The Reading / Listening - Level 3

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



The protestors are calling themselves "water protectors". They have been on the site for months trying to block the pipeline. They were recently joined by veterans from the U.S. military. These are retired soldiers, sailors and members of the air force. The veterans have 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". He said: "It's time for them to go home." However, Coast Guard veteran Ashleigh Jennifer Parker said: "We will be unarmed, completely prepared for peaceful protest. We don't even like the word 'protest'. We're there to help the water protectors."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 0 Level 1   or  Level 2

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


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Warm-ups

1. PROTESTS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about protests. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       angry / giant / pipe / lake / thousands of years / protestors / drinking water / sites /
       protectors / block / veterans / retired / soldiers / air force / freezing / frightening

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. PIPELINES: Students A strongly believe oil pipelines are necessary for the economy; Students B strongly believe they aren't and they damage the environment.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. PROTEST: How would you protest against these things? How angry would you be? Talk about this with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

  • Oil pipeline
  • Tax increases
  • Your country going to war
  • Religious intolerance
  • Racist government
  • Government corruption
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5. ANGRY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "angry". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. ENERGY: Rank these with your partner. Put the best at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • bio-fuels
  • thermal
  • nuclear
  • wave power
  • oil
  • solar
  • wind
  • coal

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. People in South Dakota are angry about an oil pipeline.     T / F
  2. A company wants to build an oil pipeline over a lake.     T / F
  3. The Sioux people have lived near the lake for thousands of years.     T / F
  4. The oil pipeline is almost finished.     T / F
  5. Protestors call themselves "water protectors".     T / F
  6. The protestors have been joined by retired members of the US military.   T / F
  7. The protestors have built shelters for the veterans.     T / F
  8. The protestors love the word 'protest'.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. angry
  2. build
  3. under
  4. sacred
  5. complete
  6. block
  7. recently
  8. frightening
  9. completely
  10. peaceful
  1. scary
  2. holy
  3. furious
  4. not long ago
  5. non-violent
  6. finished
  7. construct
  8. totally
  9. stop
  10. beneath

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. People in the U.S. state of North Dakota
  2. an oil company is building a giant
  3. Native Americans who have been on the
  4. They also say the pipeline will
  5. A Texas-
  6. trying to block
  7. retired soldiers, sailors and
  8. The veterans have built the protestors
  9. completely prepared
  10. We're there to help the
  1. land for thousands of years
  2. for peaceful protest
  3. based company
  4. pipe near their land
  5. members of the air force
  6. shelters to keep warm
  7. are angry
  8. water protectors
  9. damage sacred Sioux sites
  10. the pipeline

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
thousands
dirty
state
complete
giant
sacred
lake
joined

People in the U.S. (1) ____________ of North Dakota are angry because an oil company is building a (2) ____________ pipe near their land. The oil company wants to build the multibillion-dollar oil pipeline under a (3) ____________ near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The Sioux people are Native Americans who have been on the land for (4) ____________ of years. The Native Americans have been (5) ____________ by many protestors. They are all trying to stop the $3.8 billion pipeline from passing near Sioux land. They say it will (6) ____________ their drinking water and make it undrinkable. They also say the pipeline will damage (7) ____________ Sioux sites. A Texas-based company, Energy Transfer Partners, owns the 1,885-km pipeline project. It is almost (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
retired
themselves
police
veteran
block
peaceful
shelters
frightening

The protestors are calling (9) ____________ "water protectors". They have been on the site for months trying to (10) __________ the pipeline. They were recently joined by veterans from the U.S. military. These are (11) ____________ soldiers, sailors and members of the air force. The veterans have built the protestors (12) ____________ to keep warm in the freezing winter. There has been violence between the protestors and (13) ____________. A North Dakota spokesman said some of the protestors were "(14) ____________ ". He said: "It's time for them to go home." However, Coast Guard (15) ____________ Ashleigh Jennifer Parker said: "We will be unarmed, completely prepared for (16) ____________ protest. We don't even like the word 'protest.' We're there to help the water protectors."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  People in the U.S. state of North Dakota are angry because an oil company is ______
     a.  building a giant's pipe
     b.  building a giant piped
     c.  building the giant pipe
     d.  building a giant pipe

2)  The oil company wants to build the multibillion-dollar oil pipeline ______
     a.  under a like
     b.  under a lake
     c.  under a loch
     d.  under a look

3)  The Native Americans have been joined ______
     a.  in many protestors
     b.  of many protestors
     c.  by many protestors
     d.  at many protestors

4)  They also say the pipeline will damage ______
     a.  sacred Sioux sites
     b.  sacred Sioux sates
     c.  sacred Sioux seats
     d.  sacred Sioux sighs

5)  A Texas-based company, Energy Transfer Partners, owns the 1,885-km ______
     a.  pipeline project
     b.  pipeline projected
     c.  pipeline projector
     d.  pipeline projection

