The Reading / Listening - Queen Elizabeth II - Level 6

David Beckham, the former captain of England's national football team, waited in line for over 13 hours on Friday to pay his respects to Queen Elizabeth II. While other celebrities jumped the queue with VIP passes, soccer legend Beckham wanted to share the experience with "ordinary" people. TV footage shows him appearing to wipe away tears as he filed past the coffin at Westminster Hall. Queen Elizabeth II died on September the 8th at the age of 96. Her body is currently lying in state for four-and-a-half days so that mourners can pay their respects. Many people were delighted that Beckham was in the queue with them. The football star told reporters: "It's a day for us to remember the incredible legacy that she's left."

Mr Beckham met the Queen several times during her reign. She presented him with an honour at Buckingham Palace in 2003 for his services to football. Beckham joined the seven-kilometer-long queue at 2am on Friday. He said: "I thought 2am was going to be a little bit quieter. I was wrong." He described himself as a royalist and a "huge fan" of the royal family. After the Queen passed away, he wrote on Instagram: "How devastated we all feel today shows what she meant to people in this country.…How much she inspired us with her leadership. How she comforted us when times were tough." Around 750,000 people are expected to file past the Queen's coffin before her funeral on Monday.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Queen Elizabeth II - Level 4  or  Queen Elizabeth II - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/62932806
  • https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/a41245610/david-beckham-queue-queen-elizabeth-lie-in-state/
  • https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/former-england-soccer-captain-beckham-queues-see-queen-elizabeths-coffin-2022-09-16/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)

Warm-ups

1. QUEEN ELIZABETH: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Queen Elizabeth. 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?
       captain / national / football / team / pay respects / celebrity / tears / coffin / legacy /
       honour / Buckingham Palace / queue / royalist / royal family / leadership / funeral
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. MONARCHY: Students A strongly believe a monarchy is a good thing; Students B strongly believe it isn't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. QUEUING: How important are these things to you? How long would you queue for them? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How Important

How Long You Would Queue

Paying respects

 

 

A sports final

 

 

A new iPhone

 

 

A store's sale

 

 

To meet your love

 

 

A free gift

 

 

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5. QUEEN: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "queen". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. RESPECT: Rank these with your partner. Put the people who deserve the most respect at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • A monarch
  • A teacher
  • A soldier
  • A police officer
  • Your best friend
  • A nurse
  • A voluntary worker
  • A business leader

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. queue a. A long, narrow box, usually made of wood, in which a dead body is buried or cremated.
      2. footage b. The public display of someone important who died so people can pay their respects.
      3. filed c. A line of people or vehicles waiting their turn to get something or move forward.
      4. coffin d. Something people leave behind for society after they pass away or leave a position.
      5. lying in state e. Part of a cinema or television film recording a particular event.
      6. mourner f. Walked behind other people in a line, usually in an orderly and formal way.
      7. legacy g. A person who attends a funeral or expresses sadness publicly because of a death.

    Paragraph 2

      8. reign h. A ceremony or service held shortly after a person's death, usually including the person's burial or cremation.
      9. royalist i. Hold royal office; rule as monarch.
      10. devastated j. A person who supports the idea of a monarchy.
      11. inspired k. Lessened the grief or sadness of.
      12. comforted l. Filled someone with the desire or ability to do or feel something, especially something creative.
      13. tough m. Destroyed or ruined.
      14. funeral n. Difficult and requiring determination or effort.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. David Beckham is the captain of England's national soccer team.     T / F
  2. David Beckham used his VIP pass to get ahead in the queue.     T / F
  3. Pictures appeared to show Mr Beckham with tears in his eyes.     T / F
  4. Beckham said the Queen left an incredible legacy.     T / F
  5. Mr Beckham had never met the Queen.     T / F
  6. Beckham joined the queue after lunchtime on Tuesday.     T / F
  7. Beckham said the people perspired because of the Queen's leadership.    T / F
  8. Three-quarters of a million people are expected to see the coffin.     T / F

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

  1. former
  2. waited in line
  3. jumped
  4. filed
  5. incredible
  6. reign
  7. fan
  8. devastated
  9. inspired
  10. expected
  1. amazing
  2. walked
  3. forecast
  4. devotee
  5. queued
  6. shocked
  7. skipped
  8. energized
  9. ex-
  10. rule

