The Reading / Listening - Cheerleaders - Level 6

Fans of the USA's National Football League (NFL) will soon be in for a surprise. For the first time ever, an NFL team will have male cheerleaders in its ranks. The Los Angeles Rams have recruited two men as part of its official spirit squad (the term often given to the cheerleader team). Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies will be the first men in NFL history to perform the same dance routines alongside their female counterparts. Other NFL teams have men who perform stunts, but they do not dance. Quinton and Napoleon are both classically trained dancers with years of performing experience. They were selected after impressing judges in a rigorous three-week-long process of auditions and interviews.



The current captain of the LA Rams cheerleader squad, Emily Leibert, enthused about her new colleagues in an interview on the TV show Good Morning America. She said: "They really just fit the bill to be a Los Angeles Rams cheerleader. They are intelligent; they are eloquent; they are more than qualified to be ambassadors out in the community." Leibert added: "They bring so much energy and there's something so magnetic about their performance that you really can't take your eyes off them." Napoleon was equally enthusiastic about joining the Rams. He praised the team for welcoming inclusivity and said he was "humbled" by his new role. He said he wanted to prove that "boys can dance too".

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Cheerleaders - Level 4  or  Cheerleaders - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/rams/2018/03/28/los-angeles-rams-male-cheerleaders-make-nfl-history/466967002/
  • http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Culture/male-cheerleaders-nfl-history-describe-lengthy-la-rams/story?id=54063851
  • https://ca.news.yahoo.com/male-cheerleaders-coming-nfl-first-time-ever-boys-can-dance-163344800.html


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Warm-ups

1. CHEERLEADERS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about cheerleaders. 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?
       surprise / first time / cheerleader / spirit / history / dance routines / stunts / interview
       captain / colleagues / intelligent / eloquent / magnetic / performance / inclusivity
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. TEAM: Students A strongly believe cheerleaders are an important part of a sports team; Students B strongly believe they are not.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SPORTS: What are the good and bad things about these sports? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good things

Bad things

American football

 

 

Baseball

 

 

Basketball

 

 

Ice hockey

 

 

Soccer

 

 

Track and field

 

 

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5. FOOTBALL: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "football". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. CHEERLEADING: Rank these with your partner. Put the best things about cheerleading at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • entertaining the public
  • staying fit
  • the glamor
  • the competition
  • the dance routines
  • the football games
  • the uniforms
  • colleagues

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. fans a. An interview for a particular role or job as a singer, actor, dancer, or musician, consisting of a practical demonstration of the candidate's suitability and skill.
      2. recruited b. The quality of courage, energy, and determination.
      3. spirit c. A set sequence in a performance such as a dance or comedy act.
      4. squad d. A person who has a strong interest in or admiration for a particular person or thing.
      5. routines e. Harsh and demanding.
      6. rigorous f. Took someone on as a member or worker in an organization or as a supporter of a cause.
      7. audition g. A group of sports players or competitors from which a team is chosen.

    Paragraph 2

      8. enthused h. Fluent or persuasive in speaking or writing.
      9. colleagues i. A person with whom one works in a profession or business.
      10. fit the bill j. An intention or policy of including people who might otherwise be excluded.
      11. eloquent k. Said something that expresses one's eager enjoyment, interest, or approval.
      12. ambassadors l. A person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity.
      13. magnetic m. Be suitable for a particular purpose.
      14. inclusivity n. Very attractive.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. NFL fans will not be in for a surprise regarding male cheerleaders.     T / F
  2. The LA Rams have recruited two male cheerleaders.     T / F
  3. The new LA Rams cheerleaders will have to perform stunts.     T / F
  4. The process of auditions was three days long.     T / F
  5. The cheerleading captain was not happy about men joining her team.     T / F
  6. The captain said on TV that the men really fit the bill.     T / F
  7. The captain said the men were qualified to be community ambassadors.  T / F
  8. One of the men said he felt humbled by becoming a cheerleader.     T / F

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

  1. fans
  2. recruited
  3. perform
  4. selected
  5. process
  6. enthused
  7. eloquent
  8. ambassadors
  9. magnetic
  10. prove
  1. representatives
  2. procedure
  3. chosen
  4. demonstrate
  5. raved
  6. supporters
  7. attractive
  8. articulate
  9. enlisted
  10. carry out

