The Reading / Listening - Michelle Obama - Level 4

Michelle Obama's autobiography is top of Amazon's bestseller list. The in-depth memoir of her life is the fastest-selling book of 2018. The 448-page book is called 'Becoming'. Amazon calls it, "intimate, powerful, and inspiring". The book's publisher said: "We are thrilled by the extraordinary response to Ms Obama's...deeply personal memoir, and we are confident that 'Becoming' will inspire millions of readers."



Ms Obama said: "Becoming is never giving up on the idea that there's more growing to be done." A reviewer wrote: "Obama invites readers into her world [and] the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood...to her years as an executive...to her time spent at the world's most famous address." The autobiography and book tour started talk of her running for President in 2020. A close friend said: "Let me be very clear, it will never happen."

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Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/20/media/michelle-obama-book-sales/index.html
  • https://www.latimes.com/books/la-et-jc-obama-bestseller-20181119-story.html
  • https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Michelle-Obama/dp/1524763136


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The in-depth
  2. the fastest-selling
  3. The 448-page book is
  4. intimate, powerful,
  5. thrilled by the extraordinary
  6. Ms Obama's deeply
  7. we are
  8. inspire millions of
  1. personal memoir
  2. and inspiring
  3. readers
  4. called 'Becoming'
  5. confident
  6. book of 2018
  7. response
  8. memoir

Paragraph 2

  1. never giving up
  2. there's more growing
  3. Obama invites readers
  4. the experiences that have
  5. the world's most famous
  6. A close
  7. Let me be very
  8. it will never
  1. into her world
  2. address
  3. happen
  4. to be done
  5. clear
  6. on the idea
  7. shaped her
  8. friend

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Michelle Obama's autobiography (1) ___________________ Amazon's bestseller list. The in-depth memoir (2) ___________________ is the fastest-selling book of 2018. The 448-page (3) ___________________ 'Becoming'. Amazon calls it, "intimate, powerful, and inspiring". The book's publisher said: "We (4) ___________________ the extraordinary response to Ms Obama's...deeply personal memoir, and (5) ___________________ that 'Becoming' will inspire (6) ___________________."

Ms Obama said: "Becoming is never (7) ___________________ the idea that there's more growing (8) ___________________." A reviewer wrote: "Obama invites readers (9) ___________________ [and] the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood...to her (10) ___________________ executive...to her time spent at the world's most famous address." The autobiography and book tour started talk (11) ___________________ for President in 2020. A close friend said: "Let me (12) ___________________, it will never happen."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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ve...tohertimespentattheworld'smostfamousaddress."Theautobiog
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sefriendsaid:"Letmebeveryclear,itwillneverhappen."

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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