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THE ARTICLE

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the 36th President of the United States, serving from 1963 to 1969. He was born in 1908 on a small farmhouse in central Texas and felt the pinch of rural poverty as he grew up. He worked his way through Southwest Texas State Teachers College and graduated as a teacher in 1930. In 1937 he campaigned successfully for the House of Representatives.

During World War II he served briefly in the Navy and won a Silver Star medal in the South Pacific. He served six terms in the House of Representatives and was elected to the Senate in 1948. In 1953, he became the youngest Minority Leader in Senate history, and the following year, when the Democrats won control, Majority Leader. His political skill helped a number of key Eisenhower measures pass.

In the 1960 campaign, Johnson, as John F. Kennedy's running mate, was elected Vice President. On November 22, 1963, when Kennedy was assassinated, Johnson was sworn in as President. He continued Kennedy’s work and passed a new civil rights bill and a tax cut. He urged the nation "to build a great society, a place where the meaning of man's life matches the marvels of man's labor."

In 1964, Johnson was re-elected with 61% of the vote and the widest winning margin in U.S. history - more than 15,000,000 votes. He passed acts to increase education, fight disease and poverty, and provide the elderly with medical care. He did not run for re-election because he wanted to focus on world peace during the Vietnam War. He died of a heart attack, aged 64, at his Texas ranch in 1973.

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

         
         From www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents


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LISTENING GAP FILL


 

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the 36th President of the United States, serving from 1963 to 1969. He was born in _____________________ in central Texas and felt the pinch of rural _____________________. He worked his way through Southwest Texas State Teachers College and graduated _____________________. In 1937 he campaigned successfully for the House of Representatives.

During World War II _____________________ the Navy and won a Silver Star medal in the South Pacific. He served six terms in the House of Representatives and was elected to the Senate in 1948. In 1953, _____________________ Minority Leader in Senate history, and the following year, when the Democrats won control, Majority Leader. His _____________________ number of key Eisenhower measures pass.

_____________________, Johnson, as John F. Kennedy's running mate, was elected Vice President. On November 22, 1963, when Kennedy was assassinated, Johnson _____________________ President. He continued Kennedy’s work and passed a new civil rights bill and a tax cut. He urged the nation "to build a great society, a place where _________________________ matches the marvels of man's labor."

In 1964, Johnson _____________________ 61% of the vote and the widest winning margin in U.S. history - more than 15,000,000 votes. He passed _______________________, fight disease and poverty, and provide the elderly with medical care. He did not run for re-election because he _____________________ world peace during the Vietnam War. He died of a heart attack, aged 64, at his Texas ranch in 1973.


  CORRECT THE SPELLING

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the 36th President of the United States, nversgi from 1963 to 1969. He was born in 1908 on a small farmhouse in central Texas and felt the pinch of rural eoytprv as he grew up. He worked his way through Southwest Texas State Teachers College and ueatradgd as a teacher in 1930. In 1937 he campaigned successfully for the House of Representatives.

During World War II he served ibefrly in the Navy and won a Silver Star medal in the South Pacific. He served six terms in the House of Representatives and was elected to the Senate in 1948. In 1953, he became the youngest Minority Leader in Senate rytosih, and the following year, when the Democrats won control, Majority Leader. His aoptcilil skill helped a number of key Eisenhower measures pass.

In the 1960 iganmapc, Johnson, as John F. Kennedy's running mate, was elected Vice President. On November 22, 1963, when Kennedy was assassinated, Johnson was ownsr in as President. He continued Kennedy’s work and passed a new civil rights bill and a tax cut. He urged the nation "to build a great society, a place where the meaning of man's life matches the eravlms of man's labor."

In 1964, Johnson was re-elected with 61% of the vote and the widest winning irnamg in U.S. history - more than 15,000,000 votes. He passed acts to increase education, fight sdeasei and poverty, and provide the yerldel with medical care. He did not run for re-election because he wanted to focus on world peace during the Vietnam War. He died of a heart attack, aged 64, at his Texas ranch in 1973.


  UNJUMBLE THE WORDS

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the 36th President of the United States, serving from 1963 to 1969. He was born in 1908 on a small farmhouse in Texas central rural of pinch the felt and poverty as he grew up. worked He Southwest through way his Texas State Teachers College and graduated as a teacher in 1930. 1937 campaigned for In he successfully the House of Representatives.

During World War II briefly won in a the he Navy served and Silver Star medal in the South Pacific. He served six terms in the House of Representatives and was elected to the Senate in 1948. In 1953, youngest the became he Senate in Leader Minority history, and the following year, when the Democrats won control, Majority Leader. of number a helped skill political His key Eisenhower measures pass.

In the 1960 campaign, Johnson, as John F. Kennedy's running mate, was elected Vice President. On November 22, 1963, when Kennedy was assassinated, sworn was Johnson President as in. He continued a Kennedy’s new work civil and rights passed bill and a tax cut. He urged the nation "to build a great society, a place where of meaning the marvels the matches life man's of man's labor."

In 1964, Johnson vote - 61 the re with of was elected % and the widest winning margin in U.S. history - more than 15,000,000 votes. to acts passed He education increase, fight disease and poverty, and provide the elderly with medical care. He did not run for re-election on focus to wanted he because peace world during the Vietnam War. He died of a heart attack, aged 64, at his Texas ranch in 1973.


  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 LYNDON B. JOHNSON SURVEY

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

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

4. LYNDON B. JOHNSON POSTER Make a poster about Lyndon B. Johnson. Show it to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your posters.

5. MY LYNDON B. JOHNSON LESSON: Make your own English lesson on Lyndon B. Johnson. 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 Lyndon B. Johnson. Share your findings with the class.

ANSWERS

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