The Reading / Listening - Level 1

Many countries are helping Nigeria to find over 220 schoolgirls kidnapped last week by the Islamist group Boko Haram. The USA, China, France, Britain and Canada are helping to locate the missing girls. The American military is now in Nigeria. Boko Haram kidnapped them and said it would sell them. Barack Obama said it was "heartbreaking" and "outrageous". One of Egypt's top Islamic universities said harming the girls was against what Islam taught.

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban, is shocked at the kidnappings. She said: "These girls are my sisters, and I am feeling very sad." She told them: "Never lose hope." She compared the kidnapping to her hometown. She said: "In Swat, we were suffering. Girls were banned from going to school.…They were in schools trying to study, thinking about their future." She called the kidnapping in Nigeria, "another kind of terrorism".

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Sources
  • http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/missing-nigeria-schoolgirls/malala-says-kidnapped-nigerian-schoolgirls-are-her-sisters-n99701
  • http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/index.php/news/national-news/160793-kidnapping-of-school-girls-in-borno-outrageous-heartbreaking-says-obama
  • http://leadership.ng/news/369939/abducted-girls-britain-china-canada-step


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

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Many countries are

a.

and "outrageous"

2.

helping to

b.

the girls

3.

The American military is

c.

Islamic universities

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Boko Haram kidnapped

d.

Islam taught

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Obama said it was "heartbreaking"

e.

locate the missing girls

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Egypt's top

f.

helping Nigeria

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harming

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now in Nigeria

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against what

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them



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

the Pakistani schoolgirl shot

a.

from going to school

2.

shocked at

b.

very sad

3.

These girls are

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the kidnappings

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I am feeling

d.

their future

5.

Never lose

e.

of terrorism

6.

Girls were banned

f.

by the Taliban

7.

thinking about

g.

hope

8.

another kind

h.

my sisters





LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

Many (1) ___________________ Nigeria to find over 220 schoolgirls (2) ___________________ by the Islamist group Boko Haram. The USA, China, France, Britain and Canada are helping to (3) ___________________ girls. The American military is now in Nigeria. Boko Haram kidnapped (4) ___________________ would sell them. Barack Obama said it was "heartbreaking" and "outrageous". One of Egypt's (5) ___________________ said harming the girls was (6) ___________________ taught.

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani (7) ___________________ the Taliban, is shocked at the kidnappings. She said: "These girls are my sisters, (8) ___________________ very sad." She told them: "Never lose hope." She (9) ___________________ to her hometown. She said: "In Swat, (10) ___________________. Girls were banned from going to school.…They were in schools trying to study, thinking (11) ___________________." She called the kidnapping in Nigeria, "another (12) ___________________ ".

PUT A SLASH ( / )WHERE THE SPACES ARE

ManycountriesarehelpingNigeriatofindover220schoolgirlskidnap
pedlastweekbytheIslamistgroupBokoHaram.TheUSA,China,Fra
nce,BritainandCanadaarehelpingtolocatethemissinggirls.TheAm
ericanmilitaryisnowinNigeria.BokoHaramkidnappedthemandsai
ditwouldsellthem.BarackObamasaiditwas"heartbreaking"and"o
utrageous".OneofEgypt'stopIslamicuniversitiessaidharmingtheg
irlswasagainstwhatIslamtaught.MalalaYousafzai,thePakistanisc
hoolgirlshotbytheTaliban,isshockedatthekidnappings.Shesaid:"
Thesegirlsaremysisters,andIamfeelingverysad."Shetoldthem:"
Neverlosehope."Shecomparedthekidnappingtoherhometown.Sh
esaid:"InSwat,weweresuffering.Girlswerebannedfromgoingtosc
hool.…Theywereinschoolstryingtostudy,thinkingabouttheirfutur
e."ShecalledthekidnappinginNigeria,"anotherkindofterrorism".

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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WRITING

Write about kidnapping for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner's paper.

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Answers

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