The Reading / Listening - Cockroach Milk - Level 6

It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but scientists say cockroach milk could become a new superfood. Insect dairy could be the next big thing on supermarket shelves and in our diets. Scientists say insect milk could be a perfect non-dairy alternative to cow's milk, no matter how hard it might be for people to accept milk from bugs. Scientists studied the nutritional value of the milk from the Pacific Beetle cockroach. They discovered that the milk was much richer in nutrients than dairy milk. Scientists said: "A single crystal [of cockroach milk] is estimated to contain more than three times the energy of an equivalent mass of dairy milk." The crystals were also full of amino acids and proteins.



Most cockroaches do not actually produce milk. The Pacific Beetle cockroach is the only one known to feed milk to its young. However, milking enough cockroaches to satisfy a growing human population clearly isn't as easy as milking cows. An alternative is to try and replicate the milk in a lab using stem cell technology, and then turn this technique into a large-scale industrial process. A South African company called Gourmet Grubb has already started selling insect-milk ice cream. It says the milk is, "a sustainable, nature-friendly, nutritious, lactose-free, delicious, guilt-free dairy alternative of the future". It won't be too long before other companies jump on the bug-milk bandwagon.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Cockroach Milk - Level 4  or  Cockroach Milk - Level 5

Sources
  • http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2018/05/25/insect-milk-dairy-superfood/
  • https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-think-we-should-start-drinking-cockroach-milk-superfood
  • http://abc7news.com/food/cockroach-milk-is-latest-superfood-trend-/3521839/


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. COCKROACH MILK: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about cockroach milk. 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?
       cup of tea / cockroach / milk / superfood / bugs / nutrients / energy / protein / crystal
       growing / human population / alternative / technology / delicious / guilt / bandwagon
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. THE FUTURE: Students A strongly believe food from insects should be a big part of our future; Students B strongly believe it shouldn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SUPERFOODS: What do you know about these superfoods? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How good are they?

How much do you like them?

Cockroach milk

 

 

Blueberries

 

 

Sweet potato

 

 

Salmon

 

 

Avocado

 

 

Spinach

 

 

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

  • mealworms
  • beetles
  • scorpions
  • termites
  • cockroaches
  • ants
  • crickets
  • tarantula

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. superfood a. A new product, idea, craze, etc. that people think could be a big success in the near future.
      2. dairy b. Any solid that has a symmetrical, ordered, three-dimensional collection of atoms or molecules.
      3. the next big thing c. A nutrient-rich substance that people eat that is considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.
      4. alternative d. Concerned with or involved in the production of milk.
      5. nutritional e. Something that is available as another possibility or choice.
      6. crystal f. Relating to the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth.
      7. equivalent g. Equal in value, amount, function, meaning, etc.

    Paragraph 2

      8. milking h. Able to be maintained at a certain rate or level.
      9. replicate i. Getting milk from a cow or other animal, either by hand or mechanically.
      10. lab j. Very great in extent or amount.
      11. industrial k. Not having the feeling of having done something wrong.
      12. sustainable l. Make an exact copy of; reproduce.
      13. guilt-free m. Join other people in doing or supporting something fashionable or something that is likely to be successful.
      14. jump on the bandwagon n. A room or building for scientific experiments, research, or teaching, or for the manufacture of drugs or chemicals.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Scientists said cockroach milk in tea is very healthy.     T / F
  2. The report said supermarket shelves are already full of cockroach milk.   T / F
  3. Cockroach milk was found to be more nutritious than cow's milk.     T / F
  4. Cockroach milk was lacking in amino acids.     T / F
  5. Only one type of cockroach is known to produce milk.     T / F
  6. The article said suggested it could be difficult to milk cockroaches.     T / F
  7. A South African company started selling cockroach-milk ice cream.     T / F
  8. Other companies will never join a bug-milk bandwagon.     T / F

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

  1. perfect
  2. alternative
  3. accept
  4. value
  5. estimated
  6. young (noun)
  7. satisfy
  8. replicate
  9. process
  10. delicious
  1. worth
  2. reproduce
  3.  offspring
  4. replacement
  5. fulfill
  6. ideal
  7. delectable
  8. evaluated
  9. embrace
  10. operation

