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THE ARTICLE

Herbert Clark Hoover was the 31st President of the United States, serving between 1929 and 1933. He was born in Iowa in 1874. His father was a blacksmith. He enrolled at Stanford University when it opened in 1891, and graduated as a mining engineer. He married his Stanford sweetheart, Lou Henry, and they went to China, where he worked for a private corporation as China's leading engineer.

One week before Hoover celebrated his 40th birthday in London, Germany declared war on France, and the American Consul General asked his help in getting stranded tourists home. In six weeks his committee helped 120,000 Americans return to the United States. Next Hoover turned to a far more difficult task, to feed Belgium, which had been overrun by the German army.

After the United States entered the war, President Wilson appointed Hoover as the head of the Food Administration. He succeeded in cutting consumption of foods needed overseas and avoided rationing at home, yet kept the Allies fed. He then served as Secretary of Commerce under Presidents Harding and Coolidge. Hoover became the Republican Presidential nominee and won the 1928 election.

The Wall Street Crash of 1929 struck less than eight months into his term. He created many projects to try and end the Great Depression, such as the Hoover Dam. He cut taxes and increased public spending. None of this produced economic recovery. As a result, Hoover is ranked poorly among former presidents. After World War II, he was a fierce opponent of communism. He died in 1964 at the age of 90.

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

         
         From www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents


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LISTENING GAP FILL


 

Herbert Clark Hoover ____________________ of the United States, serving between 1929 and 1933. He was born in Iowa in 1874. His father was a blacksmith. He enrolled at Stanford University when it opened in 1891, and graduated ____________________. He married his Stanford sweetheart, Lou Henry, and they went to China, where he worked for a private corporation as ______________________.

One week before Hoover celebrated his 40th birthday in London, Germany ____________________ France, and the American Consul General asked his help ____________________ tourists home. In six weeks his committee helped 120,000 Americans return to the United States. Next Hoover turned to a far more difficult task, to feed Belgium, which ____________________ the German army.

After the United States entered the war, President Wilson appointed Hoover ____________________ Food Administration. He succeeded in cutting consumption of foods needed overseas ____________________ at home, yet kept the Allies fed. He then served as Secretary of Commerce under Presidents Harding and Coolidge. Hoover became the Republican ____________________ won the 1928 election.

The Wall Street Crash of 1929 _____________________ months into his term. He created many projects to try and end the Great Depression, such as the Hoover Dam. He cut taxes and increased public spending. None of this produced economic recovery. As a result, Hoover ____________________ among former presidents. After World War II, he was ____________________ communism. He died in 1964 at the age of 90.


  CORRECT THE SPELLING

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After the United States entered the war, President Wilson endpptiao Hoover as the head of the Food Administration. He succeeded in cutting consumption of foods needed oervessa and avoided rationing at home, yet kept the Allies fed. He then served as Secretary of Commerce under Presidents Harding and Coolidge. Hoover became the Republican Presidential ennoiem and won the 1928 election.

The Wall Street Crash of 1929 struck less than eight months into his term. He created many rteocpjs to try and end the Great Depression, such as the Hoover Dam. He cut taxes and increased public spending. None of this produced economic rycroeev. As a result, Hoover is erkdan poorly among former presidents. After World War II, he was a fierce opponent of communism. He died in 1964 at the age of 90.


  UNJUMBLE THE WORDS

Herbert Clark the United 31st States President Hoover of was the, serving between 1929 and 1933. He was born in Iowa in 1874. His father was a blacksmith. He enrolled at Stanford University when it opened and engineer graduated in as 1891 a , mining. He married his Stanford sweetheart, Lou Henry, and they went to China, worked he where as corporation private a for China's leading engineer.

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After the United States entered the war, President Wilson appointed Hoover as the head of the Food Administration. He needed in consumption foods succeeded cutting of overseas and rationing , the avoided home kept fed at yet Allies. He then served as Secretary of Commerce under Presidents Harding and Coolidge. became Hoover nominee Presidential Republican the and won the 1928 election.

The Wall Street Crash of than months 1929 less eight into struck his term. projects many created He end and try to the Great Depression, such as the Hoover Dam. He cut taxes and increased public spending. None of this produced economic recovery. As a result, Hoover is ranked poorly among former presidents. After World War II, he a opponent communism was fierce of. He died in 1964 at the age of 90.


  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 HERBERT HOOVER SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about Herbert Hoover 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 Herbert Hoover 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 Herbert Hoover. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

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

4. HERBERT HOOVER POSTER Make a poster about Herbert Hoover. Show it to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your posters.

5. MY HERBERT HOOVER LESSON: Make your own English lesson on Herbert Hoover. 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 Herbert Hoover. Share your findings with the class.

ANSWERS

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