The Reading / Listening - Tablet Computers - Level 6

All prisoners in the U.S. state of New York are to be given free tablet computers. The freebies are part of a deal struck between a private communications service called JPay and New York's prison service. The lucrative but controversial agreement involves the contractor providing 54,700 convicts with a free tablet. The tablets will not be Internet enabled, but prisoners will be able to get limited, but monitored, online access by plugging their device into approved kiosks at specific times. Inmates will be allowed to email an approved list of family and friends; order certain music, books and videos; and file grievances and reports of abuse. All of this activity will be heavily monitored by prison staff.



Prisoner support services welcomed the free tablet initiative. They called it a "game-changer" and a "huge step forward". A New York State official said the tablets would help prisoners remain closer to their families, and reduce tensions between prisoners and prison guards. However, law enforcement agencies are questioning the wisdom of giving tablets to convicts. Some law enforcement officers described it as a good example of how crime does pay. Top police officer Ed Mullins questioned why prisoners were getting free tablets when other people in society are struggling. He said: "Little is done for the homeless, mentally ill, and hard-working people who can't afford tablets in New York State."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Tablet Computers - Level 4  or  Tablet Computers - Level 5

Sources
  • http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/inmates-free-tablets-file-grievances-abuse-article-1.3791849
  • https://nypost.com/2018/01/31/new-york-is-giving-locked-up-killers-rapists-free-tablets/
  • http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/01/31/inmates-in-new-york-state-prisons-to-receive-free-tablet-computers.html


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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. PRISONERS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about prisoners. 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?
       prisoners / tablet / private / lucrative / agreement / online / access / family / staff /
       initiative / huge / tensions / wisdom / crime / society / struggling / homeless / afford
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. TABLETS: Students A strongly believe prisoners should not get free tablet computers; Students B strongly believe they should.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. PRISONERS: What should prisoners have? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What?

How Much/Many?

Why?

Digital products

 

 

 

Games

 

 

 

Stationery

 

 

 

Clothes

 

 

 

Free time

 

 

 

Visits

 

 

 

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5. DEAL: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "deal". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. FREEBIES: Rank these with your partner. Put the best freebies at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • music
  • movie tickets
  • chocolate
  • deodorant
  • tissues
  • pens
  • drinks
  • English lessons

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. freebies a. A (business) agreement between two or more people, companies or groups.
      2. deal b. Likely to give create a lot of public disagreement; a hot topic.
      3. struck c. Making a LOT of money and profit.
      4. lucrative d. A thing made for a special purpose, especially a piece of electronic equipment, like a smartphone, printer or computer tablet.
      5. controversial e. Things that are given to people for free (without paying).
      6. monitored f. Send a legal document or a complaint somewhere.
      7. file g. Look carefully at and check the progress or quality of something or someone over a period of time.

    Paragraph 2

      8. initiative h. Trying really hard to live because of problems and difficulties.
      9. remain i. A new plan or to resolve a difficulty or improve a situation.
      10. reduce j. How good or bad an action of decision is.
      11. tensions k. Have enough money to pay for something.
      12. wisdom l. Make smaller; make lower.
      13. struggling m. Stresses and bad relationships between people.
      14. afford n. Stay; be.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. A pharmaceutical company is giving New York prisoners free tables.     T / F
  2. Just under 55,000 prisoners will be given a free tablet.     T / F
  3. The prisoners will not have any access to the Internet.     T / F
  4. The prison staff will not monitor prisoners' use of tablets.     T / F
  5. Prisoner support services like the idea of the free tablets.     T / F
  6. Law enforcement agencies are happy about the free tablets.     T / F
  7. A police officer said the tablets show that crime pays.     T / F
  8. A police officer questioned why so little was done to help the homeless.   T / F

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

  1. deal
  2. lucrative
  3. controversial
  4. specific
  5. grievances
  6. huge
  7. remain
  8. wisdom
  9. pay
  10. afford
  1. particular
  2. have money for
  3. stay
  4. profitable
  5. common sense
  6. complaints
  7. agreement
  8. be profitable
  9. enormous
  10. contentious

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

  1. The freebies are part
  2. 54,700
  3. allowed to email an approved
  4. file grievances and
  5. All of this activity will be heavily monitored
  6. support services welcomed the
  7. a game-changer and a
  8. law enforcement
  9. a good example of how crime
  10. people in society
  1. free tablet initiative
  2. by prison staff
  3. are struggling
  4. of a deal
  5. huge step forward
  6. list of family
  7. does pay
  8. reports of abuse
  9. agencies
  10. convicts

