Abraham Lincoln Didn´t Quit
Read a sketch of Lincoln´s road to the White House. Six extracts have been removed from the text. Put an extract from A-G back in the right spaces to complete the text. There is one extract you will not need. Match the words from the text with their definitions bellow: How would you retell this story briefly? Use the following expressions:
Reading Comprehension Abraham Lincoln Didn't Quit
I. Pre-Reading tasks:
1. Match the words from the text with their definitions bellow:
a) Debt b) Defeat c) Suffer d) Poverty e) Obstacle f) Persistence g) Succeed h) Quit
1. To stop doing something. 2. The behavior of someone who continues to do, or try to do, something. 3. A situation in which someone does not have enough money to pay for their basic needs. 4. Failure to win or to succeed in doing something. 5. To feel pain in your body or your mind. 6. An amount of money that you owe. 7. Difficulty or problem preventing you achieving something. 8. To achieve something planned.
2. Match the synonyms:
Persistence; defeated; to achieve; give up; defeat; determination; to fulfill; quit; failure; lost.
3. Match the antonyms:
Failed; won; succeed; lost.
II. While –Reading task:
Read a sketch of Lincoln's road to the White House. Six extracts have been removed from the text. Put an extract from A-G back in the right spaces to complete the text. There is one extract you will not need.
A- his heart was broken; B- he was bankrupt; C- enjoyed his life; D- did a good job; E - work to support them; F- one of the greatest presidents in the history of the USA; G - a nervous breakdown.
Probably the greatest example of persistence is Abraham Lincoln. Born into poverty, Lincoln was faced with obstacles and defeat throughout his life. He lost eight elections, twice failed in business and suffered 1) __ . He could have quit many times - but he didn't and because he didn't quit, he became 2) _. Lincoln fulfilled his ambitions and he never gave up. 1816- His family was forced out of their home. He had to 3) __. 1818- His mother died. 1831- Failed in business. 1832- Ran for state legislature - lost. l832 - Also lost his job - wanted to go to law school but couldn't get in. 1833- Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year 4) _. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt. 1834- Ran for state legislature again - won. 1835- Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and 5) _. 1836 - Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months. 1838- Sough to become speaker of the state legislature - defeated. 1840- Sought to become elector - defeated. 1843- Ran for Congress - lost. 1846 - Ran for Congress again - this time he won - went to Washington and 6) _. 1848 - Ran for re-election to Congress - lost. 1849 - Sought the job of land officer in his home state -rejected.1854 - Ran for Senate of the United States - lost. 1856 - Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party's national convention - get less than 100 votes. 1858- Ran for U.S. Senate again - again he lost. 1860 - Elected president of the United States.
III. Post –Reading task:
1. Answer the questions:
1. Was Abraham Lincoln born in a rich family? 2. What obstacles and defeat was he faced with throughout his life? 3. Did he work hard to reach his hopes? 4. When did he succeed on his way to the White House? 5. Why did he become one of the greatest presidents in the USA history?
2. How would you retell this story briefly? Use the following expressions: 1. To start with, … . 2. Firstly, … . 3. Secondly, … . 4. Another thing is that… . 5. On the one hand… but on the other hand6. One example of this is that… . 7. It’s also true that… . 8. And finally… .
3. Speak your mind.
Do you love to dream? Do you dream of having something, achieving your goals? Do you have a clear vision of what you are dreaming? Is it possible or impossible to achieve your dreams? Can you make them real? Who does your dream depend on? How do you want to fulfill this dream and make it a reality?
1. Match the words from the text with their definitions bellow: a-6; b-4; c-5; d-3; e-7; f-2; g-8; h-1.
2. Match the synonyms:
Persistence - determination;
To achieve - to fulfill;
Give up - quit -;
Defeat – failure.
3. Match the antonyms:
Failed - lost; won - succeed.
II. While –Reading task: Read a sketch of Lincoln's road to the White House. Six extracts have been removed from the text. Put an extract from A-G back in the right spaces to complete the text. There is one extract you will not need.
1-(G) 2- (F) 3- (E) 4- (B) 5-(A) 6-(D)