The Reading / Listening - Jesus Christ - Level 6

Archaeologists working in the city of Nazareth have unearthed what they believe to be the childhood home of Jesus Christ. Following an arduous, 14-year excavation of the site at the Sisters of Nazareth Convent, researchers say they believe the first-century home is where Jesus grew up as a child. Lead researcher Professor Ken Dark embarked on 14 years of research and fieldwork at the ancient site. He says his studies of the well-preserved abode on a limestone hillside revealed "excellent craftsmanship" and a "structural understanding of rock". He says this is, "consistent with it having been constructed by a tekton" - the occupation of Jesus' father, Joseph.



Professor Dark says the dwelling was originally found in the 1880s and was first excavated in the 1930s. For decades, experts and nuns living in the convent have asserted that the site was Jesus' boyhood home. Dark started on his dig in 2006 to investigate these assertions. He said the site had been "almost forgotten by scholars". He used cutting edge archaeological techniques to uncover more secrets of the house. Dark discovered that people believed that the building was Jesus' house from at least the 380s. However, he says his claims are not conclusive and acknowledges that we may never know for sure whether or not Jesus Christ lived at that location.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Jesus Christ - Level 4  or  Jesus Christ - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.arabnews.com/node/1767246/middle-east
  • https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/home-jesus-christ-0014580
  • https://www.foxnews.com/science/has-jesus-childhood-home-been-discovered-in-nazareth


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. JESUS CHRIST: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Jesus Christ. 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?
       archaeologists / city / Jesus / excavation / first century / ancient / abode / occupation
       decades / expert / childhood / 2006 / scholars / techniques / building / sure / location
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. ARCHAEOLOGY: Students A strongly believe archaeology is very important; Students B strongly believe it isn't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. CHILDHOOD: What was good and bad about your childhood? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good

Bad

Home

 

 

School

 

 

Money

 

 

Friends

 

 

Holidays

 

 

Weekends

 

 

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

  • Stonehenge
  • The Pyramids
  • Machu Picchu
  • Pompeii
  • Angkor Wat
  • Petra
  • Luxor Temple
  • Easter Island Moai

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. archaeologist a. Involving or requiring strenuous effort; difficult and tiring.
      2. unearthed b. A place of residence; a house or home.
      3. arduous c. A person who studies human history and prehistory through the digging of sites and the analysis of things found there.
      4. excavation d. Found something in the ground by digging.
      5. ancient e. The action of digging something, especially an archaeological site or construction site.
      6. abode f. Very, very, very old.
      7. consistent g. Acting or done in the same way over time, especially so as to be fair or accurate.

    Paragraph 2

      8. expert h. At the latest or most advanced stage of development; innovative or pioneering.
      9. convent i. A person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area.
      10. asserted j. Someone who studies a particular branch of study, especially the humanities; a distinguished professor.
      11. scholar k. Of evidence or argument serving to prove a case; decisive or convincing.
      12. cutting edge l. A school for girls run by nuns.
      13. conclusive m. Accept or admit the existence or truth of.
      14. acknowledge n. Stated a fact or belief confidently and forcefully.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Archaeologists say they have found the home where Jesus was born.     T / F
  2. Archaeologists worked on the site for 14 years.     T / F
  3. The home is on a flat piece of limestone farmland.     T / F
  4. The home wasn't very well made.     T / F
  5. The home was first discovered in the year 880.     T / F
  6. A professor said scholars had almost forgotten about the home.     T / F
  7. A professor used cutting edge techniques to find secrets about the home. T / F
  8. The professor is certain the home is where Jesus Christ grew up.     T / F

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

  1. unearthed
  2. arduous
  3. embarked
  4. research
  5. consistent
  6. dwelling
  7. excavated
  8. techniques
  9. claims
  10. conclusive
  1. residence
  2. inquiries
  3. methods
  4. laborious
  5. dug up
  6. undeniable
  7. discovered
  8. assertions
  9. in tune with
  10. started

