The Reading / Listening - Level 6

An Italian court has ruled that food theft brought about by hunger is not illegal. Italy's highest court of appeal, the Supreme Court of Cassation, threw out the conviction of a homeless Ukrainian man, Roman Ostriakov, who was sentenced to six months in jail for stealing cheese and a sausage worth $4.50. Mr Ostriakov was also fined $115 by the trial court. His lawyers initially appealed for a reduction in that fine and were surprised when the whole conviction was quashed. The court said Mr Ostriakov taking the food, "does not constitute a crime" because he stole a small amount of food out of desperation. The court of appeal ruled that stealing small amounts of food to stave off hunger is not a crime.



Many people hope Mr Ostriakov’s case will highlight the extent of poverty and homelessness in Italy. They also believe the ruling may mean other hungry people who are arrested for shoplifting will not be convicted. Criminal lawyer Maurizio Bellacosa said the Ostriakov case, "is a new principle, and it might lead to a more frequent application of the state of necessity linked to poverty situations". The court ruled in a statement that: "People should not be punished if, forced by need, they steal small quantities of food in order to meet the basic requirement of feeding themselves." Italy's La Stampa newspaper said: "The court's decision reminds us all that in a civilised country, no one should be allowed to die of hunger."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 4  or  Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. POVERTY: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about poverty. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       court  /  hunger  /  illegal  /  homeless  /  cheese  /  trial  /  crime  /  desperation  / 
       highlight  /  shoplifting  /  lawyer  /  poverty  /  requirement  /  decision  /  civilized

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. SHOPLIFTING: Students A strongly believe shoplifting for food when you are hungry is not a crime; Students B strongly believe it is.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. HUNGRY: How should these people / things help the hungry? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

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5. COURT: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "court". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. THEFT: Rank these with your partner. Put the worst instances of stealing at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • clothes when cold
  • medicine when ill
  • flowers from a garden
  • eating chips in a supermarket
  • food when hungry
  • neighbour's wi-fi
  • illegal movie downloads
  • not buying a train ticket

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The court in the article is Italy's highest court of appeal.     T / F
  2. The man who stole the food was from Milan.     T / F
  3. The man was given a $1,000 fine.     T / F
  4. The court said it wasn't a crime because it was a small amount.     T / F
  5. People hope the case will put a focus on homelessness in Italy.     T / F
  6. A judge said no one would be arrested for stealing food.     T / F
  7. A lawyer suggested more people might be let off for stealing food.     T / F
  8. An Italian newspaper disagreed with the court's decision.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. ruled
  2. threw out
  3. jail
  4. constitute
  5. desperation
  6. extent
  7. case
  8. principle
  9. amounts
  10. basic
  1. degree
  2. amount to
  3. quantity
  4. decreed
  5. simple
  6. rule
  7. prison
  8. rejected
  9. legal action
  10. hopelessness

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. Italy's highest
  2. sentenced to
  3. His lawyers initially
  4. out of
  5. stave off
  6. highlight the extent
  7. arrested for
  8. People should not be
  9. in order to meet the basic
  10. in a civilised
  1. requirement
  2. desperation
  3. of poverty
  4. court of appeal
  5. shoplifting
  6. six months in jail
  7. country
  8. hunger
  9. punished
  10. appealed

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
appeal
worth
constitute
ruled
hunger
initially
homeless
conviction

An Italian court has (1) ____________ that food theft brought about by hunger is not illegal. Italy's highest court of (2) ____________, the Supreme Court of Cassation, threw out the conviction of a (3) ____________ Ukrainian man, Roman Ostriakov, who was sentenced to six months in jail for stealing cheese and a sausage (4) ____________ $4.50. Mr Ostriakov was also fined $115 by the trial court. His lawyers (5) ____________ appealed for a reduction in that fine and were surprised when the whole (6) ____________ was quashed. The court said Mr Ostriakov taking the food, "does not (7) ____________ a crime" because he stole a small amount of food out of desperation. The court of appeal ruled that stealing small amounts of food to stave off (8) ____________ is not a crime.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
principle
ruling
basic
shoplifting
necessity
civilised
extent
punished

