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THE ARTICLE

Warren Gamaliel Harding was the 29th President of the United States, serving between 1921 and 1923. He was born in Ohio in 1865, the eldest of eight children. He graduated from college in 1882, aged 17, and worked as a teacher and insurance agent. He then tried his hand at journalism and in 1886 he bought a failing newspaper for $300. This allowed him to make a name for himself in Ohio politics.

Harding was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1915 and served two terms until his inauguration as President in 1921. While in the Senate, he opposed President Wilson’s League of Nations and introduced 134 bills. Historians say he had an “unremarkable” career in the Senate. He rarely spoke, he introduced no major bills and his attendance was “not the best”.

An Ohio admirer, Harry Daugherty, began to promote Harding for the 1920 Republican nomination because he said, "He looked like a President." He won the Republican ticket and went on to win the Presidential election by an enormous landslide of 60 percent of the popular vote. Harding got rid of wartime controls, slashed taxes, restored the high tariffs, and tightly restricted immigration.

By 1923 the postwar depression gave way to new prosperity. Newspapers hailed Harding as a wise statesman carrying out his campaign promise of "Less government in business and more business in government." The nation’s unemployment halved during his administration. Despite all this, historians believe Harding is one of the worst Presidents. In 1923, he died in San Francisco of a heart attack.

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

         
         From www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents


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LISTENING GAP FILL


 

Warren Gamaliel Harding was the 29th President of the United States, serving between 1921 and 1923. He was born in Ohio in 1865, the eldest of eight children. He _________________________ in 1882, aged 17, and worked as a teacher and insurance agent. He _________________________ journalism and in 1886 he bought a failing newspaper for $300. This allowed him _________________________ himself in Ohio politics.

Harding was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1915 _________________________ until his inauguration as President in 1921. While in the Senate, he opposed President Wilson’s League of Nations and introduced 134 bills. Historians say he had an _________________________ in the Senate. He rarely spoke, he introduced no major bills _________________________ “not the best”.

An Ohio admirer, Harry Daugherty, began to promote Harding for the 1920 Republican nomination because he said, "He looked like a President." He won the Republican ticket and went on to win the Presidential election _________________________ of 60 percent of the popular vote. Harding _________________________, slashed taxes, restored the high tariffs, and _________________________.

By 1923 the postwar _________________________ new prosperity. Newspapers hailed Harding _________________________ carrying out his campaign promise of "Less government in business and more business in government." The nation’s _________________________ during his administration. Despite all this, historians believe Harding is one of the worst Presidents. In 1923, he died in San Francisco of a heart attack.


  CORRECT THE SPELLING

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Harding was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1915 and served two terms until his inauguration as President in 1921. While in the Senate, he ppeosdo President Wilson’s League of Nations and introduced 134 bills. Historians say he had an “unremarkable” career in the Senate. He rarely spoke, he niecddrotu no major bills and his tdcaneetan was “not the best”.

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  UNJUMBLE THE WORDS

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By 1923 the depression way new postwar gave to prosperity. Newspapers statesman hailed as wise carrying Harding a out his campaign promise of "and business in government Less more business in government." The nation’s unemployment halved during his administration. Despite all this, historians believe Harding is one of the worst Presidents. In 1923, he died in San Francisco of a heart attack.


  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 WARREN G. HARDING SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about Warren G. Harding 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 Warren G. Harding 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 Warren G. Harding. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

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

4. WARREN G. HARDING POSTER Make a poster about Warren G. Harding. Show it to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your posters.

5. MY WARREN G. HARDING LESSON: Make your own English lesson on Warren G. Harding. 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 Warren G. Harding. Share your findings with the class.

ANSWERS

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