1) What can you see in the picture? 2) What do you think is happening? 3) What do you think the passage is going to tell us? 4) After seeing this picture, what do you expect to learn from this reading passage?
1). When and where did the fire take place?
2). How many people were trapped above the fire?
Key: 1) The fire took place at Sao Paulo’s Capital Building on February 4th, 1974. 2) More than 300 people were trapped above the fire.
Step III Reading
Read the text again, then answer the questions.
1) Two hundred and twenty were killed in the Sao Paulo fire.
2) The building was not finished when the fire broke out.
3)All the offices were completely destroyed except those below the 11th floor.
4) Only the firemen knew how the fire had started.
5)At first, it was possible for the office workers to put out the fire.
6)Below the 11th floor people were able to escape into the street.
7)The people above the 11th floor were trapped because there were no fire escapes.
8)It was difficult for the firefighters to get close to the building because the smoke from the fire was too thick..
9)The ladders the firefighters had taken with them were not long enough.
10) Four hours after the fire started, the firemen still couldn’t control it.
Key: 1) False 2) False 3) False 4) False 5) False 6) True 7) True 8) False 9) True 10) False
belonged: If you own something, it belongs to you.
in the building: in the Capital Building
broke out : started
on the floors above: on the higher floors
escape: to get out of the building
fire escapes: special staircases for use in case of fire
close enough: close enough to rescuer the people
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lost their lives: died
rescue: If a person is in danger, you rescue them by taking them to a safe place.
firefighter: a person who puts out fires and rescues people from fires and other dangerous situations
Say something about the Sao Paulo fire:
The time and the place of the fire
When did the fire take place?
Where did it happen?
The cause of the fire
The weak point of the design of the building
The rescue work
What problem did the helicopters have?
How many people were saved by the helicopters?
What was wrong with their ladders?
How long did it take them to control the fire?
The damage and casualty
The damage to the building
The number of people who were killed
Fill in the blanks with proper words.
On February 4, 1974, the Capital Building, the newest building in Sao Paulo, was destroyed in a big fire. Perhaps the fire was started by an electrical fire in the ______of one office on ______
Floor. Soon the whole floor was ________fire. There were ________floors in the building. As it had no __________escapes, the 300 people who were trapped _________the fire could not escape. Many of them climbed to the flat________ of the building. The helicopters came, but there was _________heavy smoke that the helicopters were not __________to get ___________enough. Finally, about 70 people were__________. Down in the streets, the firemen could not get close to the _________because crowds of people were _________the fire. When they reached the building they found their ladders were not long _________to reach the people were trapped. The terrible fire lasted __________four hours, and destroyed most of the building and __________over 220 people.
Key: ceiling, 11th, on, 25,fire, above, roof, too, able, close, escaped, building, watching, enough, about, died
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Step VII Homework
1.Finish off the Workbook exercises.
2.Retell the text.
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