The Reading / Listening - Level 1

People in North Dakota, USA are angry because a company is building a $3.8 billion oil pipeline near their land. The Sioux people have lived on the land for thousands of years. The Sioux are Native Americans. Many protestors want to stop the pipeline because it will dirty drinking water. It will also damage historic Sioux sites. A company from Texas, Energy Transfer Partners, owns the 1,885-km pipeline. It is almost complete.



The protestors call themselves "water protectors". They now include U.S. military veterans (retired soldiers, sailors, etc.). The veterans built shelters to keep people warm in the winter. There has been violence between the protestors and police. A North Dakota spokesman said some of the protestors were "frightening". A veteran said: "We will be unarmed, completely prepared for peaceful protest. We don't even like the word 'protest'."

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Sources
  • http://www. nytimes.com/2016/12/03/us/standing-rock-pipeline-protest-north-dakota.html
  • http://www. reuters.com/article/us-north-dakota-pipeline-idUSKBN13R0WM
  • https://www. yahoo.com/news/cavalry-arrives-veterans-bring-symbolic-value-support-standing-183231617.html


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. building a $3.8 billion oil pipeline
  2. lived on the land for
  3. Many protestors want to
  4. it will dirty drinking
  5. It will also damage historic Sioux
  6. A company from
  7. the 1,885-km
  8. It is almost
  1. stop the pipeline
  2. pipeline
  3. sites
  4. complete
  5. near their land
  6. water
  7. Texas
  8. thousands of years

Paragraph 2

  1. The protestors call themselves
  2. They now include U.S. military
  3. retired soldiers,
  4. The veterans built
  5. keep people warm
  6. violence between the protestors
  7. We will be
  8. We don't even like the word
  1. and police
  2. shelters
  3. veterans
  4. unarmed
  5. "water protectors"
  6. 'protest'
  7. sailors, etc.
  8. in the winter

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

People in North Dakota, USA (1) ___________________ because a company (2) ___________________ $3.8 billion oil pipeline near their land. The Sioux people (3) ___________________ the land for thousands of years. The Sioux are Native Americans. Many protestors (4) ___________________ the pipeline because it will dirty drinking water. It (5) ___________________ historic Sioux sites. A company from Texas, Energy Transfer Partners, owns the 1,885-km pipeline. It (6) ___________________.

The protestors (7) ___________________ "water protectors". They now include U.S. (8) ___________________ (retired soldiers, sailors, etc.). The veterans (9) ___________________ to keep people warm in the winter. There has been violence between (10) ___________________ and police. A North Dakota spokesman said some of the protestors were "frightening". A veteran said: "We (11) ___________________, completely prepared for peaceful protest. We (12) ___________________ the word 'protest'."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

PeopleinNorthDakota,USAareangrybecauseacompanyisbuildinga$3
.8billionoilpipelineneartheirland.TheSiouxpeoplehavelivedonthelan
dforthousandsofyears.TheSiouxareNativeAmericans.Manyprotesto
rswanttostopthepipelinebecauseitwilldirtydrinkingwater.Itwillalsod
amagehistoricSiouxsites.AcompanyfromTexas,EnergyTransferPart
ners,ownsthe1,885-kmpipeline.Itisalmostcomplete.Theprotestorsc
allthemselves"waterprotectors".TheynowincludeU.S.militaryvetera
ns(retiredsoldiers,sailors,etc.).Theveteransbuiltshelterstokeeppeo
plewarminthewinter.Therehasbeenviolencebetweentheprotestorsa
ndpolice.ANorthDakotaspokesmansaidsomeoftheprotestorswere"fr
ightening".Aveteransaid:"Wewillbeunarmed,completelypreparedfo
rpeacefulprotest.Wedon'tevenliketheword'protest'."

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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