The Reading / Listening - Simone Biles - Level 6

U.S. gymnast Simone Biles is continuing to make history with her jaw-dropping feats. Ms Biles won her sixth U.S. Gymnastics Championships this week, becoming only the second woman to accomplish this. This record was first set 67 years ago. The victory was also Biles' 20th consecutive, all-round major tournament win, dating back to 2013. However, it was her performances that further etched her name into the record books. On Saturday, Biles became the first gymnast to land a double twisting, double somersault beam dismount, bringing roars of delight from spectators. She topped that a day later by becoming the first woman to land a triple-double (three twists and two flips) on the floor.



The 22-year-old Biles displayed her customary post-competition modesty. Rather than celebrate her achievements, she expressed her frustration at her mistakes. She told reporters she felt disappointed while falling after the triple-double. She said: "As soon as I fell on the floor, I was like, 'That's it, I'm scratching the meet. I'm walking off the floor.'" Ever the perfectionist, she added: "I still get really frustrated because I know...how well I can do, so I just want to do the best routine for the audience and for myself out here." The plaudits came flooding in following her performances. Former gymnast Nastia Liukin tweeted: "Simone's got enough gold medals at home, someone give this girl a crown."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Simone Biles - Level 4  or  Simone Biles - Level 5

Sources
  • https://sports.yahoo.com/simone-biles-makes-more-history-at-us-gymnastics-championships-012129210.html
  • https://people.com/sports/stars-react-simone-biles-historic-triple-double/
  • https://www.10tv.com/article/simone-biles-wins-record-tying-6th-us-womens-gymnastics-title-2019-aug


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. GYMNASTICS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about gymnastics. 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?
       gymnast / make history / record / tournament / performances / somersault / floor /
       modesty / celebrate / achievements / perfectionist / routine / audience / medals
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. RECORDS: Students A strongly believe records in sport are very important; Students B strongly believe they aren't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. CHAMPIONSHIPS: What do you know about these championships? What do you think of them? How could they be made better? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What You Know

What You Think

Improvements?

Gymnastics

 

 

 

Athletics

 

 

 

Soccer World Cup

 

 

 

Skiing World Cup

 

 

 

Wimbledon Tennis

 

 

 

Formula 1

 

 

 

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

  • rhythmic
  • trampoline
  • parallel bars
  • horse
  • vault
  • beam
  • floor
  • uneven bars

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. jaw-dropping a. Be permanently fixed in someone's memory or in history.
      2. feats b. Achieve or complete successfully.
      3. accomplish c. An achievement that requires great courage, skill, or strength.
      4. consecutive d. A person who watches at a show, game, or other event.
      5. etched e. Totally, totally, totally amazing.
      6. somersault f. Following continuously in an unbroken sequence.
      7. spectator g. An acrobatic movement in which a person turns head over heels in the air or on the ground and lands or finishes on their feet.

    Paragraph 2

      8. customary h. An organized event at which a number of races or other sporting contests are held.
      9. modesty i. Praise.
      10. scratching j. A set sequence in a performance such as a dance.
      11. meet k. The quality of not talking a lot or boasting about one's abilities.
      12. routine l. Arrive in overwhelming amounts or quantities.
      13. plaudits m. According to a person's habitual practice.
      14. flooding n. Withdraw from a competition.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Gymnast Simone Biles did a historic gymnastic feat using her jaw.     T / F
  2. Ms Biles equaled a record that was set 67 years ago.     T / F
  3. Ms Biles has now won 20 major gymnastics tournaments in a row.     T / F
  4. Ms Biles is the first female gymnast to do a triple-double on the floor.     T / F
  5. Simone spoke more about her frustrations than her achievements.     T / F
  6. After her performance, Ms Biles said she wanted to eat some meat.     T / F
  7. There was a flood of placards after Ms Biles' historic records.     T / F
  8. An ex-gymnast gave Simone Biles a crown to celebrate her records.     T / F

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

  1. continuing
  2. feats
  3. accomplish
  4. consecutive
  5. topped
  6. customary
  7. frustration
  8. scratching
  9. plaudits
  10. enough
  1. surpassed
  2. achieve
  3. plenty of
  4. usual
  5. pulling out of
  6. keeping on
  7. praise
  8. successive
  9. annoyance
  10. achievements