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

  1. Archaeologists
  2. Following an arduous,
  3. embarked
  4. fieldwork
  5. excellent
  6. the dwelling was originally
  7. almost forgotten by
  8. He used cutting edge archaeological
  9. uncover more secrets
  10. his claims are not
  1. scholars
  2. at the ancient site
  3. conclusive
  4. working in the city
  5. found in the 1880s
  6. of the house
  7. 14-year excavation
  8. craftsmanship
  9. techniques
  10. on 14 years of research

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
arduous
hillside
consistent
ancient
occupation
unearthed
century
structural

Archaeologists working in the city of Nazareth have (1) _____________________ what they believe to be the childhood home of Jesus Christ. Following an (2) _____________________, 14-year excavation of the site at the Sisters of Nazareth Convent, researchers say they believe the first-(3) _____________________ home is where Jesus grew up as a child. Lead researcher Professor Ken Dark embarked on 14 years of research and fieldwork at the (4) _____________________ site. He says his studies of the well-preserved abode on a limestone (5) _____________________ revealed "excellent craftsmanship" and a "(6) _____________________ understanding of rock". He says this is, "(7) _____________________ with it having been constructed by a tekton" - the (8) _____________________ of Jesus' father, Joseph.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
secrets
whether
dwelling
asserted
conclusive
scholars
least
investigate

Professor Dark says the (9) _____________________ was originally found in the 1880s and was first excavated in the 1930s. For decades, experts and nuns living in the convent have (10) _____________________ that the site was Jesus' boyhood home. Dark started on his dig in 2006 to (11) _____________________ these assertions. He said the site had been "almost forgotten by (12) _____________________". He used cutting edge archaeological techniques to uncover more (13) _____________________ of the house. Dark discovered that people believed that the building was Jesus' house from at (14) _____________________ the 380s. However, he says his claims are not (15) _____________________ and acknowledges that we may never know for sure (16) _____________________ or not Jesus Christ lived at that location.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  home of Jesus Christ. Following an arduous, ______
     a.  14-year evacuation
     b.  14-year expectation
     c.  14-year excavation
     d.  14-year ex vacation
2)  Professor Ken Dark embarked on 14 years of research and fieldwork at ______
     a.  the ancient sight
     b.  the ancient site
     c.  the ancient light
     d.  the ancient sty
3)  He says his studies of the well-preserved abode on ______
     a.  a lemon stone hillside...
     b.  a limestone hillside...
     c.  a limes tone hillside...
     d.  ally stone hillside...
4)  revealed "excellent craftsmanship" and a "structural ______"
     a.  understanding off rock
     b.  understanding of rock
     c.  understanding of lock
     d.  understanding of frock
5)  with it having been constructed by a tekton" - the ______ father
     a.  occupational of Jesus'
     b.  occupations of Jesus'
     c.  occupation of Jesus'
     d.  operation of Jesus'

6)  For decades, experts and nuns living in the convent ______
     a.  have asserted that
     b.  have assertion that
     c.  have assert it that
     d.  have assert this and that
7)  He used cutting edge archaeological techniques to ______
     a.  uncover more secrets
     b.  uncovers more secrets
     c.  uncovered more secrets
     d.  covet more secrets
8)  people believed that the building was Jesus' house from at ______
     a.  lest the 380s
     b.  lost the 380s
     c.  least the 380s
     d.  last the 380s
9)  However, he says his claims ______
     a.  are not inclusive
     b.  are not conclusive
     c.  are not conducive
     d.  are not reclusive
10)  we may never know for sure whether or not Jesus Christ lived ______
     a.  at that's location
     b.  at that low caution
     c.  at that locale
     d.  at that location

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Archaeologists working in the city of Nazareth have unearthed what they (1) ____________________ the childhood home of Jesus Christ. Following an arduous, 14-year (2) ____________________ site at the Sisters of Nazareth Convent, researchers say they believe the first-century home is where Jesus grew up (3) ____________________. Lead researcher Professor Ken Dark embarked on 14 years of research and fieldwork at the ancient site. He says his studies of the (4) ____________________ on a limestone hillside revealed "excellent craftsmanship" and a "(5) _________________________ rock". He says this is, "consistent with it having been constructed by a tekton" - (6) ____________________ Jesus' father, Joseph.