6)  They have been on the site for months trying to ______
     a.  blocks the pipeline
     b.  blocked the pipeline
     c.  blocking the pipeline
     d.  block the pipeline

7)  They were recently joined by veterans from ______
     a.  the U.S. militarily
     b.  the U.S. militarise
     c.  the U.S. militias
     d.  the U.S. military

8)  These are retired soldiers, sailors and members of ______
     a.  the oxygen force
     b.  the O2 force
     c.  the air force
     d.  the sky force

9)  The veterans have built the protestors shelters to keep warm in ______
     a.  the freeze winter
     b.  the freezing winter
     c.  the freeze in winter
     d.  the freezes winter

10)  Parker said: "We will be unarmed, completely prepared ______
     a.  for peace full protest
     b.  for peacefully protest
     c.  for peaceful protest
     d.  for piece full protest

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

People (1) ___________________ of North Dakota are angry because an oil company is building a giant (2) ___________________ land. The oil company wants to build the multibillion-dollar oil pipeline under a lake near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The Sioux (3) ___________________ Americans who have been on the land for thousands of years. The Native Americans have been joined by many protestors. They (4) ___________________ stop the $3.8 billion pipeline from passing near Sioux land. They say it (5) ___________________ drinking water and make it undrinkable. They also say the pipeline will damage sacred Sioux sites. A Texas-based company, Energy Transfer Partners, owns the 1,885-km pipeline project. It (6) ___________________.

The protestors are (7) ___________________ "water protectors". They have been on the site for months (8) ___________________ the pipeline. They were recently joined by veterans from the U.S. military. These are retired soldiers, sailors and members (9) ___________________. The veterans have built the protestors shelters to (10) ___________________ freezing winter. There has been violence between the protestors and police. A North Dakota spokesman said some of the protestors were "frightening". He said: "It's (11) ___________________ go home." However, Coast Guard veteran Ashleigh Jennifer Parker said: "We will be unarmed, completely prepared for peaceful protest. We don't (12) ___________________ 'protest.' We're there to help the water protectors."

Comprehension questions

  1. About which American state is this news article?
  2. What is the name of the Native American people?
  3. How much money did the pipeline cost?
  4. What do people think will become dirty because of the pipeline?
  5. How long is the pipeline?
  6. For how long have the protestors been on the site?
  7. What did veterans build for the protestors?
  8. What has broken out between protestors and police?
  9. What did Ashleigh Jennifer Parker use to belong to?
  10. What word don't the protestors like?




Multiple choice quiz

1) About which American state is this news article?
a) New Hampshire
b) North Dakota
c) New Mexico
d) North Carolina

2) What is the name of the Native American people in the article?
a) Apache
b) Cheyenne
c) Lakota
d) Sioux

3) How much money did the pipeline cost?
a) $3.8 billion
b) $3.7 billion
c) $3.6 billion
d) $3.5 billion

4) What do people think will become dirty because of the pipeline?
a) politics
b) air
c) water
d) oil

5) How long is the pipeline?
a) 1,855-km
b) 1,885-km
c) 1,585-km
d) 1,555-km

6) For how long have the protestors been on the site?
a) since 2012
b) 3 weeks
c) months
d) 12 days

7) What did veterans build for the protestors?
a) a community centre
b) trenches
c) websites
d) shelters

8) What has broken out between protestors and police?
a) violence
b) chicken pox
c) laughter
d) a crime wave

9) What did Ashleigh Jennifer Parker use to belong to?
a) Coast Guard
b) Police
c) Marines
d) FBI

10) What word don't the protestors like?
a) oil
b) protest
c) pipeline
d) water

Role play

Role A — Oil

You think oil is the best form of energy. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their energy forms. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): wind, nuclear or bio-fuel.

Role B — Wind

You think wind is the best form of energy. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their energy forms. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): oil, nuclear or bio-fuel.

Role C — Nuclear

You think nuclear is the best form of energy. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their energy forms. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): wind, oil or bio-fuel.

Role D — Bio-fuel

You think bio-fuel is the best form of energy. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their energy forms. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): wind, nuclear or oil.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'military'

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  • and 'veteran'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • block
    • recently
    • built
    • freezing
    • home
    • like
    • angry
    • lake
    • thousands
    • joined
    • dirty
    • owns




    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 - Oil pipeline protest joined by military veterans

