The Reading / Listening - Big Game Hunting - Level 6

Images of an American trophy hunter posing for a photo next to a black giraffe that she had shot and killed in South Africa have caused outrage online. It has sparked a heated debate on whether or not trophy hunting should be banned. Wikipedia says: "Trophy hunting is the hunting of wild game for human recreation. The trophy is the animal or part of the animal kept, and usually displayed, to represent the success of the hunt." A fee is usually paid to the government to help wildlife conservation. Critics of this say countries earn far more from wildlife tourism than from big game hunting. The giraffe's killing is being compared to Cecil the lion, the iconic big cat hunted and killed by an American dentist in 2015.



The latest killing caused an account on Twitter called Africa Digest to write: "White American savage, who is partly a Neanderthal, comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe, courtesy of South African stupidity." The American hunter defended her actions. She told CBS News that the giraffe was an old male that was attacking and killing younger giraffes. She said: "This is called conservation through game management. Now that the giraffe is gone, the younger bulls are able to breed." Paul Babaz, president of the hunting group Safari Club International defended the woman. He said: "She was hunting in South Africa and giraffes are legal to hunt in South Africa."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Big Game Hunting - Level 4  or  Big Game Hunting - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.cbsnews.com/news/giraffe-killed-by-american-woman-tess-thompson-talley-sparks-outrage/
  • https://www.ecowatch.com/big-game-hunter-dead-giraffe-2583505970.html
  • http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/trophy-hunter-tess-thompson-tally-defended-killing-rare-giraffe-ricky-gervais-responds/


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. BIG GAME HUNTING: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about big game hunting. 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?
       trophy / hunter / posing / giraffe / outrage / wild game / success / wildlife / lion /
       savage / Neanderthal / stupidity / conservation / bulls / breed / president / hunting
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. BANNED: Students A strongly believe hunting should be banned; Students B strongly believe it shouldn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. HUNTING: What are the pros and cons of these reasons for hunting? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Pros

Cons

Conservation

 

 

For food

 

 

Sport

 

 

Pest control

 

 

Tourism

 

 

Tradition

 

 

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5. OUTRAGE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "outrage". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. NO HUNTING: Rank these with your partner. Put the biggest reasons for not hunting at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • We don't need meat
  • It destroys animal families
  • Hunting accidents
  • It's immoral
  • The animal suffers
  • Animals have rights
  • It makes us more violent
  • It endangers species

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. trophy hunter a. People who express an unfavorable opinion of something.
      2. posing b. Great and strong anger.
      3. outrage c. Showed for other people to see.
      4. heated d. Somebody who kills animals for fun and puts all of the animal or part of it on display.
      5. displayed e. Show to be a sign or symbol of something.
      6. represent f. Taking a position or attitude to have one's photo taken.
      7. critics g. Full of passion and strong feelings.

    Paragraph 2

      8. savage h. The state of being totally, totally unintelligent and foolish.
      9. Neanderthal i. The preservation, protection, or restoration of the natural environment and of wildlife.
      10. courtesy of j. Male and female animals getting together to produce babies.
      11. stupidity k. An extinct species of human that lived over 35,000 years ago.
      12. conservation l. Wild animals or birds hunted for sport or food.
      13. game m. Given or allowed by.
      14. breed n. A brutal or vicious person, often regarded as primitive and uncivilized.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. A hunter posed for a photo next to a black giraffe she had killed.     T / F
  2. Trophy hunting is the killing of wild game for conservation.     T / F
  3. None of the money paid by trophy hungers goes towards conservation.    T / F
  4. Critics say countries earn more from hunting than from wildlife tourism.  T / F
  5. A Twitter user described the hunter as being a "savage".     T / F
  6. The giraffe that was shot had killed younger giraffes.     T / F
  7. The hunter said her actions would allow younger giraffes to breed.     T / F
  8. Hunting giraffes is illegal in South Africa.     T / F

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

  1. images
  2. outrage
  3. recreation
  4. represent
  5. killing
  6. savage
  7. stupidity
  8. defended
  9. conservation
  10. breed
  1. preservation
  2. show
  3. slaughter
  4. foolishness
  5. fury
  6. justified
  7. photos
  8. reproduce
  9. fun
  10. monster

