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THE ARTICLE

William McKinley, Jr. was the 25th President of the United States, serving between 1897 and 1901. He was born in 1843 in Ohio. McKinley briefly attended Allegheny College, and was teaching in a country school when the Civil War broke out. He enlisted as a private in the Union Army. After the war he studied law and opened his own office. He married Ida Saxton, the daughter of a local banker.

At the age of 34, McKinley won a seat in Congress. His attractive personality and quick intelligence enabled him to rise rapidly. He was appointed to the powerful Ways and Means Committee. A colleague recalled that he generally "represented the newer view," and "on the great new questions, he was generally on the side of the public and against private interests."

He took office in 1897. He focused on restoring prosperity to the country and set the value of the dollar against the price of gold. This helped end the gloom following the Panic of 1893. However, foreign policy, dominated McKinley's term and in the 100-day war, the United States destroyed the Spanish fleet outside Santiago harbor in Cuba, seized Manila in the Philippines, and occupied Puerto Rico.

In 1900, McKinley won a second term in office. He was shot two times while greeting the public in Buffalo, New York on September 5, 1901. He asked the crowd not to hurt his assassin, anarchist Leon Czolgosz. McKinley died eight days later. He was the last president to have fought in the American Civil War and was succeeded by his vice president Theodore Roosevelt.

Article adapted from www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/williammckinley

         
         From www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents


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LISTENING GAP FILL


 

William McKinley, Jr. was the 25th President of the United States, serving between 1897 and 1901. He was born in 1843 in Ohio. McKinley __________________ Allegheny College, and was teaching in a country school when the Civil __________________. He enlisted as a private in the Union Army. After the war he studied law and __________________ office. He married Ida Saxton, the daughter of a local banker.

At the age of 34, McKinley __________________ Congress. His attractive personality and quick intelligence enabled him to rise rapidly. He was appointed to the powerful Ways and Means Committee. A ____________________ he generally "represented the newer view," and "on the great new questions, he was generally on the side of ____________________ private interests."

He took office in 1897. He focused _____________________ to the country and set the value of the dollar against the price of gold. This helped end __________________ the Panic of 1893. However, foreign policy, dominated McKinley's term and in the 100-day war, the United States destroyed the ____________________ Santiago harbor in Cuba, seized Manila in the Philippines, and occupied Puerto Rico.

In 1900, McKinley ___________________ in office. He was shot two times while greeting the public in Buffalo, New York on September 5, 1901. He asked the crowd not to __________________, anarchist Leon Czolgosz. McKinley died eight days later. He was the last president ____________________ the American Civil War and was succeeded by his vice president Theodore Roosevelt.


  CORRECT THE SPELLING

William McKinley, Jr. was the 25th President of the United States, serving between 1897 and 1901. He was born in 1843 in Ohio. McKinley ribfely attended Allegheny College, and was teaching in a country school when the Civil War kebor out. He eldesnti as a private in the Union Army. After the war he studied law and opened his own office. He married Ida Saxton, the daughter of a local banker.

At the age of 34, McKinley won a seat in Congress. His attractive personality and quick intelligence enabled him to rise yplraid. He was appointed to the powerful Ways and Means Committee. A colleague eleldcra that he generally "represented the newer view," and "on the great new questions, he was generally on the side of the public and against private nritetses."

He took office in 1897. He focused on restoring poitrryeps to the country and set the value of the dollar against the price of gold. This helped end the gomlo following the Panic of 1893. However, foreign policy, dominated McKinley's term and in the 100-day war, the United States destroyed the Spanish leetf outside Santiago harbor in Cuba, seized Manila in the Philippines, and occupied Puerto Rico.

In 1900, McKinley won a second term in office. He was shot two times while eneigrtg the public in Buffalo, New York on September 5, 1901. He asked the crowd not to hurt his nssasisa, anarchist Leon Czolgosz. McKinley died eight days later. He was the last president to have fought in the American Civil War and was ceeddcues by his vice president Theodore Roosevelt.


  UNJUMBLE THE WORDS

William McKinley, Jr. the of President 25th the was States United, serving between 1897 and 1901. He was born in 1843 in Ohio. McKinley briefly attended Allegheny College, and was teaching in the a Civil country War school broke when out. He enlisted as a private in the Union Army. he law After war studied and the opened his own office. He married Ida Saxton, the daughter of a local banker.

At the age of 34, McKinley won a seat in Congress. His attractive personality enabled to and intelligence him rise quick rapidly. He was appointed to the powerful Ways and Means Committee. A recalled he " colleague that generally represented the newer view," and "on the great new questions, he was generally on the side interests private against and public the of."

He took office in 1897. He focused on restoring prosperity to the of value the set and country dollar the against the price of gold. This following gloom the end helped of Panic the 1893. However, foreign policy, dominated the in and term McKinley's 100-day war, the United States destroyed the Spanish fleet outside Santiago harbor in Cuba, seized Manila in the Philippines, and occupied Puerto Rico.

In 1900, a term office won second in McKinley. He was shot two times while greeting the public in Buffalo, New York on September 5, 1901. to asked hurt the his crowd assassin not He, anarchist Leon Czolgosz. McKinley died eight days later. He was American have the fought last in president the to Civil War and was succeeded by his vice president Theodore Roosevelt.


  DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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  STUDENT WILLIAM MCKINLEY SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about William McKinley in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

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  • Now return to your original partner and share and talk about what you found out. Change partners often.
  • Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

  WRITING

Write about William McKinley for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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  HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET INFO: Search the Internet and find more information about William McKinley. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about William McKinley. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WILLIAM MCKINLEY POSTER Make a poster about William McKinley. Show it to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your posters.

5. MY WILLIAM MCKINLEY LESSON: Make your own English lesson on William McKinley. Make sure there is a good mix of things to do. Find some good online activities. Teach the class / another group when you have finished.

6. ONLINE SHARING: Use your blog, wiki, Facebook page, MySpace page, Twitter stream, Del-icio-us / StumbleUpon account, or any other social media tool to get opinions on William McKinley. Share your findings with the class.

ANSWERS

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