The Reading / Listening - Clapping - Level 6

A university in the UK has voted to replace hand clapping with 'jazz-hand waving'. The University of Manchester Students' Union voted in favor of replacing clapping with 'jazz hands' to respect people who can be negatively affected by loud noise. The jazz hands action is the British Sign Language's form of clapping. It is simply the practice of waving one's hands in the air. Students' Union spokeswoman Sara Khan said the vote was taken out of respect for many people who are affected by loud noise, which includes clapping and cheering. She said many people with conditions like autism, sensory issues and deafness tend to avoid public events because of loud clapping and cheering.



The vote has sparked a lot of criticism online. British broadcaster Piers Morgan tweeted that, "Britain is losing its mind". The debate even reached as far as the USA, where former Florida governor Jeb Bush tweeted: "Not cool, University of Manchester. Not Cool." Representatives of the Students' Union hit back, saying they represent the majority of students' views at the university. The Union said: "The policy was passed to encourage the use of British Sign Language clapping during our democratic events to make those events more accessible and inclusive for all." It added: "We are not banning audible clapping. We understand that some people may be more comfortable to continue using it."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Clapping - Level 4  or  Clapping - Level 5

Sources
  • https://abcnews.go.com/International/universitys-move-replace-clapping-jazz-hands-sparks-controversy/story?id=58254353
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/clapping-banned-manchester-university-students-union-jazz-hands-applause-a8566531.html
  • https://news.sky.com/story/student-union-bans-clapping-to-make-events-inclusive-11515241


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. CLAPPING: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about clapping. 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?
       university / clapping / jazz / loud noise / waving / respect / conditions / autism / vote
       criticism / debate / governor / majority / encourage / democratic / inclusive / banning
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. WAVING: Students A strongly believe clapping at events is better than waving; Students B strongly believe waving is better.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SHOWING RESPECT: What are the good and bad things about these ways of showing respect? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good things

Bad things

Clapping

 

 

Cheering

 

 

Waving

 

 

Whistling

 

 

Waving hands

 

 

Waving phones

 

 

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5. HANDS: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "hands". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. LOUD NOISE: Rank these with your partner. Put the worst of these loud noises at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • thunder
  • vacuum cleaner
  • fireworks
  • heavy traffic
  • clapping
  • baby screaming
  • airplane
  • rock concert

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. in favor a. Having or showing approval of something or someone.
      2. respect b. A developmental disorder that is characterized by difficulty in social interaction and communication, and by restricted or repetitive patterns of thought and behavior.
      3. affected c. A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something because of their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
      4. practice d. Shouting for joy or in praise or encouragement.
      5. cheering e. Influenced or changed by another thing or person.
      6. autism f. The actual use of an idea, belief, or method.
      7. sensory g. Anything about our ability to see, hear, feel, taste and smell.

    Paragraph 2

      8. sparked h. A particular way of considering or regarding something; an attitude or opinion.
      9. criticism i. The greater number of something; most.
      10. debate j. Started a dramatic event or process.
      11. majority k. Give support, confidence, or hope to someone.
      12. views l. The expression of disapproval of someone or something because of what people think are their faults or mistakes.
      13. encourage m. Not excluding any section of society or any party involved in something.
      14. inclusive n. A formal discussion on a particular topic in which opposing arguments are talked about.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. A university in the UK will ban clapping and cheering at its events.     T / F
  2. The university wants to respect people who are affected by loud noise.    T / F
  3. "Jazz hands" is a waving action used in British Sign Language.     T / F
  4. A spokeswoman said clapping affected people who suffer from autism.     T / F
  5. A British broadcaster accused Britain of losing its hands over this.     T / F
  6. A former U.S. governor said the decision wasn't cool.     T / F
  7. The spokeswoman said jazz hands would make events less inclusive.     T / F
  8. The spokeswoman said she didn't understand people who clapped.     T / F

