Prince Harry’s visit to the U.S. Maria Puente, USA Today
ESL Voices Lesson Plan for this post with Answer Key
There’s no doubt that Americans are fascinated with British Royalty. Especially if the member is His Royal Highness Prince Harry, the third in line to the British throne.
During his visit Prince Harry met with First Lady Michelle Obama, American war Veterans, and children of military families. He also visited New Jersey, and New York. He’s been described by those who meet him as handsome, witty, charming, intelligent, brave, and compassionate. His visit to the U.S. this past week caused quite a stir…especially among the American females!
“Rarely has such squealing been heard in the corridors of the Capitol when the 28-year-old third-in-line to the British throne turned up for a visit Thursday.
And then more squealing when he appeared at a White House tea party for an unexpected drop-in with a crowd of stunned military moms and grandmoms. And he topped it off with a glittering, sweltering, intimate gathering of American VIPs at a reception and dinner at the British Embassy. No signs of jet lag but he might feel it early Friday when he pays a somber visit to Arlington National Cemetery.
Well, surprise! exclaimed first lady Michelle Obama, co-hosted by second lady Jill Biden at the White House party, as tables of women and kids clapped and cheered and Harry blushed and grinned beside her. Harry arrived at Dulles International Airport Thursday afternoon on a commercial flight from London for the first day of a week-long visit to the USA to promote Britain, raise money for charity and cheer on wounded veterans.
He headed first to Capitol Hill to see an exhibit on clearing land mines (a cause dear to heart of his late mother, Princess Diana), accompanied by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz… McCain was impressed. He told reporters later that Harry was charming, funny and genuinely interested in land mine clearance…The BBC’s Peter Hunt tweeted that Princess Diana would be “so proud” he’s taken up the patronage of the land mines charity, the Halo Trust.
On Friday, Harry will lay a wreath at Arlington, and visit wounded vets at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center…
He’ll then fly to Colorado to cheer on veterans at the Warrior Games over the weekend in Colorado Springs.
Next week he will tour Hurricane Sandy damage in New Jersey with Gov. Chris Christie, promote British tourism and attend a charity fundraiser in New York, and play in a polo match in Greenwich, Conn., to raise money for his African children’s charity.” Read more…
Level: Intermediate -Advanced
Language Skills: Reading, writing, speaking and listening. Vocabulary and grammar activities are included.
Time: Approximately 2 hours.
Materials: Student handouts (from this lesson) access to news article, and video.
Objective: Students will read the article with a focus on improving reading comprehension and learning new vocabulary. At the end of the lesson students will express their personal views on the topic of Price Harry’s U.S. visit, and his role in Britain’s military through discussions, and writing.
I. Pre-Reading Exercises
Analyzing headings and photos
Directions: Ask students to read the title of the post and of the article. Then, have them examine the photos. Based on these sources, ask students to create a list of words and ideas that they think might be related to this article.
Stimulating Background Knowledge
Directions: Have students use the KWL chart to list the information they already know about Prince Harry, British royalty, ( Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, Prince Charles) veterans, Later in the Post- Reading segment of the lesson, students can fill in what they’ve learned about the topic. Have students use this KWL chart from Michigan State University
II. While Reading
Directions: Students are to infer the meanings of the words in bold taken from the article. They may use a dictionary or thesaurus for assistance. Have the students write sentences using each word. Students might find this Vocabulary Word Map By Against the Odds a useful guide.
- Prince Harry, the world’s most eligible royal bachelor, is here.
- Rarely has such squealing been heard in the corridors of the Capitol.
- He appeared at a White House tea party for an unexpected drop-in with a crowd of stunned military moms and grandmoms.
- And he topped it off with an intimate gathering of American VIPs at the British Embassy.
- Well, surprise! exclaimed first lady Michelle Obama.
- Harry blushed and grinned beside her.
- He attended an intimate gathering of American VIPs at a reception and dinner at the British Embassy.
- No signs of jet lag but he might feel it early Friday.
- He headed first to Capitol Hill to see an exhibit on clearing land mines.
- Sen. John McCain, told reporters later that Harry was charming, funny and genuinely interested in land mine clearance.
Directions: Students are to choose the correct word or phrases from the article. Have them skim the article to check their responses.
- There’s no doubt that Americans are fascinated/fasten with British Royalty.
- He meet/met with First Lady Michelle Obama,
- Harry arrived/arrive at Dulles International Airport Thursday afternoon.
- And then more squealing when he appeared/appearance at a White House tea party.
