The Reading / Listening - Student Protests - Level 2

Students in the USA took part in a protest against gun violence on Wednesday by walking out of their schools. Their protest was a month after the February 14 Florida shooting in which 17 students lost their lives. At the high school where last month's tragedy took place, students gathered for 17 minutes to remember their 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 happened in Florida, [and] because of what happens in my neighborhood every day."



In Washington DC, hundreds of students gathered outside the White House. They sat with their backs to the building for 17 minutes. They chanted against the powerful gun group the National Rifle Association (NRA). A U.S. senator spoke at a rally outside the Capitol building. 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 wanted to remind President Trump that they would be old enough to vote in the 2020 elections, so he should listen to them now.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Student Protests - Level 0 Student Protests - Level 1   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. a protest against
  2. walking out of their
  3. where last month's
  4. remember their
  5. for those who will never
  6. for those who might be
  7. because of what
  8. what happens in my neighborhood
  1. happened in Florida
  2. gun violence
  3. be here again
  4. every day
  5. tragedy took place
  6. friends
  7. next
  8. schools

Paragraph 2

  1. hundreds of students
  2. They sat with their backs
  3. They chanted against the
  4. A U.S. senator spoke at
  5. outside the
  6. These young people have shown
  7. old enough to vote in
  8. he should listen
  1. powerful gun group
  2. the 2020 elections
  3. up to free us
  4. gathered
  5. to them now
  6. Capitol building
  7. to the building
  8. a rally

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Students in the USA (1) ___________________ a protest against gun violence on Wednesday by (2) ___________________ their schools. Their protest was a month after the February 14 Florida shooting in which 17 students (3) ___________________. At the high school where last month's (4) ___________________, students gathered for 17 minutes to remember their friends. One student said: "The walkout was for those who will never be here again, [and] for those who (5) ___________________." Another student said: "I came...because of what happened in Florida, [and] because of (6) ___________________ my neighborhood every day."

In Washington DC, hundreds of students (1) __________________ White House. They sat (2) ___________________ to the building for 17 minutes. They chanted against the powerful gun group the National Rifle Association (NRA). A U.S. (3) ___________________ a rally outside the Capitol building. She said: "The NRA has held Congress (4) ___________________ now. These young people have shown up to free us. I believe the young people will lead us." Many students (5) ___________________ President Trump that they would be old (6) ___________________ in the 2020 elections, so he should listen to them now.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

StudentsintheUSAtookpartinaprotestagainstgunviolenceonWednes
daybywalkingoutoftheirschools.TheirprotestwasamonthaftertheFe
bruary14Floridashootinginwhich17studentslosttheirlives.Atthehigh
schoolwherelastmonth'stragedytookplace,studentsgatheredfor17
minutestoremembertheirfriends.Onestudentsaid:"Thewalkoutwasf
orthosewhowillneverbehereagain,[and]forthosewhomightbenext."
Anotherstudentsaid:"Icame...becauseofwhathappenedinFlorida,[a
nd]becauseofwhathappensinmyneighborhoodeveryday."InWashin
gtonDC,hundredsofstudentsgatheredoutsidetheWhiteHouse.Theys
atwiththeirbackstothebuildingfor17minutes.Theychantedagainstth
epowerfulgungrouptheNationalRifleAssociation(NRA).AU.S.senator
spokeatarallyoutsidetheCapitolbuilding.Shesaid:"TheNRAhasheldC
ongresshostageforyearsnow.Theseyoungpeoplehaveshownuptofre
eus.Ibelievetheyoungpeoplewillleadus."Manystudentswantedtore
mindPresidentTrumpthattheywouldbeoldenoughtovoteinthe2020el
ections,soheshouldlistentothemnow.

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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