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THE ARTICLE

John Quincy Adams was America’s sixth President and the first who was the son of a President. In many respects, he paralleled the career as well as the temperament and viewpoints of his illustrious father. Adams was born in Massachusetts in 1767. He spent much of his youth accompanying his father overseas and became fluent in French and Dutch. After graduating from Harvard College, he became a lawyer.

His political career began at the age of 26 when he was appointed Minister to the Netherlands. In 1802 he was elected to the United States Senate. Six years later President Madison appointed him Minister to Russia. As secretary to his father in Europe, he became an accomplished diarist. The fifty volumes he wrote documenting nineteenth-century American politics are often used by historians today.

In the political tradition of the early 19th century, Adams, as Secretary of State, was considered the heir to the Presidency. However, the old ways of choosing a President were giving way to electing someone popular. Nevertheless, Adams narrowly beat Andrew Jackson to become America’s sixth President in 1825. Many of his proposals to modernize America were rejected in Congress by his enemies.

After leaving office as President in 1829, Adams was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives – the only president ever to do this. He continued to shape America’s foreign policy. Historians say he is one of America’s greatest ever diplomats. He also devoted himself to attacking the power slave owners had in Congress. On February 21, 1848 Adams collapsed in the House and died two days later.

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

         
         From www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents


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LISTENING GAP FILL


 

John Quincy Adams was America’s sixth President and the first who was the son of a President. _________________, he paralleled the career as well as the temperament ____________________ illustrious father. Adams was born in Massachusetts in 1767. He spent much of his youth accompanying his father overseas _________________ French and Dutch. After graduating from Harvard College, he became a lawyer.

His ____________________ at the age of 26 when he was appointed Minister to the Netherlands. In 1802 he was elected to the United States Senate. Six years later President Madison appointed him Minister to Russia. As secretary to his father in Europe, he became an ____________________. The fifty volumes he wrote documenting nineteenth-century American politics are ____________________ today.

_______________________ of the early 19th century, Adams, as Secretary of State, was _______________________ to the Presidency. However, the old ways of choosing a President were giving way to electing someone popular. Nevertheless, Adams narrowly beat Andrew Jackson to become America’s sixth President in 1825. Many of his _______________________ America were rejected in Congress by his enemies.

_______________________ as President in 1829, Adams was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives – the only president ever to do this. He _______________________ America’s foreign policy. Historians say he is one of America’s greatest ever diplomats. He also devoted himself to attacking the _______________________ had in Congress. On February 21, 1848 Adams collapsed in the House and died two days later.


  CORRECT THE SPELLING

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After leaving office as President in 1829, Adams was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives – the only president ever to do this. He eiudtconn to shape America’s foreign policy. Historians say he is one of America’s greatest ever tloidmpas. He also devoted himself to attacking the power slave owners had in Congress. On February 21, 1848 Adams cpsloldea in the House and died two days later.


  UNJUMBLE THE WORDS

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leaving as in After office President 1829, Adams was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives – the only president ever to do this. He to America’s policy continued shape foreign. Historians say he is one of America’s greatest ever diplomats. He also himself attacking power devoted to the slave owners had in Congress. On February 21, 1848 Adams collapsed in the House and died two days later.


  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 QUINCY ADAMS SURVEY

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

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

4. JOHN QUINCY ADAMS POSTER Make a poster about John Quincy Adams. Show it to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your posters.

5. MY JOHN QUINCY ADAMS LESSON: Make your own English lesson on John Quincy Adams. 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 Quincy Adams. Share your findings with the class.

ANSWERS

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