Many people hope Mr Ostriakov’s case will highlight the (9) ____________ of poverty and homelessness in Italy. They also believe the (10) ____________ may mean other hungry people who are arrested for (11) ____________ will not be convicted. Criminal lawyer Maurizio Bellacosa said the Ostriakov case, "is a new (12) ____________, and it might lead to a more frequent application of the state of (13) ____________ linked to poverty situations". The court ruled in a statement that: "People should not be (14) ____________ if, forced by need, they steal small quantities of food in order to meet the (15) ____________ requirement of feeding themselves." Italy's La Stampa newspaper said: "The court's decision reminds us all that in a (16) ____________ country, no one should be allowed to die of hunger."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  An Italian court has ruled that food theft brought about by hunger ______
     a.  is not illegally
     b.  is not a legal
     c.  is not illegal
     d.  is non illegal

2)  sentenced to six months in jail for stealing cheese and a ______
     a.  sausage worthy $4.50
     b.  sausage worth $4.50
     c.  sausage worse $4.50
     d.  sausages worth $4.50

3)  Mr Ostriakov was also fined $115 by ______
     a.  the trials court
     b.  the trial court
     c.  the trialed court
     d.  the trail court

4) appealed for a reduction in that fine and were surprised when the whole ______
     a.  conviction was quashed
     b.  conviction was squashed
     c.  conviction was coshed
     d.  conviction was quacked

5)  because he stole a small amount of food ______
     a.  out for desperation
     b.  in for desperation
     c.  outer desperation
     d.  out of desperation

6)  Many people hope Mr Ostriakov’s case will highlight the ______
     a.  intent of poverty
     b.  content of poverty
     c.  next tent of poverty
     d.  extent of poverty

7)  other hungry people who are arrested for shoplifting will ______
     a.  not be conviction
     b.  not be convicted
     c.  not been convicted
     d.  not be convicts

8)  People should not be punished if, forced by need, they steal small ______
     a.  quantity of food
     b.  quantities of food
     c.  quantities off food
     d.  quantities of feed

9)  in order to meet the basic requirement of ______
     a.  feed in themselves
     b.  feeding themselves
     c.  feeding in themselves
     d.  feeds in themselves

10)  The court's decision reminds us all that in a civilised country, no one should be allowed ______
     a.  to die of hunger
     b.  to die for hunger
     c.  to die from hunger
     d.  to die off hunger

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An Italian court has ruled that food (1) ___________________ by hunger is not illegal. Italy's highest court of appeal, the Supreme Court of Cassation, (2) ___________________ conviction of a homeless Ukrainian man, Roman Ostriakov, who was sentenced to six months (3) ___________________ cheese and a sausage worth $4.50. Mr Ostriakov was also fined $115 by the trial court. His lawyers (4) ___________________ for a reduction in that fine and were surprised when the whole conviction was quashed. The court said Mr Ostriakov taking the food, "does not (5) ___________________" because he stole a small amount of food out of desperation. The court of appeal ruled that stealing (6) ___________________ food to stave off hunger is not a crime.

Many people hope Mr Ostriakov’s case will (7) ___________________ of poverty and homelessness in Italy. They also (8) ___________________ may mean other hungry people who are arrested for shoplifting will not be convicted. Criminal lawyer Maurizio Bellacosa said the Ostriakov case, "is a new principle, and it might lead to a more (9) ___________________ of the state of necessity linked (10) ___________________ ". The court ruled in a statement that: "People should not be punished if, forced by need, they steal small quantities of food in order to meet the (11) ___________________ of feeding themselves." Italy's La Stampa newspaper said: "The court's decision reminds us all that in a civilised country, no one should be allowed (12) ___________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. How high was the court that made the decision?
  2. Where was the man who stole the food from?
  3. How much was the food he stole worth?
  4. How much was the man initially fined by the court?
  5. What did the court say the man stole the food out of?
  6. What do people hope the case will highlight in Italy?
  7. For which crime might people not be convicted?
  8. What is Maurizio Bellacosa's job?
  9. What was the basic requirement for people mentioned in the article?
  10. What is the name of the newspaper that spoke about the case?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How high was the court that made the decision?
a) quite high
b) about 27 metres
c) the second highest
d) the highest court of appeal

2) Where was the man who stole the food from?
a) Italy
b) Ukraine
c) Peru
d) England

3) How much was the food he stole worth?
a) $54
b) $45
c) $5.40
d) $4.50

4) How much was the man initially fined by the court?
a) $11,500
b) $1115
c) $115
d) $11.50

