The Reading / Listening - Elvis Presley - Level 4

The rock legend Elvis Presley has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, 41 years after he died. Presley is called the "King of rock and roll". Other people to get the award included baseball great Babe Ruth. The medal is given by the President of the United States. It is the highest award given to a civilian. It recognizes people who have made a great contribution to the security or national interests of the USA, culture and world peace.



President Trump said: "America is blessed to have the most skill, passion and talent of anywhere on earth. We are truly a great nation." The White House called Elvis, "an enduring American icon". It said he, "defined American culture to billions of adoring fans around the world....The star created a sound all his own." Elvis is one of the biggest musicians of the 20th century and the best-selling solo artist ever.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Elvis Presley - Level 5 or  Elvis Presley - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/11/16/president-trump-medals-freedom-elvis-babe-ruth/2025294002/
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-46233352
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidential_Medal_of_Freedom


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. The rock
  2. 41 years
  3. the King
  4. Other people to get
  5. baseball
  6. the highest award
  7. people who have made a great
  8. national interests
  1. given to a civilian
  2. the award
  3. contribution
  4. great Babe Ruth
  5. of rock and roll
  6. legend Elvis Presley
  7. of the USA
  8. after he died

Paragraph 2

  1. America is
  2. We are truly a
  3. an enduring American
  4. he defined American
  5. billions of adoring
  6. The star created a sound
  7. the biggest musicians of
  8. the best-selling solo
  1. the 20th century
  2. icon
  3. fans
  4. artist ever
  5. great nation
  6. blessed
  7. all his own
  8. culture

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The rock legend Elvis Presley (1) ___________________ the Presidential Medal of Freedom, 41 years (2) ___________________. Presley is called the "(3) ___________________ and roll". Other people to get the award included baseball great Babe Ruth. The medal (4) ___________________ the President of the United States. It is the highest award given (5) ___________________. It recognizes people who have made a great contribution to the security (6) ___________________ of the USA, culture and world peace.

President Trump said: "America is blessed to have (7) ___________________, passion and talent of (8) ___________________. We are (9) ___________________ nation." The White House called Elvis, "an enduring American icon". It said he, "defined American (10) ___________________ of adoring fans around the world....The star created a (11) ___________________ own." Elvis is one of the biggest musicians of the 20th century and the best-selling (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TherocklegendElvisPresleyhasbeenawardedthePresidentialMedalof
Freedom,41yearsafterhedied.Presleyiscalledthe"Kingofrockandroll
".OtherpeopletogettheawardincludedbaseballgreatBabeRuth.Them
edalisgivenbythePresidentoftheUnitedStates.Itisthehighestawardgi
ventoacivilian.Itrecognizespeoplewhohavemadeagreatcontribution
tothesecurityornationalinterestsoftheUSA,cultureandworldpeace.P
residentTrumpsaid:"Americaisblessedtohavethemostskill,passiona
ndtalentofanywhereonearth.Wearetrulyagreatnation."TheWhiteHo
usecalledElvis,"anenduringAmericanicon".Itsaidhe,"definedAmeric
anculturetobillionsofadoringfansaroundtheworld....Thestarcreated
asoundallhisown."Elvisisoneofthebiggestmusiciansofthe20thcentur
yandthebest-sellingsoloartistever.

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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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