Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, home to ESL Library’s CEO Ben Buckwold and designer Robyn Shesterniak. I grew up in Port Coquitlam, a city about 45 minutes outside of Vancouver, BC, where our very own hometown hero, Terry Fox, grew up. I attended the same junior high school, Mary Hill Junior, as Terry. His PE teacher, Bob McGill, was later my principal. I also attended the same senior high school. It was called Port Coquitlam High School while Terry was attending, but by the time I got there the name had changed to Terry Fox Secondary in honour of his amazing contributions to cancer research.
Terry Fox is recognized the world over for his selfless 1980 Marathon of Hope, running across six Canadian provinces to raise money for cancer research. His dream of raising $1 for every Canadian was realized when the fund totalled $24.17 million in 1981. The annual Terry Fox Runs, which take place across Canada and in many other countries, continue to raise money for cancer research—as of May 2014, over $650 million had been raised in his name. What a legacy!
Our ready-made Terry Fox lesson plans include:
- a reading about Terry Fox
- comprehension questions
- vocabulary review activities
- grammar review on comparative adjectives (beginner lesson)
- pronunciation practice /th/ (beginner lesson)
- listening with gap-fill (beginner lesson)
- discussion questions (intermediate)
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