The Reading / Listening - Sesame Street - Level 6

The world-famous children's television show Sesame Street has introduced a new character to highlight the plight of homeless children. The educational TV series, which has been aired since 1969, is helping to tackle the issue of homelessness via a new character called Lily. She is a 7-year-old girl who was left homeless after her family lost their apartment. Lily's plight mirrors that of over 2.5 million children in the USA who are also homeless. Millions more youngsters around the world are in the same situation. A Sesame Street spokeswoman, Sherrie Westin, hoped the character Lily would reduce the stigma associated with homelessness and allow children to identify with her, "and hopefully feel less alone".



The iconic, educational show has a long history of raising awareness of social issues among children. Other tough topics they have addressed include dealing with parents who are in prison, living with autism, and facing bullies at school. Ms Westin stressed the importance of reaching out to children who have no permanent home. She said: "We know children experiencing homelessness are often caught up in a devastating cycle of trauma. As well as the daily hardship of being homeless, 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 easier levels:

    Sesame Street - Level 4  or  Sesame Street - Level 5

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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Warm-ups

1. HOMELESSNESS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about homelessness. 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?
       television shows / character / homeless / character / apartment / situation / identify /
       iconic / educational / awareness / prison / bully / trauma / hardship / violence / alone
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. GOVERNMENT: Students A strongly believe governments should be fined if there are homeless children in their country; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SOCIAL ISSUES: What problems do these social issues cause children? How can we help children? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Problems

What can we do to help?

Homelessness

 

 

Hunger

 

 

Domestic violence

 

 

Grooming

 

 

Bullying

 

 

Broken homes

 

 

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5. TV: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "TV". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. CHILDREN: Rank these with your partner. Put the most worrying things for children at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Homelessness
  • Hunger
  • Domestic violence
  • Obesity
  • Bullying
  • Absentee parents
  • Lack of exercise
  • Gangs

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. character a. Show a reflection of something; show a very similar situation.
      2. plight b. Establish or indicate who or what someone or something is.
      3. aired c. A created fictional being in a novel, play, theme park, TV show or movie.
      4. tackle d. A dangerous, difficult, or otherwise unfortunate situation.
      5. mirror e. Make great efforts to deal with a problem or difficult task.
      6. stigma f. A mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.
      7. identify g. Broadcast a program on radio or television.

    Paragraph 2

      8. iconic h. Highly destructive or damaging.
      9. tough i. Lasting or intended to last or remain unchanged indefinitely.
      10. autism j. A person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker.
      11. bully k. A person or thing regarded as a representative symbol of something.
      12. permanent l. A deeply distressing or disturbing experience.
      13. devastating m. Able to endure hardship or pain.
      14. trauma n. A developmental disorder characterized by difficulty in social interaction and communication and by restricted or repetitive patterns of behavior.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The new character highlights homeless among war veterans.     T / F
  2. Sesame Street first started being broadcast in the early 1970s.     T / F
  3. The new character became homeless after her family lost their home.     T / F
  4. A Sesame Street spokeswoman wants children to feel less alone.     T / F
  5. In the past, Sesame Street has raised awareness of living with autism.    T / F
  6. The spokeswoman spoke about the devastating trauma of cycles.     T / F
  7. The spokeswoman described homelessness as being a daily hardship.     T / F
  8. The spokeswoman wants us to have more children so we are not alone.   T / F

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

  1. world-famous
  2. plight
  3. aired
  4. mirrors
  5. reduce
  6. awareness
  7. addressed
  8. permanent
  9. devastating
  10. trauma
  1. tackled
  2. reflects
  3. consciousness
  4. broadcast
  5. secure
  6. renowned
  7. shock
  8. destructive
  9. predicament
  10. lessen

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

  1. highlight the
  2. which has been aired
  3. helping to tackle
  4. more youngsters around the world
  5. reduce the stigma
  6. a long history of
  7. dealing with parents
  8. stressed the importance of
  9. the daily hardship
  10. children may suffer
  1. the issue of homelessness
  2. due to poverty
  3. associated with homelessness
  4. raising awareness
  5. plight of homeless children
  6. reaching out to children
  7. are in the same situation
  8. of being homeless
  9. since 1969
  10. who are in prison

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
aired
mirrors
stigma
introduced
tackle
less
homeless
youngsters

The world-famous children's television show Sesame Street has (1) ____________ a new character to highlight the plight of homeless children. The educational TV series, which has been (2) ____________ since 1969, is helping to (3) ____________ the issue of homelessness via a new character called Lily. She is a 7-year-old girl who was left (4) ____________ after her family lost their apartment. Lily's plight (5) ____________ that of over 2.5 million children in the USA who are also homeless. Millions more (6) ____________ around the world are in the same situation. A Sesame Street spokeswoman, Sherrie Westin, hoped the character Lily would reduce the (7) ____________ associated with homelessness and allow children to identify with her, "and hopefully feel (8) ____________ alone".

