The Reading / Listening - Game of Thrones - Level 3

People who watch the television programme Game of Thrones are not happy. Over one million viewers have signed a petition to get the final, eighth season of the show remade. They are unsatisfied with the story. The petition is on the Change.org website. It says the series "deserves a final season that makes sense". The petition was started by a man called Dylan D. He said the writers of the final show lacked imagination. He said the first seven seasons were great because the storyline of Game of Thrones followed the books the show came from. The show's creators had to write the storyline for the final series themselves. Dylan D called the creators "woefully incompetent".



Game of Thrones is a fantasy drama television series made by HBO. It is an adaptation of the book "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R. R. Martin. The series premiered on HBO in 2011. The finale was aired on Sunday night. The show has attracted record viewing numbers and is hugely popular worldwide. It has also won many awards, including 47 Primetime Emmy Awards - the most ever by a drama series. Despite the huge number of people who signed the petition for a season eight remake, fans have been watching in record numbers. It has had an audience of over 12 million for each show. A spokesperson said that for every person who dislikes the show, there are many more who love it.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Game of Thrones - Level 0 Game of Thrones - Level 1   or  Game of Thrones - Level 2

Sources
  • https://deadline.com/2019/05/fans-sign-petition-demanding-game-of-thrones-season-8-remake-1202618278/
  • https://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelsandler/2019/05/18/this-game-of-thrones-fan-was-so-angry-at-the-show--he-created-a-viral-petition/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_of_Thrones


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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. GAME OF THRONES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Game of Thrones. 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?
       television / viewers / petition / season / make sense / imagination / storyline / final /
       fantasy / drama / show / awards / popular / audience / spokesperson / dislike / love
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. TELEVISION: Students A strongly believe television is a great art form; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. 2019 AWARDS: Who or what should get these awards for 2019? Why? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Who / What?

Why?

TV show

 

 

Movie

 

 

Book

 

 

Cartoon

 

 

Song

 

 

Vlog

 

 

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

  • football
  • cartoon
  • gardening
  • documentary
  • fantasy
  • police drama
  • hospital drama
  • news

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. viewer a. Did not have enough of something.
      2. petition b. Something you sign that is part of a cause or campaign to bring change in society.
      3. season c. Not happy.
      4. unsatisfied d. A person who watches television or a movie.
      5. sense e. Not having or showing the necessary skills to do something successfully.
      6. lacked f. A set or sequence of related television programs.
      7. incompetent g. Be clear and easy to understand.

    Paragraph 2

      8. fantasy h. Very much; to a great extent.
      9. premiered i. Was broadcast on TV or radio.
      10. aired j. The best performance or most remarkable event of its kind that has been measured.
      11. hugely k. A genre of imaginative stories, involving magic and adventure, especially in a setting other than the real world.
      12. popular l. Gave the first performance of a play, musical, TV show, movie, etc.
      13. record m. All of the people at a public event, such as a play, movie, concert, or meeting.
      14. audience n. Liked, admired, or enjoyed by many people.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Everyone who watched Game of Thrones is unhappy.     T / F
  2. The petition to get Game of Thrones remade is outside a movie studio.    T / F
  3. The man who started the petition wanted a season that makes sense.     T / F
  4. The Game of Thrones actors wrote the storyline for season eight.     T / F
  5. Game of Thrones comes from a book called "A Song of Ice and Fire".     T / F
  6. Season one of Game of Thrones was made in 2012.     T / F
  7. Game of Thrones has won the most Primetime Emmy Awards ever.     T / F
  8. Over 12 million people watch each Game of Thrones shows.     T / F

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

  1. programme
  2. final
  3. deserves
  4. imagination
  5. incompetent
  6. adaptation
  7. aired
  8. popular
  9. huge
  10. audience
  1. well-liked
  2. creativity
  3. following
  4. last
  5. reworking
  6. enormous
  7. show
  8. unskilled
  9. broadcast
  10. merits

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

  1. Over one million viewers have signed
  2. the series deserves a final season that
  3. the writers of the final show lacked
  4. The show's creators had to
  5. Dylan D called the creators woefully
  6. Game of Thrones is a fantasy
  7. hugely popular
  8. the huge number of people who
  9. fans have been watching
  10. It has had an audience
  1. imagination
  2. of over 12 million
  3. in record numbers
  4. a petition
  5. signed
  6. write the storyline
  7. makes sense
  8. worldwide
  9. incompetent
  10. drama

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
petition
viewers
lacked
themselves
sense
woefully
final
storyline

People who watch the television programme Game of Thrones are not happy. Over one million (1) ____________ have signed a petition to get the (2) ____________, eighth season of the show remade. They are unsatisfied with the story. The (3) ____________ is on the Change.org website. It says the series "deserves a final season that makes (4) ____________". The petition was started by a man called Dylan D. He said the writers of the final show (5) ____________ imagination. He said the first seven seasons were great because the (6) ____________ of Game of Thrones followed the books the show came from. The show's creators had to write the storyline for the final series (7) ____________. Dylan D called the creators "(8) ____________ incompetent".

