The Reading / Listening - Gun Violence - Level 4

U.S. companies, like United Airlines and Hertz, are planning to cut ties with the USA's National Rifle Association (NRA). This is after the high-school shooting in South Florida in which 17 students and staff died. Many other companies are cutting ties with the powerful NRA lobby group. They will end discounts and benefits for NRA members. This could be a watershed for gun control in the USA. There is also a growing campaign for change on social media.



The NRA attacked the failure of the school and government for the tragedy. It stated: "Law-abiding members of the NRA had nothing at all to do with the failure of that school's security preparedness, the failure of America's mental health system...or the cruel failures of...law enforcement." It said that companies that punished NRA members for the tragedy were "shameful". It added that the loss of discounts would not stop the NRA from defending freedom.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Gun Violence - Level 5 or  Gun Violence - Level 6

Sources
  • http://abcnews.go.com/US/companies-cutting-ties-nra-grows-include-hertz-metlife/story?id=53322436
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-guns-boycott/delta-united-airlines-become-latest-companies-to-cut-nra-ties-idUSKCN1G80VP?il=0
  • https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/02/23/chinese-editorial-denounces-gun-violence-stain-us-human-rights-record


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. planning to cut
  2. the powerful NRA lobby
  3. They will
  4. benefits for NRA
  5. This could be
  6. gun control in
  7. There is also a growing
  8. change on
  1. campaign
  2. a watershed
  3. social media
  4. members
  5. end discounts
  6. ties
  7. group
  8. the USA

Paragraph 2

  1. Law-abiding members
  2. that school's security
  3. America's mental
  4. cruel
  5. law
  6. punished NRA members
  7. the loss of discounts would
  8. defending
  1. enforcement
  2. not stop the NRA
  3. preparedness
  4. freedom
  5. of the NRA
  6. failures
  7. for the tragedy
  8. health system

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

U.S. companies, like United Airlines and Hertz, (1) ___________________ cut ties with the USA's National Rifle Association (NRA). This is after the high-(2) ___________________ South Florida in which 17 students and staff died. Many other companies are (3) ___________________ the powerful NRA lobby group. They (4) ___________________ and benefits for NRA members. This could (5) ___________________ for gun control in the USA. There is also a growing campaign for (6) ___________________ media.

The NRA attacked (7) ___________________ the school and government for the tragedy. It stated: "(8) ___________________ of the NRA (9) ___________________ all to do with the failure of that school's security preparedness, the failure of America's (10) ___________________...or the cruel failures of...law enforcement." It said that companies that punished NRA members (11) ___________________ were "shameful". It added that the loss of discounts would not stop the NRA (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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theUSA'sNationalRifleAssociation(NRA).Thisisafterthehigh-schoo
lshootinginSouthFloridainwhich17studentsandstaffdied.Manyother
companiesarecuttingtieswiththepowerfulNRAlobbygroup.Theywille
nddiscountsandbenefitsforNRAmembers.Thiscouldbeawatershedfo
rguncontrolintheUSA.Thereisalsoagrowingcampaignforchangeonso
cialmedia.TheNRAattackedthefailureoftheschoolandgovernmentfor
thetragedy.Itstated:"Law-abidingmembersoftheNRAhadnothingat
alltodowiththefailureofthatschool'ssecuritypreparedness,thefailure
ofAmerica'smentalhealthsystem...orthecruelfailuresof...lawenforce
ment."ItsaidthatcompaniesthatpunishedNRAmembersforthetraged
ywere"shameful".ItaddedthatthelossofdiscountswouldnotstoptheN
RAfromdefendingfreedom.

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

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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