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THE ARTICLE

Chester Alan Arthur was born in Vermont in 1829. He was the 21st President of the United States, becoming President after the assassination of President James A. Garfield. His father was a preacher who had emigrated from Northern Ireland. He graduated from Union College in 1848 and was admitted to the bar. He started practising law in New York City before joining the Army to fight in the Civil War.

In 1871, Arthur was appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant to the politically powerful post of Collector of the Port of New York. He spent the next decade as a pawn in power struggles between different presidents. He was removed from his post by President Rutherford B. Hayes. In 1880, Arthur was nominated to run for the Vice Presidency. He assumed office as Vice President in March 1881.

During his brief tenure as Vice President, Arthur stood firmly beside President Garfield in internal struggles within the Republican Party. But when Arthur succeeded to the Presidency, he was eager to prove himself above his party’s political squabbling. In 1883 he passed an act that protected employees against removal for political reasons, as had happened to him in New York.

The Arthur Administration enacted the first general Federal immigration law. Arthur approved a measure in 1882. Congress suspended Chinese immigration for ten years, later making the restriction permanent. He had known since a year after he succeeded to the Presidency that he was suffering from a fatal kidney disease. He left office in 1885 and died a year later at the age of 57.

Article adapted from www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/chesterarthur

         
         From www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents


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LISTENING GAP FILL


 

Chester Alan Arthur was born in Vermont in 1829. He was the 21st President of the United States, becoming President after the assassination of President James A. Garfield. His _________________ who had emigrated from Northern Ireland. He graduated from Union College in 1848 and was _________________. He started practising law in New York City _________________ Army to fight in the Civil War.

In 1871, Arthur was appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant to the _________________ post of Collector of the Port of New York. He spent the next decade as a pawn _________________ between different presidents. He was removed from his post by President Rutherford B. Hayes. In 1880, Arthur ____________________ for the Vice Presidency. He assumed office as Vice President in March 1881.

During his brief tenure as Vice President, Arthur _________________ President Garfield in internal struggles within the Republican Party. But when Arthur succeeded to the Presidency, he _________________ himself above his party’s political squabbling. In 1883 he passed an act that protected employees _________________ political reasons, as had happened to him in New York.

The Arthur Administration enacted the first general Federal immigration law. Arthur _________________ in 1882. Congress suspended Chinese immigration for ten years, later making the _________________. He had known since a year after he succeeded to the Presidency that he was suffering from a _________________. He left office in 1885 and died a year later at the age of 57.


  CORRECT THE SPELLING

Chester Alan Arthur was born in Vermont in 1829. He was the 21st President of the United States, iombcegn President after the assassination of President James A. Garfield. His father was a preacher who had ridgmaeet from Northern Ireland. He graduated from Union College in 1848 and was itemtadd to the bar. He started practising law in New York City before joining the Army to fight in the Civil War.

In 1871, Arthur was appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant to the politically ureplfwo post of Collector of the Port of New York. He spent the next acedde as a pawn in power struggles between different presidents. He was removed from his post by President Rutherford B. Hayes. In 1880, Arthur was ionenatmd to run for the Vice Presidency. He assumed office as Vice President in March 1881.

During his brief tenure as Vice President, Arthur stood firmly beside President Garfield in internal stlgesrgu within the Republican Party. But when Arthur succeeded to the Presidency, he was eager to rvepo himself above his party’s political squabbling. In 1883 he passed an act that protected employees against removal for political nsosrea, as had happened to him in New York.

The Arthur Administration ceeatnd the first general Federal immigration law. Arthur approved a measure in 1882. Congress suspended Chinese immigration for ten years, later making the restriction permanent. He had known since a year after he succeeded to the Presidency that he was ifrfunegs from a fatal kidney deasesi. He left office in 1885 and died a year later at the age of 57.


  UNJUMBLE THE WORDS

Chester Alan Arthur was born in Vermont in 1829. He was the 21st President of the United States, President becoming the after assassination of President James A. Garfield. His father was a preacher who had emigrated from Northern Ireland. He graduated from Union College in 1848 and was admitted to the bar. He York New in law practising started before City joining the Army to fight in the Civil War.

In 1871, Arthur was appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant to the politically powerful post of Collector of the Port of New York. power the as in spent decade pawn He next a struggles between different presidents. He removed his by was from post President Rutherford B. Hayes. In 1880, Arthur was nominated to run for the Vice Presidency. President Vice as office assumed He March in 1881.

During his brief tenure as Vice President, Arthur stood firmly beside President Garfield in internal struggles within the Republican Party. the But Arthur to Presidency when succeeded, he was prove above party’s to himself his eager political squabbling. In 1883 an that employees passed act protected he against removal for political reasons, as had happened to him in New York.

The Arthur Administration enacted the first general Federal immigration law. approved Arthur 1882 in measure a. Congress suspended Chinese immigration for ten years, later making the restriction permanent. a since known had He he after year succeeded to the Presidency that he was suffering from a fatal kidney disease. in 1885 and died a year later at He left office the age of 57.


  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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  STUDENT CHESTER A. ARTHUR SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about Chester Arthur 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.

 

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  • Now return to your original partner and share and talk about what you found out. Change partners often.
  • Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

  WRITING

Write about Chester Arthur for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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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 INFO: Search the Internet and find more information about Chester Arthur. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Chester Arthur. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. CHESTER ARTHUR POSTER Make a poster about Chester Arthur. Show it to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your posters.

5. MY CHESTER ARTHUR LESSON: Make your own English lesson on Chester Arthur. Make sure there is a good mix of things to do. Find some good online activities. Teach the class / another group when you have finished.

6. ONLINE SHARING: Use your blog, wiki, Facebook page, MySpace page, Twitter stream, Del-icio-us / StumbleUpon account, or any other social media tool to get opinions on Chester Arthur. Share your findings with the class.

ANSWERS

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