The Reading / Listening - Extinction Rebellion - Level 6

The police in London have arrested more than 1,000 protestors in the past week. Many of central London's busiest areas have been brought to a standstill as tens of thousands of demonstrators staged peaceful protests on bridges, landmarks and traffic intersections. The protestors are part of the newly formed Extinction Rebellion. This is a movement focused on bringing the UK government to declare climate change as a global emergency and to pass laws to considerably reduce the UK's carbon footprint. Campaigners have three key demands: for the government to "tell the truth about climate change"; to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025; and to create a citizens' assembly to oversee progress.



The Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg met leaders of the UK's main political parties on Tuesday. The 16-year-old is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee. She is attributed with starting the global school protests in which students have been striking for a greener planet. She told politicians that the future of all the world's children had been "sold so that a small number of people can make unimaginable amounts of money". She added: "You don't listen to the science because you are only interested in the answers that will allow you to carry on as if nothing has happened." One protestor said: "I support Extinction Rebellion. Civil disobedience is important to show this is an emergency."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Extinction Rebellion - Level 4  or  Extinction Rebellion - Level 5

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


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Warm-ups

1. CLIMATE CHANGE: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about climate change. 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?
       police / London / busiest areas / demonstrators / landmarks / emergency / carbon /
       teenage / activist / political parties / greener planet / children / money / disobedience
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. EMERGENCY: Students A strongly believe there is a climate change emergency; Students B strongly believe there isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. CLIMATE: What things are badly affecting our climate? How can we fix this? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How bad?

How can we fix it?

Cars

 

 

Plane travel

 

 

Meat consumption

 

 

Deforestation

 

 

Natural climate cycle

 

 

No recycling

 

 

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

  • equal rights
  • nuclear power
  • construction
  • a government
  • climate change
  • tax rises
  • corruption
  • war

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. standstill a. An object or feature of a landscape or town that is easily seen and recognized from a distance.
      2. demonstrator b. A situation or condition in which there is no movement or activity at all.
      3. staged c. Planned, organized, or arranged in advance, often of an event or situation intended to seem otherwise.
      4. landmark d. Say something in a serious manner.
      5. intersection e. The production and discharge of something, especially gas or radiation.
      6. declare f. A person who takes part in a public protest meeting or march.
      7. emissions g. A point at which two or more things intersect, especially roads.

    Paragraph 2

      8. activist h. Employees or other people stopping work to protest.
      9. nominee i. Failure or refusal to obey rules or someone in authority.
      10. attributed j. Relating to ordinary citizens and their concerns, rather than from from military or religious matters.
      11. striking k. Regarded something as being caused by someone or something.
      12. unimaginable l. Difficult or impossible to imagine or comprehend.
      13. civil m. A person who campaigns to bring about political or social change.
      14. disobedience n. A person who is proposed or formally entered as a candidate for an office or as the recipient of a grant or award.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Protesters largely brought areas of London's suburbs to a standstill.     T / F
  2. Protesters want the UK government to declare a climate emergency.     T / F
  3. Protesters told the government they have five key demands.     T / F
  4. The UK government said it would create a citizens' assembly.     T / F
  5. A 16-year-old Swede met leading UK politicians.     T / F
  6. An activist told politicians that children's futures had been sold.     T / F
  7. The activist told politicians they aren't interested in the science.     T / F
  8. A protestor said civil disobedience was a bad thing.     T / F

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

  1. protestors
  2. standstill
  3. declare
  4. key
  5. oversee
  6. main
  7. attributed
  8. unimaginable
  9. carry on
  10. support
  1. proclaim
  2. back
  3. supervise
  4. credited
  5. inconceivable
  6. demonstrators
  7. continue
  8. central
  9. halt
  10. principal