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

  1. waited in line
  2. other celebrities jumped
  3. TV footage shows him appearing
  4. Her body is currently
  5. remember the incredible
  6. She presented
  7. a royalist and a "huge fan"
  8. she inspired us
  9. she comforted us when
  10. file past the Queen's coffin
  1. lying in state
  2. of the royal family
  3. legacy that she's left
  4. times were tough
  5. before her funeral
  6. with her leadership
  7. the queue
  8. for over 13 hours
  9. him with an honour
  10. to wipe away tears

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
jumped
filed
legacy
mourners
former
queue
ordinary
state

David Beckham, the (1) _____________________ captain of England's national football team, waited in line for over 13 hours on Friday to pay his respects to Queen Elizabeth II. While other celebrities (2) _____________________ the queue with VIP passes, soccer legend Beckham wanted to share the experience with "(3) _____________________" people. TV footage shows him appearing to wipe away tears as he (4) _____________________ past the coffin at Westminster Hall. Queen Elizabeth II died on September the 8th at the age of 96. Her body is currently lying in (5) _____________________ for four-and-a-half days so that (6) _____________________ can pay their respects. Many people were delighted that Beckham was in the (7) _____________________ with them. The football star told reporters: "It's a day for us to remember the incredible (8) _____________________ that she's left."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
fan
meant
services
funeral
devastated
comforted
bit
reign

Mr Beckham met the Queen several times during her (9) _____________________. She presented him with an honour at Buckingham Palace in 2003 for his (10) _____________________ to football. Beckham joined the seven-kilometer-long queue at 2am on Friday. He said: "I thought 2am was going to be a little (11) _____________________ quieter. I was wrong." He described himself as a royalist and a "huge (12) _____________________" of the royal family. After the Queen passed away, he wrote on Instagram: "How (13) _____________________ we all feel today shows what she (14) _____________________ to people in this country....How much she inspired us with her leadership. How she (15) _____________________ us when times were tough." Around 750,000 people are expected to file past the Queen's coffin before her (16) _____________________ on Monday.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  waited in line for over 13 hours on Friday to ______
     a.  pry his respects
     b.  pay this respects
     c.  pay his respect
     d.  pay his respects
2)  While other celebrities jumped the queue ______
     a.  with VIP passes
     b.  with VIP pass is
     c.  with VIP parses
     d.  with VIP pass says
3)  TV footage shows him appearing to wipe away tears as he filed ______
     a.  past the coughing
     b.  passed the coffin
     c.  past the coffin
     d.  parsed the coughing
4)  Many people were delighted that Beckham was in the ______
     a.  cue with them
     b.  clue with them
     c.  queue with them
     d.  key with them
5)  It's a day for us to remember ______
     a.  the incredibly legacy
     b.  the incredible legacy
     c.  the incredible legalities
     d.  the incredible legends

6)  Mr Beckham met the Queen several times ______
     a.  during her reign
     b.  during her rain
     c.  during her rein
     d.  during her region
7)  I thought 2am was going to be a ______
     a.  little bite quieter
     b.  little byte quieter
     c.  little bitten quieter
     d.  little bit quieter
8)  He described himself as a royalist and ______
     a.  a Huguenot fan
     b.  a hugely fan
     c.  a huge fan
     d.  a hug fan
9)  How devastated we all feel today shows what she ______
     a.  meant too people
     b.  meant to people
     c.  meant two peoples
     d.  meant to peoples
10)  Around 750,000 people are expected ______
     a.  to fly past
     b.  to filial past
     c.  to file past
     d.  to fill past

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

David Beckham, the (1) ____________________ England's national football team, waited in line for over 13 hours on Friday to pay his respects to Queen Elizabeth II. While other celebrities (2) ____________________ with VIP passes, soccer legend Beckham wanted to share the experience with "ordinary" people. TV (3) ____________________ appearing to wipe away tears as he filed past the coffin at Westminster Hall. Queen Elizabeth II died on September the 8th at the age of 96. Her (4) ____________________ lying in state for four-and-a-half days so (5) ____________________ pay their respects. Many people were delighted that Beckham was in the queue with them. The football star told reporters: "It's a day for us to remember (6) ____________________ that she's left."

