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1 Anne Frank was a young Jewish German girl who gained international fame after her death following the publication of her diary. She wrote about her life, thoughts and experiences of hiding from the Nazis in World War II. Her account of her two years spent in an attic in Amsterdam became an international best seller. She died aged 15 in a German concentration camp. Anne Frank was born in 1929 in Germany. Her father was a German officer from World War I. Anne was a very studious and
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  1 Anne Frank was a young Jewish German girl who gained international fame after her death following the publication of her diary. She wrote about her life, thoughts and experiences of hiding from the Nazis in World War II. Her account of her two years spent in an attic in Amsterdam became an international best seller. She died aged 15 in a German concentration camp. Anne Frank was born in 1929 in Germany. Her father was a German officer from World War I. Anne was a very studious and diligent student who had a passion for books. She moved to Amsterdam with her family after Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933. She attended a Montessori school and was a very energetic and outgoing girl. In June 1942, Anne received a notebook for her thirteenth birthday. She decided to use it as a diary and wrote about her dreams to become an actress. In July, she and her family were ordered to go to a work camp. Instead, they hid in the attic of her father‟s workplace. They shared the small space with another family for two years. In August 1944, German security police discovered the hideout and arrested its occupants. Anne was sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Anne died in March 1945 and was  buried in a mass grave, the whereabouts of which is still unknown. Her diary was found and given to her father. It is one of the most widely read books in the world today. 249 words Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted biographies. SYNONYM MATCH Match the words from the article on the left with their synonyms on the right. Are your answers the same as other students’?    Paragraphs 1 and 2 1. publication a.  hard-working 2 account b.  love 3. attic c.  printing 4. diligent d.  sociable 5. passion e.  loft 6. outgoing .  description  Paragraphs 3 and 4 7. diary .  found 8. dreams h.  commanded 9. ordered i.  location 10. discovered .  inhabitants 11 occupants k   ournal 12 whereabouts l   hopes  2 William Henry Gates III was born on October 28, 1955. He is one of the world's richest  people and perhaps the most successful businessman ever. He co-founded the software giant Microsoft and turned it into the world‟s largest software company. He is the best -known entrepreneur of the PC revolution. He has also written two best-selling books and started his own charity with his wife. Gates was fascinated with electronics from a young age. In 1975 he read about a small technology company. He contacted them to see if they were interested in a computer  programme he had written. This led to the creation of Microsoft. Gates later struck a deal with IBM that put Microsoft's Windows on IBM computers. This deal made Microsoft a major player in the IT industry. Gates was in charge at Microsoft from 1975 until 2006. He was an active software developer at the beginning. He had a vision that computers could change everyone‟s life. He helped make this vision come true and developed many products that are now  part of modern life. His management style has been studied and copied around the world. Gates stepped down as Microsoft CEO in June 2008. He now spends his time with his wife, Melinda, focusing on their charitable foundation. They provide funds for global  problems that are ignored by governments and other organizations. „Time‟ magazine voted Gates as one of the biggest influences of the 20th Century. Scientists named the Bill Gates flower fly after him. 248 words Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted biographies. Advertisements   SYNONYM MATCH Match the words from the article on the left with their synonyms on the right. Are your answers the same as other students’?    Paragraphs 1 and 2 1. richest a.  formation 2 giant b.  interested 3. entrepreneur c.  agreement 4. fascinated d.  monster 5. creation e.  wealthiest 6. deal  f.  businessman  Paragraphs 3 and 4 7. beginning  g.  quit 8. vision h.  passed over 9. style i.  dream 10. stepped down  j.  give 11 provide k   start 12 ignored l   approach  3 Maria Eva Duarte de Peron was born in 1919 and died in 1952. She is referred to as Eva Peron, or more famously as Evita, which means “Little Eva”. She served as Argentina‟s First Lady between 1946 and 1952 and was the Spiritual Leader of the Nation. She is one of the lasting cultural icons of the 20th Century. Peron spent her childhood in a province of Buenos Aires. Her father walked out on the family when she was one, leaving her mother to cope alone. Eva worked as a maid to help pay the bills. She loved drama and acting at school. The cinema fascinated her and she decided to become a famous actress. Eva left her small village when she was 15, in search of the bright lights in the big city. She made her acting debut in 1935 and joined a touring theatre company. In 1942 she had a breakthrough when she signed a five-year contract with Radio Belgrano. Within a year she was one of the highest paid radio actresses in Argentina. In 1944, Eva met Juan Peron and they were married a year later. In 1946, Eva became Argentina‟s First Lady. She used her radio fame to make powerful speeches to get Juan elected as president. She became immensely popular with the poor, who nicknamed her Evita. She died at the age of 33. Her rags-to-riches life was turned into musicals and movies, which made her famous worldwide. 243 words Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted biographies. Advertisements   SYNONYM MATCH Match the words from the article on the left with their synonyms on the right. Are your answers the same as other students’?    Paragraphs 1 and 2 1. died a.  symbols 2 served b.  charmed 3. icons c.  passed away 4. walked out on d.  get by 5. cope e.  worked 6. fascinated  f.  left  Paragraphs 3 and 4 7. the bright lights  g.  step forward 8. breakthrough h.  globally 9. within i.  stardom 10. fame  j.  fame 11 immensely k   inside 12 worldwide l   hugely  4 Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Britain's Prince Charles' comments about him were not royal . The British heir to the throne has been the subject of a lot of controversy over comments he reportedly made in comparing Mr Putin's actions in Crimea to those of the Nazis in the run-up to World War II. The prince was talking to a former Polish war refugee and likened Putin's recent annexing of Crimea to the actions of Hitler. Mr Putin told reporters on Saturday that he had not heard the exact words Prince Charles supposedly used. He said: This is definitely unacceptable if this is true. He added: I know him and members of the royal family personally and this was not royal behaviour. Mr Putin said the fuss caused by Prince Charles' alleged comments would not damage relations between Britain and Russia. He told the media: I think that if our partners in Great Britain, just as I am, are guided by national interests rather than some other considerations, then all this will pass quite quickly and we'll continue to co-operate as we have done before . Mr Putin and Prince Charles are both due to attend a D-Day anniversary in France next month. It has the potential to be an awkward meeting, although it is likely diplomatic etiquette will ensure things go smoothly. British Prime Minister David Cameron said the prince was free to express his opinions. Families in the U.K. now pay more on childcare than on their mortgage. The annual costs of raising children are now outstripping yearly housing loan repayments. This is according to a survey conducted by Britain's Family and Childcare Trust. The organization says that in some parts of the country, nursery fees have risen by 13 per cent in the past year. The cost for babysitters and child-minders has risen by an average of four per cent. The report's author Jill Rutter told the Nursery World website that her findings showed that childcare in the U.K. is becoming less and less affordable for families. She also said an insufficient number of places in nurseries shows the U.K.'s system isn't working. The report could well make would-be parents think twice about starting a family, or about the number of children they have. A family of four with one child attending a nursery and another in an after-school club spends an average of $12,571 a year. This compares to the average yearly housing loan payments of $12,000. Families are now spending a quarter of their income on childcare. This does not include the costs of feeding, clothing and entertaining children. There are also the costs of toys, books and electronic gadgets on top of that. The chief executive of the Trust warned that when many parents have to spend more than a quarter of their income on childcare, it's clear that the system isn't fit for purpose .
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