The Reading / Listening - Asgardia - Level 6

A Russian billionaire has attended his inauguration as leader of humankind's first ever nation in space. Igor Ashurbeyli, a computer scientist, established the space nation of Asgardia at a ceremony in Vienna, Austria on Monday. In his inauguration address, Mr Ashurbeyli stated that: "This day will certainly be recorded in the annals of history as one of the greatest events for humankind. We have established all branches of government. I can therefore declare with confidence that Asgardia - the first space nation of the united humankind - has been born." He also said his nation was a "global humanitarian project" that would pioneer the future colonization of space and set up human colonies on the Moon.



Asgardia is named after Asgard - a flying city in ancient Scandinavian mythology. It already has a growing number of would-be citizens. Around 200,000 people have signed up to claim their Asgardian nationality. Within the next 10 years, Asgardia hopes to amass a population of 150 million. This would make it the ninth most populous country. Future candidates to become an Asgard national will have to pass an IQ test to prove they are of a higher intelligence. They will also have to pay an annual membership of 100 euros. Asgardia has a long-term goal to launch life-sustaining, high-tech, verdant arks in space, where Asgardian citizens can live and prosper.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Asgardia - Level 4  or  Asgardia - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/space-kingdom-asgardia-nation-iq-tests-citizens-a8417276.html
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6629190/asgardia-space-kingdom/
  • http://www.newsweek.com/asgardia-worlds-first-space-nation-inaugurates-head-state-994555


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. SPACE NATIONS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about space nations. 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?
       billionaire / scientists / leader / nation / space / ceremony / history / global / colonies
       ancient / mythology / nationality / population / candidates / intelligence / prosper
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. LIVING IN SPACE: Students A strongly believe living in space would be great; Students B strongly believe it wouldn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SPACE: How difficult would it be to live in space? How could you overcome these difficulties? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Difficulties

How to overcome them

Food

 

 

Missing Earth

 

 

Exercise

 

 

Boredom

 

 

Air

 

 

Getting on with People

 

 

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5. CITIZENS: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "citizens". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. MISSING EARTH: Rank these with your partner. Put the things you would most miss about Earth if you lived in space at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • blue sky
  • cities
  • oceans
  • diversity
  • food
  • mountains
  • travel
  • Earth air

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. inauguration a. Places where a group of people with similar interests live together.
      2. established b. A formal religious or public occasion, usually one celebrating a particular event (like a wedding or graduation) or anniversary.
      3. ceremony c. Formally announce the beginning of something.
      4. address d. A ceremony to mark the beginning of or introduction of a system, policy, or period.
      5. declare e. Be the very, very first to open up new a road, area, business, field of science or venture into space.
      6. pioneer f. Set up or started an organization, system, set of rules, etc. on a firm or permanent basis.
      7. colonies g. A formal speech delivered to an audience.

    Paragraph 2

      8. ancient h. Gather together or build up a large amount or number of valuable material or things over a period of time.
      9. would-be i. Wishing, trying or hoping to be a specified type of person.
      10. claim j. Be financially successful.
      11. amass k. Having been in existence for a very, very, very long time.
      12. annual l. Happening once every year.
      13. verdant m. Formally ask for something.
      14. prosper n. Very green with grass or other rich vegetation.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. A space nation was started by a billionaire Russian scientist.     T / F
  2. The space nation was inaugurated at a ceremony in Australia.     T / F
  3. The space nation has all its branches of government set up.     T / F
  4. The space nation leader said there would be colonies on the moon.     T / F
  5. The nation's name of Asgardia is taken from ancient Greek Mythology.     T / F
  6. The leader thinks about 350 million people will join Asgardia.     T / F
  7. Anyone can become an Asgardia citizen. There is no test to join.     T / F
  8. It is free to become a citizen of Asgardia.     T / F

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

  1. leader
  2. established
  3. address
  4. branches
  5. pioneer
  6. would-be
  7. claim
  8. amass
  9. annual
  10. prosper
  1. yearly
  2. speech
  3. potential
  4. develop
  5. assemble
  6. chief
  7. flourish
  8. divisions
  9. set up
  10. formally request