Mr Beckham met the Queen several times (7) ____________________. She presented him with (8) ____________________ Buckingham Palace in 2003 for his services to football. Beckham joined the seven-kilometer-long queue at 2am on Friday. He said: "I thought 2am was going to be a little bit quieter. I was wrong." He described himself (9) ____________________ and a "huge fan" of the royal family. After the Queen passed away, he wrote on Instagram: "How (10) ____________________ feel today shows what she meant to people in this country....How much (11) ____________________ with her leadership. How she comforted us when times were tough." Around 750,000 people are expected to file past the Queen's coffin (12) ____________________ on Monday.

Comprehension questions

  1. What was David Beckham captain of?
  2. What did celebrities use to jump the queue?
  3. What did TV footage appear to show Mr Beckham wiping away?
  4. How did people feel about Beckham being in the queue?
  5. What incredible thing did Mr Beckham say the Queen had left?
  6. How many times did the Queen and David Beckham meet?
  7. At what time did Mr Beckham join the queue?
  8. What did Mr Beckham describe himself as being?
  9. What did Mr Beckham say the Queen inspired people with?
  10. How many people are expected to walk past the Queen's coffin?

Multiple choice quiz

1) What was David Beckham captain of?
a) the Buckingham Palace soccer club
b) his school cricket team
c) an army regiment
d) England's national football team
2) What did celebrities use to jump the queue?
a) money
b) a VIP pass
c) their fame
d) signed autographs
3) What did TV footage appear to show Mr Beckham wiping away?
a) dust
b) moths
c) tears
d) dirt
4) How did people feel about Beckham being in the queue?
a) delighted
b) shocked
c) angry
d) ecstatic
5) What incredible thing did Mr Beckham say the Queen had left?
a) a crown
b) a Netflix series
c) a legacy
d) many diamonds

6) How many times did the Queen and David Beckham meet?
a) eight times
b) several times
c) seven times
d) a few times
7) At what time did Mr Beckham join the queue?
a) 12pm
b) 12am
c) 2pm
d) 2am
8) What did Mr Beckham describe himself as being?
a) a royalist
b) a captain
c) regal
d) a mourner
9) What did Mr Beckham say the Queen inspired people with?
a) her stoicism
b) her lovely smile
c) her leadership
d) her sense of duty
10) How many people are expected to walk past the Queen's coffin?
a) more than 750,000
b) around 750,000
c) slightly fewer than 750,000
d) exactly 750,000

Role play

Role  A – A Monarch
You think a monarch is the person who deserves the most respect. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their people do not deserve as much respect. Also, tell the others which is the least deserving of these (and why): a teacher, a soldier or your best friend.

Role  B – A Teacher
You think a teacher is the person who deserves the most respect. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their people do not deserve as much respect. Also, tell the others which is the least deserving of these (and why): a monarch, a soldier or your best friend.

Role  C – A Soldier
You think a soldier is the person who deserves the most respect. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their people do not deserve as much respect. Also, tell the others which is the least deserving of these (and why): a teacher, a monarch or your best friend.

Role  D – Your Best Friend
You think your best friend is the person who deserves the most respect. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their people do not deserve as much respect. Also, tell the others which is the least deserving of these (and why): a teacher, a soldier or a monarch.

After reading / listening

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

'queen'

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  • and 'respect'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • captain
    • jumped
    • TV
    • state
    • delighted
    • left
    • several
    • 2003
    • bit
    • huge
    • feel
    • coffin

    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 - Queen Elizabeth II

    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 'queen'?
    3. What do you think about Queen Elizabeth II?
    4. What have you seen on the news about Queen Elizabeth's death?
    5. What would you wait in line for 13 hours for?
    6. What's the best way to pay respects to the recently deceased?
    7. What do you think of your nation's head of state?
    8. What happens in your country at times of national mourning?
    9. What do you think of the UK's royal family?
    10. What advice do you have for the UK's new king, Charles III?

    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 'respect'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you know about David Beckham?
    5. What do you think of Beckham not opting for a VIP pass?
    6. Who is the most famous person you've seen or met?
    7. What do you think Queen Elizabeth II meant to people in the UK?
    8. What will the Queen's legacy be?
    9. What three adjectives best describe Queen Elizabeth II?
    10. What questions would you like to ask David Beckham?

