The Reading / Listening - Kurt Cobain - Level 6

A cardigan that was worn by the singer Kurt Cobain during a live appearance on MTV has broken the record for the most expensive cardigan ever sold at auction. An anonymous buyer forked out an astonishing $334,000 for the piece of apparel. The cardigan was part of a two-day sale of rock memorabilia at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York. It attracted a lot of attention pre-auction when the auction house described it as being "one of the most famous sweaters in music history". Cobain wore the olive green acrylic and mohair cardigan while performing live on the TV show MTV Unplugged in November 1993 with his band Nirvana. He played a largely acoustic set of his favorite songs and cover songs.



The cardigan was made by the maker Manhattan. It has reportedly never been washed since Cobain last wore it and has a hole in it from a cigarette burn. The cardigan was previously bought in 2015 by a buyer who wished to remain anonymous but has since spoken about his purchase. The owner described the responsibility he felt in owning such a famous piece of rock and roll history. He told reporters: "I thought, 'Oh, now I'm also going to be responsible for this.' It was kind of like when my children were born years ago - I was so happy to see them, but then I was like, 'Oh no.'" For those who cannot afford auctions, Mr Cobain's daughter has started a fashion collection called Kurt Was Here.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Kurt Cobain - Level 4  or  Kurt Cobain - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.itv.com/news/2019-10-27/kurt-cobain-s-mtv-unplugged-cardigan-sold-at-auction-for-a-record-260-000/
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/kurt-cobain-cardigan-nirvana-mtv-unplugged-auction-sale-hard-rock-cafe-new-york-a9173086.html
  • https://www.nme.com/news/music/kurt-cobains-mtv-unplugged-cardigan-sells-for-record-breaking-260000-2561505


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. CARDIGANS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about cardigans. 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?
       cardigan / singer / appearance / expensive / memorabilia / auction / acoustic / song /
       Manhattan / washed / cigarette / burn / anonymous / rock 'n' roll / history / fashion
 Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. AUCTIONS: Students A strongly believe half the price paid at auctions should go to charity; Students B strongly believe not.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. MEMORABILIA: What memorabilia might people like regarding these things? Why? Would you like these things? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What?

Why?

You

Rock 'n' Roll

 

 

 

Movie

 

 

 

Military

 

 

 

Sports

 

 

 

Computing

 

 

 

Politics

 

 

 

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

  • grunge
  • rock and roll
  • new wave
  • grime
  • rap
  • pop
  • heavy metal
  • electro-dance

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. appearance a. Things that are kept or collected because of their historical interest, especially those associated with famous people or events.
      2. forked out b. Extremely surprising or impressive; amazing.
      3. astonishing c. Paid a lot of money (informal).
      4. apparel d. A recording or performance of a previously recorded song made especially to take advantage of the original's success.
      5. memorabilia e. An act of performing or participating in a public event.
      6. acoustic f. Clothing.
      7. cover songs g. Music or  musicians not without electrical instruments.

    Paragraph 2

      8. maker h. A (usually black) mark left on something as a result of fire or heat.
      9. burn i. The state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone.
      10. anonymous j. A range of new clothes produced by a fashion house.
      11. purchase k. Not being identified by name; of unknown name.
      12. responsibility l. Have enough money to pay for.
      13. afford m. Acquire something by paying for it; buy.
      14. collection n. A person or thing that makes or produces something.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Kurt Cobain wore the cardigan just one time, at a photo shoot.     T / F
  2. The buyer was one of Kurt Cobain's old managers.     T / F
  3. The cardigan was an olive green in colour.     T / F
  4. Kurt Cobain played a wholly acoustic set on an MTV show.     T / F
  5. The cardigan was made in Manhattan, New York.     T / F
  6. The cardigan had a cigarette burn on it.     T / F
  7. A previous owner of the cardigan spoke about the responsibility he felt.   T / F
  8. Kurt Cobain's son created a fashion line called Kurt Was Here.     T / F

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

  1. forked out
  2. apparel
  3. attracted
  4. live
  5. largely
  6. maker
  7. remain
  8. owning
  9. afford
  10. collection
  1. mainly
  2. pay for
  3. manufacturer
  4. possessing
  5. paid
  6. drew
  7. line
  8. in person
  9. stay
  10. clothing