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
more
adaptation
fans
popular
audience
fantasy
ever
premiered

Game of Thrones is a (9) ____________ drama television series made by HBO. It is an (10) ____________ of the book "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R. R. Martin. The series (11) ____________ on HBO in 2011. The finale was aired on Sunday night. The show has attracted record viewing numbers and is hugely (12) ____________ worldwide. It has also won many awards, including 47 Primetime Emmy Awards - the most (13) ____________ by a drama series. Despite the huge number of people who signed the petition for a season eight remake, (14) ____________ have been watching in record numbers. It has had an (15) ____________ of over 12 million for each show. A spokesperson said that for every person who dislikes the show, there are many (16) ____________ who love it.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  People who watch the television programme Game of Thrones ______
     a.  are not happily
     b.  are not happiness
     c.  are not hapless
     d.  are not happy
2)  Over one million viewers have signed a petition to get the ______ season
     a.  finally, eighth
     b.  final, eighth
     c.  final, eight
     d.  finally, eight
3)  It says the series "deserves a final season that ______"
     a.  makes sense
     b.  makes dense
     c.  makes cents
     d.  makes séance
4)  He said the writers of the final show ______
     a.  lacked imagination
     b.  blacked imagination
     c.  slacked imagination
     d.  flacked imagination
5)  The show's creators had to write the storyline for the final ______
     a.  series themselves
     b.  services themselves
     c.  serious themselves
     d.  cereals themselves

6)  the book "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R. R. Martin. The series ______ HBO
     a.  premiered on
     b.  premiered in
     c.  premiered of
     d.  premiere don
7)  The show has attracted record viewing numbers and is ______
     a.  hugely populate
     b.  hugely popular
     c.  hugely popularity
     d.  hugely popularize
8)  It has also won many awards, including 47 Primetime Emmy Awards - ______
     a.  the most never
     b.  the most ever
     c.  the most every
     d.  the most even
9)  the petition for a season eight remake, fans have been watching ______
     a.  on record numbers
     b.  in record numbers
     c.  in recorded numbers
     d.  on record number
10)  for every person who dislikes the show, there are many more ______
     a.  whoa love it
     b.  whose love it
     c.  whom love it
     d.  who love it

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

People who watch the television programme Game of Thrones are not happy. (1) ___________________ viewers have signed a petition to get the final, eighth season of (2) ___________________. They are unsatisfied with the story. The petition is on the Change.org website. It says the series "deserves a final season (3) ___________________". The petition was started by a man called Dylan D. He said the writers of the (4) ___________________ imagination. He said the first seven seasons were great because the storyline of Game of Thrones (5) ___________________ the show came from. The show's creators (6) ___________________ the storyline for the final series themselves. Dylan D called the creators "woefully incompetent".

Game of Thrones is (7) ___________________ television series made by HBO. It is an adaptation of the book "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R. R. Martin. The series premiered on HBO in 2011. The (8) ___________________ on Sunday night. The show has attracted record viewing numbers and (9) ___________________ worldwide. It has also won many awards, including 47 Primetime Emmy Awards - the most ever by a drama series. Despite (10) ___________________ of people who signed the petition for a season eight remake, fans have been watching in record numbers. It has (11) ___________________ of over 12 million for each show. A spokesperson said that for every person who dislikes the show, there are many more (12) ___________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. What season of Game of Thrones do people want to be remade?
  2. Where is the petition that people are signing?
  3. What did a man want the final season to make?
  4. What did a man say the show's writers lack?
  5. How incompetent did a man say the show's creators were?
  6. What is the name of the company that makes game of Thrones?
  7. When did Game of Thrones premiere?
  8. How many Primetime Emmy Awards has Game of Thrones won?
  9. How many people watch each Game of Thrones show?
  10. What are there for every person who dislikes the show?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What season of Game of Thrones do people want to be remade?
a) seven
b) eight
c) five
d) six
2)  Where is the petition that people are signing?
a) Hollywood
b) outside the Disney studios
c) the website change.org
d) in a newspaper
3)  What did a man want the final season to make?
a) profit
b) money
c) season nine
d) sense
4)  What did a man say the show's writers lack?
a) awareness
b) imagination
c) courage
d) ideas
5)  How incompetent did a man say the show's creators were?
a) woefully
b) quite
c) a little
d) not at all

