The Reading / Listening - Statue of Unity - Level 3

Workers in India are moving over 300 crocodiles from their home because they are too near a new tourist sight. Officials in India's state of Gujarat want to move the crocs because they could be a danger to tourists visiting the new Statue of Unity. The statue opened to the public last October. It is 182m high and is the tallest statue in the world. It is next to a reservoir, which is also home to many crocodiles. Tourism officials want the giant reptiles moved so seaplanes for tourists can land on the reservoir. If the crocodiles stayed, they could be dangerous and attack tourists. Officials are using cages to catch the animals. Some of them are over 3m long. They are going to a new home in another part of Gujarat.



Animal lovers are angry that people are moving the crocodiles. Dr Jitendra Gavali said: "The government is disturbing their habitat and putting their lives at risk. The government hasn't thought out where it will release the captured crocodiles safely." So far, only 17 of the animals have been caught and moved. The editor of the environmental magazine 'Sanctuary Asia', Bittu Sahgal, said the idea to move the crocodiles was crazy. He tweeted: "Have we collectively lost our minds? As any environmentalist will tell you, this is sheer insanity." Indian journalist and activist Pritish Nandy said moving the crocodiles could break India's wildlife protection laws. An official said the crocodiles had to go for "security reasons".

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Statue of Unity - Level 0 Statue of Unity - Level 1   or  Statue of Unity - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-47010656
  • https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/crocodiles-removed-worlds-tallest-statue-india-scli-intl/index.html
  • https://news.sky.com/story/300-crocodiles-relocated-to-protect-tourists-at-worlds-tallest-statue-11618604


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. CROCODILES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about crocodiles. 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?
       workers / India / tourist sight / danger / statue / reptiles / reservoir / cages / home /
       animal lovers / habitat / government / environmental / crazy / journalist / protection
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. ANIMAL HABITATS: Students A strongly believe all animal habitats worldwide should be protected forever; Students B strongly believe we need to build on any land.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. TOURIST SITES: What damage is caused by tourist sites? How can we stop this? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Damage

How we can stop the damage

Animal habitats

 

 

Local culture

 

 

Pollution

 

 

Noise

 

 

Scarce resources

 

 

History and traditions

 

 

MY e-BOOK
ESL resource book with copiable worksheets and handouts - 1,000 Ideas and Activities for Language Teachers / English teachers
See a sample

5. HOME: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "home". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. STATUES: Rank these with your partner. Put the best statues at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Michelangelo's David
  • Venus de Milo
  • Easter Island Moai
  • Tian Tan Buddha
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Statue of Unity
  • Christ the Redeemer
  • Rodin's Thinker

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. sight a. All of the people of a country.
      2. state b. A person who has in a government office or has higher-level duties.
      3. official c. An organized area of land with a government that is part of a country or republic.
      4. tourist d. A structure of bars or wires in which birds or other animals are kept.
      5. the public e. Places of interest to tourists and visitors in a city, town, or other place.
      6. reservoir f. A person who is traveling or visiting a place for pleasure.
      7. cage g. A large natural or artificial lake used as a source of water supply.

    Paragraph 2

      8. lovers h. Interfering with the normal functioning of something.
      9. disturbing i. Gone crazy.
      10. habitat j. The state of being seriously mentally ill; madness.
      11. captured k. The natural home or environment of an animal, plant, or other organism.
      12. lost our minds l. A person who is concerned with the protection of the environment.
      13. environmentalist m. Caught and taken into one's possession or control by force.
      14. insanity n. People who really like or enjoy something.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Just under 300 crocodiles are being moved from a tourist site in India.    T / F
  2. Officials say the crocodiles are a danger to the Statue of Unity.     T / F
  3. Officials want to move the crocs so seaplanes can land on a reservoir.     T / F
  4. The crocodiles are being caught using giant nets.     T / F
  5. Animal lovers are happy that the crocodiles are being moved.     T / F
  6. A doctor said the government hasn't thought about the animals' safety.    T / F
  7. An environmentalist said moving the crocs was a crazy idea.     T / F
  8. Moving the crocs could break India's wildlife protection laws.     T / F