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

  1. during a live appearance
  2. the piece of
  3. the olive green acrylic and mohair
  4. He played a largely acoustic
  5. cover
  6. It has reportedly never
  7. a hole in it from
  8. a buyer who wished to remain
  9. a famous piece of
  10. started a fashion
  1. collection
  2. songs
  3. rock and roll history
  4. been washed
  5. apparel
  6. anonymous
  7. set
  8. on MTV
  9. a cigarette burn
  10. cardigan

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
forked
attention
acoustic
live
memorabilia
cover
apparel
olive

A cardigan that was worn by the singer Kurt Cobain during a (1) ____________ appearance on MTV has broken the record for the most expensive cardigan ever sold at auction. An anonymous buyer (2) ____________ out an astonishing $334,000 for the piece of (3) ____________. The cardigan was part of a two-day sale of rock (4) ____________ at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York. It attracted a lot of (5) ____________ pre-auction when the auction house described it as being "one of the most famous sweaters in music history". Cobain wore the (6) ____________ green acrylic and mohair cardigan while performing live on the TV show MTV Unplugged in November 1993 with his band Nirvana. He played a largely (7) ____________ set of his favorite songs and (8) ____________ songs.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
burn
responsible
purchase
collection
reportedly
afford
remain
piece

The cardigan was made by the maker Manhattan. It has (9) ____________ never been washed since Cobain last wore it and has a hole in it from a cigarette (10) ____________. The cardigan was previously bought in 2015 by a buyer who wished to (11) ____________ anonymous but has since spoken about his (12) ____________. The owner described the responsibility he felt in owning such a famous (13) ____________ of rock and roll history. He told reporters: "I thought, 'Oh, now I'm also going to be (14) ____________ for this.' It was kind of like when my children were born years ago - I was so happy to see them, but then I was like, 'Oh no.'" For those who cannot (15) ____________ auctions, Mr Cobain's daughter has started a fashion (16) ____________ called Kurt Was Here.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  A cardigan that was worn by the singer Kurt Cobain ______ appearance
     a.  during alive
     b.  enduring a live
     c.  injuring alive
     d.  during a live
2)  broken the record for the most expensive cardigan ever ______
     a.  sold at auction
     b.  sold on auction
     c.  sold in auction
     d.  sold of auction
3)  An anonymous buyer forked out an astonishing $334,000 for the ______
     a.  piece of apparatus
     b.  piece of apparent
     c.  piece of app real
     d.  piece of apparel
4)  the auction house described it as being one of the ______
     a.  most famous sweeties
     b.  most famous sweats
     c.  most famous sweeteners
     d.  most famous sweaters
5)  He played a largely acoustic set of his favorite songs ______
     a.  and clover songs
     b.  and cover songs
     c.  and covert songs
     d.  and cove a songs

6) never been washed since Cobain last wore it and has a hole in it from ______
     a.  a cigarette burnt
     b.  a cigarette burns
     c.  a cigarette burn
     d.  a cigarette bun
7)  bought in 2015 by a buyer who wished ______
     a.  to remain moneyless
     b.  to remain eponymous
     c.  to remain anonymous
     d.  to remain acrimonious
8)  The owner described the responsibility he felt in owning such ______
     a.  a famous peace
     b.  a famous pierce
     c.  a famous piece
     d.  a famous price
9)  I was so happy to see them, but then I was ______.
     a.  like, 'I know'
     b.  like, 'Oh now'
     c.  like, 'No no'
     d.  like, 'Oh no'
10)  For those who cannot afford auctions, Mr Cobain's daughter has started ______
     a.  a fashion collection
     b.  a fashions collection
     c.  a fashioned collection
     d.  a fashion collections

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A cardigan that was worn by the singer Kurt Cobain (1) ___________________ appearance on MTV has broken the record for the most expensive cardigan ever sold at auction. (2) ___________________ forked out an astonishing $334,000 for the piece of apparel. The cardigan was part of a two-day sale (3) ___________________ at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York. It attracted a (4) ___________________ pre-auction when the auction house described it as being "one of the most famous sweaters in music history". Cobain wore the (5) ___________________ and mohair cardigan while performing live on the TV show MTV Unplugged in November 1993 with his band Nirvana. He played a (6) ___________________ of his favorite songs and cover songs.

