adoption two

The Adoption, one



gift celebrate material (2)
focus of our own in the making
wrap all along biological child
Xbox point (3) present (2)
bow (3) nervous pick up (2)
imagine fall in love across the world
cover orphanage any other way
option neat (2) miscarriage
halfway sparkling overwhelming
proud pretty (2) addition (2)
rescue awesome look back (2)






News Anchor one: “This Christmas, one family was not focused on material gifts.
News Anchor two: “They’re celebrating a new addition to their family that was fifteen months in the making.”

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Brothers: “This is the best Christmas ever!”

While most families unwrap gifts covered with sparkling bows and colorful paper on Christmas morning, the Beckham family brought home another kind of gift.

Older Brother: “Getting Ellie is our biggest present.”
Younger Brother: “What I got one year for Christmas was an Xbox, and now that I think about it, I though she’s better than an Xbox.”

A two-year old girl named Ellie.

Mrs. Beckham: “You’re just nervous because up until this point you fall in love with a picture of a child.

And once we actually had her, I love her just as much.”

Ten years ago, the Beckham family never imagined travelling halfway across the world on Christmas Day to pick up their baby girl.

But looking back on it now, they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Mr. Beckham: “Several miscarriages, and once we realized it wasn’t an option to have a biological child. It’s a little overwhelming. Our plan all along was we thought we would have more children of our own and we did. We just didn’t know where she was.

She was in China. So, it’s really neat seeing that our family feels like it’s complete now.”

Now a proud, big brother. Nine year old Luke traveled with his family to pick up his sister.

Luke: “It feels pretty awesome, because pretty much it’s like your rescuing somebody because she’s spent two whole years of her entire life in an orphanage.”

Finally, the whole family is home for the holidays.

Mr. Beckham: “People ask us, ‘what do you want for Christmas?’ and we’ve got it: to be home Christmas Day makes it complete.”

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1. The Beckhams adopted Ellie in July. Is this true or false?

2. They consider Ellie to be a Christmas gift. Is this correct or incorrect? Which is better, a new sister or computer consoles?

3. How did Mrs. Beckham feel about picking up and bringing Ellie home?

4. Was Ellie their first child?

5. Ellie was born in Canada. Is this right or wrong? How old was she?

6. Did only Mr. and Mrs. Beckham fly to China to get Ellie?

7. They received Ellie directly from her biological family. Yes or no?


A. I know some people who have been adopted. Yes or no?

B. Is there an orphanage in your city?

C. Do you hear about orphans and adoption on TV?

D. Are babies or children adopted from other countries?

E. What will happen in the future?

F. Orphans need (more) help. Yes or no? How can they be helped?

G. There are many famous people who were orphans or adoptees.

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