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

  1. It might not be everyone's
  2. the next big
  3. a perfect non-dairy alternative
  4. Scientists studied the nutritional value
  5. The crystals were also full of
  6. the only one known to feed milk
  7. clearly isn't as easy as
  8. replicate the milk
  9. turn this technique into a large-scale
  10. jump on the bug-milk
  1. milking cows
  2. of the milk
  3. amino acids
  4. bandwagon
  5. to cow's milk
  6. industrial process
  7. cup of tea
  8. to its young
  9. in a lab
  10. thing

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
shelves
value
mass
tea
contain
accept
dairy
nutrients

It might not be everyone's cup of (1) ____________, but scientists say cockroach milk could become a new superfood. Insect (2) ____________ could be the next big thing on supermarket (3) ____________ and in our diets. Scientists say insect milk could be a perfect non-dairy alternative to cow's milk, no matter how hard it might be for people to (4) ____________ milk from bugs. Scientists studied the nutritional (5) ____________ of the milk from the Pacific Beetle cockroach. They discovered that the milk was much richer in (6) ____________ than dairy milk. Scientists said: "A single crystal [of cockroach milk] is estimated to (7) ____________ more than three times the energy of an equivalent (8) ____________ of dairy milk." The crystals were also full of amino acids and proteins.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
replicate
technique
future
industrial
bandwagon
satisfy
selling
actually

Most cockroaches do not (9) ____________ produce milk. The Pacific Beetle cockroach is the only one known to feed milk to its young. However, milking enough cockroaches to (10) ____________ a growing human population clearly isn't as easy as milking cows. An alternative is to try and (11) ____________ the milk in a lab using stem cell technology, and then turn this (12) ____________ into a large-scale (13) ____________ process. A South African company called Gourmet Grubb has already started (14) ____________ insect-milk ice cream. It says the milk is, "a sustainable, nature-friendly, nutritious, lactose-free, delicious, guilt-free dairy alternative of the (15) ____________". It won't be too long before other companies jump on the bug-milk (16) ____________.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) a new superfood. Insect dairy could be the next big thing on ______
     a.  super-marketing shelves
     b.  supermarket shells
     c.  supra-market shells
     d.  supermarket shelves
2) alternative to cow's milk, no matter how hard it might be for people to ______ bugs
     a.  receipt milk from
     b.  except milk from
     c.  accept milk from
     d.  aspect milk from
3)  They discovered that the milk was much ______
     a.  richer on new trails
     b.  richer in nutrients
     c.  richer in newt relents
     d.  richer on knew trenches
4)  estimated to contain more than three times the energy of an equivalent ______ milk
     a.  amass of dairy
     b.  masses of dairy
     c.  massed of dairy
     d.  mass of dairy
5)  The crystals were also full of amino ______
     a.  acid and proteins
     b.  acids and proteins
     c.  acids and protein
     d.  acid and protein

6) cockroaches to satisfy a growing human population clearly isn't as easy ______
     a.  was milking cows
     b.  has milking cows
     c.  'twas milking cows
     d.  as milking cows
7)  An alternative is to try and replicate the milk in a lab using ______
     a.  stern cell technology
     b.  storm cell technology
     c.  stems cell technology
     d.  stem cell technology
8)  then turn this technique into a large-scale ______
     a.  industry all process
     b.  industry ail process
     c.  industrial process
     d.  industrially process
9)  a sustainable, nature-friendly, nutritious, lactose-free, delicious, guilt-free ______
     a.  dairy alternatives
     b.  daily alternative
     c.  daily alternatives
     d.  dairy alternative
10)  It won't be too long before other companies jump on the ______
     a.  bug-milk bend wagon
     b.  bug-milk bland wagon
     c.  bug-milk brand wagon
     d.  bug-milk bandwagon

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

It might not be everyone's (1) ___________________, but scientists say cockroach milk could become a new superfood. Insect dairy could be the (2) ___________________ on supermarket shelves and in our diets. Scientists say insect milk could be a (3) ___________________ alternative to cow's milk, no matter how hard it might be for people to accept milk from bugs. Scientists studied the (4) ___________________ the milk from the Pacific Beetle cockroach. They discovered that the milk was much richer in nutrients than dairy milk. Scientists said: "(5) ___________________ [of cockroach milk] is estimated to contain more than three times the energy of an equivalent (6) ___________________ milk." The crystals were also full of amino acids and proteins.