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
access
part
file
state
heavily
enabled
specific
lucrative

All prisoners in the U.S. (1) ____________ of New York are to be given free tablet computers. The freebies are (2) ____________ of a deal struck between a private communications service called JPay and New York's prison service. The (3) ____________ but controversial agreement involves the contractor providing 54,700 convicts with a free tablet. The tablets will not be Internet (4) ____________, but prisoners will be able to get limited, but monitored, online (5) ____________ by plugging their device into approved kiosks at (6) ____________ times. Inmates will be allowed to email an approved list of family and friends; order certain music, books and videos; and (7) ____________ grievances and reports of abuse. All of this activity will be (8) ____________ monitored by prison staff.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
tensions
example
wisdom
afford
initiative
done
step
society

Prisoner support services welcomed the free tablet (9) ____________. They called it a "game-changer" and a "huge (10) ____________ forward". A New York State official said the tablets would help prisoners remain closer to their families, and reduce (11) ____________ between prisoners and prison guards. However, law enforcement agencies are questioning the (12) ____________ of giving tablets to convicts. Some law enforcement officers described it as a good (13) ____________ of how crime does pay. Top police officer Ed Mullins questioned why prisoners were getting free tablets when other people in (14) ____________ are struggling. He said: "Little is (15) ____________ for the homeless, mentally ill, and hard-working people who can't (16) ____________ tablets in New York State."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  …of New York are to be given free tablet computers. The freebies are ______ deal
     a.  partner of a
     b.  party of a
     c.  part of a
     d.  parted of a
2)  involves the contractor providing 54,700 ______ free tablet
     a.  convictions with a
     b.  con wicks with a
     c.  convicts with a
     d.  con victors with a
3)  Inmates will be allowed to email an ______ family
     a.  approval list of
     b.  approving list of
     c.  approved list of
     d.  approves list of
4)  order certain music, books and videos; and ______
     a.  filed grievances
     b.  file grievances
     c.  file grievance
     d.  filed grievance
5)  All of this activity will be heavily monitored ______
     a.  buy prison staff
     b.  by prison staff
     c.  bye prison staff
     d.  byte prison staff

6)  Prisoner support services welcomed the free ______
     a.  tablet initiative
     b.  tablet initiatives
     c.  tablets initiative
     d.  tablets initiatives
7)  They called it a "game-changer" and a "huge ______"
     a.  step for word
     b.  step far ward
     c.  step far word
     d.  step forward
8)  the tablets would help prisoners remain closer to their families, and ______
     a.  reed deuce tensions
     b.  rid deuce tensions
     c.  reduce tensions
     d.  reduce tent shun
9)  why prisoners were getting free tablets when other people in society ______
     a.  are struggle in
     b.  are struggling
     c.  are struggling in
     d.  are struggled
10)  Little is done for the homeless, mentally ill, and hard-______
     a.  work in people
     b.  working people
     c.  worked in people
     d.  worker people

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

All prisoners in the U.S. state of New York are to be (1) ___________________ computers. The freebies are part of a (2) ___________________ a private communications service called JPay and New York's prison service. (3) ___________________ controversial agreement involves the contractor providing 54,700 convicts with a free tablet. The tablets will not be Internet (4) ___________________ will be able to get limited, but monitored, online access by plugging their device into approved kiosks (5) ___________________. Inmates will be allowed to email an approved list of family and friends; order certain music, books and videos; and file grievances and (6) ___________________. All of this activity will be heavily monitored by prison staff.

Prisoner support services welcomed the (7) ___________________. They called it a "game-changer" and a "(8) ___________________". A New York State official said the tablets would help prisoners remain closer to their families, (9) ___________________ between prisoners and prison guards. However, law enforcement agencies are questioning the (10) ___________________ tablets to convicts. Some law enforcement officers described it as a good example of how crime does pay. Top police officer Ed Mullins questioned why prisoners were (11) ___________________ when other people in society are struggling. He said: "Little is done for the homeless, mentally ill, (12) ___________________ people who can't afford tablets in New York State."