The cardigan was made by the maker Manhattan. It (7) ___________________ been washed since Cobain last wore it and has a hole in it from (8) ___________________. The cardigan was previously bought in 2015 by a buyer who wished to remain anonymous but has since spoken (9) ___________________. The owner described the responsibility he felt in owning such a famous piece of rock and roll history. He told reporters: "I thought, 'Oh, now I'm also going to (10) ___________________ this.' It was kind of like when my children were born years ago - I was so happy to see them, but then I was like, 'Oh no.'" For those (11) ___________________ auctions, Mr Cobain's daughter has started (12) ___________________ called Kurt Was Here.

Comprehension questions

  1. On what TV show did Kurt Cobain wear the cardigan?
  2. What is the name of the person who bought the cardigan?
  3. Where was on sale at the two-day auction in New York?
  4. What colour is the cardigan?
  5. What songs did Kurt Cobain play besides his favourites?
  6. What is the name of the brand that made the cardigan?
  7. What burnt a hole in the cardigan?
  8. When was the cardigan previously bought?
  9. What did the previous owner say he felt owning the cardigan?
  10. What is the name of Kurt Cobain's daughter's fashion collection?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  On what TV show did Kurt Cobain wear the cardigan?
a) Netflix
b) MTV
c) BBC Music
d) CNN
2) What is the name of the person who bought the cardigan?
a) Bartholomew Grindshaw III
b) Alicia Z
c) Bob
d) no one knows
3) Where was on sale at the two-day auction in New York?
a) stuff from the 1990s
b) famous cardigans
c) rock memorabilia
d) Nirvana goods
4) What colour is the cardigan?
a) olive green
b) lemon yellow
c) ruby red
d) pearl white
5) What songs did Kurt Cobain play besides his favourites?
a) heavy metal songs
b) cover songs
c) opera arias
d) folk songs

6) What is the name of the brand that made the cardigan?
a) Manhattan
b) Mayfair
c) Ginza
d) Montmartre
7) What burnt a hole in the cardigan?
a) acid
b) a spark
c) a cigarette
d) an iron
8) When was the cardigan previously bought?
a) 2015
b) 2013
c) 2011
d) 2009
9) What did the previous owner say he felt owning the cardigan?
a) wonder and awe
b) bad
c) guilt
d) responsibility

10) What is the name of Kurt Cobain's daughter's fashion collection?
a) Forever Kurt
b) Kurt Designs
c) Kurt Was Here
d) Nirvana Designs

Role play

Role  A – Grunge
You think grunge is the best form of music. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their music. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): heavy metal, electro-dance or grime.

Role  B – Heavy Metal
You think heavy metal is the best form of music. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their music. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): grunge, electro-dance or grime.

Role  C – Electro-Dance
You think electro-dance is the best form of music. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their music. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): heavy metal, grunge or grime.

Role  D – Grime
You think grime is the best form of music. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their music. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): heavy metal, electro-dance or grunge.

After reading / listening

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

'cardigan'

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  • and 'nirvana'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • singer
    • forked
    • day
    • lot
    • olive
    • covers
    • maker
    • burn
    • 2015
    • felt
    • ago
    • daughter




    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 - Kurt Cobain cardigan auctions for $334,000

    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 'cardigan'?
    3. What do you think of auctions?
    4. What do you know about Kurt Cobain?
    5. Would you buy the clothes of a famous person?
    6. Are cardigans only for old people?
    7. Do cardigans exist in every culture?
    8. What rock and roll memorabilia would you like to buy?
    9. Which memorabilia is better - movie or rock 'n' roll?
    10. Why do people spend lots of money on memorabilia?

    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 'nirvana'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of cardigans?
    5. What kinds of cardigans would you wear?
    6. Why might someone feel responsible for owning the cardigan?
    7. Would you be happy to receive a cardigan as a gift?
    8. What is your favorite item of clothing?
    9. What clothes would you design in your own fashion collection?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the buyer?