Most cockroaches (7) ___________________ produce milk. The Pacific Beetle cockroach is the (8) ___________________ to feed milk to its young. However, milking enough cockroaches to satisfy a growing human population clearly isn't as easy as milking cows. An (9) ___________________ try and replicate the milk in a lab using stem cell technology, and then turn (10) ___________________ a large-scale industrial process. A South African company called Gourmet Grubb has already started selling insect-milk ice cream. It says the milk is, "a sustainable, nature-friendly, nutritious, lactose-free, (11) ___________________ dairy alternative of the future". It won't be too long before other companies jump on the (12) ___________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. What drink did the article compare people's liking for cockroach milk to?
  2. Where could we see insect dairy in the future?
  3. What could insect milk be a perfect substitute for?
  4. How many times more energy than cow's milk did cockroach milk have?
  5. What were cockroach milk crystals full of?
  6. How many types of cockroach are known to produce milk?
  7. What technology could be used to reproduce cockroach milk?
  8. What insect-milk product is a South African company producing?
  9. What two things is the South African product free from?
  10. What might other companies jump on?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What drink did the article compare people's liking for cockroach milk to?
a) almond milk
b) soy milk
c) juice
d) tea
2) Where could we see insect dairy in the future?
a) schools
b) on supermarket shelves
c) in top restaurants
d) coffee shops
3) What could insect milk be a perfect substitute for?
a) almond milk
b) soy milk
c) cow's milk
d) camel's milk
4) How many times more energy than cow's milk did cockroach milk have?
a) over three times more
b) over four times more
c) over 30 times more
d) two times more
5) What were cockroach milk crystals full of?
a) folic acid
b) acetic acid
c) amino acids
d) sulphuric acid

6) How many types of cockroach are known to produce milk?
a) seven
b) one
c) dozens
d) 83
7) What technology could be used to reproduce cockroach milk?
a) molecular technology
b) hybrid technology
c) nanotechnology
d) stem cell technology
8) What insect-milk product is a South African company producing?
a) ice cream
b) butter
c) yoghurt
d) milk shakes
9) What two things is the South African product free from?
a) cholesterol and taste
b) lactose and taste
c) lactose and guilt
d) nature and guilt
10) What might other companies jump on?
a) a bus
b) a bandwagon
c) a cockroach
d) a chance

Role play

Role  A – Cockroaches
You think cockroaches are the most appealing insects for food. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their insects. Also, tell the others which is the least appetizing of these (and why): ants, worms or scorpions.

Role  B – Ants
You think ants are the most appealing insects for food. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their insects. Also, tell the others which is the least appetizing of these (and why): cockroaches, worms or scorpions.

Role  C – Worms
You think worms are the most appealing insects for food. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their insects. Also, tell the others which is the least appetizing of these (and why): ants, cockroaches or scorpions.

Role  D – Scorpions
You think scorpions are the most appealing insects for food. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their insects. Also, tell the others which is the least appetizing of these (and why):  ants, worms or cockroaches.

After reading / listening

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

'cockroach'

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  • and 'milk'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • actually
    • young
    • easy
    • turn
    • free
    • jump
    • cup
    • big
    • hard
    • value
    • single
    • full




    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 - Cockroach milk may be the next superfood

    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 'cockroach'?
    3. What do you know about cockroaches?
    4. What do you think of milk?
    5. What do you think of drinking cockroach milk?
    6. What alternatives are there to milk?
    7. How strange is it that we drink cow's milk?
    8. Why do we need amino acids and proteins?
    9. What other superfoods do you know about?
    10. What is the best way to use milk in food?

    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 'milk'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How good is milk for us?
    5. Would you buy cockroach milk if it was better than cow's milk?
    6. How could insects solve the world's food problems?
    7. Is lab-made cockroach milk preferable to milked cockroach milk?
    8. Would you like to try the cockroach-milk ice cream?
    9. What insect products should companies make?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    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)

    It might not be everyone's cup of (1) ____, but scientists say cockroach milk could become a new superfood. Insect dairy could be the next (2) ____ thing on supermarket shelves and in our diets. Scientists say insect milk could be a perfect non-dairy (3) ____ to cow's milk, no matter how hard it might be for people to accept milk from bugs. Scientists studied the nutritional (4) ____ of the milk from the Pacific Beetle cockroach. They discovered that the milk was much richer in nutrients than dairy milk. Scientists said: "A (5) ____ crystal [of cockroach milk] is estimated to contain more than three times the energy of an equivalent (6) ____ of dairy milk." The crystals were also full of amino acids and proteins.

