The Reading / Listening - Wildlife Loss - Level 3

Earth is losing wildlife at a faster rate than at any time in history. This is according to the new "Living Planet Report" from the World Wildlife Fund. The report says the global wildlife population shrank by 60 per cent between 1970 and 2014. The WWF warned that: "Earth is losing biodiversity at a rate seen only during mass extinctions." Researchers state that most of the decline in our animal population is because of "exploding human consumption". There are more and more humans on this planet. We are eating more, overfishing, cutting down trees for beef production, consuming more, and using more energy and natural resources. This has resulted in a massive loss of habitat for animals.



The report estimates that only a quarter of the world's land has been untouched by humans. This means human activity has greatly affected animals on three-quarters of Earth's surface. Researchers tracked more than 4,000 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians. They say the loss of animal life is worst in South and Central America. These regions saw an 89 per cent loss in the population of vertebrates in the past four decades. The WWF wrote: "The astonishing decline in wildlife population...is a [depressing] reminder, and perhaps the ultimate indicator, of the pressure we [put] on the planet." It warned: "We can be the generation that had its chance and failed to act; that let Earth slip away."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Wildlife Loss - Level 0 Wildlife Loss - Level 1   or  Wildlife Loss - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/10/30/living-planet-report-60-percent-animal-populations-gone-wwf/1817210002/
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46028862
  • https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/10/30/18042150/wwf-living-planet-report-vertebrate-loss


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Warm-ups

1. WILDLIFE: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about wildlife. 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?
       wildlife / history / population / biodiversity / extinction / consumption / planet / loss /
       quarter / humans / animals / mammals / astonishing / ultimate / pressure / chance
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. SLIPPING AWAY: Students A strongly believe the Earth's wildlife is slipping away; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SPECIES: How important are these species? Why? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How important?

Why?

Bees

 

 

Turtles

 

 

Mice

 

 

Plankton

 

 

Pigeons

 

 

Elephants

 

 

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5. HUMANS: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "humans". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. HUMAN ACTIVITY: Rank these with your partner. Put the types of human activity that are worst for the Earth at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • deforestation
  • nuclear power
  • GM food
  • war
  • overfishing
  • eating meat
  • overconsumption
  • driving cars

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. rate a. The variety of life in the world or in a particular habitat or ecosystem.
      2. according to b. Very, very, very big.
      3. shrank c. The speed something moves, happens, or changes at.
      4. biodiversity d. Became or made smaller in size or amount.
      5. extinction e. As stated, said or written by.
      6. consuming f. When all the animals in a species die forever.
      7. massive g. Buying or using up.

    Paragraph 2

      8. estimates h. One of four equal parts; 25%.
      9. quarter i. Have an effect on; make a difference to.
      10. affected j. A period of ten years.
      11. surface k. Roughly calculates or judges the value, number, or quantity of something.
      12. tracked l. All of the people born and living at about the same time.
      13. decades m. Follow and look at or record the course or progress of something.
      14. generation n. The outside part or top layer of something.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Earth has never lost so many species so fast as the past 40 years.     T / F
  2. The WWF said all species will become extinct in 60 years.     T / F
  3. Researchers said human consumption was behind the loss of wildlife.     T / F
  4. Researchers said the production of beef led to wildlife loss.     T / F
  5. Only a tenth of the world has been untouched by humans.     T / F
  6. Researchers said they found 4,000 dead mammals.     T / F
  7. In South America, 89% of animals have been lost.     T / F
  8. The WWF said this generation had a chance to act and save Earth.     T / F

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

  1. rate
  2. shrank
  3. during
  4. massive
  5. habitat
  6. estimates
  7. tracked
  8. astonishing
  9. depressing
  10. act
  1. natural environment
  2. monitored
  3. upsetting
  4. throughout
  5. amazing
  6. huge
  7. roughly calculates
  8. speed
  9. take action
  10. got smaller

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

  1. at a faster rate than at any
  2. the global wildlife population shrank
  3. exploding human
  4. using more energy and
  5. This has resulted in a massive
  6. untouched
  7. on three-quarters
  8. birds, reptiles, fish and
  9. in the past four
  10. the generation that had its chance
  1. of Earth's surface
  2. consumption
  3. loss of habitat
  4. and failed to act
  5. by humans
  6. natural resources
  7. decades
  8. time in history
  9. amphibians
  10. by 60 per cent

