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Chadwick Boseman, the actor who played Black Panther in the Marvel movies has died. He died of cancer. The news has shocked people around the world. Only his friends and family knew he had cancer. People are shocked because he was only 43. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2016.

Chadwick Boseman was most famous for playing King T’Challa in the Black Panther and Avengers movies. He filmed Black Panther and the other Avengers movies while he had cancer. He is also famous for playing many important people. He first became famous for playing the baseball player Jackie Robinson in the movie “42”. He also played the famous singer James Brown and lawyer Thurgood Marshall.

People around the world shared messages on social media. Captain America actor Chris Evans said on Twitter, “I’m absolutely devastated” and “Chadwick was special”.

Difficult words

Cancer (n): A disease caused by a group of bad cells in a part of the body.

Shocked (adj): To be surprised by a sudden event.

Diagnose (v): To find the reason for an illness.

Absolutely (adv): Totally or completely.

Devastated (adj): To be extremely sad.

Activities

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Match the Synonym!

 1. Cancer A. Surprised
 2. Shocked B. Disease
 3. Diagnose C. So sad.
 4. Absolutely D. Reason for illness.
 5. Devastated E. Totally

True or False?

1. Chadwick Boseman was in Marvel movies.  T / F

2. Most people knew Boseman would die from cancer soon. T / F

3.  T’Challa was a character in the movie Black Panther. T / F

4.  Chadwick Boseman did not film any movies while he had cancer. T / F

5. Boseman played a famous football player. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. news / shocked / The / has / people

2. friends / Only / his / and / knew / family

3. cancer / He / was / with / diagnosed

4. played / singer / He / the / also / famous

5. special / Chadwick / was

Listening and Vocabulary

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American English Audio: 

SocialAroundFamous
PlayedShockedLawyer

Chadwick Boseman, the actor who (1)___________ Black Panther in the Marvel movies has died. He died of cancer. The news has shocked people around the world. Only his friends and family knew he had cancer. People are (2)___________ because he was only 43. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2016.

Chadwick Boseman was most famous for playing T’Challa in the Black Panther and Avengers movies. He filmed Black Panther and the other Avengers movies while he had cancer. He is also (3)___________ for playing many important people. He first became famous for playing the baseball player Jackie Robinson in the movie “42”. He also played the famous singer James Brown and (4)__________ Thurgood Marshall.

People (5)__________ the world shared messages on social media. Captain America actor Chris Evans said on Twitter, “I’m absolutely devastated” and “Chadwick was special”.

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 watched any of Chadwick Boseman’s movies?
5. Do you have a favourite Chadwick Boseman movie?
6. What’s the most shocking celebrity death you remember?
7. Did Black Panther have a big impact in your country?
8. Should Marvel recast Black Panther?
9. If they shouldn’t recast Black Panther, what should they do?
10. How do you think this will affect the Avengers movies?
11. Is it important for superheroes to be diverse?
12. Should parents tell their children that Chadwick Boseman died?
13. Do you think Chadwick Boseman’s death will have a big impact on children?
14. Are people regularly tested for colon cancer in your country?
15. Should people continue working if they get cancer?
16. Do you think it is better to keep a cancer diagnosis secret?
17. Do you have a favourite superhero?
18. Are there too many superhero movies these days?
19. Black Panther was nominated for Best Picture but didn’t win. Do you think a superhero movie could win Best Picture?
20. Who is your favourite actor?