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

  1. Biles is continuing
  2. becoming only the second woman to
  3. dating
  4. She topped
  5. three twists and
  6. Biles displayed her customary post-
  7. she expressed her frustration
  8. Ever the
  9. The plaudits came
  10. Simone's got enough gold
  1. competition modesty
  2. medals at home
  3. two flips
  4. accomplish this
  5. flooding in
  6. to make history
  7. perfectionist
  8. at her mistakes
  9. that a day later
  10. back to 2013

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
roars
etched
accomplish
feats
topped
continuing
land
dating

U.S. gymnast Simone Biles is (1) ____________ to make history with her jaw-dropping (2) ____________. Ms Biles won her sixth U.S. Gymnastics Championships this week, becoming only the second woman to (3) ____________ this. This record was first set 67 years ago. The victory was also Biles' 20th consecutive, all-round major tournament win, (4) ____________ back to 2013. However, it was her performances that further (5) ____________ her name into the record books. On Saturday, Biles became the first gymnast to (6) ____________ a double twisting, double somersault beam dismount, bringing (7) ____________ of delight from spectators. She (8) ____________ that a day later by becoming the first woman to land a triple-double (three twists and two flips) on the floor.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
audience
scratching
crown
customary
plaudits
frustration
celebrate
perfectionist

The 22-year-old Biles displayed her (9) ____________ post-competition modesty. Rather than (10) ____________ her achievements, she expressed her (11) ____________ at her mistakes. She told reporters she felt disappointed while falling after the triple-double. She said: "As soon as I fell on the floor, I was like, 'That's it, I'm (12) ____________ the meet. I'm walking off the floor.'" Ever the (13) ____________, she added: "I still get really frustrated because I know...how well I can do, so I just want to do the best routine for the (14) ____________ and for myself out here." The (15) ____________ came flooding in following her performances. Former gymnast Nastia Liukin tweeted: "Simone's got enough gold medals at home, someone give this girl a (16) ____________."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  U.S. gymnast Simone Biles is continuing to make history with her ______
     a.  jaw-dropping feats
     b.  jaw-dropping feet
     c.  jaw-dropping feature
     d.  jaw-dropping fleets
2)  becoming only the second woman to ______
     a.  accomplishment this
     b.  accompanies this
     c.  accomplish this
     d.  a come plush this
3) Biles' 20th consecutive, all-round major tournament win, ______ 2013
     a.  date in back to
     b.  day ting back to
     c.  date ting back to
     d.  dating back to
4)  it was her performances that further etched her name into ______
     a.  the records books
     b.  the recorded books
     c.  the record books
     d.  the recording books
5)  land a double twisting, double somersault beam dismount, bringing ______
     a.  roar of delight
     b.  roars of delight
     c.  boars of delightful
     d.  oars of delights

6)  The 22-year-old Biles displayed her customary post-______
     a.  competition immodesty
     b.  competing modesty
     c.  competes in modesty
     d.  competition modesty
7)  Rather than celebrate her achievements, she expressed ______
     a.  her frustrations
     b.  her frustrated
     c.  her frustration
     d.  her frustrating
8)  I'm scratching the meet. I'm walking off the floor.'" Ever ______
     a.  the perfectionist
     b.  the percussionist
     c.  the contortionist
     d.  the cartoonist
9)  I know...how well I can do, so I just want to do the best routine ______
     a.  for them audience
     b.  for the audience
     c.  for their audience
     d.  for there audience
10)  Simone's got enough gold medals at home, someone give this ______
     a.  girl acre own
     b.  girl ache roam
     c.  girl a crown
     d.  girl a clown

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

U.S. gymnast Simone Biles (1) ___________________ make history with her jaw-dropping feats. Ms Biles won her sixth U.S. Gymnastics Championships this week, (2) ___________________ second woman to accomplish this. This record was first set 67 years ago. The victory was also Biles' 20th consecutive, all-round major tournament win, (3) ___________________ 2013. However, it was her performances that (4) ___________________ name into the record books. On Saturday, Biles became the first gymnast to land a double twisting, double somersault beam dismount, bringing (5) ___________________ from spectators. She topped that a day later by becoming the first woman to land a triple-double ((6) ___________________ two flips) on the floor.