5) What did the court say the man stole the food out of?
a) a restaurant
b) a bag
c) a taxi
d) desperation

6) What do people hope the case will highlight in Italy?
a) crime
b) health
c) poverty
d) food

7) For which crime might people not be convicted?
a) shoplifting
b) pickpocketing
c) fraud
d) assault

8) What is Maurizio Bellacosa's job?
a) chef
b) charity worker
c) lawyer
d) police officer

9) What was the basic requirement for people mentioned in the article?
a) following the law
b) feeding themselves
c) giving to charity
d) compassion

10) What is the name of the newspaper that spoke about the case?
a) La Stampa
b) La Gazzetta
c) La Italia
d) La Journal

Role play

Role A — Food when hungry

You think stealing food when hungry is the worst kind of theft. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are not so wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the most understandable of these (and why): using a neighbour's wi-fi, taking flowers from a garden or not buying a train ticket.

Role B — A neighbour's wi-fi

You think using a neighbour's wi-fi is the worst kind of theft. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are not so wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the most understandable of these (and why): stealing food when hungry, taking flowers from a garden or not buying a train ticket.

Role C — Flowers from a garden

You think taking flowers from a garden is the worst kind of theft. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are not so wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the most understandable of these (and why): using a neighbour's wi-fi, stealing food when hungry or not buying a train ticket.

Role D — Not buying a train ticket

You think not buying a train ticket is the worst kind of theft. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are not so wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the most understandable of these (and why): using a neighbour's wi-fi, taking flowers from a garden or stealing food when hungry.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'court'

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  • and 'appeal'.

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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • hope
    • arrested
    • new
    • state
    • meet
    • die
    • brought
    • threw
    • worth
    • surprised
    • desperation
    • stave




    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 - Stealing food is not a crime, says Italian court

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'theft'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Do you think Mr Ostriakov is a thief?
    5. Is the government responsible for feeding people who are starving?
    6. Would you steal food if you had none?
    7. What would you rule if you were the judge?
    8. Will this case lead to more shoplifting?
    9. Was this case worth the money spent on paying lawyers and judges?
    10. Is stealing food a crime?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. Why is there homelessness and poverty in rich countries?
    3. Would food stores go bankrupt if stealing for food was not a crime?
    4. If stealing for food is not a crime, how about stealing clothes?
    5. What can countries do to make sure no one is hungry?
    6. What's the hungriest you've ever been?
    7. What would you do if you had no food or money?
    8. Should uneaten food in supermarkets and restaurants go to the poor?
    9. How civilised a country is your country?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the judge?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    An Italian court has ruled that food theft brought (1) ____ by hunger is not illegal. Italy's highest court of appeal, the Supreme Court of Cassation, (2) ____ out the conviction of a homeless Ukrainian man, Roman Ostriakov, who was sentenced (3) ____ six months in jail for stealing cheese and a sausage worth $4.50. Mr Ostriakov was also fined $115 by the trial court. His lawyers (4) ____ appealed for a reduction in that fine and were surprised when the whole conviction was (5) ____. The court said Mr Ostriakov taking the food, "does not constitute a crime" because he stole a small amount of food out of desperation. The court of appeal ruled that stealing small amounts of food to (6) ____ off hunger is not a crime.

    Many people hope Mr Ostriakov’s case will (7) ____ the extent of poverty and homelessness in Italy. They also believe the ruling may mean other hungry people who are arrested (8) ____ shoplifting will not be convicted. Criminal lawyer Maurizio Bellacosa said the Ostriakov case, "is a new principle, and it might lead to a more (9) ____ application of the state of necessity linked to poverty situations". The court ruled in a statement that: "People should not be (10) ____ if, forced by need, they steal small quantities of food in order to (11) ____ the basic requirement of feeding themselves." Italy's La Stampa newspaper said: "The court's decision (12) ____ us all that in a civilised country, no one should be allowed to die of hunger."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)   around     (b)   in     (c)   up     (d)   about    
    2. (a)   erased     (b)   deleted     (c)   trashed     (d)   threw    
    3. (a)   for     (b)   to     (c)   as     (d)   on    
    4. (a)   initialed     (b)   initialise     (c)   initially     (d)   initials    
    5. (a)   quashed     (b)   squashed     (c)   quiche     (d)   cached    
    6. (a)   stave     (b)   staff     (c)   stuff     (d)   starve    
    7. (a)   lighten     (b)   lighting     (c)   lowlight     (d)   highlight    
    8. (a)   for     (b)   as     (c)   by     (d)   on    
    9. (a)   time     (b)   frequent     (c)   often     (d)   usually    
    10. (a)   punishing     (b)   punish     (c)   punished     (d)   punishment    
    11. (a)   debut     (b)   appeal     (c)   meet     (d)   congregate    
    12. (a)   combines     (b)   reminds     (c)   demands     (d)   rescinds    

