J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling is the author of the Harry Potter books.

1. J.K.'s name is Joanne Kathleen.
She was born in 1965 in a small town near Bristol, England.
Joanne lived with her parents and her sister.
The Rowling family was not rich. Joanne didn't go to special schools.
She was a quiet child.She loved to read and write stories.
Joanne went to Exeter University,and she finished in 1987.
She worked in different offices. In her free time, she wrote stories.

2. In 1990, Joanne's mother died. Joanne was sad, and she wanted to leave England.
She saw a job in the newspaper for an English teacher.The job was in Portugal.
She had an interview, and she got the job. In Portugal, Joanne married a Portuguese man.
The next year, Joanne had a daughter, but she wasn't happy in her marriage.
She left Portugal with her daughter and went to live to Edinburgh, Scotland, near her sister.

3. Life was difficult for Joanne. She took care of her daughter.
She was alone,and nobody helped her. She had no money and no job.
She lived in a small apartment and began to write stories again.
Joanne first thougth about the Harry Potter story many years ago
on a train. Joanne liked to go a coffee shop to write. She sat there for many hours.
She drank coffee and wrote. Her daughter slept beside her.

4. After five years, Joanne finished writing the first Harry Potter book.
She sent it to many publishers.
They all said that they didn't like it.
Finally,a publisher liked it, but the publisher said," This is a children's book.
Adults won't read.You won't make a lot of money."
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer'Stone was in the bookstores.
J.K.Rowling was very happy. Her dream to publish her book came true.
The book was famous all over the world.

5. Now Harry Potter book is in forty-two languages.
The publisher was wrong about one thing: Everyone loves Harry Potter- children and adults.
Over 100 million books were sold in 1999.Then two Harry Potter books became movies.
J.K.Rowling wrote three more Harry Potter books after that.
People all over the world want more Harry Potter.And what is J.K.Rowling doing now?
She is writing another book!

-Words and Meanings/ Choose the correct word.

1. Good things happened to Joanne.All her dreams came true.
2. J.K.Rowling is an author. She writes books.
3. Joanne was not a noisy child. She was quiet .
4. Joanne lived alone.She didn't live with another person.
5. Joanne had a meeting about a new job. She had an interview .
6. People of all ages like Harry Potter: children and adults.
7. Harry Potter is famous in every country.
It is famous all over the world.

-Opposites/ Find the words in the text that are opposite in meaning to:.

1.happy(paragraph 2)
2.rich(paragraph 1)
3.small(paragraph 2)
4.alone(paragraph 2)
5.love(paragraph 4)
6.finish(paragraph 1)
7.difficult(paragraph 2)
8.different(paragraph 1)
9.quiet(paragraph 1)
10.wrong(paragraph 4)
11.finally(paragraph 3)

-Synonyms/ Find the words in the text that are synonyms in meaning to:.

1.apartament (paragraph 2)
2.children (paragraph 4)
3.author (paragraph 1)
4.shop (paragraph 2)
5.job (paragraph 2)
6.happy (paragraph 3)
7.nobody (paragraph 2)

-Comprehension/ True or False?:.
1. Joanne was an English teacher in Portugal. True
2. Joanne married an English man in Portugal. False
3. Joanne left her daughter in Portugal. False
4. Joanne finished writing the first Harry Potter book after five years. True
5. Every publisher liked the book. False
6. Harry Potter is in twenty-four languages. False

-Comprehension/ Choose the correct question word:.
1. When did she finish the Exeter University? ....in 1987.
2. Why was J.K. Rowling happy? ....because her dream came true.
3. Who is J.K. Rowling ? ....a famous writer
4. Haw did she find a job in Portugal? ....she read a newspaper
5. Where did she start writing her first book? ....in the coffee shop cafe
6. How many books were sold in 1999? ....over 100 million books

-Vocabulary/ Match the country to its language. Write the letter in the box:.
1. Japan c.Japanese
2. England h.English
3. China e.Chinese
4. Spain f.Spanish
5. Italy g.Italian
6. Portugal i.Portuguese
7. Egypt j.Arabic
8. France a.French
9. Russia d.Russian
10. Greece b.Greek

-Spelling/Capital Letters/
Rewrite the sentences and put the capital letters where necessary :.
1. the name of the boy is harry potter. The name of the boy is Harry Potter
2. johanne rowling lived in scotland. Johanne Rowling lived in Scotland
3. you can read harry potter in german. You can read Harry Potter in German
4. she was in united states in september. She was in United States in September
5. joanne married a portuguese man. Joanne married a Portuguese man
6. today is saturday. Today is Saturday
7. she lived near bristol in england. She lived near Bristol in England

) Fill in the text with the Past Simple of the verbs in parentheses:

Martin was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929. He believed all people had the right to freedom and equality. Martin Luther King didn't believe in violence. He worked and studied hard in school. His goal was to make the world a better place to live. While at college, Martin studied about a man named Gandhi. When Dr. King became the pastor, he became active in civil rights. In 1963, over 250,000 people marched in Washington, D.C. where Dr. King gave his most famous speech, “I Have a Dream.” On the morning of April 4,1968, Martin Luther King was assassinated. He was just thirty-nine years old.

2) Answer the questions:

a) When was Martin Luther King born
He was born on January 15, 1929.
b) Where was he born
He was born in Atlanta, Georgia.
c) What was his occupation
He became a pastor.
d) What did he believe in
He believed all people had the right to freedom and equality.
e) How many people marched in Washington D.C in 1963
250,000 people.
f) Name his most famous speech.
I have a dream.
g) When did he die
he died in 1968.
h) What was the cause of his death
He was assassinated.
i) How old was he
He was just 39 years old.



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