- But Thursday was mostly about the festive, and never mind Washington’s typical humanity/humidity.
- Earlier, he was the one who caused women/woman to feel faint.
- Prince Harry blushed/bleached and grinned beside her.
- Prince Harry came to the USA to provide/promote Britain, raise money for charity and cheer on wounded veterans.
- Prince Harry want/wanted to be here to personally thank you for your service.
- He greeted/greet as many as possible before leaving for the reception and dinner.
Unscramble The Events
Directions: Place students in groups and have them place the events in the order that they appear in the article.
- Next week he will tour Hurricane Sandy damage in New Jersey with Gov. Chris Christie.
- Every time the crowd outside of the rotunda caught a glimpse of him through the arches, cheers echoed in the space.
- Harry arrived at Dulles International Airport Thursday afternoon on a commercial flight from London.
- But Thursday was mostly about the festive, and never mind Washington’s typical humidity.
- McCain told reporters later that Harry was charming, funny, and genuinely interested in land mine clearance.
- He headed first to Capitol Hill to see an exhibit on clearing land mines escorted by senator John McCain.
- On Friday, Harry will lay a wreath at Arlington, and visit wounded vets at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
- He visited the U.S. to promote Britain, raise money for charity and cheer on wounded veterans.
- He’ll then fly to Colorado to cheer on veterans at the Warrior Games over the weekend in Colorado Springs.
- Harry then joined First lady Michelle Obama, and second lady Jill Biden at a party at the White House party to honor of military mothers.
Using Adjectives to describe pictures
Directions: Place students in groups, and have them choose a few pictures from this lesson. Each group will write a descriptive paragraph about their pictures using adjectives. As a class review the adjectives from each group, then share the paragraphs with the class.
For a review of Adjectives visit ESL Voices Grammar
III. Post Reading
Reading Comprehension Check
Directions: Have students use the WH-question format to discuss or to write the main points from the article.
Who or What is the article about?
Where does the action/event take place?
When does the action/event take place?
Why did the action/event occur?
How did the action/event occur?
Directions: Have students fill in the last column of their KWL chart.
Directions: Place students in groups and have them answer the following questions. After, have the groups share their thoughts as a class. To reinforce the ideas, students can write an essay on one of the topics.
- The article states, “ Harry arrived for a week-long visit to the USA to promote Britain, raise money for charity and cheer on wounded veterans.” Restate this sentence explaining what it means.
- Why is Prince Harry very interested in the topic of clearing clearing land mines?
- Why do you think Americans are so fascinated by British royalty?
- Can you think of other countries that have royalty?
- Would you like to live the life of a royal family member? Explain why or why not.
- Choose one member of the British Royal family and write a descriptive essay about that person. Here are some members: Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry.
IV. Listening Activity
Video: Prince Harry Interview on Military Service, Las Vegas Incident (1/2013)
Introduction: The 28-year-old royal gave a candid interview after wrapping up a four-month military tour.
Listening for New Vocabulary or New Terms
Directions: Here is a list of words and phrases from the video. Have students find the meanings before they listen to the video. As students listen, they are to check off the words and phrases as they hear them. front line, gunner, Taliban, to take someone “out of the game” Prince Harry’s “biggest beef”
True /False/NA statements
Directions: Review the statements with students before the watching the video. As students listen to the video if a statement is true they mark it T if the statement is false they mark it F and provide the correct answer. If there is no information available for a statement then students write NA.
- Prince Harry explains that his knees get cramped in the helicopter.
- Harry loves being an Apache pilot.
- In the military he’s just one of the guys and doesn’t get treated any differently.
- Harry sleeps and eats with the other men.
- Harry is a pilot and his job is on the front lines.
- Harry is referred to as the trigger man or the gunner.
- The function of Harry’s unit is to hunt down the Taliban.
- During the interview Prince Harry stated, “ There’s people trying to do bad stuff to our guys, then we’ll take them out of the game”
- A week after Harry arrived his base was attacked on his birthday
- One of the concerns of the military is whether or not Prince Harry could be kept safe.
- Harry missed the announcement of his brother’s (Prince William) and Kate’s pregnancy while he was away.
- Harry’s big beef was with the press.
Questions for Discussion
Directions:Place students in groups and have them discuss the following questions.
- After listening to this video has your personal idea of_____changed in any way? If yes, describe in what way. If no, describe your original opinion.
- Did you agree with everything the speaker said? Discuss which comments you agreed with and which ones you tended not to agree with. Explain why.
- With your group members, make up questions that you would like to ask the speakers.
Please come back again.