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MAKE A DIFFERENT [E36E]

Book & Unit: Engage 3


Objectives: Practice listening, writing and speaking skills.


Let's learn!


Part 1




Reading Comprehension


Britain's Prince Harry has said he wants to make a difference in the world. The 32-year-old royal, who is fifth in line to the British throne, talked exclusively to a documentary team from Britain's ITV television channel. In a very candid interview, the young prince spoke at length about his charity projects and the effect the loss of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, had on him at an early age. Harry confessed that for a long time after his mother's death, he did not want to fulfill the expectations of being a prince. His charity work helping orphans in Lesotho and working with war veterans has given him a new perspective on life and on how he can use his position and fame to do good.

Prince Harry told journalists that he did not always have such a positive outlook on life. He said he used to "bury his head in the sand," but now views life "very, very differently". He said: "I was fighting the system, going, 'I don't want to be this person'." He explained that things have changed 180 degrees, saying: "Now I'm just so fired up and energized to be lucky enough to be in a position to make a difference…to make something of my life." The prince said it was, "fun to be good and boring to be bad". He said: "Whether it's in your local community, your village...walking down the street, opening a door for an old lady, helping her across the road. Whatever it is, just do good. Why wouldn't you?"


A. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. There are seven people ahead of Prince Harry to be the next king/queen. T / F

  2. Prince Harry was interviewed by an American news channel. T / F

  3. Prince Harry spoke openly and honestly about his life. T / F

  4. Harry works with orphans and war veterans. T / F

  5. Harry told reporters he has always had a positive outlook on life. T / F

  6. Harry told reporters he used to bury his head in the sand. T / F

  7. Prince Harry said it is good to be bad. T / F

  8. Harry encouraged people to help old ladies and open doors. T / F

B. Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)


Britain's Prince Harry has said he wants to make a difference in the world. The 32-year-old royal, who is fifth in (1) ____ to the British throne, talked exclusively to a documentary team from Britain's ITV television channel. In a very (2) ____ interview, the young prince spoke at (3) ____ about his charity projects and the effect the (4) ____ of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, had on him at an early age. Harry confessed that for a long time after his mother's death, he did not want to fulfill the expectations of (5) ____ a prince. His charity work helping orphans in Lesotho and working with war veterans has given him a new perspective (6) ____ life and on how he can use his position and fame to do good.

Prince Harry told journalists that he did not always have such a positive outlook on life. He said he used to "bury his (7) ____ in the sand," but now views life "very, very differently". He said: "I was fighting the system, going, 'I don't want to be this person'." He explained that things have changed 180 (8) ____, saying: "Now I'm just so fired (9) ____ and energized to be lucky enough to be in a position to make a difference…to make (10) ____ of my life." The prince said it was, "fun to be good and boring to be bad". He said: "Whether it's in your (11) ____ community, your village...walking down the street, opening a door for an old lady, helping her across the road. Whatever it is, just do good. Why (12) ____ you?"


Which of these words go in the above text?

  1. (a) queue (b) angle (c) line (d) position

  2. (a) candid (b) candor (c) candy (d) candidate

  3. (a) length (b) width (c) breadth (d) depth

  4. (a) loss (b) lost (c) losing (d) lose

  5. (a) is (b) be (c) been (d) being

  6. (a) to (b) by (c) at (d) on

  7. (a) head (b) diamonds (c) homework (d) toys

  8. (a) hectares (b) megabytes (c) volts (d) degrees

  9. (a) up (b) on (c) down (d) to

  10. (a) fun (b) something (c) work (d) a go

Part 2

Listening






Make A Difference Day happens in the USA and UK _______________ October. It’s such a good idea that it _______________ in every country around the world. In fact, it should be every day, not just one day a year. So what is it? __________________, it is one day of the year when you must do something to make a difference in people’s lives. It was created by the USA Weekend magazine. The __________________ “celebrate neighbors helping neighbors”. Millions of people volunteer their _________________ volunteer for community projects. You can choose your own project or visit the Make A Difference Day website for ideas. If you _______________, you could win a special award.

Make A Difference Day is the UK's _________________ volunteering. The British website says it wants to “create a wave of kindness throughout the UK – to bring people together…and _______________, happier and safer communities _______________ in”. There are “Act of Random Kindness” kits available through the site. These are full of ideas __________________ kind to total strangers or help the environment. Teachers can also _______________ on this day. The US and UK websites have lesson plans to get students into making a difference. There is so much we can do to help others. Making a difference also helps those who _______________. You feel good about yourself and want to do more next time.


Part 3

Writing


How do you want to make a difference in this world?

Write a short essay to answer the question above.



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