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

  1. A Russian billionaire has attended
  2. computer
  3. In his inauguration
  4. established all branches
  5. set up human colonies
  6. ancient Scandinavian
  7. signed up to claim their
  8. pass an IQ
  9. pay an annual
  10. citizens can live
  1. and prosper
  2. of government
  3. mythology
  4. scientist
  5. test
  6. his inauguration
  7. membership
  8. address
  9. Asgardian nationality
  10. on the Moon

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
branches
scientist
project
attended
history
colonies
address
confidence

A Russian billionaire has (1) ____________ his inauguration as leader of humankind's first ever nation in space. Igor Ashurbeyli, a computer (2) ____________, established the space nation of Asgardia at a ceremony in Vienna, Austria on Monday. In his inauguration (3) ____________, Mr Ashurbeyli stated that: "This day will certainly be recorded in the annals of (4) ____________ as one of the greatest events for humankind. We have established all (5) ____________ of government. I can therefore declare with (6) ____________ that Asgardia - the first space nation of the united humankind - has been born." He also said his nation was a "global humanitarian (7) ____________ " that would pioneer the future colonization of space and set up human (8) ____________ on the Moon.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
claim
ancient
prove
prosper
number
verdant
populous
annual

Asgardia is named after Asgard - a flying city in (9) ____________ Scandinavian mythology. It already has a growing (10) ____________ of would-be citizens. Around 200,000 people have signed up to (11) ____________ their Asgardian nationality. Within the next 10 years, Asgardia hopes to amass a population of 150 million. This would make it the ninth most (12) ____________ country. Future candidates to become an Asgard national will have to pass an IQ test to (13) ____________ they are of a higher intelligence. They will also have to pay an (14) ____________ membership of 100 euros. Asgardia has a long-term goal to launch life-sustaining, high-tech, (15) ____________ arks in space, where Asgardian citizens can live and (16) ____________.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) a computer scientist established the space nation of Asgardia at ______ Vienna
     a.  a ceremonial in
     b.  a ceremony inn
     c.  a ceremony in
     d.  a seller money in
2)  Ashurbeyli stated that: "This day will certainly be recorded in ______ history"
     a.  the annals of
     b.  the annuals of
     c.  the animals of
     d.  the annuls of
3)  We have established ______ government
     a.  all branch is of
     b.  all branches off
     c.  all branch is off
     d.  all branches of
4)  He also said his nation was a "global ______"
     a.  humanitarian projector
     b.  humanitarian projection
     c.  humanitarian project
     d.  humanitarian projected
5)  pioneer the future colonization of space and set up human ______ Moon
     a.  colonies on the
     b.  colonise on the
     c.  collar knees on the
     d.  color knees on the

6)  Asgardia is named after Asgard - a flying city in ancient ______
     a.  Scandinavian misogyny
     b.  Scandinavian mystery
     c.  Scandinavian mythology
     d.  Scandinavian myopathy
7)  It already has a growing number ______ citizens
     a.  of would-been
     b.  of would-being
     c.  of would-bee
     d.  of would-be
8)  Within the next 10 years, Asgardia hopes ______ population of 150 million
     a.  to remiss a
     b.  to a mast a
     c.  to amass a
     d.  to a mass a
9)  This would make it the ninth ______ country
     a.  mast populous
     b.  most populous
     c.  must populous
     d.  moss populous
10)  a long-term goal to launch life-sustaining, high-tech, ______ space
     a.  fir dent arks in
     b.  far dent arks in
     c.  verdant arks in
     d.  bird ant arks in

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A Russian billionaire (1) ___________________ inauguration as leader of humankind's first ever nation in space. Igor Ashurbeyli, a computer scientist, (2) ___________________ nation of Asgardia at a ceremony in Vienna, Austria on Monday. In his inauguration address, Mr Ashurbeyli stated that: "This day (3) ___________________ recorded in the annals of history as one of the greatest events for humankind. We have established (4) ___________________ government. I can therefore declare with confidence that Asgardia - the first space nation (5) ___________________ humankind - has been born." He also said his nation was a "global humanitarian project" that would (6) ___________________ colonization of space and set up human colonies on the Moon.