The 22-year-old Biles (7) ___________________ post-competition modesty. Rather than celebrate her achievements, she expressed (8) ___________________ her mistakes. She told reporters she felt disappointed while falling after the triple-double. She said: "As soon as I fell on the floor, I was like, 'That's it, I'm (9) ___________________. I'm walking off the floor.'" Ever the perfectionist, she added: "I still (10) ___________________ because I know...how well I can do, so I just want to do (11) ___________________ for the audience and for myself out here." The plaudits came flooding in following her performances. Former gymnast Nastia Liukin tweeted: "Simone's (12) ___________________ medals at home, someone give this girl a crown."

Comprehension questions

  1. What kind of feats did the article call Simone's performances?
  2. When did the first female gymnast win six US Championships in a row?
  3. When did Simone Biles' winning run start?
  4. What did spectators do after Ms Biles did her beam dismount?
  5. What did Ms Biles become the first woman to do on Sunday?
  6. How old is Simone Biles?
  7. What did Ms Biles express to reporters?
  8. What did Ms Biles want to do after she fell?
  9. What came flooding in following Ms Biles' performance?
  10. What did a former gymnast suggest Ms Biles be given?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What kind of feats did the article call Simone's performances?
a) head-banging
b) awe-inspiring
c) jaw-dropping
d) foot-tapping
2) When did the first female gymnast win six US Championships in a row?
a) 67 years ago
b) 1967
c) 76 years ago
d) 1976
3) When did Simone Biles' winning run start?
a) 2014
b) 2013
c) 2012
d) 2015
4) What did spectators do after Ms Biles did her beam dismount?
a) throw roses
b) clap like a sea lion
c) howl like a banshee
d) roar with delight
5) What did Ms Biles become the first woman to do on Sunday?
a) a double-triple
b) a quadruple-triple
c) a triple-double
d) a triple-triple

6) How old is Simone Biles?
a) 21
b) 22
c) 23
d) 24
7) What did Ms Biles express to reporters?
a) her secrets
b) her future plans
c) her joy
d) her frustration
8) What did Ms Biles want to do after she fell?
a) scratch her head
b) scratch the meet
c) eat some meat
d) scratch some meat
9) What came flooding in following Ms Biles' performance?
a) money
b) plaudits
c) rose
d) rain
10) What did a former gymnast suggest Ms Biles be given?
a) a crown
b) the medal of freedom
c) her own TV show
d) a gold beam

Role play

Role  A – Vault
You think the vault is the best gymnastics routine. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their routines. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): floor, trampoline or beam.

Role  B – Floor
You think the floor is the best gymnastics routine. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their routines. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): vault, trampoline or beam.

Role  C – Trampoline
You think the trampoline is the best gymnastics routine. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their routines. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): floor, vault or beam.

Role  D – Beam
You think the beam is the best gymnastics routine. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their routines. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): floor, trampoline or vault.

After reading / listening

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

'gymnastics'

  • ________________
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  • and 'history'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • post
    • felt
    • meet
    • well
    • flooding
    • gold
    • continuing
    • sixth
    • accomplish
    • dating
    • roars
    • later




    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 - Simone Biles makes more gymnastics history

    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 'gymnastics'?
    3. What do you know about Simone Biles?
    4. What do you think of gymnastics?
    5. How do you feel when you watch gymnastics?
    6. Would you like a body like a gymnast's body?
    7. Who is the greatest ever gymnast?
    8. What were you like at gymnastics at school?
    9. Do you like using gymnastics apparatus?
    10. Should we all learn gymnastics?

    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 'history'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How much of a role model is Simone Biles?
    5. How modest are you?
    6. When was the last time you felt disappointed?
    7. How much of a perfectionist are you?
    8. Have you ever performed in front of an audience?
    9. Have you ever won a competition?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Simone Biles?

