The Reading / Listening - Picasso Raffle - Level 0

A lady won a Picasso painting. She won it in a raffle. She got the raffle ticket for Christmas from her son. When her son told her about her win, she said: "Please don't joke." Her son said: "It was maybe the best decision I've made in my life." His mother could not believe she had won. It is the first time she has won something.



The painting is of a newspaper and glass on a table. It is called Still Life. Picasso painted it in 1921. An auction house valued it at $1.1 million. A billionaire art collector said it was worth up to $3 million. All the money from the raffle will help people in Madagascar and Cameroon. An NGO will build and repair wells and toilets.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Picasso Raffle - Level 1 Picasso Raffle - Level 2   or  Picasso Raffle - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/may/21/italian-woman-wins-1m-picasso-in-christmas-raffle
  • https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/italian-woman-wins-167m-picasso-painting-232512026.html
  • https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/picasso-raffle-win-million-painting-intl/index.html


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. She won it
  2. raffle
  3. When her son told
  4. Please don't
  5. the best decision I've
  6. in my
  7. His mother could not believe
  8. the first time she has
  1. her about her win
  2. she had won
  3. made
  4. ticket
  5. joke
  6. won something
  7. in a raffle
  8. life

Paragraph 2

  1. The painting is
  2. Picasso painted
  3. An auction house valued
  4. A billionaire art
  5. it was worth up
  6. All the money
  7. help people
  8. build and repair wells
  1. from the raffle
  2. to $3 million
  3. and toilets
  4. it in 1921
  5. in Madagascar
  6. collector
  7. of a newspaper
  8. it at $1.1 million

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A (1) ___________________ Picasso painting. She (2) ___________________ a raffle. She got the raffle ticket for Christmas (3) ___________________. When her son told her about her win, she said: "(4) ___________________." Her son said: "It was maybe (5) ___________________ I've made in my life." His mother could not believe she had won. It is (6) ___________________ she has won something.

The painting (7) ___________________ newspaper and glass on a table. (8) ___________________ Still Life. Picasso painted it in 1921. An auction house (9) ___________________ $1.1 million. A billionaire art collector said it (10) ___________________ to $3 million. All the money (11) ___________________ will help people in Madagascar and Cameroon. An NGO will (12) ___________________ wells and toilets.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AladywonaPicassopainting.Shewonitinaraffle.Shegottheraffleticket
forChristmasfromherson.Whenhersontoldheraboutherwin,shesaid:
"Pleasedon'tjoke."Hersonsaid:"ItwasmaybethebestdecisionI'vema
deinmylife."Hismothercouldnotbelieveshehadwon.Itisthefirsttimes
hehaswonsomething.Thepaintingisofanewspaperandglassonatable
.ItiscalledStillLife.Picassopainteditin1921.Anauctionhousevaluedita
t$1.1million.Abillionaireartcollectorsaiditwasworthupto$3million.Al
lthemoneyfromtherafflewillhelppeopleinMadagascarandCameroon.
AnNGOwillbuildandrepairwellsandtoilets.

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

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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