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

  1. posing for
  2. sparked a heated
  3. A fee is usually
  4. big game
  5. the iconic big
  6. shoot down a very
  7. conservation through game
  8. the younger bulls are able
  9. defended
  10. giraffes are legal to
  1. paid to the government
  2. management
  3. hunting
  4. the woman
  5. a photo
  6. hunt in South Africa
  7. to breed
  8. cat
  9. rare black giraffe
  10. debate

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
banned
success
iconic
posing
recreation
earn
sparked
conservation

Images of an American trophy hunter (1) ____________ for a photo next to a black giraffe that she had shot and killed in South Africa have caused outrage online. It has (2) ____________ a heated debate on whether or not trophy hunting should be (3) ____________. Wikipedia says: "Trophy hunting is the hunting of wild game for human (4) ____________. The trophy is the animal or part of the animal kept, and usually displayed, to represent the (5) ____________ of the hunt." A fee is usually paid to the government to help wildlife (6) ____________. Critics of this say countries (7) ____________ far more from wildlife tourism than from big game hunting. The giraffe's killing is being compared to Cecil the lion, the (8) ____________ big cat hunted and killed by an American dentist in 2015.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
rare
actions
legal
account
breed
stupidity
savage
younger

The latest killing caused an (9) ____________ on Twitter called Africa Digest to write: "White American (10) ____________, who is partly a Neanderthal, comes to Africa and shoot down a very (11) ____________ black giraffe, courtesy of South African (12) ____________." The American hunter defended her (13) ____________. She told CBS News that the giraffe was an old male that was attacking and killing (14) ____________ giraffes. She said: "This is called conservation through game management. Now that the giraffe is gone, the younger bulls are able to (15) ____________." Paul Babaz, president of the hunting group Safari Club International defended the woman. He said: "She was hunting in South Africa and giraffes are (16) ____________ to hunt in South Africa."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  a black giraffe that she had shot and killed in South Africa have ______ online
     a.  caused at rage
     b.  caused doubt rage
     c.  cause doubt rage
     d.  caused outrage
2)  Wikipedia says: "Trophy hunting is the hunting of wild game for ______
     a.  humane procreation
     b.  human recreation
     c.  human re-creation
     d.  humane procreation
3)  part of the animal kept, and usually displayed, to represent the ______ hunt
     a.  recess of the
     b.  access of the
     c.  success of the
     d.  sucks stop the
4)  Critics of this say countries earn ______
     a.  far more
     b.  fare more
     c.  farm or
     d.  farm ore
5)  The giraffe's killing is being compared to Cecil the lion, ______ big cat
     a.  the iconic
     b.  the bionic
     c.  the laconic
     d.  the conical

6)  The latest killing caused an account on Twitter called ______ write
     a.  Africa Digestion to
     b.  Africa Degust to
     c.  Africa Digest to
     d.  Africa Digests to
7)  shoot down a very rare black giraffe, courtesy of South ______
     a.  African stupidity
     b.  African stupid ditty
     c.  African stew pit ditty
     d.  African stoop pit ditty
8)  Now that the giraffe is gone, the younger bulls are ______
     a.  able to bleed
     b.  able to breed
     c.  able to brood
     d.  able to blood
9)  Paul Babaz, president of the hunting group Safari Club International ______
     a.  defend did the woman
     b.  deep ended the woman
     c.  defended the woman
     d.  drip ended the woman
10) She was hunting in South Africa and giraffes are ______ in South Africa.
     a.  legal tooth hunt
     b.  legal too hunt
     c.  legal to hunt
     d.  legally to hunt

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Images of an American trophy hunter posing for a (1) ___________________ a black giraffe that she had shot and killed in South Africa have caused outrage online. It has (2) ___________________ debate on whether or not trophy hunting should be banned. Wikipedia says: "Trophy hunting is the hunting of wild game (3) ___________________. The trophy is the animal or part of the animal kept, and usually displayed, to represent the success of the hunt." A fee is (4) ___________________ the government to help wildlife conservation. Critics of this say countries earn far more from wildlife tourism than from big game hunting. The giraffe's killing (5) ___________________ to Cecil the lion, the (6) ___________________ hunted and killed by an American dentist in 2015.