Comprehension questions

  1. What kind of company is the tablet computer provider JPay?
  2. How many prisoners will be given a free tablet computer?
  3. Where will prisoners have to plug their tablets in to get Internet access?
  4. What will prisoners be able to file?
  5. Who will monitor the Internet activity of the prisoners?
  6. What did support services call the initiative besides a huge step forward?
  7. What did a police officer say the tablet giveaway was an example of?
  8. What kinds of agencies are questioning the wisdom of the giveaway?
  9. What did a police officer say many people in society were doing?
  10. What did a police officer say was being done for the homeless?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What kind of company is the tablet computer provider JPay?
a) a security company
b) a tablet maker
c) a private communications service
d) a pharmaceutical company
2) How many prisoners will be given a free tablet computer?
a) 54,700
b) 45,700
c) 57,400
d) 47,500
3) Where will prisoners have to plug their tablets in to get Internet access?
a) the visiting room
b) the prison library
c) the power supply in their cell
d) special kiosks
4) What will prisoners be able to file?
a) A4 binders
b) grievances
c) cell bars
d) their nails
5) Who will monitor the Internet activity of the prisoners?
a) the tablet maker
b) other prisoners
c) prison staff
d) JPay

6) What did support services call the initiative besides a huge step forward?
a) a gamer
b) a game-changer
c) a game charger
d) a game
7) What did a police officer say the tablet giveaway was an example of?
a) state help
b) a good prison service
c) charity
d) crime paying
8) What kinds of agencies are questioning the wisdom of the giveaway?
a) health agencies
b) law enforcement agencies
c) job agencies
d) parole agencies
9) What did a police officer say many people in society were doing?
a) struggling
b) committing crimes
c) sitting in prisons
d) using tablets
10) What did a police officer say was being done for the homeless?
a) nothing
b) many things
c) a lot
d) little

Role play

Role  A – Tissues
You think tissues are the best freebies. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their freebies. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): pens, English lessons or drinks.

Role  B – Pens
You think pens are the best freebies. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their freebies. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): tissues, English lessons or drinks.

Role  C – English Lessons
You think English lessons are the best freebies. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their freebies. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): pens, tissues or drinks.

Role  D – Drinks
You think drinks are the best freebies. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their freebies. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why):  pens, English lessons or tissues.

After reading / listening

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

'tablet'

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  • and 'computer'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • welcomed
    • huge
    • remain
    • wisdom
    • pay
    • ill
    • freebies
    • deal
    • involves
    • able
    • access
    • heavily




    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 - All New York prisoners to get free tablet computer

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'tablet'?
    3. What do you think of tablet computers?
    4. Why should prisoners get free computers?
    5. Why do you think the company is providing these tablets for free?
    6. How will this initiative help the prisoners?
    7. How important are tablets?
    8. What are the good and bad things about tablets?
    9. Should the prisoners' online access be monitored?
    10. What are the purposes of prisons?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'prison'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Why might the free tablet initiative be a "game-changer"?
    5. How much freedom should prisoners have in prison?
    6. Does crime pay?
    7. Why should prisoners get free tablets when law-abiding people are poor?
    8. Should prisoners have things like computer games and TV?
    9. How might poor people in New York feel about this news?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the prison bosses?

    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)

    All prisoners in the U.S. state of New York are to (1) ____ given free tablet computers. The freebies are part of a deal (2) ____ between a private communications service called JPay and New York's prison service. The (3) ____ but controversial agreement involves the contractor providing 54,700 convicts with a free tablet. The tablets will not be Internet (4) ____, but prisoners will be able to get limited, but monitored, online access (5) ____ plugging their device into approved kiosks at specific times. Inmates will be allowed to email an approved list of family and friends; order certain music, books and videos; and (6) ____ grievances and reports of abuse. All of this activity will be heavily monitored by prison staff.

    Prisoner support services welcomed the free tablet initiative. They called it a "game-(7) ____" and a "huge step forward". A New York State official said the tablets would help prisoners (8) ____ closer to their families, and reduce tensions between prisoners and prison guards. However, law enforcement agencies are (9) ____ the wisdom of giving tablets to convicts. Some law enforcement officers described it as a good example of how crime does (10) ____. Top police officer Ed Mullins questioned why prisoners were getting free tablets when other people in society are (11) ____. He said: "(12) ____ is done for the homeless, mentally ill, and hard-working people who can't afford tablets in New York State."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     bee     (b)     being     (c)     been     (d)     be    
    2. (a)     punched     (b)     collided     (c)     hit     (d)     struck    
    3. (a)     laxative     (b)     lucrative     (c)     laconic     (d)     lecherous    
    4. (a)     nobility     (b)     capability     (c)     enabled     (d)     energized    
    5. (a)     by     (b)     to     (c)     at     (d)     of    
    6. (a)     file     (b)     staple     (c)     sort     (d)     glue    
    7. (a)     chamber     (b)     chancer     (c)     charmer     (d)     changer    
    8. (a)     remain     (b)     domain     (c)     main     (d)     mainline    
    9. (a)     questions     (b)     questioning     (c)     questioned     (d)     questioner    
    10. (a)     paid     (b)     payment     (c)     pay     (d)     paying    
    11. (a)     struggle     (b)     struggles     (c)     struggling     (d)     struggled    
    12. (a)     Tiny     (b)     Little     (c)     Small     (d)     Lower

