The Reading / Listening - Absent Father - Level 4

A school in the USA was surprised after getting many volunteers to be absent fathers. The school asked for 50 male volunteers to be substitute fathers at its "Breakfast with Dads" event. It was flooded with replies. Nearly 600 men turned up at the event. The school's very first "Breakfast with Dads" event was to help community spirit. Most of the children come from poorer families. Many of them did not have a father who could go to the breakfast.



The school said the breakfast event was part of plans to improve education. Community leaders and organizations worked on projects to increase test scores. Their efforts worked. A local pastor said: "When a young person sees someone other than their teacher take interest in them, it inspires them." A school liaison officer said: "The look of awe, even disbelief, in students' eyes as they made their way through the crowd of "Dads" was astonishing."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Absent Father - Level 5 or  Absent Father - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/billy-earl-dade-middle-school-dallas-breakfast-with-dads-asks-50-volunteers-600-a8146291.html
  • http://www.sltrib.com/news/nation-world/2018/01/07/a-school-sought-50-men-to-stand-in-for-absent-fathers-at-breakfast-with-dads-nearly-600-showed-up/
  • https://www.dallasnews.com/news/dallas-isd/2017/12/07/male-mentors-needed-eat-breakfast-south-dallas-middle-schooler-dads-event


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. A school in the USA was
  2. getting many volunteers to be
  3. The school asked
  4. It was flooded
  5. Nearly 600 men turned up
  6. help community
  7. Most of the children come from
  8. go to the
  1. for 50 male volunteers
  2. poorer families
  3. at the event
  4. breakfast
  5. with replies
  6. surprised
  7. spirit
  8. absent fathers

Paragraph 2

  1. part of plans to
  2. Community
  3. projects to increase test
  4. someone other
  5. take interest
  6. The look of
  7. disbelief in students'
  8. they made their way through
  1. scores
  2. awe
  3. the crowd
  4. eyes
  5. leaders
  6. than their teacher
  7. in them
  8. improve education

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A school in the USA (1) ___________________ getting many volunteers to be absent fathers. The school asked for 50 (2) ___________________ be substitute fathers at its "Breakfast with Dads" event. It (3) ________________ replies. Nearly 600 men turned (4) ___________________. The school's very first "Breakfast with Dads" event was (5) ___________________. Most of the children come from poorer families. Many of them did not have a father (6) ___________________ to the breakfast.

The school said the breakfast event was (7) ___________________ to improve education. Community (8) ___________________ worked on projects to (9) ___________________. Their efforts worked. A local pastor said: "When a young person sees someone other than their teacher take interest in them, (10) ___________________." A school liaison officer said: "The look of awe, (11) ___________________ students' eyes as they made their way through the crowd of "Dads" (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AschoolintheUSAwassurprisedaftergettingmanyvolunteerstobeabs
entfathers.Theschoolaskedfor50malevolunteerstobesubstitutefath
ersatits"BreakfastwithDads"event.Itwasfloodedwithreplies.Nearly60
0menturnedupattheevent.Theschool'sveryfirst"BreakfastwithDads
"eventwastohelpcommunityspirit.Mostofthechildrencomefrompoor
erfamilies.Manyofthemdidnothaveafatherwhocouldgotothebreakfa
st.Theschoolsaidthebreakfasteventwaspartofplanstoimproveeduca
tion.Communityleadersandorganizationsworkedonprojectstoincrea
setestscores.Theireffortsworked.Alocalpastorsaid:"Whenayoungpe
rsonseessomeoneotherthantheirteachertakeinterestinthem,itinspir
esthem."Aschoolliaisonofficersaid:"Thelookofawe,evendisbelief,ins
tudents'eyesastheymadetheirwaythroughthecrowdof"Dads"wasast
onishing."

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)

(a) ________________

(b) ________________

(c) ________________

(d) ________________

(e) ________________

(f) ________________

(g) ________________

(h) ________________

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

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

Answers

(Please check your answers against the article above.

Help Support This Web Site

  • Please consider helping Breaking News English.com

Sean Banville's Book

Thank You