The Reading / Listening - Level 4

An Italian court has said stealing food because of hunger is not illegal. The court reversed the conviction of a homeless man who was given six months in jail and a $115 fine for stealing cheese and a sausage worth $4.50. His lawyers appealed and got the whole conviction changed. The court said taking such a small amount of food was not a crime because the man stole such a small amount of food out of desperation.



People hope this case will highlight the poverty and homelessness in Italy. They also hope hungry people arrested for shoplifting will not be put in prison. A lawyer said the case might lead to more, similar decisions when theft is "linked to poverty situations". The court said: "People should not be punished if…they steal small quantities of food in order to…feed themselves." An Italian newspaper said: "In a civilised country, no one should be allowed to die of hunger."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 5 or  Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2016/0504/Italian-court-rules-stealing-food-isn-t-a-crime-if-you-really-need-it
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36190557<,li>
  • http://www.thelocal.it/20160503/if-italys-poor-and-hungry-steal-food-its-not-a-crime-top-court


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The court reversed
  2. given six months
  3. cheese and a sausage
  4. His lawyers
  5. got the whole conviction
  6. taking such a small amount of food
  7. such a small amount
  8. out of
  1. appealed
  2. of food
  3. the conviction
  4. desperation
  5. worth $4.50
  6. in jail
  7. was not a crime
  8. changed

Paragraph 2

  1. People hope this case will highlight
  2. hungry people arrested
  3. be put
  4. might lead to more, similar
  5. People should not be
  6. in order to
  7. a civilised
  8. be allowed to die
  1. for shoplifting
  2. country
  3. decisions
  4. of hunger
  5. the poverty
  6. punished
  7. in prison
  8. feed themselves

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An Italian court (1) ___________________ because of hunger is not illegal. The court reversed (2) ___________________ a homeless man who (3) ___________________ months in jail and a $115 fine for stealing cheese and a sausage worth $4.50. His lawyers (4) ___________________ the whole conviction changed. The court said taking (5) ___________________ amount of food was not a crime because the man stole such a small amount of food (6) ___________________.

People hope this case (7) ___________________ poverty and homelessness in Italy. They also hope hungry people arrested for shoplifting (8) ___________________ in prison. A lawyer said the case might lead to more, (9) ___________________ when theft is "linked to poverty situations". The court said: "People should not be punished if… (10) ___________________ quantities of food in order to… (11) ___________________." An Italian newspaper said: "In a civilised country, no one should (12) ___________________ of hunger."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AnItaliancourthassaidstealingfoodbecauseofhungerisnotillegal.The
courtreversedtheconvictionofahomelessmanwhowasgivensixmont
hsinjailanda$115fineforstealingcheeseandasausageworth$4.50.His
lawyersappealedandgotthewholeconvictionchanged.Thecourtsaidt
akingsuchasmallamountoffoodwasnotacrimebecausethemanstoles
uchasmallamountoffoodoutofdesperation.Peoplehopethiscasewillhi
ghlightthepovertyandhomelessnessinItaly.Theyalsohopehungrype
oplearrestedforshopliftingwillnotbeputinprison.Alawyersaidthecase
mightleadtomore,similardecisionswhentheftis"linkedtopovertysitua
tions".Thecourtsaid:"Peopleshouldnotbepunishedif…theystealsmall
quantitiesoffoodinorderto…feedthemselves."AnItaliannewspapersa
id:"Inacivilisedcountry,nooneshouldbeallowedtodieofhunger."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic 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.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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