Professor Dark says the (7) ____________________ found in the 1880s and was first excavated in the 1930s. (8) ____________________ and nuns living in the convent have asserted that the site was Jesus' boyhood home. Dark started on his dig in 2006 to (9) ____________________. He said the site had been "almost forgotten by scholars". He used cutting edge archaeological (10) ____________________ more secrets of the house. Dark discovered that people believed that the building was Jesus' house from at (11) ____________________. However, he says his claims are not conclusive and acknowledges that we may never know for (12) ____________________ not Jesus Christ lived at that location.

Comprehension questions

  1. For how long have archaeologists been working on the site?
  2. What kind of establishment is the dig taking place at?
  3. Who is Ken Dark?
  4. What kind of hillside was the home found on?
  5. What does the article say was the job of Jesus' father?
  6. When was the home originally found?
  7. Who asserted the home was where Jesus grew up?
  8. Who does the article say almost forgot about the home?
  9. What did a professor want to uncover about the home?
  10. From when did people start believing Jesus lived at the home?




Multiple choice quiz

1) For how long have archaeologists been working on the site?
a) 44 years
b) 40 years
c) 14 years
d) four decades
2) What kind of establishment is the dig taking place at?
a) a convent
b) a shopping mall
c) a church
d) a university
3) Who is Ken Dark?
a) a priest
b) a lead researcher
c) an expert on adobe homes
d) a churchgoer
4) What kind of hillside was the home found on?
a) a volcanic hillside
b) a steep hillside
c) a gently sloping hillside
d) a limestone hillside
5) What does the article say was the job of Jesus' father?
a) a farmer
b) a tutor
c) a tekton
d) a teacher

6) When was the home originally found?
a) in the 1890s
b) in the 1880s
c) in the 1860s
d) in the 1870s
7) Who asserted the home was where Jesus grew up?
a) professors and archaeologists
b) priests and scholars
c) local people
d) experts and nuns
8) Who does the article say almost forgot about the home?
a) Jesus
b) scholars
c) the landlord
d) local people
9) What did a professor want to uncover about the home?
a) money
b) secrets
c) artefacts
d) the history

10) From when did people start believing Jesus lived at the home?
a) the 380s
b) the 480s
c) the 580s
d) the 280s

Role play

Role  A – Stonehenge
You think Stonehenge is the best ancient site. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sites. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): the Pyramids, Petra or Easter Island Moai.

Role  B – The Pyramids
You think the Pyramids is the best ancient site. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sites. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): Stonehenge, Petra or Easter Island Moai.

Role  C – Petra
You think Petra is the best ancient site. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sites. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): the Pyramids, Stonehenge or Easter Island Moai.

Role  D – Easter Island Moai
You think the Easter Island Moai is the best ancient site. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sites. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): the Pyramids, Petra or Stonehenge.

After reading / listening

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

'Jesus'

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  • and 'home'.

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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:

    • city
    • arduous
    • century
    • limestone
    • rock
    • father
    • originally
    • living
    • 2006
    • edge
    • least
    • location




    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 - Jesus Christ

    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 name 'Jesus'?
    3. What do you know about Jesus?
    4. What do you want to know about Jesus?
    5. What would it be like to be an archaeologist?
    6. Where in the world would you like to go on a dig?
    7. Is it important we know where Jesus grew up?
    8. How important is archaeology?
    9. What craftsmanship is valued in your country?
    10. What do you think of your childhood home?

    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 'home'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you know about Nazareth?
    5. What was life like in the times of Jesus?
    6. Would you like to visit the house the archaeologists found?
    7. What three adjectives best describe this story?
    8. What are the most important ancient sites in your country?
    9. What would you like to be an expert in?
    10. What questions would you like to ask archaeologists?