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

  1. moving
  2. danger
  3. giant
  4. catch
  5. part
  6. angry
  7. habitat
  8. crazy
  9. sheer
  10. go
  1. annoyed
  2. area
  3. leave
  4. mad
  5. relocating
  6. total
  7. capture
  8. hazard
  9. home
  10. huge

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

  1. they could
  2. giant
  3. they could be dangerous
  4. Officials are using cages
  5. going to a new home in another
  6. Animal
  7. The government is disturbing their
  8. So far, only 17 of the animals
  9. this is sheer
  10. the crocodiles had to go for security
  1. reasons
  2. to catch the animals
  3. lovers are angry
  4. be a danger to tourists
  5. and attack tourists
  6. have been caught
  7. insanity
  8. part of Gujarat
  9. habitat
  10. reptiles

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
danger
reptiles
part
near
reservoir
cages
public
attack

Workers in India are moving over 300 crocodiles from their home because they are too (1) ____________ a new tourist sight. Officials in India's state of Gujarat want to move the crocs because they could be a (2) ____________ to tourists visiting the new Statue of Unity. The statue opened to the (3) ____________ last October. It is 182m high and is the tallest statue in the world. It is next to a (4) ____________, which is also home to many crocodiles. Tourism officials want the giant (5) ____________ moved so seaplanes for tourists can land on the reservoir. If the crocodiles stayed, they could be dangerous and (6) ____________ tourists. Officials are using (7) ____________ to catch the animals. Some of them are over 3m long. They are going to a new home in another (8) ____________ of Gujarat.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
habitat
lost
environmental
activist
angry
idea
reasons
risk

Animal lovers are (9) ____________ that people are moving the crocodiles. Dr Jitendra Gavali said: "The government is disturbing their (10) ____________ and putting their lives at (11) ____________. The government hasn't thought out where it will release the captured crocodiles safely." So far, only 17 of the animals have been caught and moved. The editor of the (12) ____________ magazine 'Sanctuary Asia', Bittu Sahgal, said the (13) ____________ to move the crocodiles was crazy. He tweeted: "Have we collectively (14) ____________ our minds? As any environmentalist will tell you, this is sheer insanity." Indian journalist and (15) ____________ Pritish Nandy said moving the crocodiles could break India's wildlife protection laws. An official said the crocodiles had to go for "security (16) ____________".

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  moving over 300 crocodiles from their home because they are too ______ tourist sight
     a.  nearly a new
     b.  nearer  new
     c.  near a new
     d.  near anew
2)  Officials in India's state of Gujarat want to move the crocs because they could ______
     a.  be endanger
     b.  be a danger
     c.  be in danger
     d.  bear a danger
3) officials want the giant reptiles moved so seaplanes for tourists can land ______
     a.  in the reservoir
     b.  on the reservoir
     c.  on their reservoir
     d.  on there reservoir
4)  If the crocodiles stayed, they could be dangerous and ______
     a.  attack tourists
     b.  attacks tourists
     c.  attacked tourists
     d.  attacker tourists
5)  Some of them are over 3m long. They are going to a new home in ______ Gujarat
     a.  another part off
     b.  another party of
     c.  another part of
     d.  other part of

6)  Animal lovers are angry that people are ______ crocodiles
     a.  moving their
     b.  moving a
     c.  move in the
     d.  moving the
7)  The government is disturbing their habitat and putting their ______
     a.  lives to risk
     b.  lives at risky
     c.  lives at risk
     d.  live at risk
8)  He tweeted: "Have we collectively ______?"
     a.  lost our minds
     b.  lost our mind
     c.  lost your minds
     d.  lost your mind
9)  Nandy said moving the crocodiles could break India's wildlife ______
     a.  protecting laws
     b.  protective laws
     c.  protect in laws
     d.  protection laws
10)  An official said the crocodiles had to go for "______"
     a.  securities reasons
     b.  security reason
     c.  secretary reasons
     d.  secure a tea reasons

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Workers in India (1) ___________________ 300 crocodiles from their home because they are (2) ___________________ new tourist sight. Officials in India's state of Gujarat want to move the crocs because they could be a danger to tourists (3) ___________________ Statue of Unity. The statue opened to the public last October. It is 182m high and is the tallest statue in the world. It is next (4) ___________________, which is also home to many crocodiles. Tourism officials want the giant reptiles moved so seaplanes for tourists can land on the reservoir. If the crocodiles stayed, they could be dangerous (5) ___________________. Officials are using cages to catch the animals. Some of them are over 3m long. They are going to a new home in (6) ___________________ Gujarat.