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
mass
planet
rate
habitat
according
overfishing
decline
shrank

Earth is losing wildlife at a faster (1) ___________ than at any time in history. This is (2) ___________ to the new "Living Planet Report" from the World Wildlife Fund. The report says the global wildlife population (3) ___________ by 60 per cent between 1970 and 2014. The WWF warned that: "Earth is losing biodiversity at a rate seen only during (4) ___________ extinctions." Researchers state that most of the (5) ___________ in our animal population is because of "exploding human consumption". There are more and more humans on this (6) ___________. We are eating more, (7) ___________, cutting down trees for beef production, consuming more, and using more energy and natural resources. This has resulted in a massive loss of (8) ___________ for animals.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
greatly
worst
reminder
estimates
slip
mammals
ultimate
past

The report (9) ___________ that only a quarter of the world's land has been untouched by humans. This means human activity has (10) ___________ affected animals on three-quarters of Earth's surface. Researchers tracked more than 4,000 species of (11) ___________, birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians. They say the loss of animal life is (12) ___________ in South and Central America. These regions saw an 89 per cent loss in the population of vertebrates in the (13) ___________ four decades. The WWF wrote: "The astonishing decline in wildlife population...is a [depressing] (14) ___________, and perhaps the (15) ___________ indicator, of the pressure we [put] on the planet." It warned: "We can be the generation that had its chance and failed to act; that let Earth (16) ___________ away."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Earth is losing wildlife at a faster rate than at any ______
     a.  timed in history
     b.  timer in history
     c.  thyme in history
     d.  time in history
2)  The report says the global wildlife population ______
     a.  shrink by 60%
     b.  shrank by 60%
     c.  shank by 60%
     d.  shrunk by 60%
3)  Earth is losing biodiversity at a rate seen only during ______
     a.  mast distinctions
     b.  mass extinctions
     c.  mass extinct shuns
     d.  mast extinctions
4) the decline in our animal population is because of "exploding ______"
     a.  human consumption
     b.  humane consumption
     c.  humanity consumption
     d.  humans consumption
5)  consuming more, and using more energy and ______
     a.  naturally resource
     b.  nature all resources
     c.  natural resources
     d.  natural resource

6)  The report estimates that only a quarter of the world's land has been ______
     a. touched by humans
     b.  untouched by humans
     c.  un-torched by humans
     d. torched by humans
7)  human activity has greatly affected animals on three-quarters of ______
     a.  Earth's surf ice
     b.  Earth's surf ace
     c.  Earth's surf face
     d.  Earth's surface
8) regions saw an 89 per cent loss in the population of vertebrates in the ______
     a.  passed four decades
     b.  past four decades
     c.  parsed four decades
     d.  pasted four decades
9)  a depressing reminder, and perhaps the ultimate indicator, ______
     a.  of the pressure
     b.  of a pressure
     c.  of them pressure
     d.  of then pressure
10)  We can be the generation that had its chance and failed to act; that let ______
     a.  Earth slap away
     b.  Earth slop away
     c.  Earth slip away
     d.  Earth slurp away

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Earth is losing wildlife at (1) ___________________ than at any time in history. This is according to the new "Living Planet Report" from the World Wildlife Fund. The (2) ___________________ global wildlife population shrank by 60 per cent between 1970 and 2014. The WWF warned that: "Earth is losing biodiversity at (3) ___________________ only during mass extinctions." Researchers state that most of the decline in our animal population is (4) ___________________ human consumption". There are more and more humans on this planet. We are eating more, overfishing, (5) ___________________ for beef production, consuming more, and using more energy and natural resources. This has resulted in a (6) ___________________ habitat for animals.

