The Reading / Listening - White Rhino - Level 6

Conservationists and animal lovers are in mourning today for the loss of Sudan the rhinoceros. Sudan was the world's last male northern white rhino. The 45-year-old animal was put down by his carers at a zoo in Kenya after "age-related complications". He had been in very poor health recently due to his old age. Zoo officials say his condition had "worsened significantly" and that he no longer had the strength to stand. His muscles had severely deteriorated throughout his body and his skin had "extensive wounds". The zoo's director said: "Sudan's death was a cruel symbol of human disregard for nature and it saddened everyone who knew him....He stole the heart of many with his dignity and strength."



Like many of Earth's majestic beasts, hunters have hunted the northern white rhino to near-extinction. There were more than 2,000 northern white rhino in the wild in the 1960s but their numbers continually dwindled because of the value of their horns. The only remaining northern white rhinos today are two females - Sudan's daughter and granddaughter. Both animals live in captivity so they will be protected. There are hopes that the two females can produce young to keep the species going. In vitro fertilization techniques using stored semen from other dead rhinos could be used to impregnate Sudan's offspring. The zoo is hoping to raise $9 million to fund the conservation project.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    White Rhino - Level 4  or  White Rhino - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.popsci.com/northern-white-rhino-species-conservation
  • https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/last-male-white-rhino-is-dead/
  • https://www.cbsnews.com/news/sudan-last-male-northern-white-rhino-dies-kenya-ol-pejeta-conservancy/


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. RHINOS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about rhinos. 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?
       conservationist / animal lover / rhinoceros / complications / strength / skin / nature /
       hunters / extinction / horns / captivity / species / techniques / offspring / project
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. CONSERVATION: Students A strongly believe governments should spend more on conservation than weapons and defence; Students B strongly believe more should be spent on defence.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. EXTINCT: Why are these animals in danger? How can we save them from extinction? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Why they are in danger

How we can save them

Rhinos

 

 

Polar bears

 

 

Pandas

 

 

Blue whale

 

 

Gorilla

 

 

Green turtle

 

 

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5. ANIMAL: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "animal". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. FUNDRAISING: Rank these with your partner. Put the best ways to raise funds for the conservation project at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • social media campaign
  • sponsored walks
  • lifetime zoo passes
  • put zoos in your will
  • charity boxes at zoos
  • Internet donations
  • newspaper ads
  • ask a rich person

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. mourning a. End the life of an animal humanely; euthanize.
      2. put down b. A person's or animal's state of health or physical fitness.
      3. complications c. A sense of pride in oneself; self-respect.
      4. condition d. Difficulties.
      5. deteriorated e. Pay no attention to; ignore.
      6. disregard f. The expression of deep sorrow for someone who has died.
      7. dignity g. Become worse and worse.

    Paragraph 2

      8. majestic h. Animals as opposed to humans.
      9. beasts i. The state or process of a species, family, or larger group no longer having any living members on Earth.
      10. extinction j. Children or young.
      11. dwindled k. The condition of being imprisoned or confined.
      12. captivity l. Gradually got smaller in size, amount, or strength.
      13. impregnate m. Having or showing impressive beauty.
      14. offspring n. Make a woman or a female animal pregnant.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article said conservation lovers are in mourning.     T / F
  2. Sudan the rhino was 45 at the time of his death.     T / F
  3. Sudan had not been strong enough to stand up.     T / F
  4. Sudan the rhino used to steal people's hats.     T / F
  5. There were more than 2,000 northern white rhino 50 years ago.     T / F
  6. There are only 22 northern white rhino in the world today.     T / F
  7. Conservationists hope Sudan's granddaughter will produce young.     T / F
  8. A zoo needs $9 to help save the northern white rhino.     T / F

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

  1. in mourning
  2. put down
  3. complications
  4. deteriorated
  5. dignity
  6. beasts
  7. extinction
  8. protected
  9. fertilization
  10. fund
  1. pride
  2. worsened
  3. finance
  4. animals
  5. put to sleep
  6. safe
  7. difficulties
  8. insemination
  9. grieving
  10. eradication