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

  1. have male cheerleaders
  2. alongside their female
  3. both classically
  4. a rigorous three-week-long
  5. auditions and
  6. enthused
  7. They really just fit
  8. they are more than qualified
  9. there's something so magnetic about
  10. He praised the team for
  1. trained dancers
  2. welcoming inclusivity
  3. interviews
  4. about her new colleagues
  5. their performance
  6. in its ranks
  7. to be ambassadors
  8. counterparts
  9. process
  10. the bill

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
term
classically
ranks
auditions
counterparts
surprise
impressing
routines

Fans of the USA's National Football League (NFL) will soon be in for a (1) ____. For the first time ever, an NFL team will have male cheerleaders in its (2) ____. The Los Angeles Rams have recruited two men as part of its official spirit squad (the (3) ____ often given to the cheerleader team). Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies will be the first men in NFL history to perform the same dance (4) ____ alongside their female (5) ____. Other NFL teams have men who perform stunts, but they do not dance. Quinton and Napoleon are both (6) ____ trained dancers with years of performing experience. They were selected after (7) ____ judges in a rigorous three-week-long process of (8) ____ and interviews.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
bill
eyes
colleagues
prove
eloquent
inclusivity
current
magnetic

The (9) ____ captain of the LA Rams cheerleader squad, Emily Leibert, enthused about her new (10) ____ in an interview on the TV show Good Morning America. She said: "They really just fit the (11) ____ to be a Los Angeles Rams cheerleader. They are intelligent; they are (12) ____; they are more than qualified to be ambassadors out in the community." Leibert added: "They bring so much energy and there's something so (13) ____ about their performance that you really can't take your (14) ____ off them." Napoleon was equally enthusiastic about joining the Rams. He praised the team for welcoming (15) ____ and said he was "humbled" by his new role. He said he wanted to (16) ____ that "boys can dance too".

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Fans of the USA's National Football League (NFL) will soon be in ______
     a.  for the surprise
     b.  for a surprise
     c.  from a surprise
     d.  of a surprise
2)  For the first time ever, an NFL team will have male cheerleaders ______
     a.  in this ranks
     b.  in its ranks
     c.  in knits ranks
     d.  in nits ranks
3)  The Los Angeles Rams have recruited two men as part of its ______
     a.  official spirit squad
     b.  officials spirit squad
     c.  official spirits squad
     d.  official spirit squads
4)  perform the same dance routines alongside their ______
     a.  four male counterparts
     b.  for male counterparts
     c.  female counterparts
     d.  femur counterparts
5)  selected after impressing judges in a rigorous three-week-long ______
     a.  pros sales of auditions
     b.  protest of auditions
     c.  progress of auditions
     d.  process of auditions

6)  Emily Leibert, enthused about her new colleagues ______
     a.  in her interview
     b.  in the interview
     c.  inner interview
     d.  in an interview
7)  they are more than qualified to be ambassadors ______ community
     a.  outer in the
     b.  out in the
     c.  outing the
     d.  outer the
8)  They bring so much energy and there's something so magnetic about ______
     a.  their performance
     b.  there performance
     c.  they're performance
     d.  the performance
9)  He praised the team for ______
     a.  welcoming in inclusivity
     b.  welcoming inclusivity
     c.  welcome in inclusivity
     d.  well come in inclusivity
10)  He praised the team for welcoming inclusivity and said he was "humbled" by ______
     a.  his new role
     b.  his newly role
     c.  his news role
     d.  his newt role

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Fans of the USA's National Football League (NFL) will soon be in (1) ___________________. For the first time ever, an NFL team will have male cheerleaders (2) ___________________. The Los Angeles Rams have recruited two men as part (3) ___________________ spirit squad (the term often given to the cheerleader team). Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies will be the first men in NFL history to (4) ___________________ dance routines alongside their female counterparts. Other NFL teams have men who perform stunts, but they do not dance. Quinton and Napoleon are both classically trained dancers (5) ___________________ performing experience. They were selected after impressing judges in a rigorous three-week-long (6) ___________________ and interviews.

The (7) ___________________ the LA Rams cheerleader squad, Emily Leibert, enthused about her new colleagues (8) ___________________ on the TV show Good Morning America. She said: "They really just fit the bill to be a Los Angeles Rams cheerleader. They are intelligent; they are eloquent; they are (9) ___________________ to be ambassadors out in the community." Leibert added: "They bring (10) ___________________ and there's something so magnetic about their performance that you really can't take your eyes off them." Napoleon (11) ___________________ about joining the Rams. He praised the team for welcoming inclusivity and said he was "humbled" by his new role. He said he wanted (12) ___________________ "boys can dance too".

