landing?
  3. What will the items go under at the auction?
  4. What does the auction house anticipate the sale will be?
  5. What did the auction house say people feel about the space program?
  6. Where did Neil Armstrong keep his space mementos?
  7. What did Armstrong tell his sons about what to do with the mementos?
  8. What did Neil Armstrong's sons want to share?
  9. What did the sons do to many mementos before auctioning them?
  10. What is happening to the number of people connected to Apollo 11?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What kind of history will people be able to buy a part of?
a) modern
b) space exploration
c) moon rock
d) ancient
2)  What date was the first lunar landing?
a) July 21, 1969
b) June 29, 1969
c) July 20, 1969
d) June 20, 1969
3)  What will the items go under at the auction?
a) a time
b) a white sheet
c) a price
d) the hammer
4)  What does the auction house anticipate the sale will be?
a) huge
b) popular
c) long
d) profitable
5)  What did the auction house say people feel about the space program?
a) fascination
b) anger
c) vague interest
d) boredom

6)  Where did Neil Armstrong keep his space mementos?
a) in his house
b) in a museum
c) in a bank
d) in a basement locker
7)  What did Armstrong tell his sons about what to do with the mementos?
a) to sell them
b) to put them in a museum
c) to keep them
d) nothing
8)  What did Neil Armstrong's sons want to share?
a) Facebook posts
b) information
c) their father's legacy
d) ideas
9)  What did the sons do to many mementos before auctioning them?
a) photograph them
b) value them
c) polish them
d) restore them
10)  What is happening to the number of people connected to Apollo 11?
a) it is growing
b) it is decreasing
c) it is staying the same
d) nothing

Role play

Role  A – Moon Rock
You think moon rock is the best space memento to buy at an auction. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): a NASA space helmet, an Apollo 11 part or a U.S. flag.

Role  B – Space Helmet
You think a NASA space helmet is the best space memento to buy at an auction. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): moon rock, an Apollo 11 part or a U.S. flag.

Role  C – Apollo 11 Part
You think an Apollo 11 part is the best space memento to buy at an auction. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): a NASA space helmet, moon rock or a U.S. flag.

Role  D – U.S. Flag
You think a U.S. flag is the best space memento to buy at an auction. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): a NASA space helmet, an Apollo 11 part or moon rock.

After reading / listening

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

'moon'

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  • and 'space'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • died
    • huge
    • time
    • best
    • legacy
    • connected
    • chance
    • personal
    • 1969
    • NASA
    • popular
    • single




    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 - Moon landing items to be auctioned

    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 'space'?
    3. What would it be like to walk on the moon?
    4. What would it be like to live on the moon?
    5. What would you be thinking about in the rocket to the moon?
    6. What do you know about Neil Armstrong?
    7. Would you like to buy a piece of space exploration history?
    8. What would you take to the moon?
    9. What do you know about the moon landings?
    10. What fascinates you most about space?

    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 'moon'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What kind of people become astronauts?
    5. What mementos do you have of your life?
    6. How important is space travel?
    7. What space souvenir would you like?
    8. How much of a hero was Neil Armstrong?
    9. Would you prefer to go to the moon or Mars?
    10. What questions would you like to ask an astronaut?

    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)

    Space (1) ____ will soon have the chance to purchase a piece of space exploration history. Items from Neil Armstrong's (2) ____ collection of mementos are to be auctioned. Mr Armstrong was the first person to walk on the moon. A variety of artifacts from the July 20, 1969 (3) ____ landing will go under the auctioneer's hammer. These include a US flag, a UN flag, state flags and commemorative medallions that were given to NASA astronauts. The auction (4) ____ anticipates that the sale will be very popular. It said: "Space is one of the very, very few categories that every (5) ____ person seems to be interested in....You show somebody something from the space program, and they are fascinated (6) ____ it."

    Neil Armstrong was born, lived and died in the (7) ____ of Ohio. He kept his many space souvenirs in his house there. His son, Mark Armstrong, said his father never talked to him about what he wanted to be (8) ____ with the huge amount of items he had kept. He said: "I don't think he spent much time thinking about it. He did save all the items, so he (9) ____ felt they were worth saving." Mark and his brother Rick decided it would be best to auction the items to share their father's (10) ____. They had to restore many of the items. They also said it was becoming (11) ____ difficult to correctly identify some things as the number of living people connected to the Apollo 11 (12) ____ was decreasing.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     enthusiasts     (b)     enthusiasm     (c)     enthuse     (d)     enthusiastic    
    2. (a)     personally     (b)     personalize     (c)     personal     (d)     personality    
    3. (a)     lunacy     (b)     lunatic     (c)     lunar     (d)     lunge    
    4. (a)     shop     (b)     mansion     (c)     home     (d)     house    
    5. (a)     single     (b)     singles     (c)     singled     (d)     singleton    
    6. (a)     on     (b)     by     (c)     of     (d)     as    
    7. (a)     realm     (b)     republic     (c)     nation     (d)     state    
    8. (a)     does     (b)     done     (c)     doing     (d)     do    
    9. (a)     oblivious     (b)     obvious     (c)     obviously     (d)     obliviously    
    10. (a)     latency     (b)     urgency     (c)     regency     (d)     legacy    
    11. (a)     increase     (b)     increases     (c)     increased     (d)     increasingly    
    12. (a)     missive     (b)     mission     (c)     miss     (d)     missal

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    6. they are atsnceidaf by it

    Paragraph 2

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    4. share their father's aelygc
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    Put the text back together