Asgardia is named after Asgard - a (7) ___________________ ancient Scandinavian mythology. It already has a (8) ___________________ would-be citizens. Around 200,000 people have signed up to claim their Asgardian nationality. (9) ___________________ 10 years, Asgardia hopes to amass a population of 150 million. This would make it the (10) ___________________ country. Future candidates to become an Asgard national will have to pass an IQ test to prove they are of a higher intelligence. They will also have to (11) ___________________ membership of 100 euros. Asgardia has a long-term goal to launch life-sustaining, high-tech, verdant arks in space, where Asgardian citizens can (12) ___________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. What is the job of the leader of Asgardia?
  2. Where was the inauguration speech for Asgardia?
  3. What did the leader say he had established all branches of?
  4. What kind of project did the leader say Asgardia was?
  5. Where does the leader want to set up human colonies?
  6. What region of the world is the name Asgardia from?
  7. How many people have signed up to become Asgardia citizens?
  8. What kind of test will would-be citizens have to take?
  9. How much does it cost each year to be an Asgardia citizen?
  10. What can Asgardia citizens do on arks in space?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What is the job of the leader of Asgardia?
a) painter
b) computer scientist
c) astronaut
d) business man
2)  Where was the inauguration speech for Asgardia?
a) Kenya
b) Brazil
c) Austria
d) New Zealand
3)  What did the leader say he had established all branches of?
a) communication
b) a space station
c) trees
d) government
4)  What kind of project did the leader say Asgardia was?
a) an expensive one
b) a humanitarian project
c) an interstellar project
d) an exciting one
5)  Where does the leader want to set up human colonies?
a) the Moon
b) Mars
c) another galaxy
d) on an asteroid

6)  What region of the world is the name Asgardia from?
a) Scandinavia
b) Antarctica
c) the Middle East
d) Central America
7)  How many people have signed up to become Asgardia citizens?
a) 500,000
b) 400,000
c) 300,000
d) 200,000
8)  What kind of test will would-be citizens have to take?
a) a space test
b) a personality test
c) an IQ test
d) a fitness test
9)  How much does it cost each year to be an Asgardia citizen?
a) €1,000,000
b) €1,000
c) €1
d) €100
10)  What can Asgardia citizens do on arks in space?
a) look at Earth
b) live and prosper
c) play and sleep
d) fly and float

Role play

Role  A – Food
You think food is what you would miss most if you lived in space. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why you wouldn't miss their things as much. Also, tell the others which of these things you would miss least (and why): mountains, blue sky or diversity.

Role  B – Mountains
You think mountains is what you would miss most if you lived in space. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why you wouldn't miss their things as much. Also, tell the others which of these things you would miss least (and why): food, blue sky or diversity.

Role  C – Blue Sky
You think blue sky is what you would miss most if you lived in space. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why you wouldn't miss their things as much. Also, tell the others which of these things you would miss least (and why): mountains, food, or diversity.

Role  D – Diversity
You think diversity is what you would miss most if you lived in space. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why you wouldn't miss their things as much. Also, tell the others which of these things you would miss least (and why): mountains, blue sky or food.

After reading / listening

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

'space'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'nation'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • ancient
    • citizens
    • nationality
    • candidates
    • membership
    • prosper
    • inauguration
    • scientist
    • address
    • events
    • confidence
    • colonies




    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 - New nation of Asgardia established in space

    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 'space'?
    3. What would it be like to live in space?
    4. Would life on Mars or the Moon be best?
    5. Will Earth be able to sustain life forever?
    6. How will this event be recorded in history?
    7. What do you think of the idea of space nations?
    8. If there are space nations, will there be space wars?
    9. How sad would it be to leave Earth to live in space?
    10. What do you think of colonies on the Moon?

    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 'nation'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What would you call the next space nation?
    5. Would you like to be a citizen of Asgardia?
    6. Why is there an intelligence test to be an Asgardia citizen?
    7. Could Asgardia be a money-making scheme?
    8. What new developments will there be with space nations?
    9. What would the problems be of living in space?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the Asgardia leader?