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
living
permanent
iconic
suffer
facing
alone
topics
cycle

The (9) ____________, educational show has a long history of raising awareness of social issues among children. Other tough (10) ____________ they have addressed include dealing with parents who are in prison, (11) ____________ with autism, and (12) ____________ bullies at school. Ms Westin stressed the importance of reaching out to children who have no (13) ____________ home. She said: "We know children experiencing homelessness are often caught up in a devastating (14) ____________ of trauma. As well as the daily hardship of being homeless, those children may (15) ____________ 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 (16) ____________."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  introduced a new character to highlight the ______ homeless children
     a.  blight of
     b.  plight of
     c.  slight of
     d.  flight of
2)  The educational TV series, which has been ______ 1969
     a.  aired since
     b.  bared since
     c.  paired since
     d.  dared since
3)  She is a 7-year-old girl who was left homeless after her family ______ apartment
     a.  flossed their
     b.  bossed their
     c.  lost their
     d.  cost their
4)  Millions more youngsters around the world are in ______
     a.  the same sit you nation
     b.  the same situational
     c.  the same situations
     d.  the same situation
5) reduce the stigma associated with homelessness and allow children ______ her
     a.  to identify within
     b.  to identify wither
     c.  to identify without
     d.  to identify with

6)  The iconic, educational show has a long history of raising awareness ______
     a.  off socially sues
     b.  of socialize ewes
     c.  off so shall issues
     d.  of social issues
7)  dealing with parents who are in prison, living with autism, and ______ school
     a.  facing bully that
     b.  face sin bullies at
     c.  face sin bullies that
     d.  facing bullies at
8) Westin stressed the importance of reaching out to children who have ______ home
     a.  no permanent
     b.  no permanence
     c.  no permanently
     d.  no permanency
9)  children experiencing homelessness are often caught up in a devastating ______
     a.  cycles of trauma
     b.  cycle of trauma
     c.  recycle of trauma
     d.  psyche all of trauma
10)  She added: "We want homeless children to know that they ______."
     a.  are not a loner
     b.  are not a lone
     c.  are not all lone
     d.  are not alone

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The world-famous children's television show Sesame Street has introduced a new character to highlight (1) ___________________ homeless children. The educational TV series, which has been aired since 1969, is (2) ___________________ the issue of homelessness via a new character called Lily. She is a 7-year-old girl who was (3) ___________________ her family lost their apartment. Lily's plight (4) ___________________ over 2.5 million children in the USA who are also homeless. Millions more youngsters around the world are in (5) ___________________. A Sesame Street spokeswoman, Sherrie Westin, hoped the character Lily would reduce the stigma associated with homelessness and allow children to (6) ___________________, "and hopefully feel less alone".

The iconic, educational show has a long (7) ___________________ awareness of social issues among children. Other tough topics they have addressed (8) ___________________ parents who are in prison, living with autism, and (9) ___________________ school. Ms Westin stressed the importance of reaching out to children who have no permanent home. She said: "We know children experiencing homelessness are often caught up in a devastating (10) ___________________. As well as the daily hardship of being homeless, those children may suffer (11) ___________________, domestic violence, or other trauma that caused them to lose their home." She added: "We want homeless children to know that they (12) ___________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. What will the new Sesame Street character highlight?
  2. When did Sesame Street first go on air?
  3. What happened to the new character's family apartment?
  4. How many homeless children are there in the USA?
  5. What did a spokeswoman say she hoped the character would reduce?
  6. What does Sesame Street have a long history of?
  7. What did the spokeswoman stress the importance of?
  8. What kind of cycle did the spokeswoman talk about?
  9. What kind of violence did the spokeswoman talk about?
  10. What does a spokeswoman want children to know?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What will the new Sesame Street character highlight?
a) how to make money
b) how to stay safe
c) war veterans
d) the plight of homeless children
2) When did Sesame Street first go on air?
a) 1967
b) 1969
c) 1972
d) 1973
3) What happened to the new character's family apartment?
a) an earthquake destroyed it
b) the family was evicted rom it
c) the family lost it
d) it burnt down
4) How many homeless children are there in the USA?
a) more than 2.5 million
b) less than 2.5 million
c) exactly 2.5 million
d) around 2.5 million
5) What did a spokeswoman say she hoped the character would reduce?
a) stress levels
b) fear
c) a stigma
d) weight