6)  What is the name of the company that makes game of Thrones?
a) HBO
b) Disney
c) Netflix
d) Hula
7)  When did Game of Thrones premiere?
a) 2009
b) 2013
c) 2010
d) 2011
8)  How many Primetime Emmy Awards has Game of Thrones won?
a) 37
b) 27
c) 47
d) 57
9)  How many people watch each Game of Thrones show?
a) 112 million
b) over 78 million
c) over 50 million
d) over 12 million
10)  What is there for every person who dislikes the show?
a) the off button
b) people who love it
c) sympathy
d) a different channel

Role play

Role  A – Fantasy Drama
You think fantasy dramas are the best TV shows. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their shows. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): hospital dramas, news programmes or gardening shows.

Role  B – Hospital Drama
You think hospital dramas are the best TV shows. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their shows. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): fantasy, news programmes or gardening shows.

Role  C – News
You think news programmes are the best TV shows. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their shows. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): hospital dramas, fantasy or gardening shows.

Role  D – Gardening
You think gardening shows are the best TV shows. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their shows. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): hospital dramas, news programmes or fantasy.

After reading / listening

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

'fantasy'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'drama'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • fantasy
    • 2011
    • numbers
    • won
    • fans
    • love
    • happy
    • website
    • sense
    • lacked
    • great
    • themselves




    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 - Over a million call for Game of Thrones re-make

    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 'fantasy'?
    3. What do you think of television?
    4. What do you know about the show Game of Thrones?
    5. Have you ever signed a petition?
    6. What things make you angry about television?
    7. What are your favourite TV shows?
    8. What is the best TV series ever?
    9. Are American shows or shows from your country best?
    10. How important is television to you?

    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 'drama'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Which do you like best - TV shows or movies?
    5. Is the book always better than the movie and TV show?
    6. What do you think of fantasy?
    7. What is your favourite genre of TV show?
    8. Should the company re-make series eight of Game of Thrones?
    9. What TV show would you like to be an actor in?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the show's creators?

    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)

    People who watch the television programme Game of Thrones are not (1) ____. Over one million viewers have (2) ____ a petition to get the final, eighth season of the show remade. They are unsatisfied with the story. The petition is on the Change.org website. It says the (3) ____ "deserves a final season that makes sense". The petition was started by a man called Dylan D. He said the writers of the final show (4) ____ imagination. He said the first seven seasons were great because the storyline of Game of Thrones (5) ____ the books the show came from. The show's creators had to write the storyline for the final series themselves. Dylan D called the creators "(6) ____ incompetent".

    Game of Thrones is a fantasy (7) ____ television series made by HBO. It is an adaptation of the book "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R. R. Martin. The series premiered (8) ____ HBO in 2011. The finale was aired on Sunday night. The show has attracted record viewing numbers and is hugely (9) ____ worldwide. It has also won many awards, including 47 Primetime Emmy Awards - the most ever by a drama series. Despite the huge number (10) ____ people who signed the petition for a season eight remake, fans have been watching in record numbers. It has had an audience of over 12 million for (11) ____ show. A spokesperson said that for every person who dislikes the show, there are many (12) ____ who love it.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     happiness     (b)     hapless     (c)     happily     (d)     happy    
    2. (a)     signature     (b)     singer     (c)     singed     (d)     signed    
    3. (a)     cereal     (b)     series     (c)     serious     (d)     service    
    4. (a)     slacked     (b)     flacked     (c)     lacked     (d)     blacked    
    5. (a)     pursued     (b)     chased     (c)     followed     (d)     stalked    
    6. (a)     woefully     (b)     woeful     (c)     woe     (d)     woefulness    
    7. (a)     dramatic     (b)     drama     (c)     dramatically     (d)     dramatics    
    8. (a)     on     (b)     of     (c)     by     (d)     at    
    9. (a)     liking     (b)     popular     (c)     adore     (d)     love    
    10. (a)     by     (b)     on     (c)     of     (d)     at    
    11. (a)     all     (b)     whole     (c)     each     (d)     both    
    12. (a)     some     (b)     much     (c)     most     (d)     more