The latest killing (7) ___________________ on Twitter called Africa Digest to write: "White American savage, who is partly a Neanderthal, comes to Africa and shoot down a (8) ___________________ giraffe, courtesy of South African stupidity." The American hunter (9) ___________________. She told CBS News that the giraffe was an old male (10) ___________________ and killing younger giraffes. She said: "This is called conservation through game management. Now that the giraffe is gone, the younger (11) ___________________ to breed." Paul Babaz, president of the hunting group Safari Club International defended the woman. He said: "She was hunting in South Africa and giraffes are (12) ___________________ in South Africa."

Comprehension questions

  1. What kind of giraffe did the hunter kill?
  2. What kind of online debate did the article say took place?
  3. What is paid to the government by trophy hunters?
  4. Who said countries get more from wildlife tourism than big game hunting?
  5. When was Cecil the lion shot and killed?
  6. What platform did Africa Digest use to complain about the hunter?
  7. What news station did the hunter talk to?
  8. Why did the hunter say she killed the giraffe?
  9. What can younger bulls now do?
  10. What did someone was say legal in Japan?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What kind of giraffe did the hunter kill?
a) a white giraffe
b) a black giraffe
c) a gold giraffe
d) a brown giraffe
2)  What kind of online debate did the article say took place?
a) a boring debate
b) an intelligent debate
c) a live debate
d) a heated debate
3) What is paid to the government by trophy hunters?
a) a fee
b) $10
c) homage
d) respect
4) Who said countries get more from wildlife tourism than big game hunting?
a) a conservationist
b) the WWF
c) critics
d) hunters
5) When was Cecil the lion shot and killed?
a) 2017
b) 2015
c) 2016
d) 2014

6) What platform did Africa Digest use to complain about the hunter?
a) Twitter
b) the BBC
c) Facebook
d) a stage
7) What news station did the hunter talk to?
a) Al Jazeera
b) CNN
c) CBS News
d) the BBC
8) Why did the hunter say she killed the giraffe?
a) it was killing younger giraffes
b) for fun
c) in self-defence
d) for money
9) What can younger bulls now do?
a) breed
b) run
c) stay alive
d) sleep
10) What did someone was say legal in South Africa?
a) hunting
b) selling giraffe meat
c) owning a gun
d) hunting giraffes

Role play

Role  A – Animals Have Rights
You think animals having rights is the biggest reason not to hunt. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their reasons. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these reasons (and why): endangering species, the animal suffering or not needing meat.

Role  B – It Endangers Species
You think endangering species is the biggest reason not to hunt. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their reasons. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these reasons (and why): animals having rights, the animal suffering or not needing meat.

Role  C – The Animal Suffers
You think the animal suffering is the biggest reason not to hunt. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their reasons. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these reasons (and why): endangering species, animals having rights or not needing meat.

Role  D – We Don't Need Meat
You think not needing meat is the biggest reason not to hunt. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their reasons. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these reasons (and why): endangering species, the animal suffering or animals having rights.

After reading / listening

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

'trophy'

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  • and 'hunting'.

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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:

    • account
    • rare
    • actions
    • old
    • gone
    • legal
    • posing
    • heated
    • part
    • success
    • earn
    • cat




    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 - Internet fury at woman who killed giraffe

    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 'giraffe'?
    3. What do you think about trophy hunting?
    4. What do you think of the hunter for killing the giraffe?
    5. Should trophy hunting be banned?
    6. Are people who hunt the same as those who eat meat?
    7. Why do hunters put the heads of animals on their wall?
    8. Should the governments focus more on wildlife tourism?
    9. Are there some animals it is never OK to hunt?
    10. Are hunters worse than abattoirs (slaughter houses)?

    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 'hunting'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Should hunting be banned?
    5. What do you think of the tweet from Africa Digest?
    6. Did the hunter help conservation by killing the old giraffe?
    7. What do you think of posing for photos next to hunted animals?
    8. Should the woman have not posted the photo on social media?
    9. What do you think of it being legal to hunt giraffes?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the trophy hunter?