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (    )     surprised when the whole conviction was quashed. The court said Mr Ostriakov taking the food, "does not

    (    )     $115 by the trial court. His lawyers initially appealed for a reduction in that fine and were

    (    )     convicted. Criminal lawyer Maurizio Bellacosa said the Ostriakov case, "is a new principle, and it might lead to a more

    (    )     ruled that stealing small amounts of food to stave off hunger is not a crime.

    (    )     of appeal, the Supreme Court of Cassation, threw out the conviction of a homeless Ukrainian man, Roman Ostriakov,

    (    )     frequent application of the state of necessity linked to poverty situations". The court ruled in a

    (    )     believe the ruling may mean other hungry people who are arrested for shoplifting will not be

    1  )     An Italian court has ruled that food theft brought about by hunger is not illegal. Italy's highest court

    (    )     who was sentenced to six months in jail for stealing cheese and a sausage worth $4.50. Mr Ostriakov was also fined

    (    )     order to meet the basic requirement of feeding themselves." Italy's La Stampa newspaper said: "The court's

    (    )     constitute a crime" because he stole a small amount of food out of desperation. The court of appeal

    (    )     decision reminds us all that in a civilised country, no one should be allowed to die of hunger."

    (    )     statement that: "People should not be punished if, forced by need, they steal small quantities of food in

    (    )     Many people hope Mr Ostriakov’s case will highlight the extent of poverty and homelessness in Italy. They also

    Put the words in the right order

    1. is   brought   hunger   illegal   theft   by   not   Food   about   .  
    2. jail   cheese   to   in   stealing   Sentenced   months   for   six   .  
    3. for   in   appealed   reduction   fine   initially   a   that   Lawyers   .  
    4. when   quashed   conviction   the   Surprised   was   whole   .  
    5. amount   of   food   out   of   desperation   He   stole   a   small   .  
    6. extent   and   Italy   the   poverty   in   Highlight   of   homelessness   .  
    7. for   shoplifting   will  not   be  convicted   People  who   are  arrested  .
    8. more   might   frequent   lead   application   to   a   It   .  
    9. themselves   feeding   of   requirement   basic   the   Meet   .  
    10. should   to   hunger   one   allowed   of   No   be   die   .  

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    An Italian court has ruled / riled that food theft brought about by hunger is not illegal. Italy's highest court of appealing / appeal, the Supreme Court of Cassation, threw up / out the conviction of a homeless Ukrainian man, Roman Ostriakov, who was sentenced to / for six months in jail for stealing cheese and a sausage worthy / worth $4.50. Mr Ostriakov was also funded / fined $115 by the trial court. His lawyers initially / initials appealed for a reduction in that fine and were surprised when the whole convicted / conviction was quashed. The court said Mr Ostriakov taking the food, "does not constitute a crime" because he stole / stealing a small amount of food out of desperation. The court of appeal ruled that stealing small amounts of food to stave / staff off hunger is not a crime.

