The Reading / Listening - Civilization - Level 0

Scientists believed the first humans were from East Africa. This changed because they found 2.4-million-year-old stone tools in Algeria. Scientists now say the first humans were from Algeria. They found 250 tools and 296 animal bones. The bones show that early humans cut up meat.



Archaeologists have been digging on this project for 25 years. The site is 200 miles from Algeria's capital. The project leader said humans killed animals for meat 600,000 years earlier than we thought. The tools showed that early humans were more than scavengers. Scientists now want to find even older stone tools.

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Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/30/world/human-tools-north-africa-humanity-scli-intl/index.html
  • http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/oldowan-stone-tools-ain-boucherit-algeria-06672.html
  • https://www.dw.com/en/algeria-the-new-cradle-of-civilization/a-46515910


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the first humans were
  2. they found 2.4-million-year-
  3. stone tools in
  4. Scientists now
  5. the first humans
  6. 250 tools and
  7. early
  8. cut
  1. say
  2. 296 animal bones
  3. from East Africa
  4. up meat
  5. old stone tools
  6. humans
  7. Algeria
  8. were from Algeria

Paragraph 2

  1. Archaeologists have
  2. on this project
  3. 200 miles from Algeria's
  4. project
  5. humans killed animals
  6. 600,000 years
  7. early humans were more
  8. find even
  1. for meat
  2. older stone tools
  3. for 25 years
  4. earlier than we thought
  5. capital
  6. leader
  7. been digging
  8. than scavengers

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists (1) ___________________ humans were from East Africa. (2) ___________________ they found 2.4-                        (3) ___________________ stone tools in Algeria. Scientists now say the (4) ___________________ from Algeria.  They found 250 tools and (5) ___________________. The bones show that early humans (6) ___________________.

Archaeologists have (7) ___________________ this project for 25 years. The site (8) ___________________ from Algeria's capital. The project (9) ___________________ killed animals for meat 600,000 (10) ___________________ we thought. The tools showed that (11) ___________________ more than scavengers. Scientists now want to (12) ___________________ stone tools.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ScientistsbelievedthefirsthumanswerefromEastAfrica.Thischanged
becausetheyfound2.4-million-year-oldstonetoolsinAlgeria.Scienti
stsnowsaythefirsthumanswerefromAlgeria.Theyfound250toolsand
296animalbones.Thebonesshowthatearlyhumanscutupmeat.Archa
eologistshavebeendiggingonthisprojectfor25years.Thesiteis200mil
esfromAlgeria'scapital.Theprojectleadersaidhumanskilledanimalsfo
rmeat600,000yearsearlierthanwethought.Thetoolsshowedthatearl
yhumansweremorethanscavengers.Scientistsnowwanttofindevenol
derstonetools.

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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Free writing

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