    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)

    Images of an American trophy hunter (1) ____ for a photo next to a black giraffe that she had shot and killed in South Africa have cause (2) ____ online. It has sparked a (3) ____ debate on whether or not trophy hunting should be banned. Wikipedia says: "Trophy hunting is the hunting of wild game for human recreation. The trophy is the animal or part of the animal (4) ____, and usually displayed, to represent the success of the hunt." A fee is usually paid to the government to help wildlife conservation. Critics of (5) ____ say countries earn far more from wildlife tourism than from big game hunting. The giraffe's killing is being compared (6) ____ Cecil the lion, the iconic big cat hunted and killed by an American dentist in 2015.

    The latest killing caused an account on Twitter called Africa Digest to write: "White American savage, who is (7) ____ a Neanderthal, comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe, (8) ____ of South African stupidity." The American hunter defended her actions. She told CBS News that the giraffe was an old male that was attacking and killing younger giraffes. She said: "This is called conservation (9) ____ game management. Now that the giraffe is gone, the younger bulls are able to (10) ____." Paul Babaz, president of the hunting group Safari Club International (11) ____ the woman. He said: "She was hunting in South Africa and giraffes are (12) ____ to hunt in South Africa."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     posturing     (b)     posting     (c)     posing     (d)     pasting    
    2. (a)     outrage     (b)     outage     (c)     ousted     (d)     outing    
    3. (a)     heated     (b)     warm     (c)     toasty     (d)     furnace    
    4. (a)     kept     (b)     debt     (c)     wept     (d)     leapt    
    5. (a)     said     (b)     these     (c)     fee     (d)     this    
    6. (a)     of     (b)     by     (c)     than     (d)     to    
    7. (a)     partly     (b)     partner     (c)     parted     (d)     parting    
    8. (a)     courts     (b)     curtsey     (c)     cutesy     (d)     courtesy    
    9. (a)     through     (b)     though     (c)     thorough     (d)     thou    
    10. (a)     brood     (b)     breed     (c)     creed     (d)     braid    
    11. (a)     defensive     (b)     defended     (c)     defender     (d)     defend    
    12. (a)     legal     (b)     legality     (c)     legality     (d)     legalities

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. cause rteuoag online
    3. It has sparked a heated edbeat
    4. the hunting of wild game for human eaticeonrr
    5. help wildlife rsnvcootniae
    6. the cciion big cat

    Paragraph 2

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    4. rdeniepst of the hunting group
    5. ddendefe the woman
    6. giraffes are lagel to hunt

    Put the text back together

    (...)  paid to the government to help wildlife conservation. Critics of this say countries earn
    (...)  partly a Neanderthal, comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe, courtesy of South African
    (...)  stupidity." The American hunter defended her actions. She told CBS News that the giraffe was an
    (...)  The latest killing caused an account on Twitter called Africa Digest to write: "White American savage, who is
    (...)  of the hunting group Safari Club International defended the woman. He said: "She was
    (...)  killed in South Africa have caused outrage online. It has sparked a heated debate on whether or not trophy hunting should be
    (...)  to Cecil the lion, the iconic big cat hunted and killed by an American dentist in 2015.
    (...)  old male that was attacking and killing younger giraffes. She said: "This is called conservation through game
    (...)  or part of the animal kept, and usually displayed, to represent the success of the hunt." A fee is usually
    (...)  banned. Wikipedia says: "Trophy hunting is the hunting of wild game for human recreation. The trophy is the animal
    (...)  hunting in South Africa and giraffes are legal to hunt in South Africa."
    (...)  far more from wildlife tourism than from big game hunting. The giraffe's killing is being compared
    1  ) Images of an American trophy hunter posing for a photo next to a black giraffe that she had shot and
    (...)  management. Now that the giraffe is gone, the younger bulls are able to breed." Paul Babaz, president

    Put the words in the right order

    1. posing   a   hunter   American   An   photo   .   trophy   for
    2. be   trophy   should   or   not   banned   .   hunting   Whether
    3. human   of   The   hunting   for   recreation   .   game   wild
    4. government   .   is   to   usually   the   paid   fee   A
    5. to   is   Cecil   .   The   compared   being   killing   giraffe's
    6. giraffe   .   Shoot   a   down   rare   very   black
    7. defended   actions   .   hunter   her   American   The
    8. old   male   killing   younger   that   An   giraffes   .   was
    9. called   is   game   conservation   through   This   management   .
    10. Africa   .   are   South   in   hunt   to   Giraffes   legal