Animal lovers are angry that (7) ___________________ the crocodiles. Dr Jitendra Gavali said: "The government is disturbing their habitat and putting their lives at risk. The government hasn't (8) ___________________ it will release the captured crocodiles safely." So far, only 17 of the animals have been (9) ___________________. The editor of the environmental magazine 'Sanctuary Asia', Bittu Sahgal, said the idea to move the crocodiles was crazy. He tweeted: "Have we collectively (10) ___________________? As any environmentalist will tell you, (11) ___________________ insanity." Indian journalist and activist Pritish Nandy said moving the crocodiles could break India's (12) ___________________. An official said the crocodiles had to go for "security reasons".

Comprehension questions

  1. How many crocodiles are being moved?
  2. What is the name of the statue the crocodiles live near?
  3. How tall is the statue?
  4. What did officials want to land on a reservoir?
  5. What did officials use to catch the crocodiles?
  6. Who is angry because the crocodiles are being moved?
  7. How many crocodiles did the article say have been caught so far?
  8. What did a magazine editor call the idea to move the crocodiles?
  9. What did a magazine editor suggest people have lost?
  10. What reasons did an official give for moving the crocodiles?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How many crocodiles are being moved?
a) around 300
b) under 300
c) over 300
d) exactly 300
2) What is the name of the statue the crocodiles live near?
a) Statue of Unity
b) Alligator Statue
c) Statue of India
d) Statue of Gujarat
3) How tall is the statue?
a) 281 meters
b) 182 meters
c) 128 meters
d) 218 meters
4) What did officials want to land on a reservoir?
a) a pier
b) lots of fish
c) a fish
d) a seaplane
5) What did officials use to catch the crocodiles?
a) hooks
b) sheep
c) cages
d) nets

6) Who is angry because the crocodiles are being moved?
a) officials
b) animal lovers
c) crocodile farms
d) tourists
7) How many crocodiles did the article say have been caught so far?
a) 23
b) 15
c) 19
d) 17
8) What did a magazine editor call the idea to move the crocodiles?
a) risky
b) crazy
c) sensible
d) brave
9) What did a magazine editor suggest people have lost?
a) land
b) their minds
c) money
d) hope
10) What reasons did an official give for moving the crocodiles?
a) security reasons
b) good reasons
c) no reason
d) environmental reasons

Role play

Role  A – Statue of Unity
You think the Statue of Unity is the world's best statue. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their statues. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): the Statue of Liberty, the Venus de Milo or the Easter Island Moai.

Role  B – Statue of Liberty
You think the Statue of Liberty is the world's best statue. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their statues. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): the Statue of Unity, the Venus de Milo or the Easter Island Moai.

Role  C – Venus de Milo
You think the Venus de Milo is the world's best statue. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their statues. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): the Statue of Liberty, the Statue of Unity or the Easter Island Moai.

Role  D – Easter Island Moai
You think the Easter Island Moai are the world's best statues. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their statues. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): the Statue of Liberty, the Venus de Milo or the Statue of Unity.

After reading / listening

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

'statue'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'unity'.

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

    • angry
    • risk
    • 17
    • idea
    • break
    • reasons
    • 300
    • danger
    • 182
    • giant
    • cages
    • home




    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 - Crocodiles moved from world's tallest statue

    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 'statue'?
    3. What do you know about crocodiles?
    4. What is the most famous statue in your country?
    5. Would you like to visit the Statue of Unity?
    6. Do you think the crocodiles should be moved?
    7. Should we try and live together with animals?
    8. How could officials stop crocodiles attacking people?
    9. How dangerous and scary are crocodiles?
    10. Why are crocodiles so dangerous?

    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 'crocodile'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What is the difference between crocodiles and alligators?
    5. What is the best statue in the world?
    6. Is it wrong to move animals for a new building?
    7. How much of an animal lover are you?
    8. How much do humans care about animal habitats?
    9. Which is more important - business or nature?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the tourist sight officials?

