The Reading / Listening - Sesame Street - Level 5

The famous children's TV show Sesame Street has introduced a new character to highlight homeless children. The educational TV series, which started in 1969, is helping to tackle the issue of homelessness. It is using a new character called Lily - a 7-year-old girl who is homeless. Lily's suffering is the same as that of over 2.5 million homeless children in the USA and millions more around the world. A Sesame Street spokeswoman hoped that Lily would reduce the shame associated with homelessness. She said Lily could help children feel less alone.



The iconic show has a long history of raising awareness of social issues, like dealing with parents who are in prison, living with autism, and bullying at school. The spokeswoman stressed the importance of reaching out to homeless children. She said: "We know children experiencing homelessness are often caught up in a devastating cycle of trauma....Those children may suffer due to poverty, domestic violence, or other trauma that caused them to lose their home." She added: "We want homeless children to know that they are not alone."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Sesame Street - Level 4 or  Sesame Street - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.today.com/popculture/sesame-street-introduces-first-homeless-muppet-lily-t145082
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-46551197
  • https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/tv/sesame-street-muppet-lily-aims-teach-children-about-homelessness-n947196omelessness-n947196


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The famous children's TV
  2. a new character to highlight
  3. helping to tackle the
  4. It is using a new
  5. Lily's suffering
  6. millions more around
  7. reduce the shame associated
  8. help children feel
  1. the world
  2. character called Lily
  3. less alone
  4. show
  5. with homelessness
  6. issue
  7. is the same
  8. homeless children

Paragraph 2

  1. The iconic
  2. parents who are
  3. living
  4. reaching out
  5. caught up in a devastating
  6. domestic
  7. trauma that caused them
  8. know that they
  1. to lose their home
  2. with autism
  3. show
  4. are not alone
  5. to homeless children
  6. cycle
  7. in prison
  8. violence

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The famous children's TV show Sesame Street (1) ___________________ new character (2) ___________________ children. The educational TV series, which started in 1969, is helping (3) ___________________ issue of homelessness. It is using a new character called Lily - a 7-year-old girl who is homeless. Lily's (4) ___________________ same as that of over 2.5 million homeless children in the USA and millions more around the world. A Sesame Street spokeswoman hoped that Lily (5) ___________________ shame associated with homelessness. She said Lily could help children (6) ___________________.

The iconic show has a (7) ___________________ raising awareness of social issues, like dealing with parents who are in prison, (8) ___________________, and bullying at school. The spokeswoman stressed the importance of (9) ___________________ homeless children. She said: "We know children experiencing homelessness are (10) ___________________ in a devastating (11) ___________________....Those children may suffer due to poverty, domestic violence, or other trauma that (12) ___________________ lose their home." She added: "We want homeless children to know that they are not alone."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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gisthesameasthatofover2.5millionhomelesschildrenintheUSAandm
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tLilywouldreducetheshameassociatedwithhomelessness.ShesaidLil
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:"Wewanthomelesschildrentoknowthattheyarenotalone."

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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