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

  1. replace
  2. in favor
  3. form
  4. debate
  5. conditions
  6. sparked
  7. former
  8. majority
  9. views
  10. comfortable
  1. problems
  2. discussion
  3. opinions
  4. type
  5. ex-
  6. substitute
  7. most
  8. at ease
  9. for
  10. brought about

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

  1. voted in
  2. people who can be negatively
  3. the practice of waving one's
  4. the vote was taken out of respect
  5. many people with conditions
  6. The vote has sparked a
  7. The debate even reached
  8. they represent the majority
  9. make those events more accessible
  10. We are not banning audible
  1. clapping
  2. hands in the air
  3. of students' views
  4. like autism
  5. as far as the USA
  6. favor
  7. and inclusive
  8. for many people
  9. lot of criticism online
  10. affected by loud noise

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
practice
voted
sensory
negatively
avoid
respect
favor
cheering

A university in the UK has (1) ____________ to replace hand clapping with 'jazz-hand waving'. The University of Manchester Students' Union voted in (2) ____________ of replacing clapping with 'jazz hands' to respect people who can be (3) ____________ affected by loud noise. The jazz hands action is the British Sign Language's form of clapping. It is simply the (4) ____________ of waving one's hands in the air. Students' Union spokeswoman Sara Khan said the vote was taken out of (5) ____________ for many people who are affected by loud noise, which includes clapping and (6) ____________. She said many people with conditions like autism, (7) ____________ issues and deafness tend to (8) ____________ public events because of loud clapping and cheering.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
far
majority
inclusive
mind
audible
sparked
events
hit

The vote has (9) ____________ a lot of criticism online. British broadcaster Piers Morgan tweeted that, "Britain is losing its (10) ____________". The debate even reached as (11) ____________ as the USA, where former Florida governor Jeb Bush tweeted: "Not cool, University of Manchester. Not Cool." Representatives of the Students' Union (12) ____________ back, saying they represent the (13) ____________ of students' views at the university. The Union said: "The policy was passed to encourage the use of British Sign Language clapping during our democratic (14) ____________ to make those events more accessible and (15) ____________ for all." It added: "We are not banning (16) ____________ clapping. We understand that some people may be more comfortable to continue using it."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The University of Manchester Students' Union ______
     a.  vote it in favor
     b.  voted in favor
     c.  voting favor
     d.  voting in favor
2)  replacing clapping with 'jazz hands' to respect people who can be ______
     a.  negatively affect it
     b.  negatively effected
     c.  negatively effect it
     d.  negatively affected
3)  The jazz hands action is the British Sign Language's ______
     a.  form off clapping
     b.  forms of clapping
     c.  forms off clapping
     d.  form of clapping
4)  Students' Union spokeswoman Sara Khan said the vote was taken ______
     a.  outer respect
     b.  out off respect
     c.  ought off respect
     d.  out of respect
5)  people with conditions like autism, sensory issues and deafness tend to ______
     a.  avoids public events
     b.  avoid publicity events
     c.  avoids public event
     d.  avoid public events

6)  British broadcaster Piers Morgan tweeted that, "Britain is ______"
     a.  lose in its mind
     b.  lose in knits mind
     c.  losing its mind
     d.  loosening its mind
7)  the Students' Union hit back, saying they represent ______ students
     a.  then majority of
     b.  the majority of
     c.  them majority of
     d.  their majority of
8)  the use of British Sign Language clapping during our ______
     a.  democratic events
     b.  democratically events
     c.  democratic event
     d.  democracy events
9)  make those events more accessible and ______
     a.  inclusive for all
     b.  non-inclusive for all
     c.  inclusivity for all
     d.  inclusiveness for all
10)  We understand that some people may be more comfortable to ______
     a.  continuing using it
     b.  continued using it
     c.  continues using it
     d.  continue using it

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A university in the UK (1) ___________________ replace hand clapping with 'jazz-hand waving'. The University of Manchester Students' Union voted in favor of replacing clapping with 'jazz hands' (2) ___________________ who can be negatively (3) ___________________ noise. The jazz hands action is the British Sign Language's form of clapping. It is simply the practice of waving one's (4) ___________________ air. Students' Union spokeswoman Sara Khan said the vote was taken out of respect for many people who are affected by loud noise, which includes clapping and cheering. She said many people (5) ___________________ autism, sensory issues and deafness tend to (6) ___________________ because of loud clapping and cheering.

