The Reading / Listening - Level 2

A photo of Britain's three-year-old Prince George has made animal rights groups angry. The photo was to celebrate the young prince's third birthday. It shows him offering white chocolate ice cream to his pet dog. An animal charity warned all pet owners about giving ice cream and chocolate to pets. The charity is the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). It said Prince George was trying to be kind to his dog, but it wasn't a good thing to do because chocolate and ice cream are bad for dogs. The RSPCA said it did not advise others to do the same as Prince George.



Some people have defended the photo and said Prince George was not wrong. They said a three-year-old does not know what is dangerous for dogs. He was playing and being kind to his pet. They also said the dog was not eating the ice cream in the photo. The RSPCA said: "It is lovely that Prince George is trying to help keep his family dog cool". It added: "We would advise pet owners to be [careful] when giving their dogs food meant for [humans] as some items, like chocolate, can be highly toxic to dogs." Chocolate poisons dogs, and can kill them.

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Sources
  • http://time.com/4419956/prince-george-birthday-photo/
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/07/23/prince-george-ice-cream-animal-cruelty_n_11153632.html
  • https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jul/22/prince-george-photographs-third-birthday


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. made animal rights
  2. celebrate the young
  3. An animal
  4. pet
  5. it wasn't a good
  6. chocolate and ice cream are
  7. The RSPCA said it did not advise
  8. do the same
  1. charity
  2. bad for dogs
  3. groups angry
  4. as Prince George
  5. prince's third birthday
  6. others to
  7. owners
  8. thing to do

Paragraph 2

  1. Some people have defended
  2. a three-year-
  3. He was playing and being
  4. the dog was not eating the ice cream
  5. trying to help keep his family dog
  6. pet
  7. giving their dogs food meant
  8. Chocolate poisons
  1. cool
  2. for humans
  3. old does not know
  4. dogs
  5. kind to his pet
  6. the photo
  7. in the photo
  8. owners

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A photo of Britain's three-year-old Prince George has made animal (1) ___________________. The photo was to celebrate the young prince's third birthday. It (2) ___________________ white chocolate ice cream to his pet dog. An animal charity (3) ___________________ pet owners about giving ice cream and chocolate to pets. (4) ___________________ Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). It said Prince George was trying to (5) ___________________ dog, but it wasn't a good thing to do because chocolate and ice cream are bad for dogs. The RSPCA said it did (6) ___________________ to do the same as Prince George.

Some people (7) ___________________ photo and said Prince George (8) ___________________. They said a three-year-old does not know (9) ___________________ for dogs. He was playing and being kind to his pet. They also said the dog was not eating the ice cream in the photo. The RSPCA said: "(10) ___________________ Prince George is trying to help keep his family dog cool". It added: "We would advise (11) ___________________ be [careful] when giving their dogs food meant for [humans] as some items, like chocolate, can be highly toxic to dogs." Chocolate (12) ___________________ can kill them.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AphotoofBritain'sthree-year-oldPrinceGeorgehasmadeanimalright
sgroupsangry.Thephotowastocelebratetheyoungprince'sthirdbirthd
ay.Itshowshimofferingwhitechocolateicecreamtohispetdog.Ananim
alcharitywarnedallpetownersaboutgivingicecreamandchocolateto
pets.ThecharityistheRoyalSocietyforthePreventionofCrueltytoAnim
als(RSPCA).ItsaidPrinceGeorgewastryingtobekindtohisdog,butitwa
sn'tagoodthingtodobecausechocolateandicecreamarebadfordogs.T
heRSPCAsaiditdidnotadviseotherstodothesameasPrinceGeorge.So
mepeoplehavedefendedthephotoandsaidPrinceGeorgewasnotwron
g.Theysaidathree-year-olddoesnotknowwhatisdangerousfordogs.H
ewasplayingandbeingkindtohispet.Theyalsosaidthedogwasnoteatin
gtheicecreaminthephoto.TheRSPCAsaid:"ItislovelythatPrinceGeorg
eistryingtohelpkeephisfamilydogcool".Itadded:"Wewouldadvisepet
ownerstobe[careful]whengivingtheirdogsfoodmeantfor[humans]as
someitems,likechocolate,canbehighlytoxictodogs."Chocolatepoiso
nsdogs,andcankillthem.

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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