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

  1. Conservationists and animal lovers are in
  2. age-related
  3. His muscles had severely
  4. a cruel symbol of human disregard
  5. He stole the heart of many
  6. hunted the northern white rhino to
  7. more than 2,000 northern white rhino in the
  8. numbers continually dwindled because of the
  9. in vitro
  10. The zoo is hoping to raise
  1. deteriorated
  2. with his dignity
  3. fertilization techniques
  4. near-extinction
  5. value of their horns
  6. mourning today
  7. $9 million
  8. wild in the 1960s
  9. for nature
  10. complications

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
related
wounds
due
stole
mourning
put
disregard
severely

Conservationists and animal lovers are in (1) ____________ today for the loss of Sudan the rhinoceros. Sudan was the world's last male northern white rhino. The 45-year-old animal was (2) ____________ down by his carers at a zoo in Kenya after "age-(3) ____________ complications". He had been in very poor health recently (4) ____________ to his old age. Zoo officials say his condition had "worsened significantly" and that he no longer had the strength to stand. His muscles had (5) ____________ deteriorated throughout his body and his skin had "extensive (6) ____________ ". The zoo's director said: "Sudan's death was a cruel symbol of human (7) ____________ for nature and it saddened everyone who knew him....He (8) ____________ the heart of many with his dignity and strength."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
remaining
extinction
stored
captivity
impregnate
dwindled
majestic
species

Like many of Earth's (9) ____________ beasts, hunters have hunted the northern white rhino to near-(10) ____________. There were more than 2,000 northern white rhino in the wild in the 1960s but their numbers continually (11) ____________ because of the value of their horns. The only (12) ____________ northern white rhinos today are two females - Sudan's daughter and granddaughter. Both animals live in (13) ____________ so they will be protected. There are hopes that the two females can produce young to keep the (14) ____________ going. In vitro fertilization techniques using (15) ____________ semen from other dead rhinos could be used to (16) ____________ Sudan's offspring. The zoo is hoping to raise $9 million to fund the conservation project.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Conservationists and animal lovers are in mourning today for ______ Sudan
     a.  the loss of
     b.  the lost of
     c.  the lose of
     d.  the losses of
2)  The 45-year-old animal was put ______ carers
     a.  drown by his
     b.  dawn by his
     c.  drawn by his
     d.  down by his
3)  He had been in very poor health recently ______ old age
     a.  due to his
     b.  dew to his
     c.  drew to his
     d.  dues to his
4)  His muscles had severely deteriorated throughout his body and his skin ______
     a.  had extensively wounds
     b.  had extensive wounds
     c.  had expensive wounds
     d.  had expensively wounds
5)  Sudan's death was a cruel symbol of human ______
     a.  disregard for nature
     b.  this regard for nature
     c.  this regarded for nature
     d.  disregarded for nature

6)  He stole the heart of many with his ______
     a.  dignify and strength
     b.  dignity and strengthen
     c.  dignify and strengthened
     d.  dignity and strength
7)  hunters have hunted the northern white rhino ______
     a.  to nearly-extinction
     b.  to nears-extinction
     c.  to near-extinction
     d.  to neared-extinction
8)  2,000 northern white rhino in the wild in the 1960s but their numbers ______
     a.  continually kindled
     b.  continually rekindled
     c.  continually kindling
     d.  continually dwindled
9)  Both animals live in captivity so they ______
     a.  will be protective
     b.  will be protection
     c.  will be protected
     d.  will be protect it
10)  using stored semen from other dead rhinos could be used to ______
     a.  impersonate Sudan's offspring
     b.  impregnable Sudan's offspring
     c.  in per grate Sudan's offspring
     d.  impregnate Sudan's offspring

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Conservationists and animal lovers (1) ___________________ today for the loss of Sudan the rhinoceros. Sudan was the world's last male northern white rhino. The 45-year-old animal was (2) ___________________ his carers at a zoo in Kenya after "age-related complications". He had been in very poor health (3) ___________________ his old age. Zoo officials say his condition had "worsened significantly" and that he no longer had the strength to stand. His (4) ___________________ deteriorated throughout his body and his skin had "extensive wounds". The zoo's director said: "Sudan's death was a (5) ___________________ human disregard for nature and it saddened everyone who knew him....He stole the heart of many with his (6) ___________________."