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (   )  people in society are struggling. He said: "Little is done for the homeless,
    (   )  Prisoner support services welcomed the free tablet initiative. They called it a "game-changer" and a "huge step
    (   )  tensions between prisoners and prison guards. However, law enforcement agencies are questioning
    (   )  access by plugging their device into approved kiosks at specific times. Inmates will be
    1  ) All prisoners in the U.S. state of New York are to be given free tablet computers. The freebies are part
    (   )  grievances and reports of abuse. All of this activity will be heavily monitored by prison staff.
    (   )  of a deal struck between a private communications service called JPay and New York's prison service. The lucrative but
    (   )  allowed to email an approved list of family and friends; order certain music, books and videos; and file
    (   )  be Internet enabled, but prisoners will be able to get limited, but monitored, online
    (   )  pay. Top police officer Ed Mullins questioned why prisoners were getting free tablets when other
    (   )  the wisdom of giving tablets to convicts. Some law enforcement officers described it as a good example of how crime does
    (   )  mentally ill, and hard-working people who can't afford tablets in New York State."
    (   )  forward". A New York State official said the tablets would help prisoners remain closer to their families, and reduce
    (   )  controversial agreement involves the contractor providing 54,700 convicts with a free tablet. The tablets will not

    Put the words in the right order

    1. York   .   state   All   prisoners   New   US   of   in   the
    2. freebies   part   are   The   a   struck   .   of   deal
    3. kiosks   their   Plugging   device   at   times   .   specific   into
    4. approved   family   .   to   email   of   list   Allowed   an
    5. All   heavily   will   be   of   activity   monitored   .   this
    6. services   the   initiative   .   tablet   free   Support   welcomed
    7. to   prisoners   their   closer   remain   Help   families   .
    8. wisdom   The   to   giving   convicts   .   tablets   of
    9. getting   tablets   .   prisoners   were   free   why   Questioned
    10. tablets   .   people   afford   who   can't   Hard-working

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    All prisoners in the U.S. state of New York are to be giving / given free tablet computers. The freebies are part of a dealt / deal struck between a private communications service called JPay and New York's prison service. The lucrative but controversially / controversial agreement involves the contractor providing / provision 54,700 convicts within / with a free tablet. The tablets will not be Internet enabled / abled, but prisoners will be able to get limited, but monitored, online access as / by plugging their device into approved kiosks at / by specific times. Inmates will be allowed to email an approved list of family and friends; order certainly / certain music, books and videos; and file grievances and reports of abuse. All of this activity will be heavily monitored / monitor by prison staff.

    Prisoner support services welcomed the freely / free tablet initiative. They called it a "game-changer" and a "huge / hugely step forward". A New York State official said the tablets would help prisoners remaining / remain closer to their families, and reduction / reduce tensions between prisoners and prison guards. However, lawyer / law enforcement agencies are questioning the wisdom of giving tablets to / by convicts. Some law enforcement officers described it as a good example of how crime does pay / paid. Top police officer Ed Mullins questioned why prisoners were get / getting free tablets when other people in society are / be struggling. He said: "Little is done for the homeless, mentally ill, and hard-working people who can't afford / affront tablets in New York State."