    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)

    David Beckham, the (1) ____ captain of England's national football team, waited in line for over 13 hours on Friday to pay his respects to Queen Elizabeth II. While other celebrities (2) ____ the queue with VIP passes, soccer legend Beckham wanted to share the experience with "ordinary" people. TV (3) ____ shows him appearing to wipe away tears as he (4) ____ past the coffin at Westminster Hall. Queen Elizabeth II died on September the 8th at the age of 96. Her body is currently (5) ____ in state for four-and-a-half days so that mourners can pay their respects. Many people were delighted that Beckham was in the queue with them. The football star told reporters: "It's a day for us to remember the incredible (6) ____ that she's left."

    Mr Beckham met the Queen (7) ____ times during her reign. She presented him with an honour at Buckingham Palace in 2003 for his services (8) ____ football. Beckham joined the seven-kilometer-long queue at 2am on Friday. He said: "I thought 2am was going to be a little bit (9) ____. I was wrong." He described himself as a royalist and a "(10) ____ fan" of the royal family. After the Queen passed away, he wrote on Instagram: "How (11) ____ we all feel today shows what she meant to people in this country....How much she inspired us with her leadership. How she comforted us when times were tough." Around 750,000 people are expected to file past the Queen's (12) ____ before her funeral on Monday.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     framer     (b)     farmer     (c)     firmer     (d)     former    
    2. (a)     leapt     (b)     hopped     (c)     bounced     (d)     jumped    
    3. (a)     heading     (b)     footage     (c)     backing     (d)     frontage    
    4. (a)     shaved     (b)     bevelled     (c)     filed     (d)     bolted     
    5. (a)     laying     (b)     levelling     (c)     lying     (d)     lie    
    6. (a)     legacy     (b)     legality     (c)     legendary     (d)     legislators    
    7. (a)     overall     (b)     several     (c)     digital     (d)     numeral    
    8. (a)     to     (b)     on     (c)     at     (d)     by    
    9. (a)     quieten     (b)     quieter     (c)     quitting     (d)     quitter    
    10. (a)     luge     (b)     fugue     (c)     huge     (d)     vogue    
    11. (a)     deviated     (b)     devoured     (c)     devastated     (d)     devoted    
    12. (a)     duty     (b)     advance     (c)     order     (d)     coffin

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    6. the incredible lcegya that she's left

    Paragraph 2

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    4. she srieidpn us with her leadership
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    6. before her aenfulr on Monday

    Put the text back together

    (...)  750,000 people are expected to file past the Queen's coffin before her funeral on Monday.
    (...)  his respects to Queen Elizabeth II. While other celebrities jumped the queue with VIP passes, soccer
    (...)  mourners can pay their respects. Many people were delighted that Beckham was in the queue
    1  ) David Beckham, the former captain of England's national football team, waited in line for over 13 hours on Friday to pay
    (...)  we all feel today shows what she meant to people in this country....How much she inspired
    (...)  for his services to football. Beckham joined the seven-kilometer-long queue at 2am on Friday. He said: "I thought 2am was going
    (...)  away tears as he filed past the coffin at Westminster Hall. Queen Elizabeth II died on September the 8th at the
    (...)  fan" of the royal family. After the Queen passed away, he wrote on Instagram: "How devastated
    (...)  with them. The football star told reporters: "It's a day for us to remember the incredible legacy that she's left."
    (...)  Mr Beckham met the Queen several times during her reign. She presented him with an honour at Buckingham Palace in 2003
    (...)  to be a little bit quieter. I was wrong." He described himself as a royalist and a "huge
    (...)  legend Beckham wanted to share the experience with "ordinary" people. TV footage shows him appearing to wipe
    (...)  us with her leadership. How she comforted us when times were tough." Around
    (...)  age of 96. Her body is currently lying in state for four-and-a-half days so that

