The Reading / Listening - Level 2

People in the U.S. state of North Dakota are angry because an oil company is building a multibillion-dollar pipeline under a lake near their land. The Sioux people have lived on the land for thousands of years. The Sioux are Native Americans. They have been joined by many protestors. They are all trying to stop the $3.8 billion pipeline. They say it will dirty their drinking water. They also say the pipeline will damage sacred Sioux sites. A company from Texas, Energy Transfer Partners, owns the 1,885-km pipeline project. It is almost complete.



The protestors call themselves "water protectors". They have been trying to block the pipeline for months. They were recently joined by U.S. military veterans (retired soldiers, sailors and members of the air force). The veterans built the protestors shelters to keep warm in the freezing winter. There has been violence between the protestors and police. A North Dakota spokesman said some of the protestors were "frightening". However, a Coast Guard veteran said: "We will be unarmed, completely prepared for peaceful protest. We don't even like the word 'protest'. We're there to help."

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    Level 0 Level 1   or  Level 3

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. People in the U.S. state
  2. under a lake
  3. on the land for
  4. They have been joined
  5. They say it will dirty their
  6. the pipeline will damage
  7. A company from
  8. It is almost
  1. drinking water
  2. Texas
  3. sacred Sioux sites
  4. complete
  5. near their land
  6. of North Dakota
  7. thousands of years
  8. by many protestors

Paragraph 2

  1. The protestors call themselves
  2. They have been trying to block
  3. They were recently joined by
  4. retired
  5. shelters
  6. violence between the
  7. prepared for peaceful
  8. We don't even like the word
  1. to keep warm
  2. U.S. military veterans
  3. 'protest'
  4. protestors and police
  5. "water protectors"
  6. protest
  7. the pipeline for months
  8. soldiers

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

People (1) ___________________ of North Dakota are angry because an oil company (2) ___________________ multibillion-dollar pipeline under a lake near their land. The Sioux people have lived (3) ___________________ for thousands of years. The Sioux are Native Americans. They have been joined by many protestors. They are all (4) ___________________ the $3.8 billion pipeline. They say it will dirty their drinking water. They also say the pipeline will (5) ___________________ Sioux sites. A company from Texas, Energy Transfer Partners, owns the 1,885-km pipeline project. It is (6) ___________________.

The protestors (7) ___________________ "water protectors". They have been (8) ___________________ the pipeline for months. They were recently joined by U.S. military veterans (retired soldiers, sailors and (9) ___________________ air force). The veterans built the protestors shelters to keep warm in the freezing winter. There (10) ___________________ between the protestors and police. A North Dakota spokesman said some of the protestors were "frightening". However, a Coast Guard veteran said: "(12) ___________________, completely prepared for peaceful protest. We (13) ___________________ word 'protest'. We're there to help."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

PeopleintheU.S.stateofNorthDakotaareangrybecauseanoilcompany
isbuildingamultibillion-dollarpipelineunderalakeneartheirland.TheS
iouxpeoplehavelivedonthelandforthousandsofyears.TheSiouxareNa
tiveAmericans.Theyhavebeenjoinedbymanyprotestors.Theyarealltr
yingtostopthe$3.8billionpipeline.Theysayitwilldirtytheirdrinkingwat
er.TheyalsosaythepipelinewilldamagesacredSiouxsites.Acompanyf
romTexas,EnergyTransferPartners,ownsthe1,885-kmpipelineproje
ct.Itisalmostcomplete.Theprotestorscallthemselves"waterprotector
s".Theyhavebeentryingtoblockthepipelineformonths.Theywererece
ntlyjoinedbyU.S.militaryveterans(retiredsoldiers,sailorsandmembe
rsoftheairforce).Theveteransbuilttheprotestorsshelterstokeepwar
minthefreezingwinter.Therehasbeenviolencebetweentheprotestors
andpolice.ANorthDakotaspokesmansaidsomeoftheprotestorswere"
frightening".However,aCoastGuardveteransaid:"Wewillbeunarmed
,completelypreparedforpeacefulprotest.Wedon'tevenliketheword'p
rotest'.We'retheretohelp."

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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(n) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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