Comprehension questions

  1. What did the article say NFL fans are in for?
  2. What is the name of the NFL team in the article?
  3. What do men in other NFL teams do?
  4. What kind of training do the two men have?
  5. How long was the interview process?
  6. What is Emily Leibert's position in the team?
  7. What did Emily Leibert say the two men fit?
  8. What did Emily Leibert say the two men are more than qualified to be?
  9. What did Napoleon praise the team for welcoming?
  10. What does Napoleon want to prove?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What did the article say NFL fans are in for?
a) a night
b) a surprise
c) a game
d) a win
2) What is the name of the NFL team in the article?
a) Vegas Vagabonds
b) DC Raiders
c) NY Jets
d) LA Rams
3) What do men in other NFL teams do?
a) stunts
b) sing
c) magic
d) mime
4) What kind of training do the two men have?
a) jazz training
b) Morris dancing
c) classical training
d) hip-hop training
5) How long was the interview process?
a) a weekend
b) three weeks
c) two weeks
d) 10 days

6) What is Emily Leibert's position in the team?
a) manager
b) quarterback
c) cheerleader captain
d) talent scout
7) What did Emily Leibert say the two men fit?
a) the dressing room
b) their costumes
c) together
d) the bill
8) What did Emily Leibert say the two men are more than qualified to be?
a) ambassadors
b) magnets
c) enthusiasts
d) running backs
9) What did Napoleon praise the team for welcoming?
a) inclusivity
b) fans
c) the media
d) pets
10) What does Napoleon want to prove?
a) the LA Rams are best
b) that boys can dance
c) he's the number one dancer
d) the NFL is best

Role play

Role  A – Entertaining the Public
You think entertaining the public would be the best thing about being a cheerleader. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): dancing, the uniform or the glamor.

Role  B – Dancing
You think dancing would be the best thing about being a cheerleader. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): entertaining the public, the uniform or the glamor.

Role  C – The Uniform
You think the uniform would be the best thing about being a cheerleader. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): dancing, entertaining the public or the glamor.

Role  D – The Glamor
You think the glamor would be the best thing about being a cheerleader. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): dancing, the uniform or entertaining the public.

After reading / listening

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

'cheer'

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  • and 'leader'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • new
    • fit
    • more
    • much
    • really
    • boys
    • surprise
    • ranks
    • spirit
    • same
    • both
    • process




    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 - Men to be NFL cheerleaders for first time ever

    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 'cheerleader'?
    3. What do you think of the NFL?
    4. What do you think of cheerleaders?
    5. What was the last surprise you had?
    6. Why have there not been male cheerleaders before?
    7. What do cheerleaders add to sporting events?
    8. Do we need cheerleaders in other areas of life?
    9. What is the life of a dancer like?
    10. What do you think of American sports?

    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 'dancer'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you know about the work of a cheerleader?
    5. Are cheerleaders important?
    6. Do you fit the bill in your job?
    7. What do you bring a lot of energy to?
    8. How successful do you think the two men will be?
    9. Would you be a good cheerleader?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the male cheerleaders?

    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)

    Fans of the USA's National Football League (NFL) will (1) ____ be in for a surprise. For the first time ever, an NFL team will have male cheerleaders in its (2) ____. The Los Angeles Rams have recruited two men as (3) ____ of its official spirit squad (the term often given to the cheerleader team). Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies will be the first men in NFL history to perform the same dance routines (4) ____ their female counterparts. Other NFL teams have men who perform stunts, but they do not dance. Quinton and Napoleon are both classically-(5) ____ dancers with years of performing experience. They were selected after impressing judges in a rigorous three-week-long process of (6) ____ and interviews.

    The current captain of the LA Rams cheerleader squad, Emily Leibert, (7) ____ about her new colleagues in an interview on the TV show Good Morning America. She said: "They really just (8) ____ the bill to be a Los Angeles Rams cheerleader. They are intelligent; they are eloquent; they are more (9) ____ qualified to be ambassadors out in the community." Leibert added: "They bring so much energy and there's something so (10) ____ about their performance that you really can't take your eyes off them." Napoleon was (11) ____ enthusiastic about joining the Rams. He praised the team for welcoming inclusivity and said he was "(12) ____" by his new role. He said he wanted to prove that "boys can dance too".

