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Helping Hands Free ­ Student Handout The History of Everything, Including You by Jenny Hollowell Part 1 With your partner, make a timeline of the History of the Universe (in 10 stages!). ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ We are going to listen to a poetic interpretation of the History of the Universe and Civilisation. 1. Look at the passage below. Fill in the missing ​
verbs​
. If there are two missing words, you have to use a phrasal or passive verb. 2. If there are any words you don’t understand, check with your partner or your teacher. 3. Listen to the poet reading her poem. Check your answers. 4. Discuss your opinions and feelings about the poem with your partner. First there was god, or gods, or nothing. Then synthesis, space, the expansion, explosions, implosions, particles, objects, combustion, and fusion. Out of the chaos ….... order, stars ..….. …..… and shone and …….. Planets ……. ……. their galaxies on invisible ellipses and the elements ……. and became. Life ……. or ……. ……. . Cells ……. , and ……. , and gasped and ……. dry land. Soon they ……. legs, and fins, and hands, and antenna, and mouths, and ears, and wings, and eyes. Eyes that opened wide to take all of it in, the creeping, growing, soaring, swimming, crawling, stampeding universe. Eyes ……. and ……. and ……. again, we ……. it blinking. Above us ……. a star that we ……. the sun. And we ……. the ground the earth. So we ……. everything including ourselves. We were man and woman and when we got lonely we ……. …….. a way to make more of us. We ……. it sex, and most people ……. it. We ……. ……. love. We ……. ……. god and ……. stones ……. , ……. sparks and ……. them fire, we ……. warmer and the food ……. better. We ……. married, we ……. some children, they ……. , and crawled, and ……. . One dissected flowers, sometimes ……. the petals. Another …….. to chase squirrels. We …….. wars over money, and honor, and women. We ……. ourselves, we ……. prostitutes, we ……. our water. We ………., decorated, and ……. esoteric. One of us ……. breathing and ……. blue. Then others. First we …….. them with leaves and then we ……. them in the ground. We …….. them. We forgot them. We ……. .