    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)

    Workers in India are moving over 300 crocodiles from their home because they are too (1) ____ a new tourist sight. Officials in India's state of Gujarat want to move the crocs because they could (2) ____ a danger to tourists visiting the new Statue of Unity. The statue opened to the (3) ____ last October. It is 182m high and is the tallest statue in the world. It is next to a reservoir, which is also home to many crocodiles. Tourism officials want the giant (4) ____ moved so seaplanes for tourists can land (5) ____ the reservoir. If the crocodiles stayed, they could be dangerous and attack tourists. Officials are using cages to (6) ____ the animals. Some of them are over 3m long. They are going to a new home in another part of Gujarat.

    Animal (7) ____ are angry that people are moving the crocodiles. Dr Jitendra Gavali said: "The government is disturbing their (8) ____ and putting their lives at risk. The government hasn't thought out where it will release the (9) ____ crocodiles safely." So far, only 17 of the animals have been caught and moved. The editor of the environmental magazine 'Sanctuary Asia', Bittu Sahgal, said the idea to move the crocodiles was (10) ____. He tweeted: "Have we collectively lost our minds? As any environmentalist will tell you, this is (11) ____ insanity." Indian journalist and activist Pritish Nandy said moving the crocodiles could break India's wildlife protection laws. An official said the crocodiles had to go for "security (12) ____ ".

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     near     (b)     nearly     (c)     neared     (d)     nears    
    2. (a)     bin     (b)     been     (c)     be     (d)     being    
    3. (a)     publicity     (b)     publicly     (c)     public     (d)     publican    
    4. (a)     amphibians     (b)     mammals     (c)     amoeba     (d)     reptiles    
    5. (a)     at     (b)     to     (c)     on     (d)     of    
    6. (a)     throw     (b)     catch     (c)     suck     (d)     express    
    7. (a)     loves     (b)     lovers     (c)     lovelies     (d)     love-ins    
    8. (a)     habit     (b)     habitat     (c)     inhabit     (d)     inhabited    
    9. (a)     captivate     (b)     catapult     (c)     captured     (d)     caption    
    10. (a)     lazy     (b)     hazy     (c)     mazy     (d)     crazy    
    11. (a)     sheep     (b)     sheen     (c)     sheet     (d)     sheer    
    12. (a)     answers     (b)     believes     (c)     motifs     (d)     reasons

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. they are too near a new ouisrtt sight
    2. they could be a ngaerd
    3. The statue opened to the ublcip
    4. It is next to a vrrsiereo
    5. the giant lpeteris
    6. ailcsoffi are using cages

    Paragraph 2

    1. disturbing their thtiaab
    2. eealers the captured crocodiles
    3. eotdir of the environmental magazine
    4. ostrnilaju and activist
    5. break India's wildlife etrotpcion laws
    6. ytucires reasons

    Put the text back together

    (...)  be a danger to tourists visiting the new Statue of Unity. The statue opened to the public last October. It is 182m
    (...)  protection laws. An official said the crocodiles had to go for "security reasons".
    (...)  sight. Officials in India's state of Gujarat want to move the crocs because they could
    (...)  crocodiles safely." So far, only 17 of the animals have been caught and moved. The editor
    (...)  to catch the animals. Some of them are over 3m long. They are going to a new home in another part of Gujarat.
    (...)  crocodiles. Tourism officials want the giant reptiles moved so seaplanes for tourists can land on the
    (...)  Animal lovers are angry that people are moving the crocodiles. Dr Jitendra Gavali said: "The government is
    (...)  journalist and activist Pritish Nandy said moving the crocodiles could break India's wildlife
    (...)  of the environmental magazine 'Sanctuary Asia', Bittu Sahgal, said the idea to move the crocodiles was
    (...)  reservoir. If the crocodiles stayed, they could be dangerous and attack tourists. Officials are using cages
    (...)  disturbing their habitat and putting their lives at risk. The government hasn't thought out where it will release the captured
    (...)  crazy. He tweeted: "Have we collectively lost our minds? As any environmentalist will tell you, this is sheer insanity." Indian
    (...)  high and is the tallest statue in the world. It is next to a reservoir, which is also home to many
    1  ) Workers in India are moving over 300 crocodiles from their home because they are too near a new tourist