    Put the words in the right order

    1. England's   The   captain   national   of   football   former   team   .
    2. queue   jumped   passes   .   the   VIP   with   celebrities   Other
    3. him   wipe   away   appearing   tears   .   shows   Footage   to
    4. body   is   state   .   Her   currently   lying   in
    5. she   legacy   left   .   Remember   that   incredible   the   has
    6. be   thought   going   I   quieter   .   was   to   2am
    7. huge   the   royal   He's   of   fan   family   .   a
    8. meant   What   in   she   country   .   to   people   this
    9. when   comforted   tough   .   How   times   she   us   were
    10. her   Queen's   coffin   File   the   past   before   funeral   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    David Beckham, the firmer / former captain of England's national football team, waited in / on line for over 13 hours on Friday to pay his respects to Queen Elizabeth II. While other celebrity / celebrities jumped the queue with VIP passes / pass, soccer legend Beckham wanted to share the experience with "ordinary" people. TV footage / heading shows him appearing to wipe away tears as he filed / filled past the coffin at Westminster Hall. Queen Elizabeth II died on September the 8th at the age of 96. Her body is currently laying / lying in state for four-and-a-half days so that mourners can pay their / them respects. Many people were delightful / delighted that Beckham was in the queue with them. The football star told reporters: "It's a day for us to remember the incredible legacy / legality that she's left."

    Mr Beckham met the Queen numeral / several times during her rain / reign. She presented him with an honour at Buckingham Palace in 2003 for his severances / services to football. Beckham joined the seven-kilometer-long queue at 2am on Friday. He said: "I thought 2am was going to be a little bit quieter / quitter. I was wrong." He described himself as a royalist / royalty and a "huge fan" of the royal family. After the Queen passed abbey / away, he wrote on Instagram: "How devastated / devastatingly we all feel today shows what she meant / mean to people in this country....How much she inspiring / inspired us with her leadership. How she comforted us when times were tough / toughen." Around 750,000 people are expected to file past the Queen's coffin before her funeral on Monday.

    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)

    D_v_d  B_ckh_m,  th_  f_rm_r  c_pt__n  _f  _ngl_nd's  n_t__n_l  f__tb_ll  t__m,  w__t_d  _n  l_n_  f_r  _v_r  13  h__rs  _n  Fr_d_y  t_  p_y  h_s  r_sp_cts  t_  Q___n  _l_z_b_th  __.  Wh_l_  _th_r  c_l_br_t__s  j_mp_d  th_  q____  w_th  V_P  p_ss_s,  s_cc_r  l_g_nd  B_ckh_m  w_nt_d  t_  sh_r_  th_  _xp_r__nc_  w_th  "_rd_n_ry"  p__pl_.  TV  f__t_g_  sh_ws  h_m  _pp__r_ng  t_  w_p_  _w_y  t__rs  _s  h_  f_l_d  p_st  th_  c_ff_n  _t  W_stm_nst_r  H_ll.  Q___n  _l_z_b_th  __  d__d  _n  S_pt_mb_r  th_  8th  _t  th_  _g_  _f  96.  H_r  b_dy  _s  c_rr_ntly  ly_ng  _n  st_t_  f_r  f__r-_nd-_-h_lf  d_ys  s_  th_t  m__rn_rs  c_n  p_y  th__r  r_sp_cts.  M_ny  p__pl_  w_r_  d_l_ght_d  th_t  B_ckh_m  w_s  _n  th_  q____  w_th  th_m.  Th_  f__tb_ll  st_r  t_ld  r_p_rt_rs:  "_t's  _  d_y  f_r  _s  t_  r_m_mb_r  th_  _ncr_d_bl_  l_g_cy  th_t  sh_'s  l_ft."

    Mr  B_ckh_m  m_t  th_  Q___n  s_v_r_l  t_m_s  d_r_ng  h_r  r__gn.  Sh_  pr_s_nt_d  h_m  w_th  _n  h_n__r  _t  B_ck_ngh_m  P_l_c_  _n  2003  f_r  h_s  s_rv_c_s  t_  f__tb_ll.  B_ckh_m  j__n_d  th_  s_v_n-k_l_m_t_r-l_ng  q____  _t  2_m  _n  Fr_d_y.  H_  s__d:  "_  th__ght  2_m  w_s  g__ng  t_  b_  _  l_ttl_  b_t  q___t_r.  _  w_s  wr_ng."  H_  d_scr_b_d  h_ms_lf  _s  _  r_y_l_st  _nd  _  "h_g_  f_n"  _f  th_  r_y_l  f_m_ly.  _ft_r  th_  Q___n  p_ss_d  _w_y,  h_  wr_t_  _n  _nst_gr_m:  "H_w  d_v_st_t_d  w_  _ll  f__l  t_d_y  sh_ws  wh_t  sh_  m__nt  t_  p__pl_  _n  th_s  c__ntry....H_w  m_ch  sh_  _nsp_r_d  _s  w_th  h_r  l__d_rsh_p.  H_w  sh_  c_mf_rt_d  _s  wh_n  t_m_s  w_r_  t__gh."  _r__nd  750,000  p__pl_  _r_  _xp_ct_d  t_  f_l_  p_st  th_  Q___n's  c_ff_n  b_f_r_  h_r  f_n_r_l  _n  M_nd_y.