    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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    P r _ s _ n _ r   s _ p p _ r t   s _ r v _ c _ s   w _ l c _ m _ d   t h _   f r _ _   t _ b l _ t   _ n _ t _ _ t _ v _ .   T h _ y   c _ l l _ d   _ t   _   " g _ m _ - c h _ n g _ r "   _ n d   _   " h _ g _   s t _ p   f _ r w _ r d " .   A   N _ w   Y _ r k   S t _ t _   _ f f _ c _ _ l   s _ _ d   t h _   t _ b l _ t s   w _ _ l d   h _ l p   p r _ s _ n _ r s   r _ m _ _ n   c l _ s _ r   t _   t h _ _ r   f _ m _ l _ _ s ,   _ n d   r _ d _ c _   t _ n s _ _ n s   b _ t w _ _ n   p r _ s _ n _ r s   _ n d   p r _ s _ n   g _ _ r d s .   H _ w _ v _ r ,   l _ w   _ n f _ r c _ m _ n t   _ g _ n c _ _ s   _ r _   q _ _ s t _ _ n _ n g   t h _   w _ s d _ m   _ f   g _ v _ n g   t _ b l _ t s   t _   c _ n v _ c t s .   S _ m _   l _ w   _ n f _ r c _ m _ n t   _ f f _ c _ r s   d _ s c r _ b _ d   _ t   _ s   _   g _ _ d   _ x _ m p l _   _ f   h _ w   c r _ m _   d _ _ s   p _ y .   T _ p   p _ l _ c _   _ f f _ c _ r   E d   M _ l l _ n s   q _ _ s t _ _ n _ d   w h y   p r _ s _ n _ r s   w _ r _   g _ t t _ n g   f r _ _   t _ b l _ t s   w h _ n   _ t h _ r   p _ _ p l _   _ n   s _ c _ _ t y   _ r _   s t r _ g g l _ n g .   H _   s _ _ d :   " L _ t t l _   _ s   d _ n _   f _ r   t h _   h _ m _ l _ s s ,   m _ n t _ l l y   _ l l ,   _ n d   h _ r d - w _ r k _ n g   p _ _ p l _   w h _   c _ n ' t   _ f f _ r d   t _ b l _ t s   _ n   N _ w   Y _ r k   S t _ t _ . "

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    all prisoners in the us state of new york are to be given free tablet computers the freebies are part of a deal struck between a private communications service called jpay and new yorks prison service the lucrative but controversial agreement involves the contractor providing 54700 convicts with a free tablet the tablets will not be internet enabled but prisoners will be able to get limited but monitored online access by plugging their device into approved kiosks at specific times inmates will be allowed to email an approved list of family and friends order certain music books and videos and file grievances and reports of abuse all of this activity will be heavily monitored by prison staff
    prisoner support services welcomed the free tablet initiative they called it a gamechanger and a huge step forward a new york state official said the tablets would help prisoners remain closer to their families and reduce tensions between prisoners and prison guards however law enforcement agencies are questioning the wisdom of giving tablets to convicts some law enforcement officers described it as a good example of how crime does pay top police officer ed mullins questioned why prisoners were getting free tablets when other people in society are struggling he said little is done for the homeless mentally ill and hardworking people who cant afford tablets in new york state

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    AllprisonersintheU.S.stateofNewYorkaretobegivenfreetabletcompu
    ters.Thefreebiesarepartofadealstruckbetweenaprivatecommunicati
    onsservicecalledJPayandNewYork'sprisonservice.Thelucrativebutco
    ntroversialagreementinvolvesthecontractorproviding54,700convict
    swithafreetablet.ThetabletswillnotbeInternetenabled,butprisoners
    willbeabletogetlimited,butmonitored,onlineaccessbypluggingtheird
    eviceintoapprovedkiosksatspecifictimes.Inmateswillbeallowedtoe
    mailanapprovedlistoffamilyandfriends;ordercertainmusic,booksan
    dvideos;andfilegrievancesandreportsofabuse.Allofthisactivitywillbe
    heavilymonitoredbyprisonstaff.Prisonersupportserviceswelcomedt
    hefreetabletinitiative.Theycalledita"game-changer"anda"hugeste
    pforward".ANewYorkStateofficialsaidthetabletswouldhelpprisoners
    remainclosertotheirfamilies,andreducetensionsbetweenprisonersa
    ndprisonguards.However,lawenforcementagenciesarequestioningt
    hewisdomofgivingtabletstoconvicts.Somelawenforcementofficersd
    escribeditasagoodexampleofhowcrimedoespay.ToppoliceofficerEd
    Mullinsquestionedwhyprisonersweregettingfreetabletswhenotherp
    eopleinsocietyarestruggling.Hesaid:"Littleisdoneforthehomeless,m
    entallyill,andhard-workingpeoplewhocan'taffordtabletsinNewYork
    State."

    Free writing

    Write about tablet computers for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Prisoners should never be given free tablet computers. 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. PRISONERS: Make a poster about prisoners. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. TABLETS: Write a magazine article about prisoners getting free tablets. 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 prisoners. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to better deal with them. 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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