    Most cockroaches do not (7) ____ produce milk. The Pacific Beetle cockroach is the only one known to feed milk to its young. However, milking (8) ____ cockroaches to satisfy a growing human population clearly isn't as easy as milking cows. An alternative is to try and (9) ____ the milk in a lab using stem cell technology, and then turn (10) ____ technique into a large-scale industrial process. A South African company called Gourmet Grubb has already started selling insect-milk ice cream. It says the milk is, "a (11) ____, nature-friendly, nutritious, lactose-free, delicious, guilt-free dairy alternative of the future". It won't be too long before other companies (12) ____ on the bug-milk bandwagon.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     milk     (b)     tea     (c)     coffee     (d)     soup    
    2. (a)     white     (b)     big     (c)     dairy     (d)     wet    
    3. (a)     alter     (b)     alternatively     (c)     alternate     (d)     alternative    
    4. (a)     valuation     (b)     value     (c)     valuable     (d)     values    
    5. (a)     dongle     (b)     single     (c)     angle     (d)     dangle    
    6. (a)     blob     (b)     lump     (c)     mass     (d)     globule    
    7. (a)     verily     (b)     actuary     (c)     actually     (d)     reality    
    8. (a)     plenty     (b)     suffice     (c)     enough     (d)     ample    
    9. (a)     signal     (b)     portray     (c)     sedate     (d)     replicate    
    10. (a)     this     (b)     then     (c)     a     (d)     an    
    11. (a)     sustainable     (b)     tolerant     (c)     tropical     (d)     boisterous    
    12. (a)     erect     (b)     sing     (c)     jump     (d)     milk

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. supermarket lsesehv
    2. a perfect non-dairy laieearvttn
    3. richer in trnseintu than dairy milk
    4. stiedemat to contain more
    5. an utanlieqev mass of dairy milk
    6. full of amino acids and poistenr

    Paragraph 2

    1. staysfi a growing human population
    2. try and ieplraetc the milk in a lab
    3. turn this quchietne into a...
    4. uiidarlnts process
    5. sleasnbaitu, nature-friendly...
    6. jump on the bug-milk bgodnwnaa

    Put the text back together

    (...)  could be a perfect non-dairy alternative to cow's milk, no matter how hard it might be
    (...)  selling insect-milk ice cream. It says the milk is, "a sustainable, nature-friendly, nutritious, lactose-free, delicious, guilt-
    (...)  cockroach. They discovered that the milk was much richer in nutrients than dairy milk. Scientists said: "A single
    (...)  known to feed milk to its young. However, milking enough cockroaches to satisfy a growing
    (...)  crystal [of cockroach milk] is estimated to contain more than three times the energy of
    (...)  Most cockroaches do not actually produce milk. The Pacific Beetle cockroach is the only one
    1  ) It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but scientists say cockroach milk could become a new superfood. Insect dairy could
    (...)  free dairy alternative of the future". It won't be too long before other companies jump on the bug-milk bandwagon.
    (...)  replicate the milk in a lab using stem cell technology, and then turn this technique into a large-
    (...)  scale industrial process. A South African company called Gourmet Grubb has already started
    (...)  an equivalent mass of dairy milk." The crystals were also full of amino acids and proteins.
    (...)  be the next big thing on supermarket shelves and in our diets. Scientists say insect milk
    (...)  human population clearly isn't as easy as milking cows. An alternative is to try and
    (...)  for people to accept milk from bugs. Scientists studied the nutritional value of the milk from the Pacific Beetle

    Put the words in the right order

    1. everyone's   be   tea   .   of   might   not   cup   It
    2. big   thing   shelves   .   supermarket   next   The   on
    3. how   No   matter   it   hard   be   .   might
    4. in   dairy   nutrients   than   Much   richer   milk   .
    5. the   mass   .   of   times   an   Three   equivalent   energy
    6. cockroaches   actually   milk   .   not   produce   Most   do
    7. to   population   .   Milking   growing   satisfy   enough   cockroaches   a
    8. lab   in   using   technology   .   Replicate   the   milk   a   stem-cell
    9. alternative   the   future   .   delicious,   of   dairy   guilt-free   A
    10. bandwagon   .   Before   other   companies   bug-milk   on   the   jump

