The Reading / Listening - Pyramids - Level 1

Egypt opened two of its oldest pyramids. The pyramids are south of the capital city Cairo. They opened for the first time since 1965. Hundreds of people waited outside at the opening ceremony. The Bent Pyramid is 4,600 years old. It was built for King Sneferu. It is 101 meters high. It changed how people built pyramids. There is an 18-metre high pyramid next to the Bent Pyramid. This was built for King Sneferu's wife Hetepheres.



The pyramids are part of a World Heritage Site. Egypt hopes they will help tourism. Many people want to go to Egypt's ancient sites. At the Bent Pyramid, tourists can go through a 79-meter tunnel deep inside the pyramid. They can see ancient treasures found inside the pyramid. Egyptian archaeologists found some stone, clay and wooden sarcophagi. These are coffins for burying people in. Some of the sarcophagi had mummies inside them.

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Sources
  • https://time.com/5625968/egypt-opens-pyramids/
  • https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-13/egypt-opens-2-ancient-pyramids-for-first-time-since-1960s
  • https://www.gulftoday.ae/lifestyle/2019/07/13/egypt-opens-sneferu-bent-pyramid-in-dahshur-to-public


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The pyramids are south of the
  2. They opened for the first
  3. the opening
  4. The Bent Pyramid
  5. It was built
  6. It changed how people
  7. There is an 18-metre
  8. This was built for
  1. is 4,600 years old
  2. high pyramid
  3. time since 1965
  4. King Sneferu's wife
  5. ceremony
  6. capital city Cairo
  7. for King Sneferu
  8. built pyramids

Paragraph 2

  1. part of a World
  2. Egypt hopes they will
  3. Many people want to go
  4. a 79-meter tunnel
  5. They can see ancient treasures
  6. stone, clay and
  7. These are coffins for
  8. Some of the sarcophagi had
  1. burying people in
  2. found inside
  3. mummies inside them
  4. help tourism
  5. Heritage Site
  6. deep inside
  7. wooden sarcophagi
  8. to Egypt's ancient sites

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Egypt opened two (1) ___________________ pyramids. The pyramids are south of (2) ___________________ Cairo. They opened for the (3) ___________________ 1965. Hundreds of people waited outside at (4) ___________________. The Bent Pyramid is 4,600 years old. It was built for King Sneferu. It is 101 meters high. It changed (5) ___________________ pyramids. There is an 18-metre high pyramid next to the Bent Pyramid. This (6) ___________________ King Sneferu's wife Hetepheres.

The pyramids are part of a World Heritage Site. Egypt hopes they (7) ___________________. Many people want to go to Egypt's ancient sites. At the Bent Pyramid, (8) ___________________ through a 79-meter (9) ___________________ the pyramid. They can see ancient (10) ___________________ the pyramid. Egyptian archaeologists found some stone, (11) ___________________ sarcophagi. These are coffins (12) ___________________ in. Some of the sarcophagi had mummies inside them.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Egyptopenedtwoofitsoldestpyramids.Thepyramidsaresouthoftheca
pitalcityCairo.Theyopenedforthefirsttimesince1965.Hundredsofpeo
plewaitedoutsideattheopeningceremony.TheBentPyramidis4,600y
earsold.ItwasbuiltforKingSneferu.Itis101metershigh.Itchangedho
wpeoplebuiltpyramids.Thereisan18-metrehighpyramidnexttoth
eBentPyramid.ThiswasbuiltforKingSneferu'swifeHetepheres.Thepy
ramidsarepartofaWorldHeritageSite.Egypthopestheywillhelptouris
m.ManypeoplewanttogotoEgypt'sancientsites.AttheBentPyramid,t
ouristscangothrougha79-metertunneldeepinsidethepyramid.Theyc
anseeancienttreasuresfoundinsidethepyramid.Egyptianarchaeologi
stsfoundsomestone,clayandwoodensarcophagi.Thesearecoffinsfor
buryingpeoplein.Someofthesarcophagihadmummiesinsidethem.

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

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Free writing

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