The vote has sparked a lot (7) ___________________. British broadcaster Piers Morgan tweeted that, "Britain is losing its mind". The debate even (8) ___________________ as the USA, where former Florida governor Jeb Bush tweeted: "Not cool, University of Manchester. Not Cool." Representatives of the Students' Union hit back, saying they represent (9) ___________________ students' views at the university. The Union said: "The policy was passed to (10) ___________________ of British Sign Language clapping during our democratic events to make those events more accessible and (11) ___________________." It added: "We are not banning audible clapping. We understand that some people may be more comfortable to (12) ___________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. What is the name of the university in the article?
  2. What uses jazz hands as its form of clapping?
  3. Who is Sara Khan?
  4. Who was this vote taken out of respect for?
  5. What other conditions were mentioned besides autism and deafness?
  6. What did broadcaster Piers Morgan say Britain was losing?
  7. What did a former of the USA say about the vote?
  8. What did a spokeswoman say her union represented?
  9. What did the spokeswoman say she wanted to make the events?
  10. What did the spokeswoman say she is not banning?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What is the name of the university in the article?
a) Yale
b) Manchester
c) Tokyo
d) Sorbonne
2)  What uses jazz hands as its form of clapping?
a) a lecturers' group
b) English schools
c) jazz studios
d) British Sign Language
3) Who is Sara Khan?
a) a student union spokeswoman
b) a signer
c) a student
d) a jazz singer
4) Who was this vote taken out of respect for?
a) jazz singers
b) a student
c) people affected by loud noise
d) Internet users
5) What other conditions were mentioned besides autism and deafness?
a) pneumonia
b) sensory issues
c) blindness
d) paralysis

6) What did broadcaster Piers Morgan say Britain was losing?
a) its mind
b) its marbles
c) its money
d) its direction
7) What did a former governor of the USA say about the vote?
a) he waved
b) he clapped
c) it wasn't cool
d) it was great
8) What did a spokeswoman say her union represented?
a) the majority of students
b) jazz artists
c) signers
d) broadcasters
9) What did the spokeswoman say she wanted to make the events?
a) accessible and inclusive
b) happy and fun
c) quiet and respectful
d) encouraging and confirming
10) What did the spokeswoman say she is not banning?
a) waving
b) jazz
c) students
d) clapping

Role play

Role  A – Clapping
You think clapping is the worst loud noise. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their noise isn't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least annoying of these (and why): a screaming baby, a vacuum cleaner or heavy traffic.

Role  B – Screaming Baby
You think a screaming baby is the worst loud noise. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their noise isn't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least annoying of these (and why): clapping, a vacuum cleaner or heavy traffic.

Role  C – Vacuum Cleaner
You think a vacuum cleaner is the worst loud noise. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their noise isn't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least annoying of these (and why): a screaming baby, clapping or heavy traffic.

Role  D – Heavy Traffic
You think heavy traffic is the worst loud noise. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their noise isn't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least annoying of these (and why): a screaming baby, a vacuum cleaner or clapping.

After reading / listening

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

'clap'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'cheer'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • lot
    • even
    • tweeted
    • majority
    • during
    • some
    • UK
    • favor
    • action
    • simply
    • taken
    • issues




    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 - University to replace clapping with hand-waving

    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 'clap'?
    3. What do you think of clapping?
    4. What do you think of the student union's decision?
    5. Why do people clap?
    6. When can clapping be too loud?
    7. Why might waving be better than clapping?
    8. What do you think of waving to consider people with sensory issues?
    9. What would an event like a concert be like without clapping?
    10. Would it be better to ask people to clap or cheer quietly?