Like many of Earth's (7) ___________________ have hunted the northern white rhino to near-extinction. There were more than 2,000 northern white rhino (8) ___________________ in the 1960s but their numbers continually dwindled because of the value (9) ___________________. The only remaining northern white rhinos today are two females - Sudan's daughter and granddaughter. Both animals (10) ___________________ so they will be protected. There are hopes that the two females can produce young to keep the species going. (11) ___________________ techniques using stored semen from other dead rhinos could be used to impregnate Sudan's offspring. The zoo is (12) ___________________ $9 million to fund the conservation project.

Comprehension questions

  1. Who else is mourning, besides conservationists?
  2. How old was Sudan the rhino?
  3. What did Sudan no longer have the strength to do?
  4. What part of his body was extensively wounded?
  5. What did Sudan steal from many people?
  6. How many northern white rhinos were there in the 1960s?
  7. How many northern white rhinos are there in the world today?
  8. Where do the existing northern white rhinos live?
  9. What fertility technique might help to keep the species going?
  10. How much money does a zoo need for a conservation project?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  Who else is mourning, besides conservationists?
a) zookeepers
b) animal lovers
c) the World Rhino Club
d) vets
2)  How old was Sudan the rhino?
a) 43
b) 44
c) 45
d) 46
3)  What did Sudan no longer have the strength to do?
a) walk
b) open his eyes
c) eat
d) stand
4)  What part of his body was extensively wounded?
a) his legs
b) his skin
c) his horn
d) his back
5)  What did Sudan steal from many people?
a) their heart
b) their food
c) their smartphones
d) their hats

6)  How many northern white rhinos were there in the 1960s?
a) over 2,000
b) around 2,000
c) just fewer than 2,000
d) exactly 2,000
7)  How many northern white rhinos are there in the world today?
a) 200
b) 22
c) 20
d) 2
8)  Where do the existing northern white rhinos live?
a) in a wildlife park in the UK
b) in a circus
c) in captivity
d) in Africa
9)  What fertility technique might help to keep the species going?
a) artificial insemination
b) ovulation induction
c) intra cytoplasmic sperm injection
d) in vitro fertilization
10)  How much money does a zoo need for a conservation project?
a) $6 million
b) $9 million
c) $7 million
d) $8 million

Role play

Role  A – Rhinos
You think rhinos are best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their animals. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): hippos, elephants or crocodiles.

Role  B – Hippos
You think hippos are best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their animals. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): rhinos, elephants or crocodiles.

Role  C – Elephants
You think elephants are best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their animals. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): hippos, rhinos or crocodiles.

Role  D – Crocodiles
You think crocodiles are best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their animals. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why):  hippos, elephants or rhinos.

After reading / listening

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

'white'

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  • and 'rhino'.

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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:

    • like
    • wild
    • value
    • protected
    • techniques
    • fund
    • lovers
    • last
    • poor
    • stand
    • cruel
    • heart




    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 - World's last male northern white rhino dies

    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 'white'?
    3. How sad is this news?
    4. How much of a conservationist are you?
    5. What do you know about rhinos?
    6. What can we do to protect endangered animals?
    7. Why do many humans have a disregard for nature?
    8. What is the rhino a symbol of?
    9. Why can't zoos breed more rhinos?
    10. What advice do you have for conservationists?

    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 'rhino'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Why do so many people not think about conservation?
    5. What do you think of zoos?
    6. Why are rhino horns so sought after?
    7. Would you give money to help the project?
    8. Should governments spend more on conservation than weapons?
    9. What do you think the future of rhinos will be?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the zoo officials?