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Put the text back together

    (...) People who watch the television programme Game of Thrones are not happy. Over one million viewers have signed a
    (.1.)  attracted record viewing numbers and is hugely popular worldwide. It has also won many
    (...)  the books the show came from. The show's creators had to write the storyline for the
    (...)  awards, including 47 Primetime Emmy Awards - the most ever by a drama series. Despite the huge
    (...)  numbers. It has had an audience of over 12 million for each show. A spokesperson
    (...)  number of people who signed the petition for a season eight remake, fans have been watching in record
    (...)  imagination. He said the first seven seasons were great because the storyline of Game of Thrones followed
    (...)  final series themselves. Dylan D called the creators "woefully incompetent".
    (...)  Game of Thrones is a fantasy drama television series made by HBO. It is an adaptation of the book "A Song of Ice and Fire"
    (...)  sense". The petition was started by a man called Dylan D. He said the writers of the final show lacked
    (...)  said that for every person who dislikes the show, there are many more who love it.
    (...)  by George R. R. Martin. The series premiered on HBO in 2011. The finale was aired on Sunday night. The show has
    (...)  petition to get the final, eighth season of the show remade. They are unsatisfied
    (...)  with the story. The petition is on the Change.org website. It says the series "deserves a final season that makes

    Put the words in the right order

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    10. show   .   of   million   audience   for   An   12   each

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Game of Thrones is a fantasy dramatic / drama television series made by HBO. It is an adaptation / adapt of the book "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R. R. Martin. The series premiered / premiere on HBO in 2011. The finale was faired / aired on Sunday night. The show has attraction / attracted record viewing numbers and is hugely population / popular worldwide. It has also won many awards, including 47 Primetime Emmy Awards - the most ever by a drama series. Despite the huge / hug number of people who signed the petition for a season eight remake, fans / fan have been watching in record numbers. It has had an attitude / audience of over 12 million for each show. A spokesperson said that for every person who dislikes the show, there are many more who loves / love it.

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    people who watch the television programme game of thrones are not happy over one million viewers have signed a petition to get the final, eighth season of the show remade they are unsatisfied with the story the petition is on the changeorg website it says the series deserves a final season that makes sense the petition was started by a man called dylan d he said the writers of the final show lacked imagination he said the first seven seasons were great because the storyline of game of thrones followed the books the show came from the shows creators had to write the storyline for the final series themselves dylan d called the creators woefully incompetent

    game of thrones is a fantasy drama television series made by hbo it is an adaptation of the book a song of ice and fire by george r r martin the series premiered on hbo in 2011 the finale was aired on sunday night the show has attracted record viewing numbers and is hugely popular worldwide it has also won many awards including 47 primetime emmy awards  the most ever by a drama series despite the huge number of people who signed the petition for a season eight remake fans have been watching in record numbers it has had an audience of over 12 million for each show a spokesperson said that for every person who dislikes the show there are many more who love it.

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    PeoplewhowatchthetelevisionprogrammeGameofThronesarenotha
    ppy.Overonemillionviewershavesignedapetitiontogetthefinal,eight
    hseasonoftheshowremade.Theyareunsatisfiedwiththestory.Thepeti
    tionisontheChange.orgwebsite.Itsaystheseries"deservesafinalseas
    onthatmakessense".ThepetitionwasstartedbyamancalledDylanD.H
    esaidthewritersofthefinalshowlackedimagination.Hesaidthefirstsev
    enseasonsweregreatbecausethestorylineofGameofThronesfollowed
    thebookstheshowcamefrom.Theshow'screatorshadtowritethestoryl
    ineforthefinalseriesthemselves.DylanDcalledthecreators"woefullyin
    competent".GameofThronesisafantasydramatelevisionseriesmade
    byHBO.Itisanadaptationofthebook"ASongofIceandFire"byGeorgeR.
    R.Martin.TheseriespremieredonHBOin2011.ThefinalewasairedonSu
    ndaynight.Theshowhasattractedrecordviewingnumbersandishugel
    ypopularworldwide.Ithasalsowonmanyawards,including47Primeti
    meEmmyAwards-themosteverbyadramaseries.Despitethehugenu
    mberofpeoplewhosignedthepetitionforaseasoneightremake,fansha
    vebeenwatchinginrecordnumbers.Ithashadanaudienceofover12mill
    ionforeachshow.Aspokespersonsaidthatforeverypersonwhodislikes
    theshow,therearemanymorewholoveit.

    Free writing

    Write about Game of Thrones for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Television shows are a great part of culture. 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. GAME OF THRONES: Make a poster about Game of Thrones. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. PETITIONS: Write a magazine article about making changes if more than one million people sign a petition. 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 Game of Thrones. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on TV shows. 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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