The report estimates that only (7) ___________________ the world's land has been untouched by humans. This means human activity has greatly affected animals on three-quarters (8) ___________________. Researchers tracked more than 4,000 (9) ___________________, birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians. They say the loss of animal life is worst in South and Central America. These (10) ___________________ 89 per cent loss in the population of vertebrates in the (11) ___________________. The WWF wrote: "The astonishing decline in wildlife population...is a [depressing] reminder, and perhaps the ultimate indicator, of the pressure we [put] on the planet." It warned: "We can be the generation that had its chance and (12) ___________________; that let Earth slip away."

Comprehension questions

  1. What is the name of the report from the WWF?
  2. What did the WWF say the earth is losing at a rate seen in extinctions?
  3. What did researchers say the decline in wildlife was because of?
  4. What did the article say trees were being cut down for?
  5. What did the article say animals had lost?
  6. How much of Earth has been untouched by humans?
  7. How many species of animals did the researchers track?
  8. Which region saw an 89 per cent decrease in vertebrates?
  9. What kind of reminder did the article say wildlife decline was?
  10. What did the WWF say we might let slip away?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What is the name of the report from the WWF?
a) Planet on Life Report
b) Living Planet Report
c) Planet Alive Report
d) Life on Earth Report
2) What did the WWF say the earth is losing at a rate seen in extinctions?
a) ecosystems
b) forests
c) the Ice Age
d) biodiversity
3) What did researchers say the decline in wildlife was because of?
a) human consumption
b) logging
c) overfishing
d) wars
4) What did the article say trees were being cut down for?
a) golf courses
b) wood
c) beef
d) cities
5) What did the article say animals had lost?
a) mountains
b) habitat
c) food
d) reefs

6) How much of Earth has been untouched by humans?
a) a quarter
b) a third
c) a half
d) two-thirds
7) How many species of animals did the researchers track?
a) around 4,000
b) exactly 4,000
c) over 4,000
d) fewer than 4,000
8) Which region saw an 89 per cent decrease in vertebrates?
a) South and Central America
b) the Amazon
c) Kenya
d) Indonesia
9) What kind of reminder did the article say wildlife decline was?
a) a depressing one
b) a timely one
c) a stark one
d) an urgent one
10) What did the WWF say we might let slip away?
a) our future
b) bananas
c) hope
d) Earth

Role play

Role  A – Overfishing
You think overfishing causes most damage to the world. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least harmful of these (and why): eating meat, driving cars or war.

Role  B – Eating Meat
You think eating meat causes most damage to the world. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least harmful of these (and why): overfishing, driving cars or war.

Role  C – Driving Cars
You think driving cars causes most damage to the world. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least harmful of these (and why): eating meat, overfishing or war.

Role  D – War
You think war causes most damage to the world. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least harmful of these (and why): eating meat, driving cars or overfishing.

After reading / listening

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

'wild'

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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'life'.

  • ________________
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  • ________________
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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:

    • quarter
    • 4,000
    • worst
    • 89
    • perhaps
    • act
    • faster
    • new
    • seen
    • decline
    • natural
    • resulted




    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 - Sixty per cent of wildlife gone since 1970

    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 'wildlife'?
    3. How important is our wildlife?
    4. Why are governments letting this wildlife loss happen?
    5. What can you do to help wildlife?
    6. What wildlife is disappearing in your country?
    7. What damage does the loss of a species do?
    8. What do humans need to do to help animals?
    9. Should we all become vegetarians to help save wildlife?
    10. What will wildlife be like in another 40 years?

    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 'Earth'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Should governments work to protect the land untouched by humans?
    5. What animal would you like to save?
    6. What would happen if all the bees disappeared?
    7. Should governments breed animals and release them in the wild?
    8. What other problems is overpopulation causing?
    9. Do you think we will "let the Earth slip away"?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Earth is losing wildlife at a faster rate than at (1) ____ time in history. This is according to the new "Living Planet Report" from the World Wildlife Fund. The report says the global wildlife population (2) ____ by 60 per cent between 1970 and 2014. The WWF warned that: "Earth is losing biodiversity at a rate (3) ____ only during mass extinctions." Researchers state that most of the decline (4) ____ our animal population is because of "exploding human consumption". There are more and more humans on this planet. We are eating more, overfishing, cutting down trees for beef production, (5) ____ more, and using more energy and natural resources. This has resulted in a (6) ____ loss of habitat for animals.