    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)

    Conservationists and animal lovers are in (1) ____ today for the loss of Sudan the rhinoceros. Sudan was the world's last male northern white rhino. The 45-year-old animal was (2) ____ down by his carers at a zoo in Kenya after "age-related complications". He had been in very poor health recently (3) ____ to his old age. Zoo officials say his condition had "(4) ____ significantly" and that he no longer had the strength to stand. His muscles had (5) ____ deteriorated throughout his body and his skin had "extensive wounds". The zoo's director said: "Sudan's death was a cruel symbol of human disregard for nature and it saddened everyone who knew him....He (6) ____ the heart of many with his dignity and strength."

    Like many of Earth's majestic (7) ____, hunters have hunted the northern white rhino to near-extinction. There were more than 2,000 northern white rhino (8) ____ the wild in the 1960s but their numbers continually dwindled because of the value of their horns. The only (9) ____ northern white rhinos today are two females - Sudan's daughter and granddaughter. Both animals live in (10) ____ so they will be protected. There are hopes that the two females can produce young to keep the species going. (11) ____ vitro fertilization techniques using stored semen from other dead rhinos could be used to impregnate Sudan's offspring. The zoo is hoping to (12) ____ $9 million to fund the conservation project.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     meaning     (b)     mourning     (c)     moaning     (d)     morning    
    2. (a)     set     (b)     put     (c)     let     (d)     pat    
    3. (a)     from     (b)     account     (c)     because     (d)     due    
    4. (a)     worsen     (b)     worsened     (c)     worsens     (d)     worsening    
    5. (a)     severe     (b)     severely     (c)     sever     (d)     severity    
    6. (a)     burgled     (b)     thieved     (c)     stole     (d)     embezzled    
    7. (a)     boasts     (b)     bastes     (c)     beasts     (d)     bests    
    8. (a)     on     (b)     up     (c)     in     (d)     to    
    9. (a)     remnants     (b)     remainder     (c)     remnant     (d)     remaining    
    10. (a)     captivate     (b)     captive     (c)     captivation     (d)     captivity    
    11. (a)     In     (b)     On     (c)     At     (d)     To    
    12. (a)     rise     (b)     arise     (c)     raise     (d)     risen

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. His muscles had yeseervl deteriorated
    3. his skin had extensive noduws
    4. Sudan's death was a cruel ysobml
    5. gdrdesair for nature
    6. his igdnity and strength

    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  going. In vitro fertilization techniques using stored semen from other dead rhinos could be used to
    (...)  continually dwindled because of the value of their horns. The only remaining northern white rhinos today
    (...)  Like many of Earth's majestic beasts, hunters have hunted the northern white rhino to near-
    (...)  strength to stand. His muscles had severely deteriorated throughout his body and his skin had "extensive
    (...)  the world's last male northern white rhino. The 45-year-old animal was put down by his carers at a
    (...)  wounds". The zoo's director said: "Sudan's death was a cruel symbol of human disregard for nature and it saddened
    (...)  protected. There are hopes that the two females can produce young to keep the species
    (...)  zoo in Kenya after "age-related complications". He had been in very poor health recently due to his old
    (...)  extinction. There were more than 2,000 northern white rhino in the wild in the 1960s but their numbers
    (...)  age. Zoo officials say his condition had "worsened significantly" and that he no longer had the
    (...)  are two females - Sudan's daughter and granddaughter. Both animals live in captivity so they will be
    (...)  everyone who knew him....He stole the heart of many with his dignity and strength."
    (...)  impregnate Sudan's offspring. The zoo is hoping to raise $9 million to fund the conservation project.
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    Put the words in the right order

    1. are   animal   and   today   .   lovers   in   mourning   Conservationists
    2. been   had   in   poor   health   He   very   recently   .
    3. no   to   strength   longer   had   He   stand   .   the
    4. of   symbol   A   human   disregard   cruel   for   nature   .
    5. with   hearts   our   He   stole   dignity   .   his
    6. to   northern   white   rhino   Hunted   the   near-extinction   .
    7. continually   the   dwindled   of   value   .   because   Numbers
    8. they   live   animals   in   are   protected   .   so   captivity   Both
    9. In   techniques   vitro   fertilization   semen   .   stored   using
    10. fund   $9   million   Raise   conservation   project   .   the   to

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Conservationists and animal loves / lovers are in mourning today for the loss / lost of Sudan the rhinoceros. Sudan was the world's last male northern white rhino. The 45-year-old animal was put up / down by his carers at a zoo in Kenya after "age-related complications". He had been in very poor health / healthy recently due to / for his old age. Zoo officials say his condition had "worsened significant / significantly" and that he no longer had the strength to stand / stood. His muscles had severely deteriorated throughout his body and his skin had "extensive wounds". The zoo's director said: "Sudan's death / dead was a cruel symbol of human disregard for nature / natural and it saddened everyone who knew him....He stole the heart of many with / as his dignity and strength."