    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)

    Archaeologists working in the city of Nazareth have (1) ____ what they believe to be the childhood home of Jesus Christ. Following an (2) ____, 14-year excavation of the site at the Sisters of Nazareth Convent, researchers say they believe the first-century home is where Jesus grew up (3) ____ a child. Lead researcher Professor Ken Dark embarked on 14 years of research and fieldwork at the (4) ____ site. He says his studies of the well-preserved (5) ____ on a limestone hillside revealed "excellent craftsmanship" and a "structural understanding of rock". He says this is, "consistent (6) ____ it having been constructed by a tekton" - the occupation of Jesus' father, Joseph.

    Professor Dark says the dwelling was (7) ____ found in the 1880s and was first excavated in the 1930s. For decades, (8) ____ and nuns living in the convent have asserted that the site was Jesus' boyhood home. Dark started on his dig in 2006 to investigate these (9) ____. He said the site had been "almost forgotten by scholars". He used cutting (10) ____ archaeological techniques to uncover more secrets of the house. Dark discovered that people believed that the building was Jesus' house from at (11) ____ the 380s. However, he says his claims are not conclusive and acknowledges that we may never know for (12) ____ whether or not Jesus Christ lived at that location.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     unearthed     (b)     earthly     (c)     earths     (d)     earthed    
    2. (a)     ardent     (b)     ardours     (c)     arduous     (d)     odours    
    3. (a)     was     (b)     is     (c)     as     (d)     has    
    4. (a)     upshot     (b)     resurgent     (c)     sure     (d)     ancient    
    5. (a)     abide     (b)     adobe     (c)     abode     (d)     adept    
    6. (a)     at     (b)     with     (c)     as     (d)     to    
    7. (a)     real     (b)     originally     (c)     firstly     (d)     thus    
    8. (a)     expats     (b)     experts     (c)     extant     (d)     excerpts    
    9. (a)     exceptions     (b)     relations     (c)     assertions     (d)     dominions    
    10. (a)     side     (b)     border     (c)     rim     (d)     edge    
    11. (a)     lost     (b)     lest     (c)     last     (d)     least    
    12. (a)     surly     (b)     sureness     (c)     surely     (d)     sure

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. drhaeuetn what they believe to be
    2. an ouurads, 14-year excavation
    3. fieldwork at the cnntiea site
    4. a rustclruta understanding of rock
    5. soneittncs with it having been constructed
    6. the pacootucni of Jesus' father

    Paragraph 2

    1. the lwgdlien was originally found
    2. first vctaaedxe in the 1930s
    3. aetssder that the site was Jesus' boyhood home
    4. almost forgotten by rcoshals
    5. archaeological encqhtisue
    6. his claims are not oscvilunce

    Put the text back together

    (...)  home of Jesus Christ. Following an arduous, 14-year excavation of the site at the Sisters
    (...)  the 1930s. For decades, experts and nuns living in the convent have asserted that the site was Jesus'
    (...)  forgotten by scholars". He used cutting edge archaeological techniques to uncover more
    (...)  secrets of the house. Dark discovered that people believed that the building
    1  ) Archaeologists working in the city of Nazareth have unearthed what they believe to be the childhood
    (...)  of Nazareth Convent, researchers say they believe the first-century home is where Jesus grew up
    (...)  Professor Dark says the dwelling was originally found in the 1880s and was first excavated in
    (...)  site. He says his studies of the well-preserved abode on a limestone hillside revealed "excellent
    (...)  was Jesus' house from at least the 380s. However, he says his claims are not conclusive and
    (...)  boyhood home. Dark started on his dig in 2006 to investigate these assertions. He said the site had been "almost
    (...)  craftsmanship" and a "structural understanding of rock". He says this is, "consistent
    (...)  as a child. Lead researcher Professor Ken Dark embarked on 14 years of research and fieldwork at the ancient
    (...)  acknowledges that we may never know for sure whether or not Jesus Christ lived at that location.
    (...)  with it having been constructed by a tekton" - the occupation of Jesus' father, Joseph.

