The Reading / Listening - Colin Kaepernick - Level 4

Nike will use American football player Colin Kaepernick in its "Just Do It" 30th anniversary campaign. Mr Kaepernick started a controversy in 2016. He refused to stand for the national anthem. He was protesting against racial injustice. He knelt down on one knee instead of standing. This started a trend with other players. Kaepernick's actions caused a lot of debate. Donald Trump tweeted that NFL players should be fired if they did not stand up.

Nike sponsors the NFL. It will use Kaepernick's face with the caption: "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything." Nike said: "Colin is one of the most inspirational athletes of this generation, who has [used] the power of sport to help move the world forward." Yahoo Sports said: "No other athlete produces the same emotional response." Many on social media attacked Nike. One tweeted: "Time to throw away all my Nike crap."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Colin Kaepernick - Level 5 or  Colin Kaepernick - Level 6

Sources
  • https://sports.yahoo.com/nike-makes-colin-kaepernick-face-just-30th-anniversary-campaign-200029766.html
  • https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2162612/nike-defies-trumps-ire-embracing-nfls-kneeling-colin
  • https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other-sports/american-sports/nfl-outcast-colin-kaepernick-chosen-13188901


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. 30th anniversary
  2. He refused
  3. He was protesting against racial
  4. He knelt down
  5. This started a trend with
  6. Kaepernick's actions caused
  7. NFL players should be
  8. if they did not
  1. on one knee
  2. fired
  3. campaign
  4. stand up
  5. to stand
  6. other players
  7. injustice
  8. a lot of debate

Paragraph 2

  1. with the caption:
  2. Even if it means sacrificing
  3. one of the most inspirational
  4. the power
  5. help move the world
  6. produces the same emotional
  7. Many on social media
  8. Time to throw away
  1. response
  2. athletes
  3. all my Nike crap
  4. everything
  5. attacked Nike
  6. of sport
  7. Believe in something
  8. forward

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Nike will use American football player Colin Kaepernick (1) ___________________ Do It" 30th anniversary campaign. Mr Kaepernick (2) ___________________ in 2016. He refused to stand for the national anthem. He was protesting (3) ___________________. He knelt down on one knee instead of standing. This (4) ___________________ with other players. Kaepernick's actions caused a (5) ___________________. Donald Trump tweeted that NFL players should be fired if they (6) ___________________ up.

Nike sponsors the NFL. It will use Kaepernick's face (7) ___________________: "Believe in something. Even (8) ___________________ sacrificing everything." Nike said: "Colin is one (9) ___________________ inspirational athletes of this generation, who has [used] the (10) ___________________ to help move the world forward." Yahoo Sports said: "No other athlete (11) ___________________ emotional response." Many on social media attacked Nike. One tweeted: "Time to throw (12) ___________________ Nike crap."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

NikewilluseAmericanfootballplayerColinKaepernickinits"JustDoIt"3
0thanniversarycampaign.MrKaepernickstartedacontroversyin2016
.Herefusedtostandforthenationalanthem.Hewasprotestingagainstr
acialinjustice.Hekneltdownononekneeinsteadofstanding.Thisstarte
datrendwithotherplayers.Kaepernick'sactionscausedalotofdebate.
DonaldTrumptweetedthatNFLplayersshouldbefirediftheydidn
otstandup.NikesponsorstheNFL.ItwilluseKaepernick'sfacewiththeca
ption:"Believeinsomething.Evenifitmeanssacrificingeverything."Ni
kesaid:"Colinisoneofthemostinspirationalathletesofthisgeneration,
whohas[used]thepowerofsporttohelpmovetheworldforward."Yahoo
Sportssaid:"Nootherathleteproducesthesameemotionalresponse."
ManyonsocialmediaattackedNike.Onetweeted:"Timetothrowawaya
llmyNikecrap."

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 — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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