The Reading / Listening - Level 4

The Internet has rescued an 80-year-old man. He had to sell firewood every day for $5 a bag to pay for his wife's medical bills. He started last year. His wife of over 30 years helped him. Sadly, she lost her battle against cancer in October. The hospital bill wiped out Mr Smith's life savings. A local woman posted on Facebook to get people to help him. Her post was shared over 9,000 times. People stopped their car to give Mr Smith some money.



Mr Smith's son set up an online appeal. He created a web page and donations came in from all over the world. The online campaign raised $20,000. The woman said she had no idea people would be so generous. She said: "Although it will not lessen the heartache of losing his wife, I am thankful it will at least take a little worry off of his plate and help him make ends meet." Mr Smith said he is "overwhelmed". He said he feels his wife is looking down on him.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 5 or  Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.sunherald.com/news/state/mississippi/article116633298.html
  • http://www.ksla.com/story/33764148/support-pouring-in-for-widower-selling-firewood
  • http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2016/11/man-sells-firewood-to-pay-dead-wifes-medical-bills/
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38081732


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The Internet has rescued
  2. He had to sell
  3. pay for his wife's medical
  4. His wife of
  5. Sadly, she lost her battle
  6. The hospital bill wiped out Mr Smith's
  7. A local woman posted
  8. Her post was shared
  1. against cancer
  2. bills
  3. life savings
  4. firewood every day
  5. on Facebook
  6. over 30 years
  7. over 9,000 times
  8. an 80-year-old man

Paragraph 2

  1. Mr Smith's son set
  2. donations came in
  3. online campaign
  4. The woman said she had
  5. it will not lessen the heartache
  6. help him make ends
  7. Mr Smith said he is
  8. he feels his wife
  1. no idea
  2. raised $20,000
  3. meet
  4. overwhelmed
  5. up an online appeal
  6. is looking down on him
  7. from all over the world
  8. of losing his wife

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Internet (1) ___________________ 80-year-old man. He had to sell firewood every day for $5 a bag to pay for his (2) ___________________. He started last year. His wife (3) ___________________ years helped him. Sadly, she (4) ___________________ against cancer in October. The hospital (5) ___________________ Mr Smith's life savings. A local woman posted on Facebook to get people to help him. Her post (6) ___________________ 9,000 times. People stopped their car to give Mr Smith some money.

Mr Smith's (7) ___________________ online appeal. He created a web page and donations (8) ___________________ over the world. The online campaign raised $20,000. The woman (9) ___________________ people would be so generous. She said: "Although it (10) ___________________ the heartache of losing his wife, I am thankful it will (11) ___________________ little worry off of his plate and help him (12) ___________________." Mr Smith said he is "overwhelmed". He said he feels his wife is looking down on him.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheInternethasrescuedan80-year-oldman.Hehadtosellfirewoodev
erydayfor$5abagtopayforhiswife'smedicalbills.Hestartedlastyear.H
iswifeofover30yearshelpedhim.Sadly,shelostherbattleagainstcance
rinOctober.ThehospitalbillwipedoutMrSmith'slifesavings.Alocalwo
manpostedonFacebooktogetpeopletohelphim.Herpostwassharedov
er9,000times.PeoplestoppedtheircartogiveMrSmithsomemoney.Mr
Smith'ssonsetupanonlineappeal.Hecreatedawebpageanddonations
cameinfromallovertheworld.Theonlinecampaignraised$20,000.The
womansaidshehadnoideapeoplewouldbesogenerous.Shesaid:"Althou
ghitwillnotlessentheheartacheoflosinghiswife,Iamthankfulitwillatlea
sttakealittleworryoffofhisplateandhelphimmakeendsmeet."MrSmit
hsaidheis"overwhelmed".Hesaidhefeelshiswifeislookingdownonhim.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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