6) What does Sesame Street have a long history of?
a) success
b) raising awareness of social issues
c) introducing colourful characters
d) talking about homelessness
7) What did the spokeswoman stress the importance of?
a) family
b) houses
c) homelessness
d) reaching out to children
8) What kind of cycle did the spokeswoman talk about?
a) a renting cycle
b) the cycle of life
c) a cycle of trauma
d) a bicycle
9) What kind of violence did the spokeswoman talk about?
a) gang violence
b) football violence
c) domestic violence
d) school violence
10) What does a spokeswoman want children to know?
a) the truth
b) they are not alone
c) how to survive
d) how to rent apartments

Role play

Role  A – Homelessness
You think homelessness is the biggest problem for children. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the easiest of these to deal with (and why): gangs, bullying or a lack of exercise.

Role  B – Gangs
You think gangs are the biggest problem for children. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the easiest of these to deal with (and why): homelessness, bullying or a lack of exercise.

Role  C – Bullying
You think bullying is the biggest problem for children. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the easiest of these to deal with (and why): gangs, homelessness or a lack of exercise.

Role  D – Lack of Exercise
You think a lack of exercise is the biggest problem for children. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the easiest of these to deal with (and why): gangs, bullying or homelessness.

After reading / listening

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

'homeless'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'children'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • 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:

    • long
    • include
    • facing
    • know
    • due
    • lose
    • highlight
    • 1969
    • 7
    • 2.5
    • same
    • less




    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 - New Sesame Street character highlights homelessness

    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 'homeless'?
    3. What do you know about Sesame Street?
    4. Who is your favourite Sesame Street character?
    5. What is your favourite children's TV show?
    6. How much homelessness is there in your country?
    7. How can governments reduce homelessness?
    8. Should governments be fined for having homeless children?
    9. What's the loneliest you've ever felt?
    10. What advice do you have for the character Lily?

    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 'children'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think about Sesame Street?
    5. How can we help homeless children?
    6. How can we help children deal with today's issues?
    7. Why does society let bad things happen to children?
    8. What are the daily hardships of being homeless?
    9. Will children suffer more or less in the future?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Sesame Street's bosses?

    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)

    The world-famous children's television (1) ____ Sesame Street has introduced a new character to highlight the (2) ____ of homeless children. The educational TV series, which has been (3) ____ since 1969, is helping to tackle the issue of homelessness via a new character called Lily. She is a 7-year-old girl who was left homeless after her family lost their apartment. Lily's plight (4) ____ that of over 2.5 million children in the USA who are also homeless. Millions more youngsters around the world are (5) ____ the same situation. A Sesame Street spokeswoman, Sherrie Westin, hoped the character Lily would reduce the stigma associated with homelessness and allow children to identify (6) ____ her, "and hopefully feel less alone".

    The iconic, educational show has a long history of (7) ____ awareness of social issues among children. Other tough topics they have addressed include (8) ____ with parents who are in prison, living with autism, and facing bullies at school. Ms Westin stressed the (9) ____ of reaching out to children who have no permanent home. She said: "We know children experiencing homelessness are often caught up in a devastating (10) ____ of trauma. As well as the daily hardship of being homeless, those children may suffer due to poverty, domestic violence, or other (11) ____ that caused them to lose their home." She added: "We want homeless children to know that they are not (12) ____."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     show     (b)     shown     (c)     shows     (d)     shower    
    2. (a)     blight     (b)     flight     (c)     plight     (d)     slight    
    3. (a)     breezed     (b)     blown     (c)     aired     (d)     gusted    
    4. (a)     windows     (b)     panes     (c)     screens     (d)     mirrors    
    5. (a)     at     (b)     on     (c)     in     (d)     as    
    6. (a)     within     (b)     with     (c)     without     (d)     wither    
    7. (a)     rising     (b)     raising     (c)     arising     (d)     risen    
    8. (a)     daring     (b)     dealing     (c)     offing     (d)     upping    
    9. (a)     important     (b)     importantly     (c)     importance     (d)     importer    
    10. (a)     pedal     (b)     cog     (c)     pump     (d)     cycle    
    11. (a)     traumatic     (b)     traumatize     (c)     trawl     (d)     trauma    
    12. (a)     lonesome     (b)     loner     (c)     lone     (d)     alone