    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)

    A Russian billionaire has attended his (1) ____ as leader of humankind's first ever nation in space. Igor Ashurbeyli, a computer scientist, (2) ____ the space nation of Asgardia at a ceremony in Vienna, Austria on Monday. In his inauguration (3) ____, Mr Ashurbeyli stated that: "This day will certainly be recorded in the annals of history as one of the greatest events for humankind. We have established all (4) ____ of government. I can therefore declare with confidence that Asgardia - the first space nation of the united humankind - has been born." He also said his nation was a "global humanitarian project" that would (5) ____ the future colonization of space and set up human (6) ____ on the Moon.

    Asgardia is named after Asgard - a flying city (7) ____ ancient Scandinavian mythology. It already has a growing number of would-(8) ____ citizens. Around 200,000 people have signed up to claim their Asgardian nationality. Within the next 10 years, Asgardia hopes to (9) ____ a population of 150 million. This would make it the ninth most populous country. Future candidates to become an Asgard national will have to pass an IQ test to prove they are (10) ____ a higher intelligence. They will also have to pay an (11) ____ membership of 100 euros. Asgardia has a long-term goal to launch life-sustaining, high-tech, verdant arks (12) ____ space, where Asgardian citizens can live and prosper.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     graduation     (b)     deduction     (c)     inauguration     (d)     radiation    
    2. (a)     established     (b)     contrasted     (c)     erupted     (d)     intoxicated    
    3. (a)     addressing     (b)     address     (c)     addressed     (d)     addressee    
    4. (a)     vines     (b)     trunks     (c)     twigs     (d)     branches    
    5. (a)     veneer     (b)     sheer     (c)     pioneer     (d)     veer    
    6. (a)     colonize     (b)     colonies     (c)     colonials     (d)     colonized    
    7. (a)     in     (b)     by     (c)     at     (d)     on    
    8. (a)     have     (b)     like     (c)     do     (d)     be    
    9. (a)     massive     (b)     masses     (c)     amass     (d)     mass    
    10. (a)     that     (b)     as     (c)     by     (d)     of    
    11. (a)     yearly     (b)     annual     (c)     12-monthly     (d)     year-long    
    12. (a)     in     (b)     up     (c)     at     (d)     on

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. at a ryceomen in Vienna
    3. This day will eytirncal be recorded
    4. declare with ecnefcondi
    5. peonier the future
    6. set up human nioecols on the Moon

    Paragraph 2

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    3. the ninth most usplopuo country
    4. Future tdnsaaiced
    5. pay an anulna membership
    6. high-tech, vrndtea arks in space

    Put the text back together

    (...)  membership of 100 euros. Asgardia has a long-term goal to launch life-sustaining, high-tech,
    (...)  established all branches of government. I can therefore declare with confidence that Asgardia - the first space nation of
    (...)  a ceremony in Vienna, Austria on Monday. In his inauguration address, Mr Ashurbeyli stated that: "This day will
    (...)  an IQ test to prove they are of a higher intelligence. They will also have to pay an annual
    (...)  10 years, Asgardia hopes to amass a population of 150 million. This would make it the ninth
    (...)  verdant arks in space, where Asgardian citizens can live and prosper.
    (...)  the united humankind - has been born." He also said his nation was a "global humanitarian project" that would
    (...)  ever nation in space. Igor Ashurbeyli, a computer scientist, established the space nation of Asgardia at
    (...)  most populous country. Future candidates to become an Asgard national will have to pass
    (...)  certainly be recorded in the annals of history as one of the greatest events for humankind. We have
    (...)  Asgardia is named after Asgard - a flying city in ancient Scandinavian mythology. It already has a growing number
    (...)  pioneer the future colonization of space and set up human colonies on the Moon.
    (...)  of would-be citizens. Around 200,000 people have signed up to claim their Asgardian nationality. Within the next
    1  ) A Russian billionaire has attended his inauguration as leader of humankind's first

    Put the words in the right order

    1. attended   his   billionaire   has   inauguration   .   Russian   A
    2. first   humankind's   nation   ever   in   of   Leader   space   .
    3. established   We   branches   of   all   government   .   have
    4. united   the   space   nation   first   humankind   .   of   The
    5. up   human   colonies   Set   on   the   Moon   .
    6. mythology   .   ancient   in   city   flying   A   Scandinavian
    7. of   growing   number   would-be   A   citizens   .
    8. intelligence   .   they   are   higher   a   Prove   of
    9. euros   .   100   Pay   membership   of   annual   an
    10. arks   .   goal   to   A   life-sustaining   long-term   launch