    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)

    A cardigan that was (1) ____ by the singer Kurt Cobain during a live appearance on MTV has broken the record for the most expensive cardigan ever sold at auction. An anonymous buyer (2) ____ out an astonishing $334,000 for the piece of apparel. The cardigan was part of a two-day sale of rock (3) ____ at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York. It attracted a lot of (4) ____ pre-auction when the auction house described it as being "one of the most famous sweaters in music history". Cobain wore the (5) ____ green acrylic and mohair cardigan while performing live on the TV show MTV Unplugged in November 1993 with his band Nirvana. He played a largely (6) ____ set of his favorite songs and cover songs.

    The cardigan was made by the maker Manhattan. It has (7) ____ never been washed since Cobain last wore it and has a hole in it from a cigarette (8) ____. The cardigan was previously bought in 2015 by a buyer who wished to remain anonymous but has since spoken about his purchase. The owner described the responsibility he felt in (9) ____ such a famous piece of rock and roll history. He told reporters: "I thought, 'Oh, now I'm also going to be responsible for this.' It was (10) ____ of like when my children were born years ago - I was so happy to see them, but then I was like, 'Oh no.'" For those who cannot (11) ____ auctions, Mr Cobain's daughter has started a fashion (12) ____ called Kurt Was Here.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     wearing     (b)     worn     (c)     wearer     (d)     wore    
    2. (a)     spooned     (b)     forked     (c)     knifed     (d)     plated    
    3. (a)     remembered     (b)     memorize     (c)     memorial     (d)     memorabilia    
    4. (a)     attraction     (b)     attention     (c)     attentive     (d)     attach    
    5. (a)     ruby     (b)     olive     (c)     sapphire     (d)     carrot    
    6. (a)     pilot     (b)     sensor     (c)     acoustic     (d)     conclave    
    7. (a)     assumed     (b)     mentioned     (c)     reportedly     (d)     rarely    
    8. (a)     burning     (b)     burnt     (c)     burn     (d)     burns    
    9. (a)     awning     (b)     avowing     (c)     owing     (d)     owning    
    10. (a)     kind     (b)     such     (c)     any     (d)     some    
    11. (a)     afford     (b)     buy     (c)     spend     (d)     purchase    
    12. (a)     gathering     (b)     assembly     (c)     collection     (d)     amass

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    6. He played a largely taiccsou set

    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    ( 1 ) A cardigan that was worn by the singer Kurt Cobain during a live appearance on MTV has broken
    (...)  responsibility he felt in owning such a famous piece of rock and roll history. He told reporters: "I thought, 'Oh, now I'm also
    (...)  going to be responsible for this.' It was kind of like when my children were born years
    (...)  out an astonishing $334,000 for the piece of apparel. The cardigan was part of a two-day sale of rock
    (...)  ago - I was so happy to see them, but then I was like, 'Oh no.'" For those who cannot
    (...)  the record for the most expensive cardigan ever sold at auction. An anonymous buyer forked
    (...)  afford auctions, Mr Cobain's daughter has started a fashion collection called Kurt Was Here.
    (...)  green acrylic and mohair cardigan while performing live on the TV show MTV Unplugged in
    (...)  November 1993 with his band Nirvana. He played a largely acoustic set of his favorite songs and cover songs.
    (...)  The cardigan was made by the maker Manhattan. It has reportedly never been washed since Cobain last
    (...)  wore it and has a hole in it from a cigarette burn. The cardigan was previously bought in 2015 by a
    (...)  buyer who wished to remain anonymous but has since spoken about his purchase. The owner described the
    (...)  memorabilia at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York. It attracted a lot of attention pre-auction when the auction
    (...)  house described it as being "one of the most famous sweaters in music history". Cobain wore the olive

    Put the words in the right order

    1. the   Broken   the   cardigan   .   expensive   most   record   for
    2. anonymous   An   buyer   forked   $334,000   .   out   an   astonishing
    3. attracted   It   pre-auction   .   of   attention   lot   a
    4. on   performing   While   MTV   .   the   TV   live   show
    5. his   songs   .   largely   favorite   acoustic   A   set   of
    6. burn   .   It   hole   from   has   cigarette   a   a
    7. to   buyer   remain   anonymous   .   who   A   wished
    8. owner   he   the   responsibility   The   described   felt   .
    9. born   When   ago   .   years   my   children   were
    10. started   has   fashion   a   daughter   collection   .   Cobain's

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A cardigan that was worn / wore by the singer Kurt Cobain during a live appearance on MTV has broken the record for the most expansive / expensive cardigan ever sold at / on auction. An anonymous buyer forked out / in an astonishing $334,000 for the piece of apparatus / apparel. The cardigan was part of a two-day sale of rock memorabilia / memorial at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York. It attracted a lot of attraction / attention pre-auction when the auction house described it as being "one of the most famous sweaters / sweats in music history". Cobain wore the olive green acrylic and mohair cardigan while performing live / life on the TV show MTV Unplugged in November 1993 with his band Nirvana. He played a largely acoustic set of his favorite songs and recover / cover songs.