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'oil'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think should happen to the pipeline?
    5. Why do oil companies damage the environment?
    6. Do you think the oil company cares about drinking water?
    7. Should the Sioux accept the pipeline is for the economy?
    8. Are profit and oil more important than a lake?
    9. What advice do you have for the Sioux?
    10. What advice do you have for the oil company?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What's the difference between protestors and water protectors?
    3. Will the veterans joining the protest make a difference?
    4. What would make you join a protest?
    5. Who do you want to win, and why?
    6. What should happen to the violent protestors?
    7. What do you think of the word 'protest'?
    8. What do you know about the Sioux?
    9. What questions would you like to ask the protestors?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the oil company?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    People in the U.S. (1) ____ of North Dakota are angry because an oil company is building a giant pipe (2) ____ their land. The oil company wants to build the multibillion-dollar oil pipeline under a lake near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The Sioux people are Native Americans who have been (3) ____ the land for thousands of years. The Native Americans have been joined by many protestors. They are all (4) ____ to stop the $3.8 billion pipeline from passing near Sioux land. They say it will dirty their drinking water and make it (5) ____. They also say the pipeline will damage sacred Sioux sites. A Texas-based company, Energy Transfer Partners, (6) ____ the 1,885-km pipeline project. It is almost complete.

    The protestors are calling themselves "water protectors". They have been on the site (7) ____ months trying to block the pipeline. They were (8) ____ joined by veterans from the U.S. military. These are retired soldiers, sailors and members of the air force. The veterans have (9) ____ 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". He said: "It's (10) ____ for them to go home." However, Coast Guard veteran Ashleigh Jennifer Parker said: "We will be unarmed, (11) ____ prepared for peaceful protest. We don't even like the word 'protest.' We're (12) ____ to help the water protectors."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     state     (b)     statues     (c)     stated     (d)     stating    
    2. (a)     nearly     (b)     neared     (c)     near     (d)     nears    
    3. (a)     in     (b)     at     (c)     on     (d)     for    
    4. (a)     try     (b)     trial     (c)     tried     (d)     trying    
    5. (a)     drinkable     (b)     drunk     (c)     undrinkable     (d)     drinking    
    6. (a)     owners     (b)     owns     (c)     disowns     (d)     downs    
    7. (a)     by     (b)     for     (c)     at     (d)     of    
    8. (a)     recent     (b)     recently     (c)     regent     (d)     elegant    
    9. (a)     building     (b)     builds     (c)     built     (d)     building    
    10. (a)     timing     (b)     times     (c)     timed     (d)     time    
    11. (a)     completes     (b)     completion     (c)     complete     (d)     completely    
    12. (a)     that     (b)     by     (c)     gone     (d)     there

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. The Sioux people are ateNiv Americans
    3. for sstduoanh of years
    4. make it ilnbrkudena
    5. the pipeline will gdmaae sacred Sioux sites
    6. It is almost ctpelome

    Paragraph 2

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    2. rdriete soldiers
    3. ehsltser to keep warm
    4. There has been iolvecne
    5. We will be dramneu
    6. lfauecpe protest

    Put the text back together

    1  )     People in the U.S. state of North Dakota are angry because an oil company is building a giant pipe near

    (    )     veteran Ashleigh Jennifer Parker said: "We will be unarmed, completely prepared for peaceful

    (    )     to block the pipeline. They were recently joined by veterans from the U.S. military. These are retired soldiers,

    (    )     winter. There has been violence between the protestors and police. A North Dakota spokesman said some

    (    )     sailors and members of the air force. The veterans have built the protestors shelters to keep warm in the freezing

    (    )     of the protestors were "frightening". He said: "It's time for them to go home." However, Coast Guard

    (    )     stop the $3.8 billion pipeline from passing near Sioux land. They say it will dirty their drinking

    (    )     thousands of years. The Native Americans have been joined by many protestors. They are all trying to

    (    )     their land. The oil company wants to build the multibillion-dollar oil pipeline under a

    (    )     water and make it undrinkable. They also say the pipeline will damage sacred Sioux sites. A Texas-based

    (    )     lake near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The Sioux people are Native Americans who have been on the land for

    (    )     company, Energy Transfer Partners, owns the 1,885-km pipeline project. It is almost complete.

    (    )     protest. We don't even like the word 'protest'. We're there to help the water protectors."

    (    )     The protestors are calling themselves "water protectors". They have been on the site for months trying

    Put the words in the right order

    1. oil   building   pipe   an   is   giant   because   company   a   Angry   .
    2. -   pipeline   lake   multibillion   oil   a   the   dollar   under   Build   .
    3. Native   by   Americans  many   have   protestors  been   The   joined   .
    4. pipeline   the   trying   They   $3.8   to   are   billion   stop   all   .
    5. also   pipeline   sacred   They   the   damage   sites   say   will   Sioux   .
    6. The   are   themselves   protectors'   protestors   calling   'water   .
    7. block   On   for   to   pipeline   site   trying   the   the   months   .
    8. warm   keep   to   Shelters   winter   freezing   the   in   .
    9. between   protestors   has   violence   the   There   been   .
    10. 'protest'   don't   like   word   We   even   the   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    People in the U.S. state of North Dakota are angrily / angry because an oil company is building a giant pipe near / nearly their land. The oil company wants to build / built the multibillion-dollar oil pipeline under a lake near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The Sioux people are Native Americans who have been in / on the land for thousands of years. The Native Americans have been joint / joined by many protestors. They are all trying to stop the $3.8 billion pipeline from parsing / passing near Sioux land. They say it will dirty / dirtied their drinking water and make it / them undrinkable. They also say the pipeline will damage scared / sacred Sioux sites. A Texas-based company, Energy Transfer Partners, owns the 1,885-km pipeline project. It is almost complete / completely.

