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THE ARTICLE

Ronald Wilson Reagan was the 40th President of the United States, serving between 1981 and 1989. He was born in 1911 in Illinois. He worked his way through school and studied economics and sociology. After graduating, he became a radio sports announcer. A screen test in 1937 won him a contract in Hollywood. Over the next two decades he appeared in 53 films. He was also president of the Screen Actors Guild.

In 1966, Reagan was elected Governor of California by a margin of a million votes; he was re-elected in 1970. He campaigned with the message of sending "the welfare bums back to work" and spoke out against the idea of the welfare state. He was also in favor of less government regulation and lower taxes. He lost the 1976 election to become Republican presidential nominee to President Gerald Ford.

Ronald Reagan won the Republican Presidential nomination in 1980. Just 69 days later he was shot by a would-be assassin, but quickly recovered and returned to duty. He passed legislation to stimulate economic growth, curb inflation, increase employment, and strengthen national defense. A renewal of national self-confidence by 1984 helped Reagan and Vice President George H. Bush win a second term.

Reagan’s conservative economic policy was known as ‘Reaganomics’. At the end of his administration, America was enjoying its longest recorded period of peacetime prosperity without recession or depression. In foreign policy, Reagan sought to achieve "peace through strength" with the Soviet Union and declared war against international terrorism. He died in 2004 aged 93.

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

         
         From www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents


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LISTENING GAP FILL


 

Ronald Wilson Reagan was the 40th President of the United States, serving between 1981 and 1989. He was born in 1911 in Illinois. He _______________________ school and studied economics and sociology. After graduating, he became a _______________________. A screen test in 1937 won him a contract in Hollywood. Over the next two _______________________ in 53 films. He was also president of the Screen Actors Guild.

In 1966, Reagan was elected Governor of California by a margin of a million votes; he was re-elected in 1970. _______________________ message of sending "the welfare bums back to work" and spoke out _______________________ the welfare state. He was also in favor of less government regulation and lower taxes. He lost the 1976 election to become Republican _______________________ President Gerald Ford.

Ronald Reagan won the Republican Presidential nomination in 1980. Just 69 days later he was shot by _______________________, but quickly recovered and returned to duty. He passed legislation to _______________________, curb inflation, increase employment, and strengthen national defense. A renewal of _______________________ by 1984 helped Reagan and Vice President George H. Bush win a second term.

Reagan’s conservative _______________________ known as ‘Reaganomics’. At the end of his administration, America was enjoying its _______________________ of peacetime prosperity without recession or depression. In foreign policy, Reagan sought to achieve "_______________________ " with the Soviet Union and declared war against international terrorism. He died in 2004 aged 93.


  CORRECT THE SPELLING

Ronald Wilson Reagan was the 40th President of the United States, sgievrn between 1981 and 1989. He was born in 1911 in Illinois. He worked his way through school and studied economics and osglcoioy. After graduating, he became a radio sports announcer. A screen test in 1937 won him a contract in Hollywood. Over the next two decades he peaperad in 53 films. He was also president of the Screen Actors Guild.

In 1966, Reagan was elected Governor of California by a amrnig of a million votes; he was re-elected in 1970. He campaigned with the egsamse of sending "the welfare bums back to work" and spoke out against the idea of the welfare state. He was also in favor of less government regulation and lower taxes. He lost the 1976 election to become Republican presidential inmonee to President Gerald Ford.

Ronald Reagan won the Republican Presidential nomination in 1980. Just 69 days later he was shot by a would-be isssansa, but quickly recovered and returned to duty. He passed legislation to stimulate economic growth, curb finaltnoi, increase employment, and strengthen national defense. A erlwnea of national self-confidence by 1984 helped Reagan and Vice President George H. Bush win a second term.

Reagan’s conservative economic picoly was known as ‘Reaganomics’. At the end of his administration, America was enjoying its longest recorded period of peacetime prosperity without recession or einrseopsd. In foreign policy, Reagan sought to achieve "peace through strength" with the Soviet Union and declared war against international mioersrrt. He died in 2004 aged 93.


  UNJUMBLE THE WORDS

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Ronald Reagan won the Republican Presidential nomination in 1980. Just days later he was shot by a would - be 69 assassin, but to returned and recovered quickly duty. He passed legislation to stimulate economic growth, curb inflation, increase employment, and strengthen national defense. A renewal of national by self 1984 - helped confidence Reagan and Vice President George H. Bush win a second term.

Reagan’s as known was policy economic conservative ‘Reaganomics’. At the end of his administration, America was enjoying its of period recorded longest prosperity peacetime without recession or depression. In foreign policy, Reagan sought to achieve "peace through strength" with the Soviet Union and international war terrorism against declared. He died in 2004 aged 93.


  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 RONALD REAGAN SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about Ronald Reagan 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.

 

STUDENT 1

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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 Ronald Reagan 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 Ronald Reagan. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

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

4. RONALD REAGAN POSTER Make a poster about Ronald Reagan. Show it to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your posters.

5. MY RONALD REAGAN LESSON: Make your own English lesson on Ronald Reagan. 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 Ronald Reagan. Share your findings with the class.

ANSWERS

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