The Reading / Listening - Picasso Raffle - Level 1

An Italian lady won a Pablo Picasso painting. She won it in a charity raffle. Her son bought her the ticket for Christmas. The lady found out she was the lucky winner on Wednesday. Her son explained that when he told his mother she had won a Picasso, she said: "Please don't joke." He added: "It was maybe the best decision I've made in my life." His mother could not believe she had won. She said it was "incredible". She added: "I have never won anything before".



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

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Picasso Raffle - Level 0 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 in
  2. she was the lucky
  3. when he told
  4. Please don't
  5. the best decision I've made
  6. His mother could not believe
  7. She said it was
  8. I have never won
  1. joke
  2. "incredible"
  3. winner
  4. anything before
  5. his mother
  6. a charity raffle
  7. she had won
  8. in my life

Paragraph 2

  1. The painting is
  2. at an auction
  3. It valued the painting
  4. The billionaire art
  5. it was worth
  6. All the money collected
  7. build and repair wells
  8. in countryside
  1. and toilets
  2. at $1.1 million
  3. villages
  4. up to $3 million
  5. house
  6. of a newspaper
  7. in the raffle
  8. collector

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An Italian (1) ___________________ Pablo Picasso painting. She won (2) ___________________ charity raffle. Her son bought her the ticket for Christmas. The lady found (3) __________________ the lucky winner on Wednesday. Her son explained that when he told his mother she (4) ___________________ Picasso, she said: "Please don't joke." He added: "It was maybe the best decision I've made (5) ___________________." His mother could not believe she had won. She said it was "incredible". She added: "I (6) ___________________ anything before".

The painting (7) ___________________ newspaper and wine glass on a table. It is called Still Life. Picasso (8) ___________________ 1921. The winner was decided in Paris at an auction house. It valued (9) ___________________ $1.1 million. The billionaire art collector who gave the painting to the raffle said it was (10) ___________________ $3 million. All the money collected in the raffle will (11) ___________________ Madagascar and Cameroon. An NGO will build and repair (12) ___________________ in countryside villages.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AnItalianladywonaPabloPicassopainting.Shewonitinacharityraffle.H
ersonboughthertheticketforChristmas.Theladyfoundoutshewasthel
uckywinneronWednesday.Hersonexplainedthatwhenhetoldhismoth
ershehadwonaPicasso,shesaid:"Pleasedon'tjoke."Headded:"Itwas
maybethebestdecisionI'vemadeinmylife."Hismothercouldnotbeliev
eshehadwon.Shesaiditwas"incredible".Sheadded:"Ihaveneverwon
anythingbefore".Thepaintingisofanewspaperandwineglassonatable
.ItiscalledStillLife.Picassopainteditin1921.ThewinnerwasdecidedinP
arisatanauctionhouse.Itvaluedthepaintingat$1.1million.Thebilliona
ireartcollectorwhogavethepaintingtotherafflesaiditwasworthupto$3
million.AllthemoneycollectedintherafflewillhelppeopleinMadagascar
andCameroon.AnNGOwillbuildandrepairwellsandtoiletsincountrysid
evillages.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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