    Put the words in the right order

    1. what   they   home   .   Unearthed   the   to   believe   be
    2. is   up   .   where   home   first-century   The   Jesus   grew
    3. Research   at   ancient   site   .   fieldwork   the   and
    4. abode   a   hillside   .   limestone   well-preserved   on   The
    5. by   having   with   constructed   it   craftsmen   .   Consistent   been
    6. 1880s   .   in   was   The   dwelling   the   originally   found
    7. that   home   .   was   Jesus'   boyhood   site   Asserted   the
    8. almost   site   had   by   forgotten   The   scholars   .   been
    9. uncover  more  Cutting edge   techniques  archaeological  secrets   .   to
    10. we   know   He   for   never   sure   .   may   acknowledges

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Archaeologists working in the city of Nazareth have earthed / unearthed what they believe to be the childhood home / homed of Jesus Christ. Following an ardours / arduous, 14-year excavation of the site at the Sisters of Nazareth Convent, researchers say they belief / believe the first-century home is where Jesus grew up was / as a child. Lead researcher Professor Ken Dark embarked / earmarked on 14 years of research and fieldwork at the function / ancient site. He says his studies of the well-preserved adobe / abode on a limestone hillside revealed "excellent craftsmanship" and a "structural / granite understanding of rock". He says this is, "consistent with it having been constructed by a tekton" - the occupation / occupied of Jesus' father, Joseph.

    Professor Dark says the dwelling / dwindling was originally found in the 1880s and was first evacuated / excavated in the 1930s. For decades, experts and nuns living in the convent have dissected / asserted that the site was Jesus' boyhood home. Dark started on his dug / dig in 2006 to investigate these assertions. He said the site had been "almost forgotten by pupils / scholars". He used cutting edge / rim archaeological techniques to uncover more secretions / secrets of the house. Dark discovered that people believed that the building was Jesus' house from at least the / all 380s. However, he says his claims are not reactive / conclusive and acknowledges that we may never know for sure whether or not Jesus Christ lived at that locale / location.

    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)

    _rch___l_g_sts  w_rk_ng  _n  th_  c_ty  _f  N_z_r_th  h_v_  _n__rth_d  wh_t  th_y  b_l__v_  t_  b_  th_  ch_ldh__d  h_m_  _f  J_s_s  Chr_st.  F_ll_w_ng  _n  _rd___s,  14-y__r  _xc_v_t__n  _f  th_  s_t_  _t  th_  S_st_rs  _f  N_z_r_th  C_nv_nt,  r_s__rch_rs  s_y  th_y  b_l__v_  th_  f_rst-c_nt_ry  h_m_  _s  wh_r_  J_s_s  gr_w  _p  _s  _  ch_ld.  L__d  r_s__rch_r  Pr_f_ss_r  K_n  D_rk  _mb_rk_d  _n  14  y__rs  _f  r_s__rch  _nd  f__ldw_rk  _t  th_  _nc__nt  s_t_.  H_  s_ys  h_s  st_d__s  _f  th_  w_ll-pr_s_rv_d  _b_d_  _n  _  l_m_st_n_  h_lls_d_  r_v__l_d  "_xc_ll_nt  cr_ftsm_nsh_p"  _nd  _  "str_ct_r_l  _nd_rst_nd_ng  _f  r_ck".  H_  s_ys  th_s  _s,  "c_ns_st_nt  w_th  _t  h_v_ng  b__n  c_nstr_ct_d  by  _  t_kt_n"  -  th_  _cc_p_t__n  _f  J_s_s'  f_th_r,  J_s_ph.

