The Reading / Listening - Level 1

U.S. police are looking into the killing of a 17-year-old gorilla at a zoo. Zookeepers shot Harambe the gorilla after a four-year-old boy fell into his cage. Video shows the gorilla dragging the boy through water for ten minutes. Zoo visitors were worried about the boy's safety. Others said the gorilla was protecting him. They said Harambe was upset by the crowd of people looking at him. Zookeepers shot Harambe as they were worried about the boy.



Animal rights groups are angry that the gorilla was killed. They say zookeepers should have made Harambe sleep. Zookeepers said it takes too long to make a 200kg gorilla sleep. Over 300,000 people signed an online petition saying the boy's mother and the zoo are responsible for Harambe's death. People think the mother should have looked after her son better. The mother said: "We are quick to judge how a parent could take their eyes off their child."

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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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. police are looking
  2. a four-year-old boy fell
  3. dragging the boy
  4. worried about the boy's
  5. the gorilla was
  6. upset by the crowd
  7. Zookeepers
  8. worried
  1. shot Harambe
  2. through water
  3. about the boy
  4. protecting him
  5. into the killing
  6. into his cage
  7. safety
  8. of people

Paragraph 2

  1. Animal rights groups are
  2. zookeepers should have
  3. it takes too long to make
  4. signed an online
  5. responsible
  6. the mother should have looked
  7. We are quick
  8. take their eyes
  1. a 200kg gorilla sleep
  2. off their child
  3. after her son better
  4. for Harambe's death
  5. angry
  6. to judge
  7. made Harambe sleep
  8. petition

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

U.S. police are looking (1) ___________________ of a 17-year gorilla at a zoo. Zookeepers shot Harambe (2) _______________ a four-year-old boy fell into his cage. Video shows the gorilla (3) ___________________ boy through water for ten minutes. Zoo visitors (4) ___________________ the boy's safety. Others said the gorilla was protecting him. They said Harambe (5) ___________________ the crowd of people looking at him. Zookeepers shot Harambe (6) ___________________ worried about the boy.

Animal rights (7) ___________________ that the gorilla was killed. They say zookeepers should have made Harambe sleep. Zookeepers said (8) ___________________ long to make a 200kg gorilla sleep. Over 300,000 people signed (9) ___________________ saying the boy's mother and the zoo are responsible for Harambe's death. People think the mother should have (10) ___________________ son better. The mother said: "We are (11) ___________________ how a parent could take their eyes (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

U.S.policearelookingintothekillingofa17-yeargorillaatazoo.Zooke
epersshotHarambethegorillaafterafour-year-oldboyfellintohiscag
e.Videoshowsthegorilladraggingtheboythroughwaterfortenminutes
.Zoovisitorswereworriedabouttheboy'ssafety.Otherssaidthegorilla
wasprotectinghim.TheysaidHarambewasupsetbythecrowdofpeoplel
ookingathim.ZookeepersshotHarambeastheywereworriedaboutthe
boy.Animalrightsgroupsareangrythatthegorillawaskilled.Theysayzo
okeepersshouldhavemadeHarambesleep.Zookeeperssaidittakesto
olongtomakea200kggorillasleep.Over300,000peoplesignedanonlin
epetitionsayingtheboy'smotherandthezooareresponsibleforHaramb
e'sdeath.Peoplethinkthemothershouldhavelookedafterhersonbette
r.Themothersaid:"Wearequicktojudgehowaparentcouldtaketheirey
esofftheirchild."

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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