Answer Key: Nelson Mandela

Lesson Plan: Nelson Mandela: “A Giant Among Men”

II. While Reading Activities


Word Inference

  1. urban |ˈərbən|-adjective-in, relating to, or characteristic of a city or town: the urban population.
  2. exalted |igˈzôltid, eg-|-adjective-(of a person or their rank or status) placed at a high or powerful level; held in high regard: it had taken her years of hard infighting to reach her present exalted rank.
  3. apartheid |əˈpärtˌ(h)āt, -ˌ(h)īt|-noun historical-(in South Africa) a policy or system of segregation or discrimination on grounds of race.
  4. compatriots |kəmˈpātrēət|-noun-a fellow citizen or national of a country: Stich defeated his compatriot Boris Becker in the quarterfinals.
  5. inspiration ˌinspəˈrāSHən|-noun-the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, esp. to do something creative: She had one of her flashes of inspiration
  6. rhetorically |rəˈtôrikəl|-adjective-(of a question) asked in order to produce an effect or to make a statement rather than to elicit information.
  7. incessant |inˈsesənt|-adjective-(of something regarded as unpleasant) continuing without pause or interruption: the incessant beat of the music.
  8. ambivalent |amˈbivələnt|-adjective-having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone: some loved her, some hated her, few were ambivalent about her .
  9. tumult  |ˈt(y)o͞oˌməlt|-noun [ usu. in sing. ]-a loud, confused noise, esp. one caused by a large mass of people: a tumult of shouting and screaming broke out.
  10. oppressed əˈprest|-adjective-subject to harsh and authoritarian treatment: oppressed racial minorities | (as plural noun the oppressed) : his sympathies were with the oppressed.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

 Reading Comprehension

True /False/NA-Statements

  1.  F- Nelson Mandela was the former President of South Africa, and known for his life long struggle against Apartheid.
  2. F- Mr. Rosen, a 40-year-old urban farmer chose a sunflower to represent Nelson Mandela.
  3. T- Jacob Zuma is the current president of South Africa.
  4. F- Mr. Mandela’s body will  lie in state from Dec. 11 to 13 after a memorial in Soweto.
  5. T- Memories of inspiration came from leaders from all over the world.
  6. F- The French authorities bathed the Eiffel Tower in green, red, yellow and blue lights — the colors of the South African flag.
  7. F- In China, the government hailed Mandela as a liberator from imperialism.
  8. T- Mr. Mandela was closely linked with sports,  and was a supporter of  South Africa’s national Springbok rugby team that triumphed in the 1995 World Cup.
  9. NA-Mr. Mandela has nine children.
  10. F- In South Africa, people of all races gathered at Mr. Mandela’s home upon hearing of his death.

 Grammar Focus 

Structure and Usage

I-3-Rosen cut down the tallest one.

II-1-A special flower for a special man.

 IIIMr. Mandela was closely linked with sports.

IV. Listening Activity   

Video Clip: Tribute To Mandela By President Barack Obama

 While Listening Activities

Sentence  Fill-ins -Multiple Choice 

Words in the order that they appear in Obama’s speech:

achieved, belongs, sacrificed, freedom, prison, embodied, countries, reconcile, jailed, humanity, grace, acknowledge, imperfections, protest, strive.