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

  1. brought to a
  2. bridges, landmarks and
  3. considerably reduce the UK's
  4. tell the
  5. create a citizens' assembly
  6. leaders of the UK's main
  7. striking
  8. make unimaginable
  9. carry on as if
  10. Civil
  1. nothing has happened
  2. to oversee progress
  3. disobedience
  4. amounts of money
  5. standstill
  6. traffic intersections
  7. political parties
  8. truth about climate change
  9. for a greener planet
  10. carbon footprint

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
formed
past
zero
traffic
key
progress
standstill
declare

The police in London have arrested more than 1,000 protestors in the (1) ____________ week. Many of central London's busiest areas have been brought to a (2) ____________ as tens of thousands of demonstrators staged peaceful protests on bridges, landmarks and (3) ____________ intersections. The protestors are part of the newly (4) ____________ Extinction Rebellion. This is a movement focused on bringing the UK government to (5) ____________ climate change as a global emergency and to pass laws to considerably reduce the UK's carbon footprint. Campaigners have three (6) ____________ demands: for the government to "tell the truth about climate change"; to reduce carbon emissions to (7) ____________ by 2025; and to create a citizens' assembly to oversee (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
nominee
sold
main
greener
disobedience
activist
carry
science

The Swedish teenage environmental (9) ____________ Greta Thunberg met leaders of the UK's (10) ____________ political parties on Tuesday. The 16-year-old is a Nobel Peace Prize (11) ____________. She is attributed with starting the global school protests in which students have been striking for a (12) ____________ planet. She told politicians that the future of all the world's children had been "(13) ____________ so that a small number of people can make unimaginable amounts of money". She added: "You don't listen to the (14) ____________ because you are only interested in the answers that will allow you to (15) ____________ on as if nothing has happened." One protestor said: "I support Extinction Rebellion. Civil (16) ____________ is important to show this is an emergency."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The police in London have arrested more than 1,000 protestors ______ week
     a.  on the past
     b.  in the last
     c.  on the passed
     d.  in the past
2)  demonstrators staged peaceful protests on bridges, landmarks and ______
     a.  trafficked intersection
     b.  traffics intersections
     c.  traffic intersection
     d.  traffic intersections
3)  and to pass laws to considerably reduce the UK's ______
     a.  carbon footprint
     b.  carbon fingerprint
     c.  carbon imprint
     d.  carbon blueprint
4)  to reduce carbon emissions to ______
     a.  zeroes by 2025
     b.  zeroed by 2025
     c.  zero by 2025
     d.  zero in by 2025
5)  and to create a citizens' assembly to ______
     a.  overseen progress
     b.  oversee progress
     c.  overseeing progress
     d.  oversees progress

6)  environmental activist Greta Thunberg met leaders of the UK's ______
     a.  mainly political parties
     b.  main politically parties
     c.  main political parties
     d.  main politically party
7)  The 16-year-old is a Nobel Peace ______
     a.  Prize nominee
     b.  Prize nominees
     c.  Prize nominal
     d.  Prize nominate
8)  attributed with starting the global school protests in which students ______
     a.  have been stalking
     b.  have been stricken
     c.  have been sticking
     d.  have been striking
9)  sold so that a small number of people can make unimaginable ______
     a.  amount of money
     b.  a mounts of money
     c.  all mounts of money
     d.  amounts of money
10)  interested in the answers that will allow you to carry on ______ has happened
     a.  as if nothing
     b.  was if nothing
     c.  has if nothing
     d.  'twas if nothing

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The police in London have (1) ___________________ 1,000 protestors in the past week. Many of central London's busiest areas have been brought to a (2) ___________________ of thousands of demonstrators staged peaceful protests on bridges, (3) ___________________ intersections. The protestors are part of the newly formed Extinction Rebellion. This is a movement focused on bringing the UK government (4) ___________________ change as a global emergency and to pass laws to considerably reduce the UK's carbon footprint. Campaigners have (5) ___________________: for the government to "tell the truth about climate change"; to reduce carbon (6) ___________________ by 2025; and to create a citizens' assembly to oversee progress.

The Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg met leaders of the UK's (7) ___________________ on Tuesday. The 16-year-old is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee. She (8) ___________________ starting the global school protests in which students have been striking for (9) ___________________. She told politicians that the future of all the world's children had been "sold so that a small number of people can make unimaginable (10) ___________________". She added: "You don't listen to the science because you are only interested (11) ___________________ that will allow you to carry on as if nothing has happened." One protestor said: "I support Extinction Rebellion. (12) ___________________ important to show this is an emergency."

Comprehension questions

  1. Which areas of London were brought to a standstill?
  2. How many demonstrators were there?
  3. What do protestors want the government to declare climate change as?
  4. How many key demands do the protestors have?
  5. What kind of assembly are the protestors asking for?
  6. Who did a 16-year-old activist talk to?
  7. What have school students gone on strike for?
  8. How much money did an activist say a small number of people make?
  9. What did an activist say politicians do not listen to?
  10. What did a protestor say about civil disobedience?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Which areas of London were brought to a standstill?
a) Central London
b) East London
c) the suburbs
d) Buckingham Palace
2) How many demonstrators were there?
a) hundreds of thousands
b) thousands
c) tens of thousands
d) millions
3) What do protestors want the government to declare climate change as?
a) a mess
b) an emergency
c) news
d) a global crisis
4) How many key demands do the protestors have?
a) six
b) five
c) four
d) three
5) What kind of assembly are the protestors asking for?
a) a citizens' assembly
b) a school assembly
c) a morning assembly
d) a religious assembly

6) Who did a 16-year-old activist talk to?
a) children
b) the head of an oil company
c) demonstrators
d) leaders of political parties
7) What have school students gone on strike for?
a) less homework
b) a greener planet
c) tastier school lunches
d) using no plastic
8) How much money did an activist say a small number of people make?
a) an unknown amount
b) billions
c) millions
d) an unimaginable amount
9) What did an activist say politicians do not listen to?
a) other politicians
b) children
c) the science
d) oil bosses
10) What did a protestor say about civil disobedience?
a) people should go to prison
b) it is important
c) it is unacceptable
d) it's fun

Role play

Role  A – Climate Change
You think climate change is the most important thing to protest about. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): tax rises, equal rights or war.

Role  B – Tax Rises
You think tax rises is the most important thing to protest about. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): climate change, equal rights or war.

Role  C – Equal Rights
You think equal rights is the most important thing to protest about. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): tax rises, climate change or war.

Role  D – War
You think war is the most important thing to protest about. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): tax rises, equal rights or climate change.

After reading / listening

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

'extinction'

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  • and 'rebellion'.

  • ________________
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  • • 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:

    • met
    • school
    • planet
    • amounts
    • allow
    • show
    • arrested
    • tens
    • traffic
    • focused
    • three
    • 2025




    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 - Police arrest 1,000 Extinction Rebellion protestors

    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 'extinction'?
    3. What do you think about climate change?
    4. What would make you demonstrate in the streets?
    5. Will protestors make governments change environmental policies?
    6. What is the worst thing for the environment?
    7. What do you think of the name 'Extinction Rebellion'?
    8. How much danger is our planet in?
    9. How can your country reduce its carbon footprint?
    10. What difficulties are there in reducing carbon emissions to zero?

    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 'rebellion'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you know about Greta Thunberg?
    5. How much of an environmental activist are you?
    6. Should Greta Thunberg win the Nobel Peace Prize?
    7. To what degree is money and greed hurting Earth?
    8. Are governments really listening to climate scientists?
    9. What do you think of civil disobedience?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Greta Thunberg?

    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 police in London have arrested more than 1,000 protestors in the (1) ____ week. Many of central London's busiest areas have been brought to a (2) ____ as tens of thousands of demonstrators staged peaceful protests on bridges, landmarks and (3) ____ intersections. The protestors are part of the newly formed Extinction Rebellion. This is a movement focused (4) ____ bringing the UK government to declare climate change as a global emergency and to pass laws to (5) ____ reduce the UK's carbon footprint. Campaigners have three key demands: for the government to "tell the truth about climate change"; to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025; and to create a citizens' (6) ____ to oversee progress.