    Many people hope Mr Ostriakov’s case will lowlight / highlight the extent of poverty and homelessness in Italy. They also believe the ruling may mean other hungry people who are arrested from / for shoplifting will not be convicted. Criminal lawyer Maurizio Bellacosa said the Ostriakov cease / case, "is a new principle, and it might lead to a more frequently / frequent application of the state of necessity / necessary linked to poverty situations". The court ruled in a statement that: "People should not be punishment / punished if, forced by need, they steal small qualities / quantities of food in order to meet the basic requires / requirement of feeding themselves." Italy's La Stampa newspaper said: "The court's decision rescinds / reminds us all that in a civilised country, no one should be allowed to die / death of hunger."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    M_ny p__pl_ h_p_ Mr _str__k_v’s c_s_ w_ll h_ghl_ght th_ _xt_nt _f p_v_rty _nd h_m_l_ssn_ss _n _t_ly. Th_y _ls_ b_l__v_ th_ r_l_ng m_y m__n _th_r h_ngry p__pl_ wh_ _r_ _rr_st_d f_r sh_pl_ft_ng w_ll n_t b_ c_nv_ct_d. Cr_m_n_l l_wy_r M__r_z__ B_ll_c_s_ s__d th_ _str__k_v c_s_, "_s _ n_w pr_nc_pl_, _nd _t m_ght l__d t_ _ m_r_ fr_q__nt _ppl_c_t__n _f th_ st_t_ _f n_c_ss_ty l_nk_d t_ p_v_rty s_t__t__ns". Th_ c__rt r_l_d _n _ st_t_m_nt th_t: "P__pl_ sh__ld n_t b_ p_n_sh_d _f, f_rc_d by n__d, th_y st__l sm_ll q__nt_t__s _f f__d _n _rd_r t_ m__t th_ b_s_c r_q__r_m_nt _f f__d_ng th_ms_lv_s." _t_ly's L_ St_mp_ n_wsp_p_r s__d: "Th_ c__rt's d_c_s__n r_m_nds _s _ll th_t _n _ c_v_l_s_d c__ntry, n_ _n_ sh__ld b_ _ll_w_d t_ d__ _f h_ng_r."

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    an italian court has ruled that food theft brought about by hunger is not illegal italy's highest court of appeal the supreme court of cassation threw out the conviction of a homeless ukrainian man roman ostriakov who was sentenced to six months in jail for stealing cheese and a sausage worth $450 mr ostriakov was also fined $115 by the trial court his lawyers initially appealed for a reduction in that fine and were surprised when the whole conviction was quashed the court said mr ostriakov taking the food "does not constitute a crime" because he stole a small amount of food out of desperation the court of appeal ruled that stealing small amounts of food to stave off hunger is not a crime

    many people hope mr ostriakov’s case will highlight the extent of poverty and homelessness in italy they also believe the ruling may mean other hungry people who are arrested for shoplifting will not be convicted criminal lawyer maurizio bellacosa said the ostriakov case "is a new principle and it might lead to a more frequent application of the state of necessity linked to poverty situations" the court ruled in a statement that "people should not be punished if forced by need they steal small quantities of food in order to meet the basic requirement of feeding themselves" italy's la stampa newspaper said "the court's decision reminds us all that in a civilised country no one should be allowed to die of hunger"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    gal.Italy'shighestcourtofappeal,theSupremeCourtofCassation,thre
    wouttheconvictionofahomelessUkrainianman,RomanOstriakov,wh
    owassentencedtosixmonthsinjailforstealingcheeseandasausagewor
    th$4.50.MrOstriakovwasalsofined$115bythetrialcourt.Hislawyersin
    itiallyappealedforareductioninthatfineandweresurprisedwhenthewh
    oleconvictionwasquashed.ThecourtsaidMrOstriakovtakingthefood,"
    doesnotconstituteacrime"becausehestoleasmallamountoffoodoutof
    desperation.Thecourtofappealruledthatstealingsmallamountsoffoo
    dtostaveoffhungerisnotacrime.ManypeoplehopeMrOstriakov’scase
    willhighlighttheextentofpovertyandhomelessnessinItaly.Theyalsob
    elievetherulingmaymeanotherhungrypeoplewhoarearrestedforsho
    pliftingwillnotbeconvicted.CriminallawyerMaurizioBellacosasaidthe
    Ostriakovcase,"isanewprinciple,anditmightleadtoamorefrequentap
    plicationofthestateofnecessitylinkedtopovertysituations".Thecourtr
    uledinastatementthat:"Peopleshouldnotbepunishedif,forcedbyneed
    ,theystealsmallquantitiesoffoodinordertomeetthebasicrequirement
    offeedingthemselves."Italy'sLaStampanewspapersaid:"Thecourt's
    decisionremindsusallthatinacivilisedcountry,nooneshouldbeallowed
    todieofhunger."

    Free writing

    Write about stealing food for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    A government's job is to make sure none of its people is hungry. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. POVERTY: Make a poster about poverty. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. FOOD THEFT: Write a magazine article about stealing food not being a crime. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on crime. Ask him/her three questions about the court deciding that food theft is not a crime if someone is hungry. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to reduce poverty. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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