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THE ARTICLE

James Monroe was born in Virginia in 1758. He was America’s fifth President and the last who was a Founding Father of the U.S.A. He inherited his father’s plantation and fortune when he was 16. In 1776 Monroe dropped out of college to join the Army. He returned to academic life from 1780 to 1783 to study law under Thomas Jefferson. He felt a legal career would offer him “the most immediate rewards”.

In 1782, Monroe was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates and served in the Continental Congress between 1783 and 1786. As a youthful politician, he joined the anti-Federalists in the Virginia Convention which ratified the Constitution. In 1790, he was elected as a United States Senator. He served as Minister to France from 1794 to 1796 and helped negotiate the Louisiana Purchase.

His ambition and energy, together with the backing of President Madison, made him the Republican choice for the Presidency in 1816 and he was easily elected with little opposition. The Federalist opposition collapsed in disarray towards the end of his first term in office and he won re-election unopposed in 1820 for a second term as President.

Monroe made strong Cabinet choices, naming a Southerner, John C. Calhoun, as Secretary of War, and a northerner, John Quincy Adams, as Secretary of State. In 1823 Monroe introduced a policy warning against European intervention in the Americas. Twenty years after he died in 1831, this became known as the Monroe Doctrine. It is still used by modern-day presidents.

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

         
         From www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents


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LISTENING GAP FILL


 

James Monroe was born in Virginia in 1758. He was America’s fifth President ______________________ a Founding Father of the U.S.A. He inherited his father’s plantation and fortune when he was 16. In 1776 Monroe ______________________ to join the Army. He returned to academic life from 1780 to 1783 to study law under Thomas Jefferson. He ______________________ would offer him “the most immediate rewards”.

In 1782, Monroe was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates and served in the Continental Congress between 1783 and 1786. As a ______________________, he joined the anti-Federalists in the Virginia Convention which ______________________. In 1790, he was elected as a United States Senator. He served as Minister to France from 1794 to 1796 ______________________ the Louisiana Purchase.

______________________, together with the backing of President Madison, made him the Republican choice for the Presidency in 1816 and he was easily elected ______________________. The Federalist opposition ______________________ towards the end of his first term in office and he won re-election unopposed in 1820 for a second term as President.

Monroe made strong Cabinet choices, ______________________, John C. Calhoun, as Secretary of War, and a northerner, John Quincy Adams, as ______________________. In 1823 Monroe introduced a policy warning against European intervention in the Americas. Twenty years after he died in 1831, this became known as the Monroe Doctrine. It is still ______________________ presidents.


  CORRECT THE SPELLING

James Monroe was born in Virginia in 1758. He was America’s fifth President and the last who was a Founding Father of the U.S.A. He nedtriihe his father’s plantation and fortune when he was 16. In 1776 Monroe reodppd out of college to join the Army. He returned to academic life from 1780 to 1783 to study law under Thomas Jefferson. He felt a legal recaer would offer him “the most immediate rewards”.

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His ambition and energy, together with the niakgbc of President Madison, made him the Republican iocehc for the Presidency in 1816 and he was easily elected with little opposition. The Federalist opposition lpoealcds in disarray towards the end of his first term in office and he won re-election unopposed in 1820 for a second term as President.

Monroe made strong Cabinet ocesich, naming a Southerner, John C. Calhoun, as Secretary of War, and a northerner, John Quincy Adams, as Secretary of State. In 1823 Monroe introduced a yiclpo warning against European intervention in the Americas. Twenty years after he died in 1831, this became known as the Monroe Doctrine. It is still used by deonrm-day presidents.


  UNJUMBLE THE WORDS

James Monroe was born in Virginia in 1758. He was America’s fifth President Founding a was who last the and Father of the U.S.A. He inherited his father’s plantation and fortune when he was 16. In the of 1776 college Monroe to dropped join out Army. He returned to academic life from 1780 to 1783 to study law under Thomas Jefferson. legal a felt He him offer would career “the most immediate rewards”.

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, His together ambition with and the energy backing of President Madison, made him the Republican choice for the Presidency in 1816 and was elected little he easily with opposition. The Federalist opposition collapsed in disarray towards the end of his first office won election in he - term and re unopposed in 1820 for a second term as President.

choices strong Monroe Cabinet made, naming a Southerner, John C. Calhoun, as Secretary of War, and a northerner, John Quincy Adams, as Secretary of State. In 1823 Monroe introduced a policy warning against European intervention in the Americas. Twenty years after this , 1831 in died he known became as the Monroe Doctrine. presidents by It modern is - still day used.


  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 JAMES MONROE SURVEY

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

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

4. JAMES MONROE POSTER Make a poster about James Monroe. Show it to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your posters.

5. MY JAMES MONROE LESSON: Make your own English lesson on James Monroe. 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 James Monroe. Share your findings with the class.

ANSWERS

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