    Pr_f_ss_r  D_rk  s_ys  th_  dw_ll_ng  w_s  _r_g_n_lly  f__nd  _n  th_  1880s  _nd  w_s  f_rst  _xc_v_t_d  _n  th_  1930s.  F_r  d_c_d_s,  _xp_rts  _nd  n_ns  l_v_ng  _n  th_  c_nv_nt  h_v_  _ss_rt_d  th_t  th_  s_t_  w_s  J_s_s'  b_yh__d  h_m_.  D_rk  st_rt_d  _n  h_s  d_g  _n  2006  t_  _nv_st_g_t_  th_s_  _ss_rt__ns.  H_  s__d  th_  s_t_  h_d  b__n  "_lm_st  f_rg_tt_n  by  sch_l_rs".  H_  _s_d  c_tt_ng  _dg_  _rch___l_g_c_l  t_chn_q__s  t_  _nc_v_r  m_r_  s_cr_ts  _f  th_  h__s_.  D_rk  d_sc_v_r_d  th_t  p__pl_  b_l__v_d  th_t  th_  b__ld_ng  w_s  J_s_s'  h__s_  fr_m  _t  l__st  th_  380s.  H_w_v_r,  h_  s_ys  h_s  cl__ms  _r_  n_t  c_ncl_s_v_  _nd  _ckn_wl_dg_s  th_t  w_  m_y  n_v_r  kn_w  f_r  s_r_  wh_th_r  _r  n_t  J_s_s  Chr_st  l_v_d  _t  th_t  l_c_t__n.

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    archaeologists working in the city of nazareth have unearthed what they believe to be the childhood home of jesus christ following an arduous 14year excavation of the site at the sisters of nazareth convent researchers say they believe the firstcentury home is where jesus grew up as a child lead researcher professor ken dark embarked on 14 years of research and fieldwork at the ancient site he says his studies of the wellpreserved abode on a limestone hillside revealed excellent craftsmanship and a structural understanding of rock he says this is consistent with it having been constructed by a tekton  the occupation of jesus father joseph

    professor dark says the dwelling was originally found in the 1880s and was first excavated in the 1930s for decades experts and nuns living in the convent have asserted that the site was jesus boyhood home dark started on his dig in 2006 to investigate these assertions he said the site had been almost forgotten by scholars he used cutting edge archaeological techniques to uncover more secrets of the house dark discovered that people believed that the building was jesus house from at least the 380s however he says his claims are not conclusive and acknowledges that we may never know for sure whether or not jesus christ lived at that location

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    ArchaeologistsworkinginthecityofNazarethhaveunearthedwhatthey
    believetobethechildhoodhomeofJesusChrist.Followinganarduous,1
    4-yearexcavationofthesiteattheSistersofNazarethConvent,researc
    herssaytheybelievethefirst-centuryhomeiswhereJesusgrewupasac
    hild.LeadresearcherProfessorKenDarkembarkedon14yearsofresear
    chandfieldworkattheancientsite.Hesayshisstudiesofthewell-prese
    rvedabodeonalimestonehillsiderevealed"excellentcraftsmanship"a
    nda"structuralunderstandingofrock".Hesaysthisis,"consistentwithit
    havingbeenconstructedbyatekton"-theoccupationofJesus'father,Jo
    seph.ProfessorDarksaysthedwellingwasoriginallyfoundinthe1880sa
    ndwasfirstexcavatedinthe1930s.Fordecades,expertsandnunslivingi
    ntheconventhaveassertedthatthesitewasJesus'boyhoodhome.Dark
    startedonhisdigin2006toinvestigatetheseassertions.Hesaidthesiteh
    adbeen"almostforgottenbyscholars".Heusedcuttingedgearchaeolog
    icaltechniquestouncovermoresecretsofthehouse.Darkdiscoveredth
    atpeoplebelievedthatthebuildingwasJesus'housefromatleastthe380
    s.However,hesayshisclaimsarenotconclusiveandacknowledgesthat
    wemayneverknowforsurewhetherornotJesusChristlivedatthatlocati
    on.

    Free writing

    Write about Jesus Christ for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    It is important we know where Jesus grew up. 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. JESUS CHRIST: Make a poster about Jesus Christ. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. MONEY: Write a magazine article about governments spending more money on investigating the site that could be Jesus Christ's home. 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 Jesus Christ. Ask him/her three questions about him. Give him/her three of your opinions on his teachings. 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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