    The Swedish teenage environmental (7) ____ Greta Thunberg met leaders of the UK's main political parties on Tuesday. The 16-year-old is a Nobel Peace Prize (8) ____. She is attributed with starting the global school protests in which students have been (9) ____ for a greener planet. She told politicians that the future of all the world's children had been "sold so that a small number of people can make (10) ____ amounts of money". She added: "You don't listen to the science because you are only interested in the answers that will allow you to carry on (11) ____ if nothing has happened." One protestor said: "I support Extinction Rebellion. Civil (12) ____ is important to show this is an emergency."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     past     (b)     last     (c)     passed     (d)     lasting    
    2. (a)     still     (b)     distill     (c)     standstill     (d)     stilled    
    3. (a)     trafficked     (b)     trafficking     (c)     traffic     (d)     terrific    
    4. (a)     as     (b)     up     (c)     of     (d)     on    
    5. (a)     considerably     (b)     consider     (c)     considering     (d)     considerate    
    6. (a)     assemblage     (b)     assembly     (c)     assembled     (d)     assemble    
    7. (a)     activity     (b)     active     (c)     activism     (d)     activist    
    8. (a)     payee     (b)     nominee     (c)     addressee     (d)     appointee    
    9. (a)     stricken     (b)     struck     (c)     striking     (d)     strikes    
    10. (a)     irrefutable     (b)     unimaginable     (c)     unavailable     (d)     sustainable    
    11. (a)     was     (b)     that     (c)     so     (d)     as    
    12. (a)     obey     (b)     disobedience     (c)     disobey     (d)     obedience

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  in the answers that will allow you to carry on as if nothing has happened." One protestor said:
    (...)  The Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg met leaders of the UK's main political
    (...)  footprint. Campaigners have three key demands: for the government to "tell the truth
    (...)  amounts of money". She added: "You don't listen to the science because you are only interested
    (...)  "I support Extinction Rebellion. Civil disobedience is important to show this is an emergency."
    (...)  which students have been striking for a greener planet. She told politicians that the future
    (...)  of all the world's children had been "sold so that a small number of people can make unimaginable
    (...)  parties on Tuesday. The 16-year-old is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee. She is attributed with starting the global school protests in
    (...)  areas have been brought to a standstill as tens of thousands of demonstrators staged peaceful
    (...)  climate change as a global emergency and to pass laws to considerably reduce the UK's carbon
    (...)  about climate change"; to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025; and to create a citizens' assembly to oversee progress.
    (...)  protests on bridges, landmarks and traffic intersections. The protestors are part of the newly
    (...)  formed Extinction Rebellion. This is a movement focused on bringing the UK government to declare
    1  ) The police in London have arrested more than 1,000 protestors in the past week. Many of central London's busiest

    Put the words in the right order

    1. on   staged  demonstrators  peaceful  protests  bridges  .  of  Thousands
    2. formed   of   newly   Rebellion   .   Part   the   Extinction
    3. global   change   as   Declare   climate   emergency   .   a
    4. laws   Pass   considerably   reduce   footprint   .   to   carbon   the
    5. assembly   citizens'   oversee   progress   .   Create   to   a
    6. 16-year-old   The   is   Peace   Nobel   nominee   .   Prize   a
    7. starting   school   Attributed   with   global   protests   .   the
    8. can   amounts   unimaginable   make   of   money   .   People
    9. if   nothing   Carry   as   happened   .   has   on
    10. disobedience   show   to   important   is   this   .   Civil

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The police in London have arresting / arrested more than 1,000 protestors in the past week. Many of central / centrally London's busiest areas have been brought to a standstill / still as tens of thousands of demonstrators staggered / staged peaceful protests on bridges, birthmarks / landmarks and traffic intersections. The protestors are party / part of the newly formed Extinction Rebellion. This is a movement focused in / on bringing the UK government to declare climate change as a global emergency and to pass laws to considerably / considerable reduce the UK's carbon footprint. Campaigners have three key / keyed demands: for the government to "tell the truth about climate change"; to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025; and to create a citizens' assembly to oversee progress / process.

