J.K. Rowling is the author of the Harry Potter books. J. K.'s
name is Joanne Kathleen. She .. ( be) born in 1965 in a small town
near Bristol, England. Joanne.. (live) with her parents and her
sister. The Rowling family was not rich. Joanne.. (not go ) to
special schools. She was a quiet child. She .. ..(love) to read and
write stories. Joanne .. ( go) to Exeter University,and she..
(finish) in 1987. She .. ..(work) in different offices. In her free
time, she. (write) stories. In 1990, Joanne's mother .(die). Joanne
(be)sad, and she (want) to leave England. She (see) a job in the
newspaper for an English teacher.The job was in Portugal. She
(have) an interview, and she (got) the job. In Portugal, Joanne
(marry) a Portuguese man. The next year, Joanne had a daughter, but
she (not be) happy in her marriage. She (leave) Portugal with her
daughter and (go)to live to Edinburgh, Scotland, near her
Life was difficult for Joanne. She.. (take) care of her
daughter. She .. (be) alone,and nobody . (help) her. She . ( have)
no money and no job. She . (live) in a small apartment and .
(begin) to write stories again.
Joanne first . (think) about the Harry Potter story many years
ago on a train. Joanne liked to go a coffee shop to write. She .
(sit) there for many hours. She . (drink) coffee and. (write). Her
daughter . (sleep) beside her. After five years, Joanne (finish)
writing the first Harry Potter book. She (send) it to many
publishers. They all (say) that they didn't like it. Finally,a
publisher (like) 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
(be) very happy. Her dream to publish her book (come) true. The
book was famous all over the world. Now Harry Potter book is in
forty-two languages. The publisher was wrong about one thing:
Everyone loves Harry Potterchildren and adults. Over 100 million
books were sold in 1999.Then two Harry Potter books ( become)
movies. J.K.Rowling (write) 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
quiet author adults alone interview dreams all over the
1. Good things happened to Joanne.All her came true. 2.
J.K.Rowling is an . She writes books. 3. Joanne was not a noisy
child. She was . 4. Joanne lived .She didn't live with another
person. 5. Joanne had a meeting about a new job. She had an . 6.
People of all ages like Harry Potter: children and . 7. Harry
Potter is famous in every country. It is famous .
Opposites/ Find the words in the text that are opposite in
1. last 2. poor 3. large 4. together 5. hate 6. begin 7. easy 8.
same 9. noisy 10. right 11. in the beginning
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8 9. 10. 11.
(paragraph 1) (paragraph 2) (paragraph 2) (paragraph 4)
(paragraph 1) (paragraph 2) (paragraph 1) (paragraph 1) (paragraph
4) (paragraph 3)
Synonyms/ Find the words in the text that are synonyms in
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
flat kids writer store occupation glad no one
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
(paragraph 2) (paragraph 4) (paragraph 1) (paragraph 2)
(paragraph 2) (paragraph 3) (paragraph 2)
Comprehension/ True or False?:
1. Joanne was an English teacher in Portugal. 2. Joanne married
an English man in Portugal. 3. Joanne left her daughter in
Portugal. .. 4. Joanne finished writing the first Harry Potter book
after five years. 5. Every publisher liked the book. 6. Harry
Potter is in twenty-four languages. Comprehension/ Choose the
correct question Word:What / When / Why / Where / Who / how / how
old /How many / Which / How long /How much
1. did she finish the Exeter University? ....in 1987. 2. 3. 4.
was J.K. Rowling happy? ....because her dream came true. is J.K.
Rowling ? ....a famous writer did she find a job in Portugal?
....she read a newspaper did she start writing her first book?
....in the coffee shop cafe books were sold in 1999? ....over 100
million booksVocabulary/ Match the country to its language. Write
the letter in the box:.
1. Japan 2. England 3. China 4. Spain 5. Italy 6. Portugal 7.
Egypt 8. France 9. Russia 10. Greece
a. French b. Greek c. Japanese d. Russian e. Chinese f. Spanish
g. Italian h. English i. Portuguese j. Arabic