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    It might not be everyone's cup / mug of tea, but scientists say cockroach milk could become a new superfood. Insect dairy could be the next bigger / big thing on supermarket shelves / racks and in our diets. Scientists say insect milk could be a perfect / prefect non-dairy alternative to cow's milk, no matter how hard it might be for people to accept / acceptance milk from bugs. Scientists studied the nutritional valuable / value of the milk from the Pacific Beetle cockroach. They discovered that the milk was much rich / richer in nutrients than dairy milk. Scientists said: "A singled / single crystal [of cockroach milk] is estimated to contain / contents more than three times the energy of an equivalent mass / mast of dairy milk." The crystals were also full of amino acids and proteins.

    Most cockroaches do not actual / actually produce milk. The Pacific Beetle cockroach is the only one known to fed / feed milk to its young. However, milking enough cockroaches to putrefy / satisfy a growing human population clearly isn't as / was easy as milking cows. An alternative is to try and replicate the milk on / in a lab using stem cell technology, and then turn this technique into a large-scale industrial process / procession. A South African company called Gourmet Grubb has still / already started selling insect-milk ice cream. It says the milk is, "a sustenance / sustainable, nature-friendly, nutritious, lactose-free, delicious, guilt-free / guilty-free dairy alternative of the future". It won't be too long before other companies jump / bump on the bug-milk bandwagon.

    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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    it might not be everyones cup of tea but scientists say cockroach milk could become a new superfood insect dairy could be the next big thing on supermarket shelves and in our diets scientists say insect milk could be a perfect nondairy alternative to cows milk no matter how hard it might be for people to accept milk from bugs scientists studied the nutritional value of the milk from the pacific beetle cockroach they discovered that the milk was much richer in nutrients than dairy milk scientists said a single crystal of cockroach milk is estimated to contain more than three times the energy of an equivalent mass of dairy milk the crystals were also full of amino acids and proteins

    most cockroaches do not actually produce milk the pacific beetle cockroach is the only one known to feed milk to its young however milking enough cockroaches to satisfy a growing human population clearly isnt as easy as milking cows an alternative is to try and replicate the milk in a lab using stem cell technology and then turn this technique into a largescale industrial process a south african company called gourmet grubb has already started selling insectmilk ice cream it says the milk is a sustainable naturefriendly nutritious lactosefree delicious guiltfree dairy alternative of the future it wont be too long before other companies jump on the bugmilk bandwagon

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    Itmightnotbeeveryone'scupoftea,butscientistssaycockroachmilkco
    uldbecomeanewsuperfood.Insectdairycouldbethenextbigthingonsu
    permarketshelvesandinourdiets.Scientistssayinsectmilkcouldbeap
    erfectnon-dairyalternativetocow'smilk,nomatterhowharditmightb
    eforpeopletoacceptmilkfrombugs.Scientistsstudiedthenutritionalva
    lueofthemilkfromthePacificBeetlecockroach.Theydiscoveredthatthe
    milkwasmuchricherinnutrientsthandairymilk.Scientistssaid:"Asingl
    ecrystal[ofcockroachmilk]isestimatedtocontainmorethanthreetime
    stheenergyofanequivalentmassofdairymilk."Thecrystalswerealsofu
    llofaminoacidsandproteins.Mostcockroachesdonotactuallyproduce
    milk.ThePacificBeetlecockroachistheonlyoneknowntofeedmilktoitsy
    oung.However,milkingenoughcockroachestosatisfyagrowinghuma
    npopulationclearlyisn'taseasyasmilkingcows.Analternativeistotrya
    ndreplicatethemilkinalabusingstemcelltechnology,andthenturnthist
    echniqueintoalarge-scaleindustrialprocess.ASouthAfricancompany
    calledGourmetGrubbhasalreadystartedsellinginsect-milkicecrea
    m.Itsaysthemilkis,"asustainable,nature-friendly,nutritious,lactose-
    free,delicious,guilt-freedairyalternativeofthefuture".Itwon'tbetoolo
    ngbeforeothercompaniesjumponthebug-milkbandwagon.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Food from insects is the future. 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. COCKROACH MILK: Make a poster about cockroach milk. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. FOOD FROM INSECTS: Write a magazine article about producing more food from insects. 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 cockroach milk. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how we could produce more food from insects. 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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