    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)

    U.S. gymnast Simone Biles is (1) ____ to make history with her jaw-dropping feats. Ms Biles won her sixth U.S. Gymnastics Championships this week, becoming only the second woman to (2) ____ this. This record was first set 67 years ago. The victory was also Biles' 20th consecutive, all-(3) ____ major tournament win, dating back to 2013. However, it was her performances that further (4) ____ her name into the record books. On Saturday, Biles became the first gymnast to (5) ____ a double twisting, double somersault beam dismount, bringing roars of delight from spectators. She (6) ____ that a day later by becoming the first woman to land a triple-double (three twists and two flips) on the floor.

    The 22-year-old Biles displayed her (7) ____ post-competition modesty. Rather than celebrate her achievements, she expressed her frustration (8) ____ her mistakes. She told reporters she felt disappointed while falling after the triple-double. She said: "As soon as I fell on the floor, I was like, 'That's it, I'm (9) ____ the meet. I'm walking off the floor.'" Ever the (10) ____, she added: "I still get really frustrated because I know...how well I can do, so I just want to do the best routine for the audience and for myself out here." The (11) ____ came flooding in following her performances. Former gymnast Nastia Liukin tweeted: "Simone's got (12) ____ gold medals at home, someone give this girl a crown."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     continues     (b)     continuance     (c)     continual     (d)     continuing    
    2. (a)     plush     (b)     relinquish     (c)     replenish     (d)     accomplish    
    3. (a)     roundly     (b)     round     (c)     rounds     (d)     round    
    4. (a)     edged     (b)     eared     (c)     etched     (d)     sketched    
    5. (a)     land     (b)     laud     (c)     laid     (d)     lard    
    6. (a)     topped     (b)     bottomed     (c)     sided     (d)     middled    
    7. (a)     curtsy     (b)     courteously     (c)     cursory     (d)     customary    
    8. (a)     at     (b)     on     (c)     to     (d)     as    
    9. (a)     itching     (b)     scratching     (c)     rubbing     (d)     scraping     
    10. (a)     perfection     (b)     perfected     (c)     perfectionist     (d)     perfect    
    11. (a)     bandits     (b)     culprits     (c)     plaudits     (d)     affidavits    
    12. (a)     suffice     (b)     enough     (c)     plenty     (d)     amply

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  twisting, double somersault beam dismount, bringing roars of delight from spectators. She topped
    (...)  gymnast Nastia Liukin tweeted: "Simone's got enough gold medals at home, someone give this girl a crown."
    (...)  round major tournament win, dating back to 2013. However, it was her performances that further
    (...)  achievements, she expressed her frustration at her mistakes. She told reporters she felt disappointed while falling
    (...)  etched her name into the record books. On Saturday, Biles became the first gymnast to land a double
    (...)  well I can do, so I just want to do the best routine for the audience and for myself
    1  ) U.S. gymnast Simone Biles is continuing to make history with her jaw-dropping feats. Ms Biles won her
    (...)  out here." The plaudits came flooding in following her performances. Former
    (...)  after the triple-double. She said: "As soon as I fell on the floor, I was like, 'That's it, I'm scratching the
    (...)  The 22-year-old Biles displayed her customary post-competition modesty. Rather than celebrate her
    (...)  accomplish this. This record was first set 67 years ago. The victory was also Biles' 20th consecutive, all-
    (...)  meet. I'm walking off the floor.'" Ever the perfectionist, she added: "I still get really frustrated because I know...how
    (...)  sixth U.S. Gymnastics Championships this week, becoming only the second woman to
    (...)  that a day later by becoming the first woman to land a triple-double (three twists and two flips) on the floor.

    Put the words in the right order

    1. with   Continuing   to   history   make   feats   .   jaw-dropping   her
    2. second   only   this   .   woman   Becoming   the   accomplish   to
    3. years   67   set   first   record   was   This   ago   .
    4. her   record   Further   books   .   the   etched   name   into
    5. triple-double   .   the   land   to   first   woman   a   Becoming
    6. mistakes   .   expressed   her   her   frustration   She   at
    7. falling   .   disappointed   reporters   she   She   told   felt   while
    8. just   routine   .   I   want   do   the   best   to
    9. came   in   her   plaudits   flooding   following   performances   .   The
    10. gold   at   medals   Simone's   enough   home   .   got

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    U.S. gymnast Simone Biles is continued / continuing to make history with her jaw-dropping feats / feet. Ms Biles won her sixth U.S. Gymnastics Championships this week, becomes / becoming only the second woman to accomplish this. This record was first set / met 67 years ago. The victory was also Biles' 20th consecutive / consecutively, all-round major tournament win, dating past / back to 2013. However, it was her performances that further sketched / etched her name into the record books. On Saturday, Biles became the first gymnast to laud / land a double twisting, double somersault beam dismount, bringing roars of delight / delightful from spectators. She topped that a day later by becoming the first woman to land a triple-double (three twists and two flips / flaps) on the floor.