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     sooner     (b)     soon     (c)     soonish     (d)     soonest    
    2. (a)     tanks     (b)     ranks     (c)     hanks     (d)     banks    
    3. (a)     parting     (b)     party     (c)     partner     (d)     part    
    4. (a)     longing     (b)     alongside     (c)     longed     (d)     siding     
    5. (a)     train     (b)     trained     (c)     trainer     (d)     trains    
    6. (a)     audios     (b)     audiences     (c)     auditions     (d)     audacity    
    7. (a)     enthusiastically     (b)     enthusiasm     (c)     enthused     (d)     enthusiastic    
    8. (a)     bit     (b)     lit     (c)     fit     (d)     wit    
    9. (a)     that     (b)     so     (c)     such     (d)     than    
    10. (a)     magenta     (b)     magnetism     (c)     magnet     (d)     magnetic    
    11. (a)     equally     (b)     equaled     (c)     equality     (d)     equalized    
    12. (a)     assembled     (b)     crumpled     (c)     humbled     (d)     dimpled

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    6. he was "delumhb" by his new role

    Put the text back together

    (...)  will be the first men in NFL history to perform the same dance routines alongside their female
    (...)  qualified to be ambassadors out in the community." Leibert added: "They bring so much energy and there's something so
    (...)  The current captain of the LA Rams cheerleader squad, Emily Leibert, enthused about her new colleagues in an
    (...)  counterparts. Other NFL teams have men who perform stunts, but they do not dance. Quinton and Napoleon are both classically
    (...)  trained dancers with years of performing experience. They were selected after
    (...)  he was "humbled" by his new role. He said he wanted to prove that "boys can dance too".
    (...)  was equally enthusiastic about joining the Rams. He praised the team for welcoming inclusivity and said
    (...)  impressing judges in a rigorous three-week-long process of auditions and interviews.
    (...)  magnetic about their performance that you really can't take your eyes off them." Napoleon
    1  ) Fans of the USA's National Football League (NFL) will soon be in for a surprise. For the first time
    (...)  of its official spirit squad (the term often given to the cheerleader team). Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies
    (...)  ever, an NFL team will have male cheerleaders in its ranks. The Los Angeles Rams have recruited two men as part
    (...)  bill to be a Los Angeles Rams cheerleader. They are intelligent; they are eloquent; they are more than
    (...)  interview on the TV show Good Morning America. She said: "They really just fit the

    Put the words in the right order

    1. fans   will   NFL   in   for   be   surprise   .   a
    2. two   men   Recruited   spirit   to   squad   .   official   its
    3. teams   NFL   Other   men   perform   have   stunts   .   who
    4. experience  .  trained   performing  with  Classically   years   dancers  of
    5. rigorous   of   A   three-week-long   auditions   .   process
    6. enthused   current   about   The   her   colleagues   .   captain   new
    7. qualified   are   to   ambassadors   .   be   They   more   than
    8. so   something   There's   their   magnetic   performance   .   about
    9. He   team   for   the   praised   inclusivity   .   welcoming
    10. can   that   boys   wanted   prove   dance   .   He   to

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    The currant / current captain of the LA Rams cheerleader squad, Emily Leibert, enthused / bemused about her new collages / colleagues in an interview on the TV show Good Morning America. She said: "They really / real just fit the bill / pill to be a Los Angeles Rams cheerleader. They are intelligent; they are eloquent; they are more than qualified to be ambassadors out / around in the community." Leibert added: "They bring so much energy and there's something such / so magnetic about their performance that you really can't take / away your eyes off them." Napoleon was equally enthusiastic about joining the Rams. He praised / appraised the team for welcoming inclusivity and said he was "humbled" on / by his new role. He said he wanted to prove that "boys can dance too".

