The Reading / Listening - Picasso Raffle - Level 2

An Italian lady is suddenly the owner of a Pablo Picasso painting. She won the Picasso in a charity raffle. Her son bought her the $110 ticket for Christmas. The raffle draw was made on Wednesday and the lady was the lucky winner. Her son explained how he told his mother. He said when he told her 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 winning was "incredible". She added: "I have never won anything before".



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

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Picasso Raffle - Level 0 Picasso Raffle - Level 1   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. suddenly the owner of a
  2. She won the Picasso in
  3. the lady was the lucky
  4. Her son explained how
  5. Please don't
  6. the best decision I've
  7. She said winning was
  8. I have never won
  1. winner
  2. made in my life
  3. joke
  4. Pablo Picasso painting
  5. "incredible"
  6. he told his mother
  7. anything before
  8. a charity raffle

Paragraph 2

  1. Picasso painted and
  2. an international auction
  3. valued the painting
  4. the billionaire art
  5. worth up to three times
  6. build and
  7. washing
  8. in countryside
  1. at $1.1 million
  2. facilities
  3. more than that
  4. villages
  5. repair wells
  6. collector
  7. signed it in 1921
  8. house

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An Italian lady (1) ___________________ owner of a Pablo Picasso painting. She won the Picasso (2) ___________________ raffle. Her son bought her the $110 ticket for Christmas. The raffle draw was made on Wednesday and the lady (3) ___________________ winner. Her son explained how he told his mother. He said when he (4) ___________________ had won a Picasso, she said: "Please don't joke." He added: "It was maybe (5) ___________________ I've made in my life." His mother could not believe she had won. She said winning was "incredible". She added: "I (6) ___________________ anything before".

The painting is called Still Life. Picasso (7) ___________________ it in 1921. It shows a newspaper and a wine glass on a table. The (8) ___________________ in Paris at an international auction house. The auction (9) ___________________ painting at $1.1 million. However, the billionaire art collector who gave the painting to the raffle said it (10) ___________________ to three times more than that. All of the money collected in the (11) ___________________ to give water to people in Madagascar and Cameroon. An NGO will build and repair wells, washing (12) ___________________ in countryside villages.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AnItalianladyissuddenlytheownerofaPabloPicassopainting.Shewont
hePicassoinacharityraffle.Hersonboughtherthe$110ticketforChrist
mas.TheraffledrawwasmadeonWednesdayandtheladywasthelucky
winner.Hersonexplainedhowhetoldhismother.Hesaidwhenhetoldhe
rshehadwonaPicasso,shesaid:"Pleasedon'tjoke."Headded:"Itwasm
aybethebestdecisionI'vemadeinmylife."Hismothercouldnotbelieves
hehadwon.Shesaidwinningwas"incredible".Sheadded:"Ihavenever
wonanythingbefore".ThepaintingiscalledStillLife.Picassopaintedand
signeditin1921.Itshowsanewspaperandawineglassonatable.Thewin
nerwasdecidedinParisataninternationalauctionhouse.Theauctionho
usevaluedthepaintingat$1.1million.However,thebillionaireartcollec
torwhogavethepaintingtotherafflesaiditwasworthuptothreetimesm
orethanthat.Allofthemoneycollectedintherafflewillhelptogivewatert
opeopleinMadagascarandCameroon.AnNGOwillbuildandrepairwells
,washingfacilitiesandtoiletsincountrysidevillages.

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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(m) ________________

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(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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