    The report estimates that only a (7) ____ of the world's land has been untouched by humans. This means human activity has greatly affected animals on three-quarters of Earth's (8) ____. Researchers tracked more than 4,000 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians. They say the loss of animal life is worst in South and Central America. These (9) ____ saw an 89 per cent loss in the population of vertebrates in the (10) ____ four decades. The WWF wrote: "The astonishing decline in wildlife population...is a [depressing] reminder, and perhaps the ultimate indicator, (11) ____ the pressure we [put] on the planet." It warned: "We can be the generation that had its chance and failed to act; that let Earth (12) ____ away."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     any     (b)     most     (c)     all     (d)     ever    
    2. (a)     shirk     (b)     shank     (c)     shrank     (d)     shack    
    3. (a)     done     (b)     been     (c)     seen     (d)     done    
    4. (a)     by     (b)     at     (c)     on     (d)     in     
    5. (a)     reducing     (b)     serving     (c)     consuming     (d)     alarming    
    6. (a)     enormous     (b)     massive     (c)     high     (d)     tried    
    7. (a)     quart     (b)     quarter     (c)     quad     (d)     quantum    
    8. (a)     top     (b)     surface     (c)     veneer     (d)     outside    
    9. (a)     forest     (b)     climate     (c)     regions     (d)     maps    
    10. (a)     pasted     (b)     parsed     (c)     passed     (d)     past    
    11. (a)     to     (b)     by     (c)     at     (d)     of    
    12. (a)     slap     (b)     slope     (c)     slurp     (d)     slip

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    1  ) Earth is losing wildlife at a faster rate than at any time in history. This is according to the new "Living Planet Report" from
    (...)  eating more, overfishing, cutting down trees for beef production, consuming more, and using more energy
    (...)  The report estimates that only a quarter of the world's land has been untouched by humans. This means human
    (...)  species of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians. They say the loss of animal life is worst
    (...)  of "exploding human consumption". There are more and more humans on this planet. We are
    (...)  be the generation that had its chance and failed to act; that let Earth slip away."
    (...)  and natural resources. This has resulted in a massive loss of habitat for animals.
    (...)  the World Wildlife Fund. The report says the global wildlife population shrank by 60 per cent between
    (...)  reminder, and perhaps the ultimate indicator, of the pressure we [put] on the planet." It warned: "We can
    (...)  in South and Central America. These regions saw an 89 per cent loss in the population of vertebrates in the past four
    (...)  decades. The WWF wrote: "The astonishing decline in wildlife population...is a [depressing]
    (...)  activity has greatly affected animals on three-quarters of Earth's surface. Researchers tracked more than 4,000
    (...)  1970 and 2014. The WWF warned that: "Earth is losing biodiversity at a rate seen only during mass
    (...)  extinctions." Researchers state that most of the decline in our animal population is because

    Put the words in the right order

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    3. extinctions   .   seen   during   a   At   rate   only   mass
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    10. that   chance   failed   .   its   The   generation   had   and

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    The report estimates this / that only a quarter of the world's land has been untouched by / as humans. This means human active / activity has greatly affected animals on three-quarters of Earth's surface / preface. Researchers tracked more than 4,000 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians. They say the loss / lost of animal life is worst in South and Central America. These regional / regions saw an 89 per cent loss in the population of vertebrates in the post / past four decades. The WWF wrote: "The astonishing decline on / in wildlife population...is a [depressing] reminder, and perhaps the ultimate indicator, of the pressure we [put] on the planet." It warned: "We can be / do the generation that had its chance and failed to act; that let Earth slope / slip away."

