The Reading / Listening - Level 0

U.S. police are looking into the killing of Harambe the gorilla. Zookeepers shot him after a four-year-old boy fell into his cage. Harambe pulled the boy through water for ten minutes. Visitors worried about the boy's safety. Others said the gorilla was protecting him. Zookeepers shot Harambe to keep the boy safe.



Animal rights groups are angry. They say zookeepers should have made Harambe sleep. Zookeepers said this would take too long. Over 300,000 people signed a petition. They blame the boy's mother for Harambe's death. The mother said: "We are quick to judge how a parent could take their eyes off their child."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 1 Level 2   or  Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36420437
  • http://edition.cnn.com/2016/05/31/us/gorilla-death-debate/
  • http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/01/us/police-investigating-shooting-of-gorilla-at-cincinnati-zoo.html?_r=0


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. U.S. police are looking
  2. Zookeepers shot
  3. a four-year-
  4. fell into his
  5. pulled the boy through water
  6. worried about the boy's
  7. the gorilla was
  8. keep the boy
  1. protecting him
  2. cage
  3. into the killing
  4. safe
  5. safety
  6. him
  7. old boy
  8. for ten minutes

Paragraph 2

  1. Animal rights groups are
  2. zookeepers should have made
  3. this would take
  4. Over
  5. signed a
  6. They blame
  7. We are quick
  8. take their eyes
  1. Harambe sleep
  2. to judge
  3. angry
  4. off their child
  5. the boy's mother
  6. 300,000 people
  7. too long
  8. petition

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

U.S. police (1) ___________________ the killing of Harambe the gorilla. Zookeepers (2) ___________________ a four-year-old boy fell (3) ___________________. Harambe pulled the boy     (4) ___________________ ten minutes. Visitors worried about the boy's safety. Others said the gorilla                                     (5) ___________________ him. Zookeepers shot Harambe to keep (6) ___________________.

Animal (7) ___________________ angry. They say zookeepers (8) ___________________ Harambe sleep. Zookeepers said this would (9) ___________________. Over 300,000 people signed a petition. They (10) ___________________ mother for Harambe's death. The mother said: "We are (11) ___________________ how a parent could take their eyes (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

U.S.policearelookingintothekillingofHarambethegorilla.Zookeepers
shothimafterafour-year-oldboyfellintohiscage.Harambepulledt
heboythroughwaterfortenminutes.Visitorsworriedabouttheboy'ssaf
ety.Otherssaidthegorillawasprotectinghim.ZookeepersshotHaramb
etokeeptheboysafe.Animalrightsgroupsareangry.Theysayzookeepe
rsshouldhavemadeHarambesleep.Zookeeperssaidthiswouldtaketo
olong.Over300,000peoplesignedapetition.Theyblametheboy'smoth
erforHarambe'sdeath.Themothersaid:"Wearequicktojudgehowapar
entcouldtaketheireyesofftheirchild."

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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