The Reading / Listening - Gun Violence - Level 5

Many companies are announcing plans to cut ties with the USA's National Rifle Association (NRA) after the high-school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida. That tragedy saw 17 students and staff lose their lives. Many high profile companies, like United Airlines, Delta Airlines and Hertz, are cutting ties with the powerful NRA lobby group. They will end special discounts and benefits for NRA members. This could be a watershed for gun control in the USA. There is also a growing campaign on social media for greater change in the USA regarding guns.



The NRA attacked the failure of both school and federal systems for the high school tragedy. It stated: "The 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 added that: "Some corporations have decided to punish NRA membership in a shameful display of...cowardice." The NRA said: "The loss of a discount will neither scare nor distract one single NRA member from our mission to stand and defend individual freedoms."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Gun Violence - Level 4 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. companies are announcing plans
  2. the high-school
  3. high profile
  4. They will end special
  5. benefits for
  6. This could be a watershed
  7. a growing campaign on
  8. greater change in the USA
  1. social media
  2. to cut ties
  3. regarding guns
  4. companies
  5. for gun control
  6. discounts
  7. shooting
  8. NRA members

Paragraph 2

  1. the failure of both school and
  2. law-abiding
  3. the failure of America's mental
  4. the cruel failures of law
  5. decided to
  6. a shameful display
  7. The loss of a
  8. stand and defend individual
  1. discount
  2. health system
  3. enforcement
  4. freedoms
  5. of cowardice
  6. federal systems
  7. punish NRA membership
  8. members of the NRA

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Many companies are announcing (1) ___________________ ties with the USA's National Rifle Association (NRA) after the high-school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida. (2) ___________________ 17 students and staff (3) __________________. Many high profile companies, like United Airlines, Delta Airlines and Hertz, are cutting ties (4) ___________________ NRA lobby group. They will end special discounts and benefits for NRA members. This could (5) ___________________ for gun control in the USA. There is also a growing campaign on social media for (6) ___________________ the USA regarding guns.

The NRA (7) ___________________ of both school and federal systems for the high school tragedy. It stated: "The (8) ___________________ of the NRA had nothing at all to do with (9) ___________________ that school's security preparedness, the failure of America's mental health system...or the (10) ___________________...law enforcement." It added that: "Some corporations have decided to punish NRA membership in (11) ___________________ of...cowardice." The NRA said: "The loss of a discount will neither scare nor distract one single NRA member from our mission to (12) ___________________ individual freedoms."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ManycompaniesareannouncingplanstocuttieswiththeUSA'sNational
RifleAssociation(NRA)afterthehigh-schoolshootingatMarjoryStone
manDouglasHighSchoolinSouthFlorida.Thattragedysaw17students
andstafflosetheirlives.Manyhighprofilecompanies,likeUnitedAirlines
,DeltaAirlinesandHertz,arecuttingtieswiththepowerfulNRAlobbygro
up.TheywillendspecialdiscountsandbenefitsforNRAmembers.Thisco
uldbeawatershedforguncontrolintheUSA.Thereisalsoagrowingcamp
aignonsocialmediaforgreaterchangeintheUSAregardingguns.TheNR
Aattackedthefailureofbothschoolandfederalsystemsforthehighscho
oltragedy.Itstated:"Thelaw-abidingmembersoftheNRAhadnothing
atalltodowiththefailureofthatschool'ssecuritypreparedness,thefailu
reofAmerica'smentalhealthsystem...orthecruelfailuresof...lawenfor
cement."Itaddedthat:"SomecorporationshavedecidedtopunishNRA
membershipinashamefuldisplayof...cowardice."TheNRAsaid:"Thelo
ssofadiscountwillneitherscarenordistractonesingleNRAmemberfro
mourmissiontostandanddefendindividualfreedoms."

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)

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(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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