The Reading / Listening - Level 4

A teacher in the USA has been allowed to keep her pink Hello Kitty Christmas tree in her classroom. Maths teacher Catherine Gordon was told to remove it from her classroom last week. The school head said it was an "inappropriate" Christmas decoration that did not fit with the way the school celebrated the holiday season. The head said there was a "concern" over "our balanced approach to holiday observances".



Ms Gordon said her tree had no religious symbols such as crosses or angels on it. She wrote on Facebook that she thought society was now too worried about upsetting people. She said her experience with her tree showed that in today's society, "everything offends everyone all the time". She added that: "It just sucks the joy out of everything." She told a newspaper that: "We've become intolerant to everything."

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Sources
  • http://abcnews.go.com/US/hs-teacher-told-remove-kitty-christmas-tree-classroom/story?id=35908832
  • http://www.buzzfeed.com/mbvd/teacher-asked-to-remove-hello-kitty-christmas-tree-from-clas#.lmqaZqqK6
  • http://fox4kc.com/2015/12/22/after-forcing-teacher-to-remove-christmas-tree-school-backs-down/


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

A teacher in the USA has been

a.

decoration

2.

Maths

b.

approach

3.

remove it from her

c.

teacher

4.

Christmas

d.

observances

5.

did not

e.

fit

6.

celebrated the holiday

f.

classroom

7.

balanced

g.

season

8.

holiday

h.

allowed



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

religious

a.

all the time

2.

crosses

b.

people

3.

she thought society was now

c.

society

4.

upsetting

d.

too worried

5.

in today's

e.

symbols

6.

everything offends everyone

f.

to everything

7.

It just sucks the joy

g.

or angels

8.

We've become intolerant

h.

out of everything

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

A teacher in the USA (1) ___________________ to keep her pink Hello Kitty Christmas tree in her classroom. Maths teacher Catherine Gordon was told (2) ___________________ her classroom last week. The school head said it (3) ___________________ Christmas decoration that (4) ___________________ the way the school celebrated the holiday season. The head (5) ___________________ a "concern" over "our balanced approach to (6) ___________________ ".

Ms Gordon (7) ___________________ no religious symbols such as crosses or angels on it. She wrote on Facebook that (8) ___________________ was now too worried (9) ___________________ people. She said her experience with her tree showed that in today's society, "(10) ___________________ everyone all the time". She added that: "It (11) ___________________ out of everything." She told a newspaper that: "We've (12) ___________________ everything."





CHRISTMAS TREES SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about Christmas trees in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

  • Now return to your original partner and share and talk about what you found out. Change partners often.
  • Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

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b)

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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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g)

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h)

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

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b)

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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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g)

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h)

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FREE WRITING

Write about Christmas trees for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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