Henry is an astronomer. He is very excited because he thinks he might have discovered the beginning of a new star. But then he gets even more exciting news... he's going to be a father!

The Birth of a Star


Do the Preparation task first. Then go to Text and read the poem or story (you can also listen to the audio while you read). Next go to Task and do the activity.

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Task 1

Put the events in the order they happen in the story.


Task 2

Type the plural forms of the words into the gaps.






Beautiful story, reminded me the birth of my babies.

Stella was a very famous name in the ancient times. Isis, the Greek godness was also called Stella. When Christianity began to declare its faith to the people, the first fathers of the church taught that the main role for a woman in the God project is the role of Mary, The Mother of God, and thereby, many faithful changed their believes in Isis by Mary but preserved for Her the name of Stella. In fact the full name is Stella Maris, Sea Star in English. This name has been used since then until today and it is also well known as Blessed Virgin Mary. Thank you for so beautiful story.

Hello everybody!!!
I think the story is beautiful and I also think that a baby is a very big change in a person's life.
But I had some problems with the task 2, I typed the plural forms into the gaps but the words never appeared. Can anybody help me please? 
Thank you very much!!!

I just tested that game and it worked fine for me. Are you clicking in the gaps before you start typing? What web browser are you using?
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Adam!
Yeah, I did it and, actually, the cursor appeared into the gaps but the text never appeared.
I'm using Safari as web browser.
I'll try again. In case that I would have a problem, I'll let you know :)
Thank you very much :)

Hello Berenice,
Thanks for the information. I tested Task 2 on Safari and you're right - it doesn't work. It seems to work OK in other web browsers, so if you are able to use a different one, please do until it's fixed.
Thanks for telling us about it!
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Adam!
Thanks for check it out to this.
I'll use Firefox until I can use Sfari :)
Don't worry, I'm glad I could help :)

Reading and listening of these stories improve my English.

 It's excellent story but I can't see Stella.. :S

 i am feeling the same with Henry . We are thinking a beautiful name for him .