    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 'cheer'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Do you think Britain is "losing its mind"?
    5. Why is former governor Jeb Bush commenting on this?
    6. Would you choose to clap or wave?
    7. What would singers or actors think of no clapping?
    8. What other things should we to help people with sensory issues?
    9. What three adjectives best describe this story?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the student union?

    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 university in the UK has voted to replace hand clapping with 'jazz-hand waving'. The University of Manchester Students' Union voted (1) ____ favor of replacing clapping with 'jazz hands' (2) ____ respect people who can be negatively affected by loud noise. The jazz hands action is the British Sign Language's (3) ____ of clapping. It is simply the (4) ____ of waving one's hands in the air. Students' Union spokeswoman Sara Khan said the vote was taken (5) ____ of respect for many people who are affected by loud noise, which includes clapping and cheering. She said many people with conditions like autism, sensory issues and deafness (6) ____ to avoid public events because of loud clapping and cheering.

    The vote has (7) ____ a lot of criticism online. British broadcaster Piers Morgan tweeted that, "Britain is losing its (8) ____ ". The debate even reached as far as the USA, where former Florida governor Jeb Bush tweeted: "Not cool, University of Manchester. Not Cool." Representatives of the Students' Union hit (9) ____, saying they represent the majority of students' views at the university. The Union said: "The policy was (10) ____ to encourage the use of British Sign Language clapping during our democratic events to make those events more accessible and (11) ____ for all." It added: "We are not banning (12) ____ clapping. We understand that some people may be more comfortable to continue using it."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     of     (b)     at     (c)     on     (d)     in    
    2. (a)     by     (b)     for     (c)     as     (d)     to    
    3. (a)     sort     (b)     form     (c)     kind     (d)     type    
    4. (a)     practicality     (b)     practical     (c)     practice     (d)     practitioner    
    5. (a)     in     (b)     up     (c)     out     (d)     from    
    6. (a)     tend     (b)     fend     (c)     send     (d)     bend    
    7. (a)     spooked     (b)     sparked     (c)     spanked     (d)     spiked    
    8. (a)     mind     (b)     head     (c)     brain     (d)     lobe    
    9. (a)     forward     (b)     back     (c)     up     (d)     down    
    10. (a)     entered     (b)     rolled     (c)     passed     (d)     returned    
    11. (a)     includes     (b)     including     (c)     inclusive     (d)     inclusion    
    12. (a)     malleable     (b)     laughable     (c)     credible     (d)     audible

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    3. epsrect for many people
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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  clapping. We understand that some people may be more comfortable to continue using it."
    (...)  of clapping. It is simply the practice of waving one's hands in the air. Students' Union spokeswoman Sara Khan said the vote was taken
    (...)  out of respect for many people who are affected by loud noise, which includes clapping
    (...)  and cheering. She said many people with conditions like autism, sensory issues and
    (...)  tweeted: "Not cool, University of Manchester. Not Cool." Representatives of the Students' Union hit
    (...)  losing its mind". The debate even reached as far as the USA, where former Florida governor Jeb Bush
    (...)  affected by loud noise. The jazz hands action is the British Sign Language's form
    (...)  back, saying they represent the majority of students' views at the university. The Union said: "The policy was
    (...)  Students' Union voted in favor of replacing clapping with 'jazz hands' to respect people who can be negatively
    (...)  make those events more accessible and inclusive for all." It added: "We are not banning audible
    (...)  The vote has sparked a lot of criticism online. British broadcaster Piers Morgan tweeted that, "Britain is
    (...)  passed to encourage the use of British Sign Language clapping during our democratic events to
    1  ) A university in the UK has voted to replace hand clapping with 'jazz-hand waving'. The University of Manchester
    (...)  deafness tend to avoid public events because of loud clapping and cheering.

