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Notre Dame is a cathedral in Paris, France. It is one of the most famous buildings in the world. Notre Dame is 856 years old. It is an icon of France. It gets more visitors than the Eiffel Tower.

On April 15, a fire started in the cathedral. The fire started near the roof of the cathedral. The cathedral roof was mostly made of wood. A lot of the cathedral was destroyed in the fire. It took firefighters 15 hours to stop the fire. They were able to save most of the building. However, many priceless parts of the building have been destroyed.

Immediately, people started to give money to fix the cathedral. Two French billionaires gave €300 million to help fix the cathedral. Others gave money too. The total money given is now €850 million. Luckily, an art historian created a picture of Notre Dame in 2015. It will help people fix the cathedral.

Difficult words

Cathedral (n): A very large, old church.

Icon (n): A very important symbol.

Roof (n): The top of a building.

Destroyed (v): Broken or completely ruined.

Priceless (adj): No amount of money could buy it, very special.

Immediately (adv): Right away.

Historian (n): A person who studies art.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

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Match the Synonym!

 1. Cathedral A. Ruin
 2. Destroyed B. Right away.
 3. Priceless C. History worker.
 4. Immediately D. Church
 5. Historian E. Very special.

True or False?

1. Notre Dame is in London. T / F

2. Notre Dame is more than 800 years old. T / F

3. The Eiffel Tower gets more visitors than Notre Dame. T / F

4. The fire started near the roof. T / F

5. There is no money to fix the cathedral. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. is / old / years / Notre Dame / 856

2. an / of / France / It / icon / is

3. fire / started / the / near / The / roof

4. took / 15 / firefighters / It / hours

5. cathedral / people / the / It / help / will / fix

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

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Visitors Famous Fix
Historian Destroyed Cathedral

Notre Dame is a cathedral in Paris, France. It is one of the most ____________ buildings in the world. Notre Dame is 856 years old. It is an icon of France. It gets more ____________ than the Eiffel Tower.

On April 15, a fire started in the cathedral. The fire started near the roof of the cathedral. The cathedral roof was mostly made of wood. A lot of the _____________ was destroyed in the fire. It took firefighters 15 hours to stop the fire. They were able to save most of the building. However, many priceless parts of the building have been ______________.

Immediately, people started to give money to ______ the cathedral. Two French billionaires gave €300 million to help fix the cathedral. Others gave money too. The total money given is now €850 million. Luckily, an art ______________ created a picture of Notre Dame in 2015. It will help people fix the cathedral.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Have you ever been to Notre Dame? If not, would you like to go?
5. Have you ever read the book or seen the Disney movie “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”?
6. What is a famous landmark in your country?
7. Do you think your country would choose to rebuild a famous landmark if it was destroyed?
8. Have there been any disastrous events like this in your country?
9. Do you think the rebuilt cathedral should be designed exactly the same?
10. What are the oldest landmarks in your country?
11. There have been arguments about the donated money. People have said it should be used to help people around the world instead. What do you think about this?
12. Do you think the cathedral can be completed in 5 years?
13. Do you think it’s important to have the cathedral completed in time for the Olympics?
14. Is it important to save historical buildings?
15. Do you think a laser map should be created of all historical buildings around the world?
16. Why are historical buildings or objects important to humanity?
17. Are there any historical objects or locations you would like to see someday?
18. Does the age of an object or place make it more important?
19. Is religion important in your country?
20. Do you think there should be a punishment for the person who started the fire if it was an accident?