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Put the text back together

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    (...)  situation. A Sesame Street spokeswoman, Sherrie Westin, hoped the character Lily would reduce the stigma
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    (...)  children. Other tough topics they have addressed include dealing with parents who are in prison, living with
    (...)  suffer due to poverty, domestic violence, or other trauma that caused them to lose their
    (...)  home. She said: "We know children experiencing homelessness are often caught up in a devastating
    (...)  girl who was left homeless after her family lost their apartment. Lily's plight mirrors that of over
    (...)  cycle of trauma. As well as the daily hardship of being homeless, those children may
    (...)  autism, and facing bullies at school. Ms Westin stressed the importance of reaching out to children who have no permanent
    (...)  The iconic, educational show has a long history of raising awareness of social issues among
    (...)  associated with homelessness and allow children to identify with her, "and hopefully feel less alone".
    (...)  home." She added: "We want homeless children to know that they are not alone."

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. educational   The   been   series   TV   has   aired   .   which
    3. issue   homelessness   via   of   character   .   a   Tackle   the
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    5. with   reduce   the   would   homelessness   .   stigma   Lily   associated
    6. history   of   issues   .   social   awareness   raising   A   of
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    8. the   importance   Stressed   of   reaching   out   to   children   .
    9. up   Caught   in   devastating   trauma   .   a   cycle   of
    10. their   them   to   Trauma   lose   caused   home   .   that

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    The iconic / icon, educational show has a long history of raising awareness of social issues among children. Other tough / toughly topics they have addressed include dealt / dealing with parents who are in prison, living with autism, and facing / heading bullies at school. Ms Westin stressed the importance of reaching out / in to children who have no permanent home. She said: "We know children experiencing homelessness are often catch / caught up in a devastating pedal / cycle of trauma. As well as the daily hardship of being homeless, those / them children may suffer due at / to poverty, domestic violence / violent, or other trauma that caused them to lose their home." She added: "We want homeless children to know that they are not alone."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the worldfamous childrens television show sesame street has introduced a new character to highlight the plight of homeless children the educational tv series which has been aired since 1969 is helping to tackle the issue of homelessness via a new character called lily she is a 7yearold girl who was left homeless after her family lost their apartment lilys plight mirrors that of over 25 million children in the usa who are also homeless millions more youngsters around the world are in the same situation a sesame street spokeswoman sherrie westin hoped the character lily would reduce the stigma associated with homelessness and allow children to identify with her and hopefully feel less alone

    the iconic educational show has a long history of raising awareness of social issues among children other tough topics they have addressed include dealing with parents who are in prison living with autism and facing bullies at school ms westin stressed the importance of reaching out to children who have no permanent home she said we know children experiencing homelessness are often caught up in a devastating cycle of trauma as well as the daily hardship of being homeless 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"

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    Theworld-famouschildren'stelevisionshowSesameStreethasintrod
    ucedanewcharactertohighlighttheplightofhomelesschildren.Theedu
    cationalTVseries,whichhasbeenairedsince1969,ishelpingtotackleth
    eissueofhomelessnessviaanewcharactercalledLily.Sheisa7-year-ol
    dgirlwhowaslefthomelessafterherfamilylosttheirapartment.Lily'spli
    ghtmirrorsthatofover2.5millionchildrenintheUSAwhoarealsohomele
    ss.Millionsmoreyoungstersaroundtheworldareinthesamesituation.A
    SesameStreetspokeswoman,SherrieWestin,hopedthecharacterLily
    wouldreducethestigmaassociatedwithhomelessnessandallowchildr
    entoidentifywithher,"andhopefullyfeellessalone".Theiconic,educati
    onalshowhasalonghistoryofraisingawarenessofsocialissuesamongc
    hildren.Othertoughtopicstheyhaveaddressedincludedealingwithpar
    entswhoareinprison,livingwithautism,andfacingbulliesatschool.Ms
    Westinstressedtheimportanceofreachingouttochildrenwhohavenop
    ermanenthome.Shesaid:"Weknowchildrenexperiencinghomelessne
    ssareoftencaughtupinadevastatingcycleoftrauma.Aswellasthedaily
    hardshipofbeinghomeless,thosechildrenmaysufferduetopoverty,do
    mesticviolence,orothertraumathatcausedthemtolosetheirhome."S
    headded:"Wewanthomelesschildrentoknowthattheyarenotalone."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Governments should be heavily fined if children are homeless. 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. HOMELESSNESS: Make a poster about homelessness. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. GOVERNMENT: Write a magazine article about giving governments massive fines if children are homeless. 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 homelessness. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to reduce homelessness among children. 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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