The Reading / Listening - Measles - Level 5

UNICEF has said measles cases worldwide surged by 300% in the first three months of 2019. Its report came out on the same day that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed that measles cases in the U.S. are the highest they've been since 2000. UNICEF reported that around 169 million children worldwide have missed measles vaccinations. Up to 110,000 people (mostly children) died from measles in 2017, up 22 per cent from 2016. UNICEF said: "The measles virus will always find unvaccinated children....We need to vaccinate every child, in rich and poor countries alike."



The CDC blamed the anti-vaccination movement for a drop in the number of children getting vaccinated. The anti-vaxxer movement began in France in 1763. Doctors believed vaccines were harmful. The anti-vaxxer message is spreading across social media. Facebook vowed to remove anti-vaxxer posts. The CDC blamed the anti-vaxxer movement for the rise in measles cases because of misinformation about the safety of the measles vaccine. It said: "Some organizations are deliberately targeting...communities with inaccurate and misleading information about vaccines."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Measles - Level 4 or  Measles - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.npr.org/2019/04/24/716953746/cdc-reports-largest-u-s-measles-outbreak-since-year-2000
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/health-48039524
  • https://www.marketwatch.com/story/unicef-blames-anti-vaxxers-for-the-300-spike-in-global-measles-outbreaks-2019-04-25


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. measles cases worldwide
  2. the first three months
  3. on the same
  4. the highest they've
  5. Up to
  6. find unvaccinated
  7. We need to vaccinate
  8. rich and poor countries
  1. day
  2. children
  3. every child
  4. of 2019
  5. alike
  6. 110,000 people
  7. surged by 300%
  8. been

Paragraph 2

  1. The CDC blamed the anti-
  2. a drop in the number
  3. getting
  4. Doctors believed vaccines
  5. spreading across
  6. Facebook vowed to remove anti-
  7. the rise in measles
  8. misleading information
  1. vaccinated
  2. vaxxer posts
  3. social media
  4. about vaccines
  5. of children
  6. cases
  7. vaccination movement
  8. were harmful

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

UNICEF has said measles cases worldwide (1) ___________________ in the first three months of 2019. Its report came out on (2) __________________ that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed that measles cases in the U.S. are the highest (3) ___________________ 2000. UNICEF reported that around 169 million children worldwide have missed measles vaccinations. Up to 110,000 (4) ___________________ died from measles in 2017, up 22 per cent from 2016. UNICEF said: "The (5) ___________________ always find unvaccinated children....We need to vaccinate every child, in rich and (6) ___________________."

The CDC blamed the anti-vaccination movement (7) ___________________ in the number children getting vaccinated. The anti-vaxxer movement began in France in 1763. Doctors believed (8) ___________________. The anti-vaxxer message (9) ___________________ social media. Facebook vowed to remove anti-vaxxer posts. The CDC blamed the anti-vaxxer movement for the (10) ___________________ cases because of misinformation about the safety of (11) ___________________. It said: "Some organizations are deliberately targeting...communities (12) ___________________ misleading information about vaccines."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

UNICEFhassaidmeaslescasesworldwidesurgedby300%inthefirstthr
eemonthsof2019.ItsreportcameoutonthesamedaythattheCentersfo
rDiseaseControl(CDC)confirmedthatmeaslescasesintheU.S.arethe
highestthey'vebeensince2000.UNICEFreportedthataround169milli
onchildrenworldwidehavemissedmeaslesvaccinations.Upto110,000
people(mostlychildren)diedfrommeaslesin2017,up22percentfrom2
016.UNICEFsaid:"Themeaslesviruswillalwaysfindunvaccinatedchild
ren....Weneedtovaccinateeverychild,inrichandpoorcountriesalike."
TheCDCblamedtheanti-vaccinationmovementforadropinthenumbe
rchildrengettingvaccinated.Theanti-vaxxermovementbeganinFranc
ein1763.Doctorsbelievedvaccineswereharmful.Theanti-vaxxermes
sageisspreadingacrosssocialmedia.Facebookvowedtoremoveanti-
vaxxerposts.TheCDCblamedtheanti-vaxxermovementfortherisein
measlescasesbecauseofmisinformationaboutthesafetyofthemeasle
svaccine.Itsaid:"Someorganizationsaredeliberatelytargeting...com
munitieswithinaccurateandmisleadinginformationaboutvaccines."

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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(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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