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THE ARTICLE

John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy was born in 1917 and was assassinated in 1963. He is also known by his initials JFK. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States. Of Irish descent, he was born in Massachusetts and graduated from Harvard in 1940. He joined the Navy and in 1943 his boat was sunk by the Japanese. Despite grave injuries, he led the survivors through perilous waters to safety.

Back from the war, JFK became a Democratic Congressman, advancing to the Senate in 1953. He married Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953. In 1955, he wrote “Profiles in Courage”, which won the Pulitzer Prize in history. In 1960 millions watched his television debates with the Republican candidate, Richard M. Nixon. He won the presidency by a narrow margin and became the first Roman Catholic President.

His Inaugural Address offered the memorable words: "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." As President, he set out to keep his campaign promise to get America moving again. His economic programs launched the country on its longest economic growth since World War II. He also took vigorous action in the cause of equal rights.

Kennedy increased the nation's military strength and spending on the space race during the Cold War. He confronted Russia when it tried to put nuclear missiles in Cuba. While the world trembled on the brink of nuclear war, the Russians backed down. On November 22, 1963, hardly past his first thousand days in office, JFK was assassinated. He was the youngest man elected President and the youngest to die.

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

         
         From www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents


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LISTENING GAP FILL


 

John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy was born in 1917 and was assassinated in 1963. He is also ____________________ JFK. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States. Of Irish descent, he was born in Massachusetts and graduated from Harvard in 1940. He joined the Navy and in 1943 his ____________________ the Japanese. Despite grave injuries, he _____________________ perilous waters to safety.

______________________, JFK became a Democratic Congressman, advancing to the Senate in 1953. He married Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953. In 1955, he wrote “Profiles in Courage”, which won the Pulitzer Prize in history. In 1960 millions watched ____________________ with the Republican candidate, Richard M. Nixon. He won the presidency ____________________ and became the first Roman Catholic President.

His Inaugural Address ______________________ words: "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." As President, he set out to ______________________ to get America moving again. His economic programs launched the country on its longest economic growth since World War II. He also took vigorous action in the ____________________.

Kennedy increased the _____________________ and spending on the space race during the Cold War. He confronted Russia when it tried to put nuclear missiles in Cuba. While the world ____________________ of nuclear war, the Russians backed down. On November 22, 1963, ____________________ thousand days in office, JFK was assassinated. He was the youngest man elected President and the youngest to die.


  CORRECT THE SPELLING

John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy was born in 1917 and was assassinated in 1963. He is also known by his nisaltii JFK. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States. Of Irish necsdte, he was born in Massachusetts and graduated from Harvard in 1940. He joined the Navy and in 1943 his boat was sunk by the Japanese. Despite grave nijriseu, he led the survivors through perilous waters to safety.

Back from the war, JFK became a Democratic Congressman, nivadagnc to the Senate in 1953. He married Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953. In 1955, he wrote “Profiles in Courage”, which won the Pulitzer Prize in history. In 1960 imslnoli watched his television debates with the Republican candidate, Richard M. Nixon. He won the presidency by a narrow mrigan and became the first Roman Catholic President.

His Inaugural Address offered the mraoeelmb words: "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." As President, he set out to keep his campaign roipems to get America moving again. His economic programs launched the country on its longest economic gtwohr since World War II. He also took vigorous action in the cause of equal rights.

Kennedy increased the nation's liyrmita strength and spending on the space race during the Cold War. He confronted Russia when it tried to put nuclear lssiseim in Cuba. While the world trembled on the brink of nuclear war, the Russians ckedab down. On November 22, 1963, hardly past his first thousand days in office, JFK was assassinated. He was the youngest man elected President and the youngest to die.


  UNJUMBLE THE WORDS

John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy was born in 1917 and was assassinated in 1963. He JFK initials his by known also is. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States. Of Irish descent, from graduated and Massachusetts in born was he Harvard in 1940. He joined the Navy and in 1943 his boat was sunk by the Japanese. he injuries led the Despite survivors grave, through perilous waters to safety.

Back from the war, JFK became a Democratic Congressman, advancing to the Senate in 1953. He married Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953. which In 1955 , he wrote “ Profiles in Courage ”, won the Pulitzer Prize in history. 1960 In television his watched millions debates with the Republican candidate, Richard M. Nixon. He won became and margin narrow a by presidency the the first Roman Catholic President.

His Inaugural Address offered the memorable words: "Ask not you your can for what country do; ask what you can do for your country." As President, keep to out set he promise campaign his to get America moving again. His economic programs launched the on longest growth country its economic since World War II. He also took vigorous action in the cause of equal rights.

Kennedy nation's increased military the strength and spending on the space race during the Cold War. He confronted Russia when it put missiles Cuba to nuclear in tried. While the world trembled on the brink of nuclear war, the Russians backed down. On November 22, 1963, his past hardly office in days thousand first, JFK was assassinated. He was the youngest man elected President and the youngest to die.


  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 JOHN F. KENNEDY SURVEY

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

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

4. JOHN F. KENNEDY POSTER Make a poster about John F. Kennedy. Show it to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your posters.

5. MY JOHN F. KENNEDY LESSON: Make your own English lesson on John F. Kennedy. 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 John F. Kennedy. Share your findings with the class.

ANSWERS

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