The Reading / Listening - Level 2

Police in Ohio, USA are looking into the shooting of a 17-year-old gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo. They will find out the facts about the killing of Harambe the gorilla after a four-year-old boy fell into the ape's cage. Video shows the gorilla dragging the boy through water in his cage for ten minutes. Some people at the zoo said they were worried about the boy's safety. Other people said the gorilla was protecting the child and that the animal was upset by the noise from the crowds of people looking at it. Zookeepers decided to shoot the gorilla because they were worried about the boy's life.



Animal rights groups are angry that the gorilla was killed. They say zookeepers should have shot Harambe to make him sleep. Zookeepers said it takes too long to make a 200kg gorilla sleep and that the boy was in danger. There is now an online petition that 300,000 people signed. They say 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 no parent can watch their children every second. She said: "As a society, 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. find out the
  2. fell into the ape's
  3. the gorilla dragging the boy
  4. worried about the
  5. the gorilla was
  6. upset by the noise
  7. Zookeepers decided to
  8. worried
  1. shoot the gorilla
  2. boy's safety
  3. facts
  4. about the boy's life
  5. cage
  6. through water
  7. protecting the child
  8. from the crowds

Paragraph 2

  1. Animal
  2. zookeepers should have shot Harambe
  3. Zookeepers said it
  4. the boy was in
  5. an online
  6. responsible
  7. the mother should have looked
  8. no parent can watch their children
  1. to make him sleep
  2. danger
  3. after her son
  4. for Harambe's death
  5. rights groups are angry
  6. every second
  7. petition
  8. takes too long

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Police in Ohio, USA are looking into (1) ___________________ a 17-year gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo. They will find (2) ___________________ about the killing of Harambe the gorilla after a four-year-old boy (3) ___________________ ape's cage. Video shows the gorilla (4) ___________________ through water in his cage for ten minutes. Some people at the zoo said they were worried about the boy's safety. Other people said the gorilla was protecting the child and that the animal (5) ___________________ the noise from the crowds of people looking at it. Zookeepers (6) ___________________ the gorilla because they were worried about the boy's life.

Animal rights groups (7) ___________________ the gorilla was killed. They say zookeepers should have shot Harambe to make him sleep. Zookeepers said it (8) ___________________ to make a 200kg gorilla sleep and that the boy (9) ___________________. There is now an online petition that 300,000 people signed. They say the boy's mother and the zoo (10) ___________________ for Harambe's death. People think the mother should have looked after her son better. The mother said (11) ___________________ watch their children every second. She said: "As a society, we are quick to judge how a parent could (12) ___________________ off their child."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

PoliceinOhio,USAarelookingintotheshootingofa17-yeargorillaa
tCincinnatiZoo.TheywillfindoutthefactsaboutthekillingofHarambeth
egorillaafterafour-year-oldboyfellintotheape'scage.Videoshowsth
egorilladraggingtheboythroughwaterinhiscagefortenminutes.Some
peopleatthezoosaidtheywereworriedabouttheboy'ssafety.Otherpeo
plesaidthegorillawasprotectingthechildandthattheanimalwasupsetb
ythenoisefromthecrowdsofpeoplelookingatit.Zookeepersdecidedto
shootthegorillabecausetheywereworriedabouttheboy'slife.Animalri
ghtsgroupsareangrythatthegorillawaskilled.Theysayzookeeperssho
uldhaveshotHarambetomakehimsleep.Zookeeperssaidittakestoolo
ngtomakea200kggorillasleepandthattheboywasindanger.Thereisno
wanonlinepetitionthat300,000peoplesigned.Theysaytheboy'smoth
erandthezooareresponsibleforHarambe'sdeath.Peoplethinkthemot
hershouldhavelookedafterhersonbetter.Themothersaidnoparentca
nwatchtheirchildreneverysecond.Shesaid:"Asasociety,wearequickt
ojudgehowaparentcouldtaketheireyesofftheirchild."

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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(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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