    The Swedish teenage environmental activism / activist Greta Thunberg met leaders of the UK's main political / policy parties on Tuesday. The 16-year-old is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee / nomination. She is attributed with starting the global school protests on / in which students have been stalking / striking for a greener planet. She told politicians that the future of all the world's children had been "sold so that a small numeral / number of people can make unimaginable amounts / volume of money". She added: "You don't listen to the science because you are only interesting / interested in the answers that will allow you to carry / curry on as if nothing has happened." One protestor said: "I support Extinction Rebellion. Civil disobedience / obedience is important to show this is an emergency."

    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)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the police in london have arrested more than 1000 protestors in the past week many of central londons busiest areas have been brought to a standstill as tens of thousands of demonstrators staged peaceful protests on bridges landmarks and traffic intersections the protestors are part of the newly formed extinction rebellion this is a movement focused on bringing the uk government to declare climate change as a global emergency and to pass laws to considerably reduce the uks carbon footprint campaigners have three key demands for the government to tell the truth about climate change to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025 and to create a citizens assembly to oversee progress

    the swedish teenage environmental activist greta thunberg met leaders of the uks main political parties on tuesday the 16yearold is a nobel peace prize nominee she is attributed with starting the global school protests in which students have been striking for a greener planet she told politicians that the future of all the worlds children had been sold so that a small number of people can make unimaginable amounts of money she added you dont listen to the science because you are only interested in the answers that will allow you to carry on as if nothing has happened one protestor said i support extinction rebellion civil disobedience is important to show this is an emergency"

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    ThepoliceinLondonhavearrestedmorethan1,000protestorsinthepas
    tweek.ManyofcentralLondon'sbusiestareashavebeenbroughttoasta
    ndstillastensofthousandsofdemonstratorsstagedpeacefulprotestso
    nbridges,landmarksandtrafficintersections.Theprotestorsarepartof
    thenewlyformedExtinctionRebellion.Thisisamovementfocusedonbri
    ngingtheUKgovernmenttodeclareclimatechangeasaglobalemergen
    cyandtopasslawstoconsiderablyreducetheUK'scarbonfootprint.Cam
    paignershavethreekeydemands:forthegovernmentto"tellthetrutha
    boutclimatechange";toreducecarbonemissionstozeroby2025;andto
    createacitizens'assemblytooverseeprogress.TheSwedishteenageen
    vironmentalactivistGretaThunbergmetleadersoftheUK'smainpolitic
    alpartiesonTuesday.The16-year-oldisaNobelPeacePrizenominee.Sh
    eisattributedwithstartingtheglobalschoolprotestsinwhichstudentsh
    avebeenstrikingforagreenerplanet.Shetoldpoliticiansthatthefuture
    ofalltheworld'schildrenhadbeen"soldsothatasmallnumberofpeoplec
    anmakeunimaginableamountsofmoney".Sheadded:"Youdon'tlisten
    tothesciencebecauseyouareonlyinterestedintheanswersthatwillallo
    wyoutocarryonasifnothinghashappened."Oneprotestorsaid:"Isupp
    ortExtinctionRebellion.Civildisobedienceisimportanttoshowthisisan
    emergency."

    Free writing

    Write about Extinction Rebellion for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    We should all join Extinction Rebellion to save the planet. 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. CLIMATE CHANGE: Make a poster about climate change. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. EXTINCTION REBELLION: Write a magazine article about allowing Extinction Rebellion protests to be held worldwide. 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 climate change. Ask him/her three questions about climate change. 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.)

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