    Put the words in the right order

    1. 300   are   India   over   crocodiles   .   moving   in   Workers
    2. October   .   last   The   to   public   statue   opened   the
    3. tourists   land   can   Seaplanes   the   for   reservoir   .   on
    4. cages   using   catch   are   Officials   to   animals   .   the
    5. another   A   part   new   home   of   in   Gujarat   .
    6. putting   Disturbing   lives   at   risk   .   and   habitat   their
    7. caught   .   of   Only   animals   the   17   been   have
    8. to   crocodiles   the   move   idea   was   crazy   .   The
    9. the   crocodiles   laws   .   Moving   wildlife   could   break
    10. crocodiles   The   had   go   reasons   .   to   for   security

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Workers in India are moving / moved over 300 crocodiles from their home because they are too near a new tourist slight / sight. Officials in India's state of Gujarat want to move the crocs because they could be a danger to tourists visit / visiting the new Statue of Unity. The statue opened to the public last October. It is 182m high and is the tallest statue on / in the world. It is next to a reservoir, which is also house / home to many crocodiles. Tourism officials want the giant / giants reptiles moved so seaplanes for tourists can land / ground on the reservoir. If the crocodiles stayed, they could be dangerous / endanger and attack tourists. Officials are using cages to catch / patch the animals. Some of them are over 3m long. They are going to a new home in another partner / part of Gujarat.

    Animal lovers / loves are angry that people are moving the crocodiles. Dr Jitendra Gavali said: "The government is disturbing there / their habitat and putting their lives on / at risk. The government hasn't thought out / in where it will release the captured crocodiles safely." So afar / far, only 17 of the animals have been caught and moved. The edition / editor of the environmental magazine 'Sanctuary Asia', Bittu Sahgal, said the ideal / idea to move the crocodiles was crazy. He tweeted: "Have we collectively lost our minds? As any environmentalist will tell you, this is sheer / steer insanity." Indian journalist and activism / activist Pritish Nandy said moving the crocodiles could break India's wildlife protection laws. An official said the crocodiles had to go for "security reasons / reason".

    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)

    W_r k_r s _n I n d__ _r_ m_v_n g _v_r 3 0 0 c r_c_d_l_s f r_m t h__ r h_m_ b_c__ s_ t h_y _r_ t__ n__ r _ n_w t__ r_s t s_t_. O f f_c__ l s _n I n d__ ' s s t_t_ _f G_j_r_t w_n t t_ m_v_ t h_ c r_c s b_c__ s_ t h_y c__ l d b_ _ d_n g_r t_ t__ r_s t s v_s_t_n g t h_ n_w S t_t__ _f U n_t y . T h_ s t_t__ _p_n_d t_ t h_ p_b l_c l_s t O c t_b_r . I t _s 1 8 2 m h_g h _n d _s t h_ t_l l_s t s t_t__ _n t h_ w_r l d . I t _s n_x t t_ _ r_s_r v__ r , w h_c h _s _l s_ h_m_ t_ m_n y c r_c_d_l_s . T__ r_s m _f f_c__ l s w_n t t h_ g__ n t r_p t_l_s m_v_d s_ s__ p l_n_s f_r t__ r_s t s c_n l_n d _n t h_ r_s_r v__ r . I f t h_ c r_c_d_l_s s t_y_d , t h_y c__ l d b_ d_n g_r__ s _n d _t t_c k t__ r_s t s . O f f_c__ l s _r_ _s_n g c_g_s t_ c_t c h t h_ _n_m_l s . S_m_ _f t h_m _r_ _v_r 3 m l_n g . T h_y _r_ g__ n g t_ _ n_w h_m_ _n _n_t h_r p_r t _f G_j_r_t .

