The Reading / Listening - Level 1

European leaders used rap to win votes. They want young people to vote for them. More young people aren't interested in elections. Ten years ago, 87 per cent of young people voted but in the last election, just 65 per cent voted. Younger politicians made a group called EU40. They said young people would listen to their raps. There was "a freestyle hip-hop battle" called the "Battle For Your Vote". The aim was to get young people to vote.



The BBC reported on the battle. It said politicians had the microphone for a minute to get some support. One party tried to interest young people by saying: "If you like money, vote for [us]". There were short raps on many topics, including unemployment and immigration. Each rapper said what they would do about these problems. They used short, rhyming sentences instead of long speeches.

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Sources
  • http://www.unric.org/en/latest-un-buzz/29149-battle-for-the-youth-vote
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-eu-26978726
  • http://www.eu40.eu/freestyle-hip-hop-battle-your-vote/


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

European leaders used

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of young people voted

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young people aren't interested

b.

to their raps

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87 per cent

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battle

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in the last

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rap to win votes

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politicians made a group

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young people to vote

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young people would listen

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called EU40

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a freestyle hip-hop

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in elections

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The aim was to get

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election



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

The BBC reported

a.

young people

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politicians had the

b.

support

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get some

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sentences

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One party tried to interest

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on many topics

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If you like money,

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on the battle

6.

short raps

f.

about these problems

7.

what they would do

g.

microphone for a minute

8.

rhyming

h.

vote for us

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

European leaders (1) ___________________ votes. They want young people (2) ___________________ them. More young people aren't interested in elections. Ten years ago, 87 per cent of young people (3) ___________________ election, just 65 per cent voted. Younger politicians (4) ___________________ called EU40. They said young people (5) ___________________ their raps. There was "a freestyle hip-hop battle" called the "Battle For Your Vote". The (6) ___________________ young people to vote.

The BBC reported (7) ___________________. It said politicians had the microphone for a minute to (8) ___________________. One party (9) ___________________ young people by saying: "If you like money, vote for [us]". There (10) ___________________ many topics, (11) ___________________ and immigration. Each rapper said what they would do about these problems. They used short, rhyming sentences (12) ___________________ speeches.





PUT A SLASH ( / )WHERE THE SPACES ARE

Europeanleadersusedraptowinvotes.Theywantyoungpeopletovot
eforthem.Moreyoungpeoplearen'tinterestedinelections.Tenyears
ago,87percentofyoungpeoplevotedbutinthelastelection,just65pe
rcentvoted.YoungerpoliticiansmadeagroupcalledEU40.Theysaidy
oungpeoplewouldlistentotheirraps.Therewas"afreestylehip-
hopbattle"calledthe"BattleForYourVote".Theaimwastogetyoungp
eopletovote.TheBBCreportedonthebattle.Itsaidpoliticianshadthe
microphoneforaminutetogetsomesupport.Onepartytriedtointeres
tyoungpeoplebysaying:"Ifyoulikemoney,votefor[us]".Therewere
shortrapsonmanytopics,includingunemploymentandimmigration.
Eachrappersaidwhattheywoulddoabouttheseproblems.Theyused
short,rhymingsentencesinsteadoflongspeeches.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

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WRITING

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Answers

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