    Put the words in the right order

    1. the   UK   A   in   university   voted   .   has
    2. loud   who   affected   negatively   People   by   are   noise   .
    3. practice   is   one's   of   It   hands   .   waving   the
    4. of   vote   Khan   taken   respect   .   was   out   the   said
    5. of   public   Avoid   clapping   .   loud   because   events
    6. online   .   sparked   has   vote   criticism   lots   The   of
    7. debate   reached   far   as   The   as   America   .   even
    8. majority   of   They   the   views   .   students'   represent
    9. those   and   accessible   more   events   inclusive   .   Make
    10. comfortable   more   continue   .   to   Some   may   be   people

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    The vote has sparking / sparked a lot of criticism online. British broadcaster Piers Morgan tweeted that, "Britain is lost / losing its mind". The debate even reached as far as the USA, where firmer / former Florida governor Jeb Bush tweeted: "Not cool, University of Manchester. Not Cool." Representatives of the Students' Union smacked / hit back, saying they represent the majority of / for students' views at the university. The Union said: "The policy was passed to encourage the use of British Sign Language clapping during / daring our democratic events to make those / them events more accessible and inclusive for every / all." It added: "We are not banning audible / laudable clapping. We understand that some people may be more comfortable to continue using them / it."

    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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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a university in the uk has voted to replace hand clapping with 'jazz-hand waving'. the university of manchester students' union voted in favor of replacing clapping with 'jazz hands' to respect people who can be negatively affected by loud noise. the jazz hands action is the british sign language's form of clapping. it is simply the practice of waving one's hands in the air. students' union spokeswoman sara khan said the vote was taken out of respect for many people who are affected by loud noise, which includes clapping and cheering. she said many people with conditions like autism, sensory issues and deafness tend to avoid public events because of loud clapping and cheering.

    the vote has sparked a lot of criticism online. british broadcaster piers morgan tweeted that, "britain is losing its mind". the debate even reached as far as the usa, where former florida governor jeb bush tweeted: "not cool, university of manchester. not cool." representatives of the students' union hit back, saying they represent the majority of students' views at the university. the union said: "the policy was passed to encourage the use of british sign language clapping during our democratic events to make those events more accessible and inclusive for all." it added: "we are not banning audible clapping. we understand that some people may be more comfortable to continue using it."

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    AuniversityintheUKhasvotedtoreplacehandclappingwith'jazz-han
    dwaving'.TheUniversityofManchesterStudents'Unionvotedinfavorof
    replacingclappingwith'jazzhands'torespectpeoplewhocanbenegativ
    elyaffectedbyloudnoise.ThejazzhandsactionistheBritishSignLangua
    ge'sformofclapping.Itissimplythepracticeofwavingone'shandsinthe
    air.Students'UnionspokeswomanSaraKhansaidthevotewastakenou
    tofrespectformanypeoplewhoareaffectedbyloudnoise,whichinclude
    sclappingandcheering.Shesaidmanypeoplewithconditionslikeautis
    m,sensoryissuesanddeafnesstendtoavoidpubliceventsbecauseoflou
    dclappingandcheering.Thevotehassparkedalotofcriticismonline.Brit
    ishbroadcasterPiersMorgantweetedthat,"Britainislosingitsmind".Th
    edebateevenreachedasfarastheUSA,whereformerFloridagovernorJ
    ebBushtweeted:"Notcool,UniversityofManchester.NotCool."Repres
    entativesoftheStudents'Unionhitback,sayingtheyrepresentthemajo
    rityofstudents'viewsattheuniversity.TheUnionsaid:"Thepolicywasp
    assedtoencouragetheuseofBritishSignLanguageclappingduringourd
    emocraticeventstomakethoseeventsmoreaccessibleandinclusivefor
    all."Itadded:"Wearenotbanningaudibleclapping.Weunderstandthat
    somepeoplemaybemorecomfortabletocontinueusingit."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    We should refrain from clapping to respect people with sensory issues. 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. CLAPPING: Make a poster about clapping. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. JAZZ HANDS: Write a magazine article about using jazz hands to show approval. 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 clapping. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on clapping. 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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