    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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    T h_  r_p_r t  _s t_m_t_s   t h_t  _n l y  _  q__ r t_r  _f   t h_  w_r l d ' s   l_n d   h_s   b__ n  _n t__ c h_d   b y   h_m_n s .   T h_s   m__ n s   h_m_n  _c t_v_t y   h_s   g r__ t l y  _f f_c t_d  _n_m_l s  _n   t h r__ - q__ r t_r s  _f   E_r t h ' s   s_r f_c_.   R_s__ r c h_r s   t r_c k_d   m_r_  t h_n   4 , 0 0 0   s p_c__ s  _f   m_m m_l s ,   b_r d s ,   r_p t_l_s ,   f_s h  _n d  _m p h_b__ n s .   T h_y   s_y   t h_  l_s s  _f  _n_m_l   l_f_ _s   w_r s t  _n   S__ t h  _n d   C_n t r_l   A m_r_c_.   T h_s_  r_g__ n s   s_w  _n   8 9   p_r   c_n t   l_s s  _n   t h_  p_p_l_t__ n  _f   v_r t_b r_t_s  _n   t h_  p_s t   f__ r   d_c_d_s .   T h_  W W F   w r_t_:   " T h_ _s t_n_s h_n g   d_c l_n_ _n   w_l d l_f_  p_p_l_t__ n . . ._s  _  [ d_p r_s s_n g ]   r_m_n d_r ,  _n d   p_r h_p s   t h_ _l t_m_t_ _n d_c_t_r ,  _f   t h_  p r_s s_r_  w_  [ p_t ]  _n   t h_  p l_n_t . "   I t   w_r n_d :   " W_  c_n   b_  t h_  g_n_r_t__ n   t h_t   h_d  _t s   c h_n c_ _n d   f__ l_d   t_ _c t ;   t h_t   l_t   E_r t h   s l_p  _w_y . "

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    earth is losing wildlife at a faster rate than at any time in history this is according to the new living planet report from the world wildlife fund the report says the global wildlife population shrank by 60 per cent between 1970 and 2014 the wwf warned that earth is losing biodiversity at a rate seen only during mass extinctions researchers state that most of the decline in our animal population is because of exploding human consumption there are more and more humans on this planet we are eating more overfishing cutting down trees for beef production consuming more and using more energy and natural resources this has resulted in a massive loss of habitat for animals

    the report estimates that only a quarter of the worlds land has been untouched by humans this means human activity has greatly affected animals on threequarters of earths surface researchers tracked more than 4000 species of mammals birds reptiles fish and amphibians they say the loss of animal life is worst in south and central america these regions saw an 89 per cent loss in the population of vertebrates in the past four decades the wwf wrote the astonishing decline in wildlife population is a depressing reminder and perhaps the ultimate indicator of the pressure we put on the planet it warned we can be the generation that had its chance and failed to act that let earth slip away"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Earthislosingwildlifeatafasterratethanatanytimeinhistory.Thisisacc
    ordingtothenew"LivingPlanetReport"fromtheWorldWildlifeFund.The
    reportsaystheglobalwildlifepopulationshrankby60percentbetween1
    970and2014.TheWWFwarnedthat:"Earthislosingbiodiversityatarat
    eseenonlyduringmassextinctions."Researchersstatethatmostofthe
    declineinouranimalpopulationisbecauseof"explodinghumanconsum
    ption".Therearemoreandmorehumansonthisplanet.Weareeatingmo
    re,overfishing,cuttingdowntreesforbeefproduction,consumingmore
    ,andusingmoreenergyandnaturalresources.Thishasresultedinamas
    sivelossofhabitatforanimals.Thereportestimatesthatonlyaquarterof
    theworld'slandhasbeenuntouchedbyhumans.Thismeanshumanacti
    vityhasgreatlyaffectedanimalsonthree-quartersofEarth'ssurface.Re
    searcherstrackedmorethan4,000speciesofmammals,birds,reptiles,
    fishandamphibians.TheysaythelossofanimallifeisworstinSouthandC
    entralAmerica.Theseregionssawan89percentlossinthepopulationof
    vertebratesinthepastfourdecades.TheWWFwrote:"Theastonishingd
    eclineinwildlifepopulation...isa[depressing]reminder,andperhapsth
    eultimateindicator,ofthepressurewe[put]ontheplanet."Itwarned:"
    Wecanbethegenerationthathaditschanceandfailedtoact;thatletEart
    hslipaway."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    It is too late to save our planet's wildlife. 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. WILDLIFE: Make a poster about wildlife. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. SAVE THE PLANET: Write a magazine article about all governments working together to save the planet. 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 wildlife. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how we can stop species from disappearing forever. 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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