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A Russian billionaire has attended his inauguration as / was leader of humankind's first ever nation in space. Igor Ashurbeyli, a computer scientist, established the space national / nation of Asgardia at a ceremony / ceremonial in Vienna, Austria on Monday. In his inauguration addressed / address, Mr Ashurbeyli stated that: "This day will certainly been / be recorded in the annals of history as one of the greatest events / event for humankind. We have established all branches of government. I can therefore declare by / with confidence that Asgardia - the first space nation of the united humankind - has been born." He also say / said his nation was a "global humanitarian projector / project" that would pioneer the future colonization of space and set up / down human colonies on the Moon.

    Asgardia is named after Asgard - a flying city on / in ancient Scandinavian mythology. It already has a growing numeral / number of would-be citizens. Around 200,000 people have signed up to claim / clam their Asgardian nationality. Within the past / next 10 years, Asgardia hopes to amass / mass a population of 150 million. This would make it the / a ninth most populous country. Future candidates to become / becoming an Asgard national will have to pass an IQ test to proof / prove they are of a higher intelligence. They will also have to pay / paid an annual membership of 100 euros. Asgardia has a long-term goal to launch life-sustaining, high-tech, verdant arks in space, where Asgardian citizens can live and prosperity / prosper.

    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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    a russian billionaire has attended his inauguration as leader of humankind's first ever nation in space. igor ashurbeyli, a computer scientist, established the space nation of asgardia at a ceremony in vienna, austria on monday. in his inauguration address, mr ashurbeyli stated that: "this day will certainly be recorded in the annals of history as one of the greatest events for humankind. we have established all branches of government. i can therefore declare with confidence that asgardia - the first space nation of the united humankind - has been born." he also said his nation was a "global humanitarian project" that would pioneer the future colonization of space and set up human colonies on the moon.

    asgardia is named after asgard - a flying city in ancient scandinavian mythology. it already has a growing number of would-be citizens. around 200,000 people have signed up to claim their asgardian nationality. within the next 10 years, asgardia hopes to amass a population of 150 million. this would make it the ninth most populous country. future candidates to become an asgard national will have to pass an iq test to prove they are of a higher intelligence. they will also have to pay an annual membership of 100 euros. asgardia has a long-term goal to launch life-sustaining, high-tech, verdant arks in space, where asgardian citizens can live and prosper.

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    ARussianbillionairehasattendedhisinaugurationasleaderofhumanki
    nd'sfirstevernationinspace.IgorAshurbeyli,acomputerscientist,esta
    blishedthespacenationofAsgardiaataceremonyinVienna,AustriaonM
    onday.Inhisinaugurationaddress,MrAshurbeylistatedthat:"Thisday
    willcertainlyberecordedintheannalsofhistoryasoneofthegreatesteve
    ntsforhumankind.Wehaveestablishedallbranchesofgovernment.Ica
    nthereforedeclarewithconfidencethatAsgardia-thefirstspacenationo
    ftheunitedhumankind-hasbeenborn."Healsosaidhisnationwasa"glo
    balhumanitarianproject"thatwouldpioneerthefuturecolonizationofs
    paceandsetuphumancoloniesontheMoon.AsgardiaisnamedafterAsg
    ard-aflyingcityinancientScandinavianmythology.Italreadyhasagro
    wingnumberofwould-becitizens.Around200,000peoplehavesignedu
    ptoclaimtheirAsgardiannationality.Withinthenext10years,Asgardia
    hopestoamassapopulationof150million.Thiswouldmakeittheninthm
    ostpopulouscountry.FuturecandidatestobecomeanAsgardnationalw
    illhavetopassanIQtesttoprovetheyareofahigherintelligence.Theywill
    alsohavetopayanannualmembershipof100euros.Asgardiahasalong-
    termgoaltolaunchlife-sustaining,high-tech,verdantarksinspace,wh
    ereAsgardiancitizenscanliveandprosper.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    The future of the human race is in space. 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. SPACE NATIONS: Make a poster about space nations. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. SPACE: Write a magazine article about living in space. 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 space nations. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how we can live in space. 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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