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    david beckham the former captain of englands national football team waited in line for over 13 hours on friday to pay his respects to queen elizabeth ii while other celebrities jumped the queue with vip passes soccer legend beckham wanted to share the experience with ordinary people tv footage shows him appearing to wipe away tears as he filed past the coffin at westminster hall queen elizabeth ii died on september the 8th at the age of 96 her body is currently lying in state for fourandahalf days so that mourners can pay their respects many people were delighted that beckham was in the queue with them the football star told reporters its a day for us to remember the incredible legacy that shes left

    mr beckham met the queen several times during her reign she presented him with an honour at buckingham palace in 2003 for his services to football beckham joined the sevenkilometerlong queue at 2am on friday he said i thought 2am was going to be a little bit quieter i was wrong he described himself as a royalist and a huge fan of the royal family after the queen passed away he wrote on instagram how devastated we all feel today shows what she meant to people in this countryhow much she inspired us with her leadership how she comforted us when times were tough around 750000 people are expected to file past the queens coffin before her funeral on monday

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    DavidBeckham,theformercaptainofEngland'snationalfootballteam,
    waitedinlineforover13hoursonFridaytopayhisrespectstoQueenEliza
    bethII.WhileothercelebritiesjumpedthequeuewithVIPpasses,soccer
    legendBeckhamwantedtosharetheexperiencewith"ordinary"people.
    TVfootageshowshimappearingtowipeawaytearsashefiledpastthecof
    finatWestminsterHall.QueenElizabethIIdiedonSeptemberthe8thatt
    heageof96.Herbodyiscurrentlylyinginstateforfour-and-a-halfdayss
    othatmournerscanpaytheirrespects.Manypeopleweredelightedthat
    Beckhamwasinthequeuewiththem.Thefootballstartoldreporters:"It'
    sadayforustoremembertheincrediblelegacythatshe'sleft."MrBeckha
    mmettheQueenseveraltimesduringherreign.Shepresentedhimwith
    anhonouratBuckinghamPalacein2003forhisservicestofootball.Beck
    hamjoinedtheseven-kilometer-longqueueat2amonFriday.Hesai
    d:"Ithought2amwasgoingtobealittlebitquieter.Iwaswrong."Hedescr
    ibedhimselfasaroyalistanda"hugefan"oftheroyalfamily.AftertheQue
    enpassedaway,hewroteonInstagram:"Howdevastatedweallfeeltoda
    yshowswhatshemeanttopeopleinthiscountry....Howmuchsheinspire
    duswithherleadership.Howshecomforteduswhentimesweretough."
    Around750,000peopleareexpectedtofilepasttheQueen'scoffinbefor
    eherfuneralonMonday.

    Free writing

    Write about paying respects for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    A monarchy is a great thing for a country. 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. QUEEN ELIZABETH: Make a poster about Queen Elizabeth. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. NO VIPs: Write a magazine article about ending VIP passes. 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 Queen Elizabeth. Ask him/her three questions about her. Give him/her three of your opinions on her. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    A Few Additional Activities for Students

    Ask your students what they have read, seen or heard about this news in their own language. Students are likely to / may have have encountered this news in their L1 and therefore bring a background knowledge to the classroom.

    Get students to role play different characters from this news story.

    Ask students to keep track of this news and revisit it to discuss in your next class.

    Ask students to male predictions of how this news might develop in the next few days or weeks, and then revisit and discuss in a future class.

    Ask students to write a follow-up story to this news.

    Students role play a journalist and someone who witnessed or was a part of this news. Perhaps they could make a video of the interview.

    Ask students to keep a news journal in English and add this story to their thoughts.

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