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THE ARTICLE

Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States. He served from 1969 to 1974 and is the only president to resign the office. He was born in California in 1913 and grew up in a poor family. Nixon had a brilliant record at college and law school before entering the legal profession. During World War II, Nixon served in the Navy in the Pacific, although he saw no actual combat.

On leaving the service, he was elected to Congress and in 1950, he won a Senate seat. Two years later, General Eisenhower selected Nixon, age 39, to be his running mate. As Vice President, Nixon took on major duties and was nominated for President in 1960. He lost by a narrow margin to John F. Kennedy. In 1968, he again won his party's nomination and the presidential election.

His term in office saw many historic accomplishments. One of the most dramatic events occurred in 1969, when American astronauts made the first moon landing. During visits in 1972 to Beijing and Moscow, he reduced tensions with China and the U.S.S.R.  which led to a treaty to limit strategic nuclear weapons. In January 1973, he ended American involvement in Vietnam.

In his 1972 bid for office, Nixon defeated Democratic candidate George McGovern by one of the widest margins on record. Within a few months the "Watergate" scandal broke. Reporters uncovered his associates breaking into his Democratic rival’s offices. Nixon denied any personal involvement and resigned on August 8, 1974. He died from a severe stroke in 1994, aged 81.

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

         
         From www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents


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LISTENING GAP FILL


 

Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States. He served from 1969 to 1974 and is the _______________________ the office. He was born in California in 1913 and grew up in a poor family. Nixon _______________________ at college and law school before entering the legal profession. During World War II, Nixon served in the Navy in the Pacific, although he _______________________.

On leaving the service, _______________________ Congress and in 1950, he won a Senate seat. Two years later, General Eisenhower selected Nixon, age 39, _______________________. As Vice President, Nixon took on major duties and was nominated for President in 1960. He _______________________ to John F. Kennedy. In 1968, he again won his party's nomination and the presidential election.

His term in office saw many _______________________. One of the most dramatic events occurred in 1969, when American astronauts made the _______________________. During visits in 1972 to Beijing and Moscow, he reduced tensions with China and the U.S.S.R.  which led to a treaty to limit _________________________. In January 1973, he ended American involvement in Vietnam.

In his 1972 bid for office, Nixon defeated Democratic candidate George McGovern by one of _______________________ on record. Within a few months the "Watergate" scandal broke. Reporters uncovered his _______________________ his Democratic rival’s offices. Nixon denied _________________________ and resigned on August 8, 1974. He died from a severe stroke in 1994, aged 81.


  CORRECT THE SPELLING

Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States. He served from 1969 to 1974 and is the only president to sirgen the office. He was born in California in 1913 and grew up in a poor family. Nixon had a nrilaibtl record at college and law school before entering the legal profession. During World War II, Nixon served in the Navy in the Pacific, although he saw no actual tcoamb.

On leaving the service, he was celedet to Congress and in 1950, he won a Senate seat. Two years later, General Eisenhower selected Nixon, age 39, to be his nrungin mate. As Vice President, Nixon took on major duties and was nominated for President in 1960. He lost by a narrow irnmag to John F. Kennedy. In 1968, he again won his party's nomination and the presidential election.

His term in office saw many srtihico accomplishments. One of the most dramatic events occurred in 1969, when American astronauts made the first moon landing. During visits in 1972 to Beijing and Moscow, he reduced otnsesni with China and the U.S.S.R.  which led to a treaty to limit strategic nuclear paowesn. In January 1973, he ended American involvement in Vietnam.

In his 1972 bid for office, Nixon efedaedt Democratic candidate George McGovern by one of the widest margins on record. Within a few months the "Watergate" ndcalsa broke. Reporters uncovered his associates breaking into his Democratic rival’s offices. Nixon denied any eprlanso involvement and resigned on August 8, 1974. He died from a severe stroke in 1994, aged 81.


  UNJUMBLE THE WORDS

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In his 1972 bid for office, Nixon defeated Democratic candidate George McGovern record on margins widest the of one by. Within a few months the "Watergate" scandal broke. Reporters uncovered his into breaking associates his Democratic rival’s offices. Nixon denied any personal involvement and resigned on August 8, 1974. 1994 in stroke severe a from died He, aged 81.


  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 RICHARD M. NIXON SURVEY

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

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

4. RICHARD M. NIXON POSTER Make a poster about Richard M. Nixon. Show it to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your posters.

5. MY RICHARD M. NIXON LESSON: Make your own English lesson on Richard M. Nixon. 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 Richard M. Nixon. Share your findings with the class.

ANSWERS

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