    The cardigan was made by the maker Manhattan. It has repeatedly / reportedly never been washed since Cobain last wore it and has a hole in it from a cigarette burning / burn. The cardigan was previously bought / bring in 2015 by a buyer who wished to remain / still anonymous but has since spoken about his purchase / grasp. The owner described the responsibility he felt in owning / allowing such a famous piece of rock and roll history. He told reporters: "I thought, 'Oh, now I'm also going to be responsibility / responsible for this.' It was kind of like when my children were birth / born years ago - I was so happy to see them, but then I was like, 'Oh no.'" For those who cannot afford / affront auctions, Mr Cobain's daughter has started a fashion collectable / collection called Kurt Was Here.

    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

    a cardigan that was worn by the singer kurt cobain during a live appearance on mtv has broken the record for the most expensive cardigan ever sold at auction an anonymous buyer forked out an astonishing 334000 for the piece of apparel the cardigan was part of a twoday sale of rock memorabilia at the hard rock cafe in new york it attracted a lot of attention preauction when the auction house described it as being one of the most famous sweaters in music history cobain wore the olive green acrylic and mohair cardigan while performing live on the tv show mtv unplugged in november 1993 with his band nirvana he played a largely acoustic set of his favorite songs and cover songs

    the cardigan was made by the maker manhattan it has reportedly never been washed since cobain last wore it and has a hole in it from a cigarette burn the cardigan was previously bought in 2015 by a buyer who wished to remain anonymous but has since spoken about his purchase the owner described the responsibility he felt in owning such a famous piece of rock and roll history he told reporters i thought oh now im also going to be responsible for this it was kind of like when my children were born years ago  i was so happy to see them but then i was like oh no for those who cannot afford auctions mr cobains daughter has started a fashion collection called kurt was here.

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    AcardiganthatwaswornbythesingerKurtCobainduringaliveappearan
    ceonMTVhasbrokentherecordforthemostexpensivecardiganeversol
    datauction.Ananonymousbuyerforkedoutanastonishing$334,000fo
    rthepieceofapparel.Thecardiganwaspartofatwo-daysaleofrockmem
    orabiliaattheHardRockCafeinNewYork.Itattractedalotofattentionpre
    -auctionwhentheauctionhousedescribeditasbeing"oneofthemostfa
    moussweatersinmusichistory".Cobainworetheolivegreenacrylicand
    mohaircardiganwhileperformingliveontheTVshowMTVUnpluggedin
    November1993withhisbandNirvana.Heplayedalargelyacousticsetof
    hisfavoritesongsandcoversongs.Thecardiganwasmadebythemaker
    Manhattan.IthasreportedlyneverbeenwashedsinceCobainlastworeit
    andhasaholeinitfromacigaretteburn.Thecardiganwaspreviouslybou
    ghtin2015byabuyerwhowishedtoremainanonymousbuthassincespo
    kenabouthispurchase.Theownerdescribedtheresponsibilityhefeltino
    wningsuchafamouspieceofrockandrollhistory.Hetoldreporters:"Itho
    ught,'Oh,nowI'malsogoingtoberesponsibleforthis.'Itwaskindoflikew
    henmychildrenwerebornyearsago-Iwassohappytoseethem,butthe
    nIwaslike,'Ohno.'"Forthosewhocannotaffordauctions,MrCobain'sda
    ughterhasstartedafashioncollectioncalledKurtWasHere.

    Free writing

    Write about Kurt Cobain for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    People should not spend huge amounts of money on used clothes. 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. CARDIGANS: Make a poster about cardigans. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. AUCTIONS: Write a magazine article about auctioning the possessions of famous people who have died. 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 cardigans. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on the usefulness of cardigans. 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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