The Reading / Listening - Absent Father - Level 5

A school in the USA was surprised after being swamped by volunteers to be absent fathers. The school is in the city of Dallas. It asked for 50 male volunteers to be substitute fathers in an event called "Breakfast with Dads". Organizers were flooded with replies. They were shocked after nearly 600 men responded and turned up at the event. The school's very first "Breakfast with Dads" event was to improve community spirit. Most of the children come from low-income families. Many of them did not have a father who could go to the breakfast.



The school said the breakfast event was part of a plan to improve its academic position. Community leaders and local organizations combined in various projects to increase test scores. There has been some improvement at the school because of their efforts. 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 commented on the success of the event. She 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 4 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. surprised after being swamped
  2. It asked for 50
  3. Organizers were
  4. 600 men responded and
  5. improve community
  6. come from low-
  7. Many of them did not
  8. go to the
  1. spirit
  2. breakfast
  3. turned up
  4. by volunteers
  5. have a father
  6. male volunteers
  7. flooded with replies
  8. income families

Paragraph 2

  1. improve its academic
  2. combined in various projects to
  3. There has been some
  4. someone other
  5. commented on the success
  6. The look of
  7. disbelief in students'
  8. made their way through
  1. of the event
  2. eyes
  3. position
  4. the crowd
  5. improvement
  6. than their teacher
  7. awe
  8. increase test scores

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A school in the USA was surprised after (1) ___________________ volunteers to be absent fathers. The school is in the city of Dallas. It asked for 50 (2) ___________________ be substitute fathers in an event called "Breakfast with Dads". Organizers were (3) ___________________. They were shocked after nearly 600 men responded and (4) ___________________ the event. The school's very first "Breakfast with Dads" event was to improve (5) ___________________. Most of the children come (6) ___________________ families. Many of them did not have a father who could go to the breakfast.

The school said the breakfast (7) ___________________ of a plan to improve its academic position. Community leaders and local organizations combined in (8) ___________________ increase test scores. There has been some improvement at the school because (9) ___________________. A local pastor said: "When a young person sees someone other than their teacher (10) ___________________ them, it inspires them." A school liaison officer commented on the success of the event. She said: "The (11) ___________________, even disbelief, in students' eyes as they made their way through the crowd of "Dads" (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AschoolintheUSAwassurprisedafterbeingswampedbyvolunteerstob
eabsentfathers.TheschoolisinthecityofDallas.Itaskedfor50malevolu
nteerstobesubstitutefathersinaneventcalled"BreakfastwithDads".O
rganizerswerefloodedwithreplies.Theywereshockedafternearly600
menrespondedandturnedupattheevent.Theschool'sveryfirst"Breakf
astwithDads"eventwastoimprovecommunityspirit.Mostofthechildre
ncomefromlow-incomefamilies.Manyofthemdidnothaveafatherwho
couldgotothebreakfast.Theschoolsaidthebreakfasteventwaspartofa
plantoimproveitsacademicposition.Communityleadersandlocalorga
nizationscombinedinvariousprojectstoincreasetestscores.Therehas
beensomeimprovementattheschoolbecauseoftheirefforts.Alocalpas
torsaid:"Whenayoungpersonseessomeoneotherthantheirteacherta
keinterestinthem,itinspiresthem."Aschoolliaisonofficercommented
onthesuccessoftheevent.Shesaid:"Thelookofawe,evendisbelief,inst
udents'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)

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Free writing

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Answers

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