    The protestors are calling himself / themselves "water protectors". They have been on the site for months trying to block / back the pipeline. They were recently joined by / at veterans from the U.S. military. These are retired / retires soldiers, sailors and members of the air force. The veterans have build / built the protestors shelters to keep warm in the froze / freezing winter. There has been violence between the / a protestors and police. A North Dakota spokesman said some of the protestors were "frightening". He said: "It's timing / time for them to go home." However, Coast Guard veteran Ashleigh Jennifer Parker said: "We will be armed / unarmed, completely prepared for peaceful protest. We don't even like the word 'protest.' We're there to help the / there water protectors."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Th_ pr_t_st_rs _r_ c_ll_ng th_ms_lv_s "w_t_r pr_t_ct_rs". Th_y h_v_ b__n _n th_ s_t_ f_r m_nths try_ng t_ bl_ck th_ p_p_l_n_. Th_y w_r_ r_c_ntly j__n_d by v_t_r_ns fr_m th_ _.S. m_l_t_ry. Th_s_ _r_ r_t_r_d s_ld__rs, s__l_rs _nd m_mb_rs _f th_ __r f_rc_. Th_ v_t_r_ns h_v_ b__lt th_ pr_t_st_rs sh_lt_rs t_ k__p w_rm _n th_ fr__z_ng w_nt_r. Th_r_ h_s b__n v__l_nc_ b_tw__n th_ pr_t_st_rs _nd p_l_c_. _ N_rth D_k_t_ sp_k_sm_n s__d s_m_ _f th_ pr_t_st_rs w_r_ "fr_ght_n_ng". H_ s__d: "_t's t_m_ f_r th_m t_ g_ h_m_." H_w_v_r, C__st G__rd v_t_r_n _shl__gh J_nn_f_r P_rk_r s__d: "W_ w_ll b_ _n_rm_d, c_mpl_t_ly pr_p_r_d f_r p__c_f_l pr_t_st. W_ d_n't _v_n l_k_ th_ w_rd 'pr_t_st.' W_'r_ th_r_ t_ h_lp th_ w_t_r pr_t_ct_rs."

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    people in the us state of north dakota are angry because an oil company is building a giant pipe near their land the oil company wants to build the multibillion-dollar oil pipeline under a lake near the standing rock sioux reservation the sioux people are native americans who have been on the land for thousands of years the native americans have been joined by many protestors they are all trying to stop the $38 billion pipeline from passing near sioux land they say it will dirty their drinking water and make it undrinkable they also say the pipeline will damage sacred sioux sites a texas-based company energy transfer partners owns the 1885-km pipeline project it is almost complete

    the protestors are calling themselves "water protectors" they have been on the site for months trying to block the pipeline they were recently joined by veterans from the us military these are retired soldiers sailors and members of the air force the veterans have 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" he said "it's time for them to go home" however coast guard veteran ashleigh jennifer parker said "we will be unarmed completely prepared for peaceful protest we don't even like the word 'protest' we're there to help the water protectors"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    thelandforthousandsofyears.TheNativeAmericanshavebeenjoinedb
    ymanyprotestors.Theyarealltryingtostopthe$3.8billionpipelinefrom
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    eitundrinkable.TheyalsosaythepipelinewilldamagesacredSiouxsites
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    blockthepipeline.TheywererecentlyjoinedbyveteransfromtheU.S.mi
    litary.Theseareretiredsoldiers,sailorsandmembersoftheairforce.Th
    eveteranshavebuilttheprotestorsshelterstokeepwarminthefreezing
    winter.Therehasbeenviolencebetweentheprotestorsandpolice.ANor
    thDakotaspokesmansaidsomeoftheprotestorswere"frightening".He
    said:"It'stimeforthemtogohome."However,CoastGuardveteranAshl
    eighJenniferParkersaid:"Wewillbeunarmed,completelypreparedfor
    peacefulprotest.Wedon'tevenliketheword'protest'.We'retheretohel
    pthewaterprotectors."

    Free writing

    Write about oil pipeline for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    It is better to protest online than protest in the street. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. OIL COMPANIES: Make a poster about protests against oil companies. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. PIPELINES: Write a magazine article about a total ban on oil pipelines going through countryside. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on oil pipelines. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to make sure they do not damage the environment. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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