The Reading / Listening - Extinction Rebellion - Level 4

London police arrested over 1,000 protestors last week for bringing the city's busiest areas to a standstill. Protestors blocked bridges and roads. They are part of the Extinction Rebellion - a movement focused on getting the UK to call climate change a global emergency. It has three demands: for the government to "tell the truth about climate change"; to cut carbon emissions to zero by 2025; and to create a citizens' assembly.



Sweden's 16-year-old activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greta Thunberg talked to the UK's political parties. She told them that the future of the world's children had been "sold so that a small number of people can make unimaginable amounts of money". She said they didn't listen to the science because they only want to "carry on as if nothing has happened". One Extinction Rebellion supporter said: "Civil disobedience [shows] this is an emergency."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Extinction Rebellion - Level 5 or  Extinction Rebellion - Level 6

Sources
  • https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/22/climate-change-activists-turn-government-almost-1000-arrests-9283294/
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-48023800
  • https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/22/greta-thunberg-backs-general-strike-climate-change-environment


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. bringing the city's busiest
  2. Protestors blocked
  3. focused
  4. a global
  5. It has three
  6. tell the
  7. cut carbon emissions
  8. create a citizens'
  1. demands
  2. to zero
  3. bridges
  4. assembly
  5. areas to a standstill
  6. emergency
  7. on getting the UK
  8. truth

Paragraph 2

  1. Sweden's 16-year-old
  2. Nobel Peace Prize
  3. the future of
  4. a small number
  5. make unimaginable amounts
  6. they didn't listen
  7. carry on as if nothing
  8. this is an
  1. of money
  2. has happened
  3. emergency
  4. the world's children
  5. to the science
  6. activist
  7. of people
  8. nominee

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

London police arrested over 1,000 protestors last week (1) ___________________ city's busiest areas to a standstill. Protestors (2) ___________________ roads. They are part of the Extinction Rebellion - a movement (3) ___________________ the UK to call climate change a global emergency. It (4) ___________________: for the government to "tell the truth about climate change"; (5) ___________________ emissions to zero by 2025; (6) ___________________ a citizens' assembly.

Sweden's (7) ___________________ and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greta Thunberg talked to the UK's political parties. She told (8) ___________________ future of the world's children had been "(9) ___________________ a small number of people can make unimaginable (10) ___________________". She said they didn't listen to the science because they only want to "(11) ___________________ if nothing has happened". One Extinction Rebellion supporter said: "Civil disobedience [shows] this (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Londonpolicearrestedover1,000protestorslastweekforbringingtheci
ty'sbusiestareastoastandstill.Protestorsblockedbridgesandroads.Th
eyarepartoftheExtinctionRebellion-amovementfocusedongettingth
eUKtocallclimatechangeaglobalemergency.Ithasthreedemands:for
thegovernmentto"tellthetruthaboutclimatechange";tocutcarbonem
issionstozeroby2025;andtocreateacitizens'assembly.Sweden's16-
year-oldactivistandNobelPeacePrizenomineeGretaThunbergtalke
dtotheUK'spoliticalparties.Shetoldthemthatthefutureoftheworld'sc
hildrenhadbeen"soldsothatasmallnumberofpeoplecanmakeunimagi
nableamountsofmoney".Shesaidtheydidn'tlistentothesciencebecau
setheyonlywantto"carryonasifnothinghashappened".OneExtinction
Rebellionsupportersaid:"Civildisobedience[shows]thisisanemergen
cy."

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

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

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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