The Reading / Listening - Student Protests - Level 1

Students in the USA protested against gun violence on Wednesday. They walked out of their schools. This was a month after 17 students were killed in Florida. At the school where that tragedy happened, students stood for 17 minutes for their dead friends. One student said: "The walkout was for those who will never be here again, [and] for those who might be next." Another student said: "I came...because of what happens in my neighborhood every day."



In Washington DC, students sat with their backs to the White House for 17 minutes. They chanted against a gun group called the NRA. A U.S. senator spoke at a rally in the capital. She said: "The NRA has held Congress hostage for years now. These young people have shown up to free us. I believe the young people will lead us." Many students said they would be old enough to vote in the 2020 elections, so President Trump should listen to them now.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Student Protests - Level 0 Student Protests - Level 2   or  Student Protests - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/03/14/student-walkout-taps-well-of-anger-mourning.html
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/14/us/school-walkout.html
  • https://www.wsj.com/articles/students-plan-national-school-walkout-to-protest-shootings-1521019801


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. Students in the USA
  2. gun
  3. They walked out
  4. a month after 17 students
  5. the school where that
  6. those who will never
  7. those who might be
  8. what happens in my neighborhood
  1. next
  2. tragedy happened
  3. every day
  4. violence
  5. protested
  6. were killed
  7. be here again
  8. of their schools

Paragraph 2

  1. students sat with their backs to
  2. They chanted against a
  3. A U.S. senator spoke
  4. in the
  5. held Congress hostage for
  6. young people have shown up to
  7. old enough to vote in
  8. President Trump should listen
  1. gun group
  2. the 2020 elections
  3. years
  4. to them now
  5. capital
  6. at a rally
  7. free us
  8. the White House

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Students in the USA (1) ___________________ gun violence on Wednesday. They (2) ___________________ their schools. This was a month after 17 students were killed in Florida. At the school (3) ___________________ happened, students stood for 17 minutes for their dead friends. One student said: "The walkout was (4) ___________________ will never be here again, [and] for those who (5) ___________________." Another student said: "I came...because of what (6) ___________________ neighborhood every day."

In Washington DC, students sat (7) ___________________ to the White House for 17 minutes. They (8) ___________________ a gun group called the NRA. A U.S. senator spoke (9) ___________________ in the capital. She said: "The NRA has held Congress hostage for years now. These young people have (10) ___________________ free us. I believe the young people will lead us." Many students said they would be (11) ___________________ vote in the 2020 elections, so President Trump should (12) ___________________ now.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

StudentsintheUSAprotestedagainstgunviolenceonWednesday.They
walkedoutoftheirschools.Thiswasamonthafter17studentswerekilled
inFlorida.Attheschoolwherethattragedyhappened,studentsstoodfor
17minutesfortheirdeadfriends.Onestudentsaid:"Thewalkoutwasfor
thosewhowillneverbehereagain,[and]forthosewhomightbenext."An
otherstudentsaid:"Icame...becauseofwhathappensinmyneighborh
oodeveryday."InWashingtonDC,studentssatwiththeirbackstotheW
hiteHousefor17minutes.TheychantedagainstagungroupcalledtheN
RA.AU.S.senatorspokeatarallyinthecapital.Shesaid:"TheNRAhashel
dCongresshostageforyearsnow.Theseyoungpeoplehaveshownuptof
reeus.Ibelievetheyoungpeoplewillleadus."Manystudentssaidtheyw
ouldbeoldenoughtovoteinthe2020elections,soPresidentTrumpshoul
dlistentothemnow.

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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(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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