The Reading / Listening - Level 4

Hundreds of gay men could not give blood after the Orlando nightclub shooting. U.S. law states that blood centers cannot accept donations from gay men who have been sexually active in the past year. The shooting left 50 people dead and 53 injured. The killer, Omar Mateen, 29, used an assault rifle in what is now the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Mateen targeted the LGBT community. He was supposedly angry at seeing two men kissing.



Many in the LGBT community want the law changed. A doctor said donated blood is tested for HIV and other diseases before it is used. He said: "Anybody who meets the basic qualifications…should be able to donate blood." The Atlantic said: "Even after the most deadly act against [the LGBT community] in American history, the built-in homophobia of American public health keeps the country from [organizing] the most effective possible response."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 5 or  Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/06/13/orlando-blood-bank-still-accepting-donations-wake-shooting-gay-club/85824564/
  • http://edition.cnn.com/2016/06/13/health/orlando-shooting-gay-men-donate-blood/index.html
  • http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/06/homophobia-hiv-blood-ban-orlando-shooting/486818/


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. give
  2. blood centers cannot accept
  3. in the past
  4. an assault
  5. mass
  6. in U.S.
  7. Mateen targeted the LGBT
  8. angry at seeing two men
  1. donations
  2. history
  3. community
  4. blood
  5. kissing
  6. year
  7. rifle
  8. shooting

Paragraph 2

  1. Many in the LGBT community want
  2. donated blood is
  3. HIV
  4. Anybody who meets the basic
  5. the most deadly act against the
  6. in American
  7. built-in
  8. most effective possible
  1. qualifications
  2. and other diseases
  3. history
  4. LGBT community
  5. homophobia
  6. the law changed
  7. response
  8. tested

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Hundreds of gay men (1) ___________________ after the Orlando nightclub shooting. U.S. law states that (2) ___________________ cannot accept donations from gay men who have been sexually active (3) ___________________. The shooting left 50 people dead and 53 injured. The killer, Omar Mateen, 29, used (4) ___________________ in what is now the deadliest (5) ___________________ in U.S. history. Mateen targeted the LGBT community. He was supposedly (6) ___________________ two men kissing.

Many in the LGBT community want (7) ___________________. A doctor said donated blood is tested for HIV and other diseases (8) ___________________. He said: "Anybody who meets the (9) ___________________…should be able to donate blood." The Atlantic said: "Even after the (10) ___________________ against [the LGBT community] in American history, the (11) ___________________ of American public health keeps the country from [organizing] the most (12) ___________________ response."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

HundredsofgaymencouldnotgivebloodaftertheOrlandonightclubsho
oting.U.S.lawstatesthatbloodcenterscannotacceptdonationsfromga
ymenwhohavebeensexuallyactiveinthepastyear.Theshootingleft50
peopledeadand53injured.Thekiller,OmarMateen,29,usedanassault
rifleinwhatisnowthedeadliestmassshootinginU.S.history.Mateentar
getedtheLGBTcommunity.Hewassupposedlyangryatseeingtwomen
kissing.ManyintheLGBTcommunitywantthelawchanged.Adoctorsai
ddonatedbloodistestedforHIVandotherdiseasesbeforeitisused.Hesa
id:"Anybodywhomeetsthebasicqualifications…shouldbeabletodonat
eblood."TheAtlanticsaid:"Evenafterthemostdeadlyactagainst[theL
GBTcommunity]inAmericanhistory,thebuilt-inhomophobiaofAme
ricanpublichealthkeepsthecountryfrom[organizing]themosteffectiv
epossibleresponse."

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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