    A n_m_l l_v_r s _r_ _n g r y t h_t p__ p l_ _r_ m_v_n g t h_ c r_c_d_l_s . D r J_t_n d r_ G_v_l_ s__ d : " T h_ g_v_r n m_n t _s d_s t_r b_n g t h__ r h_b_t_t _n d p_t t_n g t h__ r l_v_s _t r_s k . T h_ g_v_r n m_n t h_s n ' t t h__ g h t __ t w h_r_ _t w_l l r_l__ s_ t h_ c_p t_r_d c r_c_d_l_s s_f_l y . " S_ f_r , _n l y 1 7 _f t h_ _n_m_l s h_v_ b__ n c__ g h t _n d m_v_d . T h_ _d_t_r _f t h_ _n v_r_n m_n t_l m_g_z_n_ ' S_n c t__ r y A s__ ' , B_t t_ S_h g_l , s__ d t h_ _d__ t_ m_v_ t h_ c r_c_d_l_s w_s c r_z y . H_ t w__ t_d : " H_v_ w_ c_l l_c t_v_l y l_s t __ r m_n d s ? A s _n y _n v_r_n m_n t_l_s t w_l l t_l l y__ , t h_s _s s h__ r _n s_n_t y . " I n d__ n j__ r n_l_s t _n d _c t_v_s t P r_t_s h N_n d y s__ d m_v_n g t h_ c r_c_d_l_s c__ l d b r__ k I n d__ ' s w_l d l_f_ p r_t_c t__ n l_w s . A n _f f_c__ l s__ d t h_ c r_c_d_l_s h_d t_ g_ f_r " s_c_r_t y r__ s_n s " .

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    workers in india are moving over 300 crocodiles from their home because they are too near a new tourist sight officials in indias state of gujarat want to move the crocs because they could be a danger to tourists visiting the new statue of unity the statue opened to the public last october it is 182m high and is the tallest statue in the world it is next to a reservoir which is also home to many crocodiles tourism officials want the giant reptiles moved so seaplanes for tourists can land on the reservoir if the crocodiles stayed they could be dangerous and attack tourists officials are using cages to catch the animals some of them are over 3m long they are going to a new home in another part of gujarat

    animal lovers are angry that people are moving the crocodiles dr jitendra gavali said the government is disturbing their habitat and putting their lives at risk the government hasnt thought out where it will release the captured crocodiles safely so far only 17 of the animals have been caught and moved the editor of the environmental magazine sanctuary asia bittu sahgal said the idea to move the crocodiles was crazy he tweeted have we collectively lost our minds as any environmentalist will tell you this is sheer insanity indian journalist and activist pritish nandy said moving the crocodiles could break indias wildlife protection laws an official said the crocodiles had to go for security reasons.

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    WorkersinIndiaaremovingover300crocodilesfromtheirhomebecaus
    etheyaretoonearanewtouristsight.OfficialsinIndia'sstateofGujaratw
    anttomovethecrocsbecausetheycouldbeadangertotouristsvisitingth
    enewStatueofUnity.ThestatueopenedtothepubliclastOctober.Itis18
    2mhighandisthetalleststatueintheworld.Itisnexttoareservoir,whichi
    salsohometomanycrocodiles.Tourismofficialswantthegiantreptiles
    movedsoseaplanesfortouristscanlandonthereservoir.Ifthecrocodile
    sstayed,theycouldbedangerousandattacktourists.Officialsareusing
    cagestocatchtheanimals.Someofthemareover3mlong.Theyaregoin
    gtoanewhomeinanotherpartofGujarat.Animalloversareangrythatpe
    oplearemovingthecrocodiles.DrJitendraGavalisaid:"Thegovernmen
    tisdisturbingtheirhabitatandputtingtheirlivesatrisk.Thegovernment
    hasn'tthoughtoutwhereitwillreleasethecapturedcrocodilessafely."S
    ofar,only17oftheanimalshavebeencaughtandmoved.Theeditorofthe
    environmentalmagazine'SanctuaryAsia',BittuSahgal,saidtheideato
    movethecrocodileswascrazy.Hetweeted:"Havewecollectivelylostou
    rminds?Asanyenvironmentalistwilltellyou,thisissheerinsanity."Indi
    anjournalistandactivistPritishNandysaidmovingthecrocodilescouldb
    reakIndia'swildlifeprotectionlaws.Anofficialsaidthecrocodileshadtog
    ofor"securityreasons".

    Free writing

    Write about Statue of Unity for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

     

    Academic writing

    Animals should never me moved from their natural habitat. Discuss.

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    _____________________________________________________________________________

     

    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. CROCODILES: Make a poster about crocodiles. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. HABITAT: Write a magazine article about protecting the habitat of animals near tourist sights. 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 crocodiles. Ask him/her three questions about crocodiles. Give him/her three of your ideas. 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.)

    Help Support This Web Site

    • Please consider helping Breaking News English.com

    Sean Banville's Book

    Thank You