    (...)  done with the huge amount of items he had kept. He said: "I don't think he spent much time thinking
    (...)  to walk on the moon. A variety of artifacts from the July 20, 1969 lunar landing will go
    (...)  under the auctioneer's hammer. These include a US flag, a UN flag, state flags and commemorative
    (...)  medallions that were given to NASA astronauts. The auction house anticipates that the sale will be very
    (...)  Neil Armstrong's personal collection of mementos are to be auctioned. Mr Armstrong was the first person
    (...)  Neil Armstrong was born, lived and died in the state of Ohio. He kept his many space souvenirs in
    (...)  would be best to auction the items to share their father's legacy. They had to restore many
    1  ) Space enthusiasts will soon have the chance to purchase a piece of space exploration history. Items from
    (...)  popular. It said: "Space is one of the very, very few categories that every single person seems to be
    (...)  his house there. His son, Mark Armstrong, said his father never talked to him about what he wanted to be
    (...)  about it. He did save all the items, so he obviously felt they were worth saving." Mark and his brother Rick decided it
    (...)  interested in....You show somebody something from the space program, and they are fascinated by it."
    (...)  of the items. They also said it was becoming increasingly difficult to correctly identify some
    (...)  things as the number of living people connected to the Apollo 11 mission was decreasing.

    Put the words in the right order

    1. have   enthusiasts   the   soon   will   chance   to   .   Space
    2. exploration   piece   history   .   a   of   Purchase   space
    3. moon   .   the   to   walk   on   person   first   The
    4. medallions   NASA  that  given  astronauts  .  to  were  Commemorative
    5. show   program   .   space   from   You   somebody   something   the
    6. space   kept   his   house   .   He   in   souvenirs      many
    7. huge   he   had   of   kept   .   The   items   amount
    8. worth   He   saving   .   felt   were   they   obviously
    9. their   the   to   items   Auction   father's   legacy   .   share
    10. people   to   mission   .   Living   connected   the   Apollo   11

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Space enthusiasts / enthusiasm will soon have the chance to purchase a piece of space exploration history. Items from Neil Armstrong's personal collection / collective of mementos are to be auctioned. Mr Armstrong was the first person to walk in / on the moon. A variety of artifacts from the July 20, 1969 lunar / lunacy landing will go under the auctioneer's anvil / hammer. These include a US flag, a UN flag, stated / state flags and commemorative medallions that were giving / given to NASA astronauts. The auction house anticipates that the sale will be very popular. It said: "Space is one of the very, very several / few categories that every single person seems to be interested on / in....You show somebody something from the space program, and they are fascinated of / by it."

    Neil Armstrong was born, lived and died in the state / astute of Ohio. He kept his many space souvenirs in / on his house there. His son, Mark Armstrong, said his father never talks / talked to him about what he wanted to be done within / with the huge amount of items he had kept. He said: "I don't think he spent much time thought / thinking about it. He did save all the items, so he obviously felt they were value / worth saving." Mark and his brother Rick decided it would be best to auction the items to share / sharing their father's legacy. They had to restore / restoration many of the items. They also said it was becoming increasing / increasingly difficult to correctly identify some things as the number of living people connected to the Apollo 11 mission / missive was decreasing.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

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

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    space enthusiasts will soon have the chance to purchase a piece of space exploration history items from neil armstrongs personal collection of mementos are to be auctioned mr armstrong was the first person to walk on the moon a variety of artifacts from the july 20 1969 lunar landing will go under the auctioneers hammer these include a us flag a un flag state flags and commemorative medallions that were given to nasa astronauts the auction house anticipates that 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 was born lived and died in the state of ohio he kept his many space souvenirs in his house there his son mark armstrong said his father never talked to him about what he wanted to be done with the huge amount of items he had kept he said i dont 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 rick decided it would be best to auction the items to share their fathers legacy they had to restore many of the items they also said it was becoming increasingly difficult to correctly identify some things as the number of living people connected to the apollo 11 mission was decreasing.

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Spaceenthusiastswillsoonhavethechancetopurchaseapieceofspace
    explorationhistory.ItemsfromNeilArmstrong'spersonalcollectionof
    mementosaretobeauctioned.MrArmstrongwasthefirstpersontowalk
    onthemoon.AvarietyofartifactsfromtheJuly20,1969lunarlandingwill
    goundertheauctioneer'shammer.TheseincludeaUSflag,aUNflag,stat
    eflagsandcommemorativemedallionsthatweregiventoNASAastrona
    uts.Theauctionhouseanticipatesthatthesalewillbeverypopular.Itsai
    d:"Spaceisoneofthevery,veryfewcategoriesthateverysinglepersons
    eemstobeinterestedin....Youshowsomebodysomethingfromthespac
    eprogram,andtheyarefascinatedbyit."NeilArmstrongwasborn,lived
    anddiedinthestateofOhio.Hekepthismanyspacesouvenirsinhishouse
    there.Hisson,MarkArmstrong,saidhisfathernevertalkedtohimabout
    whathewantedtobedonewiththehugeamountofitemshehadkept.Hes
    aid:"Idon'tthinkhespentmuchtimethinkingaboutit.Hedidsaveallthei
    tems,soheobviouslyfelttheywereworthsaving."MarkandhisbrotherR
    ickdecideditwouldbebesttoauctiontheitemstosharetheirfather'slega
    cy.Theyhadtorestoremanyoftheitems.Theyalsosaiditwasbecomingi
    ncreasinglydifficulttocorrectlyidentifysomethingsasthenumberoflivi
    ngpeopleconnectedtotheApollo11missionwasdecreasing.

    Free writing

    Write about Moon landing for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    The Moon landing was the greatest event in human history. 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. THE MOON LANDING: Make a poster about the Moon landing. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. MOON COLONIES: Write a magazine article about building colonies on the Moon. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    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 the Moon landing. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on going to the Moon. 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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