    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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    T h_  c_r r_n t   c_p t__ n  _f   t h_  L A   R_m s   c h__ r l__ d_r   s q__ d ,   E m_l y   L__ b_r t ,  _n t h_s_d  _b__ t   h_r   n_w   c_l l__ g__ s  _n  _n  _n t_r v__ w  _n   t h_  T V   s h_w   G__ d   M_r n_n g   A m_r_c_.   S h_  s__ d :   " T h_y   r__ l l y   j_s t   f_t   t h_  b_l l   t_  b_ _  L_s   A n g_l_s   R_m s   c h__ r l__ d_r .   T h_y  _r_ _n t_l l_g_n t ;   t h_y  _r_ _l_q__ n t ;   t h_y  _r_  m_r_  t h_n   q__ l_f__ d   t_  b_ _m b_s s_d_r s  __ t  _n   t h_  c_m m_n_t y . "   L__ b_r t  _d d_d :   " T h_y   b r_n g   s_  m_c h  _n_r g y  _n d   t h_r_' s   s_m_t h_n g   s_  m_g n_t_c  _b__ t   t h__ r   p_r f_r m_n c_  t h_t   y__   r__ l l y   c_n ' t   t_k_  y__ r  _y_s  _f f   t h_m . "   N_p_l__ n   w_s  _q__ l l y  _n t h_s__ s t_c  _b__ t   j__ n_n g   t h_  R_m s .   H_  p r__ s_d   t h_  t__ m   f_r   w_l c_m_n g  _n c l_s_v_t y  _n d   s__ d   h_  w_s   " h_m b l_d "   b y   h_s   n_w   r_l_.   H_  s__ d   h_  w_n t_d   t_  p r_v_  t h_t   " b_y s   c_n   d_n c_  t__ " .

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    fans of the usa's national football league (nfl) will soon be in for a surprise. for the first time ever, an nfl team will have male cheerleaders in its ranks. the los angeles rams have recruited two men as part of its official spirit squad (the term often given to the cheerleader team). quinton peron and napoleon jinnies will be the first men in nfl history to perform the same dance routines alongside their female counterparts. other nfl teams have men who perform stunts, but they do not dance. quinton and napoleon are both classically trained dancers with years of performing experience. they were selected after impressing judges in a rigorous three-week-long process of auditions and interviews.

    the current captain of the la rams cheerleader squad, emily leibert, enthused about her new colleagues in an interview on the tv show good morning america. she said: "they really just fit the bill to be a los angeles rams cheerleader. they are intelligent; they are eloquent; they are more than qualified to be ambassadors out in the community." leibert added: "they bring so much energy and there's something so magnetic about their performance that you really can't take your eyes off them." napoleon was equally enthusiastic about joining the rams. he praised the team for welcoming inclusivity and said he was "humbled" by his new role. he said he wanted to prove that "boys can dance too".

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    FansoftheUSA'sNationalFootballLeague(NFL)willsoonbeinforasurpri
    se.Forthefirsttimeever,anNFLteamwillhavemalecheerleadersinitsra
    nks.TheLosAngelesRamshaverecruitedtwomenaspartofitsofficialspi
    ritsquad(thetermoftengiventothecheerleaderteam).QuintonPerona
    ndNapoleonJinnieswillbethefirstmeninNFLhistorytoperformthesam
    edanceroutinesalongsidetheirfemalecounterparts.OtherNFLteamsh
    avemenwhoperformstunts,buttheydonotdance.QuintonandNapole
    onarebothclassicallytraineddancerswithyearsofperformingexperien
    ce.Theywereselectedafterimpressingjudgesinarigorousthree-wee
    k-longprocessofauditionsandinterviews.ThecurrentcaptainoftheLA
    Ramscheerleadersquad,EmilyLeibert,enthusedabouthernewcolleag
    uesinaninterviewontheTVshowGoodMorningAmerica.Shesaid:"The
    yreallyjustfitthebilltobeaLosAngelesRamscheerleader.Theyareintell
    igent;theyareeloquent;theyaremorethanqualifiedtobeambassadors
    outinthecommunity."Leibertadded:"Theybringsomuchenergyandth
    ere'ssomethingsomagneticabouttheirperformancethatyoureallycan
    'ttakeyoureyesoffthem."Napoleonwasequallyenthusiasticaboutjoini
    ngtheRams.Hepraisedtheteamforwelcominginclusivityandsaidhew
    as"humbled"byhisnewrole.Hesaidhewantedtoprovethat"boyscanda
    ncetoo".

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    All sports teams need cheerleaders and male cheerleaders. 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. CHEERLEADERS: Make a poster about cheerleaders. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. SPIRIT SQUAD: Write a magazine article about sports teams needing spirit squads and male cheerleaders. 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 cheerleaders. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how cheerleaders can help their teams more. 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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