    The 22-year-old Biles displayed her ceremony / customary post-competition modesty. Rather than / that celebrate her achievements, she expressed her frustration on / at her mistakes. She told reporters she felt disappointed while falling after the triplet-doublet / triple-double. She said: "As soon as I fell on the floor, I was like, 'That's it, I'm scratching the meat / meet. I'm walking out / off the floor.'" Ever the perfectionist / percussionist, she added: "I still get really frustrated because I know...how well I can do, so I just want to do the best routine for the audio / audience and for myself out here." The plaudits came flooding / washing in following her performances. Former gymnast Nastia Liukin tweeted: "Simone's got enough gold medals at home, someone give this girl a clown / crown."

    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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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    us gymnast simone biles is continuing to make history with her jawdropping feats ms biles won her sixth us gymnastics championships this week becoming only the second woman to accomplish this this record was first set 67 years ago the victory was also biles 20th consecutive allround major tournament win dating back to 2013 however it was her performances that further etched her name into the record books on saturday biles became the first gymnast to land a double twisting double somersault beam dismount bringing roars of delight from spectators she topped that a day later by becoming the first woman to land a tripledouble three twists and two flips on the floor

    the 22yearold biles displayed her customary postcompetition modesty rather than celebrate her achievements she expressed her frustration at her mistakes she told reporters she felt disappointed while falling after the tripledouble she said as soon as i fell on the floor i was like thats it im scratching the meet im walking off the floor ever the perfectionist she added i still get really frustrated because i knowhow well i can do so i just want to do the best routine for the audience and for myself out here the plaudits came flooding in following her performances former gymnast nastia liukin tweeted simones got enough gold medals at home someone give this girl a crown

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    U.S.gymnastSimoneBilesiscontinuingtomakehistorywithherjaw-dr
    oppingfeats.MsBileswonhersixthU.S.GymnasticsChampionshipsthi
    sweek,becomingonlythesecondwomantoaccomplishthis.Thisrecord
    wasfirstset67yearsago.ThevictorywasalsoBiles'20thconsecutive,all
    -roundmajortournamentwin,datingbackto2013.However,itwasher
    performancesthatfurtheretchedhernameintotherecordbooks.OnSat
    urday,Bilesbecamethefirstgymnasttolandadoubletwisting,doubleso
    mersaultbeamdismount,bringingroarsofdelightfromspectators.She
    toppedthatadaylaterbybecomingthefirstwomantolandatriple-doub
    le(threetwistsandtwoflips)onthefloor.The22-year-oldBilesdisplaye
    dhercustomarypost-competitionmodesty.Ratherthancelebratehera
    chievements,sheexpressedherfrustrationathermistakes.Shetoldrep
    ortersshefeltdisappointedwhilefallingafterthetriple-double.Shesai
    d:"AssoonasIfellonfloor,Iwaslike,'That'sit,I'mscratchingthemeet.I'
    mwalkingoffthefloor.'"Evertheperfectionist,sheadded:"Istillgetreall
    yfrustratedbecauseIknow...howwellIcando,soIjustwanttodothebes
    troutinefortheaudienceandformyselfouthere."Theplauditscamefloo
    dinginfollowingherperformances.FormergymnastNastiaLiukintweet
    ed:"Simone'sgotenoughgoldmedalsathome,someonegivethisgirlac
    rown."

    Free writing

    Write about Simone Biles for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    We should all learn gymnastics to keep our body fit. 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. SIMONE BILES: Make a poster about Simone Biles. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. GYMNASTICS: Write a magazine article about gymnastics being a compulsory subject at school. 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 gymnastics. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to make gymnastics more popular. 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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