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Images of an American trophy hunter posted / posing for a photo next to a black giraffe that she had shot and killed in South Africa have cause outage / outrage online. It has sparked a heated / hated debate on whether or not trophy hunting should be binned / banned. Wikipedia says: "Trophy hunting is the hunting of wild game for human recreation / recreational. The trophy is the animal or part of the animal keeps / kept, and usually displayed, to represent the success of the hunt." A fee is usually pays / paid to the government to help wildlife conservation. Critics of this say countries earnings / earn far more from wildlife tourism than from big game hunting. The giraffe's killing is being compared / comparison to Cecil the lion, the iconic big cat haunted / hunted and killed by an American dentist in 2015.

    The latest killing caused / causing an account on Twitter called Africa Digest to write: "White American savage, who is part / partly a Neanderthal, comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare / rarely black giraffe, courtesy of South African stupidity / stupid." The American hunter defensive / defended her actions. She told CBS News that the giraffe was an old male that was attacking and killing younger giraffes. She said: "This is calling / called conservation through game management. Now that the giraffe is gone / going, the younger bulls are able to breeding / breed." Paul Babaz, president of the hunting group Safari Club International defensive / defended the woman. He said: "She was hunting in South Africa and giraffes are legally / legal to hunt in South Africa."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    images of an american trophy hunter posing for a photo next to a black giraffe that she had shot and killed in south africa have caused outrage online. it has sparked a heated debate on whether or not trophy hunting should be banned. wikipedia says: "trophy hunting is the hunting of wild game for human recreation. the trophy is the animal or part of the animal kept, and usually displayed, to represent the success of the hunt." a fee is usually paid to the government to help wildlife conservation. critics of this say countries earn far more from wildlife tourism than from big game hunting. the giraffe's killing is being compared to cecil the lion, the iconic big cat hunted and killed by an american dentist in 2015.

    the latest killing caused an account on twitter called africa digest to write: "white american savage, who is partly a neanderthal, comes to africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe, courtesy of south african stupidity." the american hunter defended her actions. she told cbs news that the giraffe was an old male that was attacking and killing younger giraffes. she said: "this is called conservation through game management. now that the giraffe is gone, the younger bulls are able to breed." paul babaz, president of the hunting group safari club international defended the woman. he said: "she was hunting in south africa and giraffes are legal to hunt in south africa."

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    ImagesofanAmericantrophyhunterposingforaphotonexttoablackgir
    affethatshehadshotandkilledinSouthAfricahavecausedoutrageonlin
    e.Ithassparkedaheateddebateonwhetherornottrophyhuntingshould
    bebanned.Wikipediasays:"Trophyhuntingisthehuntingofwildgamef
    orhumanrecreation.Thetrophyistheanimalorpartoftheanimalkept,a
    ndusuallydisplayed,torepresentthesuccessofthehunt."Afeeisusually
    paidtothegovernmenttohelpwildlifeconservation.Criticsofthissayco
    untriesearnfarmorefromwildlifetourismthanfrombiggamehunting.T
    hegiraffe'skillingisbeingcomparedtoCecilthelion,theiconicbigcathun
    tedandkilledbyanAmericandentistin2015.Thelatestkillingcausedana
    ccountonTwittercalledAfricaDigesttowrite:"WhiteAmericansavage,
    whoispartlyaNeanderthal,comestoAfricaandshootdownaveryrarebl
    ackgiraffe,courtesyofSouthAfricanstupidity."TheAmericanhunterde
    fendedheractions.ShetoldCBSNewsthatthegiraffewasanoldmaletha
    twasattackingandkillingyoungergiraffes.Shesaid:"Thisiscalledcons
    ervationthroughgamemanagement.Nowthatthegiraffeisgone,theyo
    ungerbullsareabletobreed."PaulBabaz,presidentofthehuntinggroup
    SafariClubInternationaldefendedthewoman.Hesaid:"Shewashuntin
    ginSouthAfricaandgiraffesarelegaltohuntinSouthAfrica."

    Free writing

    Write about big game hunting for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Big game hunting should be banned. 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. BIG GAME HUNTING: Make a poster about big game hunting. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. SELFIES: Write a magazine article about social media sites blocking selfies of hunters posing next to the animals they've killed. 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 big game hunting. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on big game hunting. 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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