    Like many of Earth's majestic boasts / beasts, hunters have hunted the northern white rhino to near-extinction. There were more than 2,000 northern white rhino on / in the wild in the 1960s but their numbers continually / continue dwindled because of the valued / value of their horns. The only remaining / remnant northern white rhinos today are two females - Sudan's daughter and granddaughter. Both animals live / living in captivity so they will be protected / protection. There are hopes that the two females can produce young to keep the species going / gone. In vitro fertilization techniques using stored semen from other / another dead rhinos could be used to impregnate Sudan's offspring. The zoo is hoping to rise / raise $9 million to fund the conservation project.

    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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    conservationists and animal lovers are in mourning today for the loss of sudan the rhinoceros sudan was the worlds last male northern white rhino the 45yearold animal was put down by his carers at a zoo in kenya after agerelated complications he had been in very poor health recently due to his old age zoo officials say his condition had worsened significantly and that he no longer had the strength to stand his muscles had severely deteriorated throughout his body and his skin had extensive wounds the zoos director said sudans death was a cruel symbol of human disregard for nature and it saddened everyone who knew himhe stole the heart of many with his dignity and strength

    like many of earths majestic beasts hunters have hunted the northern white rhino to nearextinction there were more than 2000 northern white rhino in the wild in the 1960s but their numbers continually dwindled because of the value of their horns the only remaining northern white rhinos today are two females  sudans daughter and granddaughter both animals live in captivity so they will be protected there are hopes that the two females can produce young to keep the species going in vitro fertilization techniques using stored semen from other dead rhinos could be used to impregnate sudans offspring the zoo is hoping to raise 9 million to fund the conservation project.

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    ConservationistsandanimalloversareinmourningtodayforthelossofS
    udantherhinoceros.Sudanwastheworld'slastmalenorthernwhiterhin
    o.The45-year-oldanimalwasputdownbyhiscarersatazooinKenyaa
    fter"age-relatedcomplications".Hehadbeeninverypoorhealthrecen
    tlyduetohisoldage.Zooofficialssayhisconditionhad"worsenedsignific
    antly"andthathenolongerhadthestrengthtostand.Hismuscleshadse
    verelydeterioratedthroughouthisbodyandhisskinhad"extensivewou
    nds".Thezoo'sdirectorsaid:"Sudan'sdeathwasacruelsymbolofhuma
    ndisregardfornatureanditsaddenedeveryonewhoknewhim....Hestol
    etheheartofmanywithhisdignityandstrength."LikemanyofEarth'sma
    jesticbeasts,huntershavehuntedthenorthernwhiterhinotonear-ext
    inction.Thereweremorethan2,000northernwhiterhinointhewildinth
    e1960sbuttheirnumberscontinuallydwindledbecauseofthevalueofth
    eirhorns.Theonlyremainingnorthernwhiterhinostodayaretwofemale
    s-Sudan'sdaughterandgranddaughter.Bothanimalsliveincaptivitys
    otheywillbeprotected.Therearehopesthatthetwofemalescanproduc
    eyoungtokeepthespeciesgoing.Invitrofertilizationtechniquesusings
    toredsemenfromotherdeadrhinoscouldbeusedtoimpregnateSudan'
    soffspring.Thezooishopingtoraise$9milliontofundtheconservationpr
    oject.

    Free writing

    Write about white rhino for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Money spent on weapons should be spent on conservation. 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. RHINOS: Make a poster about rhinos. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. CONSERVATION: Write a magazine article about governments having to spend more money on conservation than they do on weapons. 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 rhinos. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how we can save 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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