The Reading / Listening - Veganism - Level 6

Doctors in Belgium have stated that raising children on a vegan diet is "unethical" and should be a criminal offence. Vegans refrain from consuming any animal products, including meat, eggs, dairy products and other animal-derived substances. The Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium has declared that veganism is "unsuitable for unborn children, children, teenagers, and pregnant and lactating women". Professor Georges Casimir said vegan parenting qualifies as "non-assistance to a person in danger," which is a criminal offence that carries a prison sentence of up to two years. He said children need "higher requirements for protein and essential fatty acids" and that these nutrients must be from animal products.



The animal rights group PETA reacted angrily to the ruling of the Belgian medical association. It rejected the ruling and called it "ignorant codswallop". PETA spokeswoman Dawn Carr said: "Nutritionists confirm that while a meat- and dairy-based diet is what strikes people down in adulthood (as it can lead to hardened arteries that cause stroke, brain aneurysms, and heart attacks) a well-planned vegan diet is perfect for babies and children." She added: "Kids, including my own, thrive on a balanced vegan diet, but as with any dietary regime, it's the parents' responsibility to ensure their child is getting all the necessary nutrients." Around three per cent of Belgian children live in vegan families.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Veganism - Level 4  or  Veganism - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.plantbasednews.org/post/parents-raising-children-vegan-prosecuted
  • https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/lifestyle/2019/05/belgium-will-no-longer-tolerate-parents-who-force-their-kids-to-be-vegan.html
  • https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/16/parents-raise-children-vegans-should-prosecuted-say-belgian/


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. VEGANISM: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about veganism. 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?
       doctors / vegan / diet / dairy / animal products / teenagers / parenting / protein /
       animal rights / dairy / adulthood / stroke / brain / heart attacks / regime / nutrients
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. VEGAN: Students A strongly believe we should all be vegan; Students B strongly believe we should all eat meat.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. DIETS: What do you know about these diets? How healthy or unhealthy are they? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Diet

Healthy / Unhealthy

Vegan

 

 

Fruitarian

 

 

Vegetarian

 

 

Pescatarian

 

 

Pollotarian

 

 

Raw food

 

 

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5. MEAT: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "meat". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. ADVANTAGES: Rank these with your partner. Put the biggest advantages of being a vegan at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • better for the planet
  • no animals die
  • less food poisoning
  • reduction of body odor
  • weight control
  • nutrition
  • lower blood sugar
  • healthier heart

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. unethical a. Eating or drinking food or drink.
      2. offence b. The real physical matter a thing consists of.
      3. refrain c. Not morally correct.
      4. consuming d. A substance that provides nourishment essential for growth and the maintenance of life.
      5. substance e. A breaking of a law or rule; an illegal act.
      6. sentence f. Stop oneself from doing something.
      7. nutrient g. The punishment given to someone found guilty by a court, or fixed by law for a particular offence.

    Paragraph 2

      8. reacted h. A program for the promotion of health.
      9. ruling i. Responded or behaved in a particular way in response to something.
      10. ignorant j. A decision made by a judge.
      11. codswallop k. A sudden disabling attack or loss of consciousness caused by an interruption in the flow of blood to the brain.
      12. stroke l. Nonsense.
      13. thrive m. Lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated.
      14. regime n. Grow or develop well or vigorously.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Belgian doctors said raising children as vegans should be a crime.     T / F
  2. Vegans do not eat meat or fish but milk is OK.     T / F
  3. The doctors say veganism is unsuitable for unborn children.     T / F
  4. The doctors say children need fatty acids from animal products.     T / F
  5. An animal rights group said the doctors' ruling was ignorant.     T / F
  6. A spokeswoman said a dairy-based diet helps prevent strokes.     T / F
  7. A vegan said her children were not thriving on a vegan diet.     T / F
  8. Over 5% of Belgian children live in vegan families.     T / F

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

  1. stated
  2. ruling
  3. unsuitable
  4. offence
  5. essential
  6. reacted
  7. ignorant
  8. perfect
  9. thrive
  10. ensure
  1. make certain
  2. inappropriate
  3. responded
  4. crucial
  5. announced
  6. flourish
  7. ideal
  8. crime
  9. uneducated
  10. judgment

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

  1. Vegans refrain from consuming
  2. dairy
  3. pregnant and
  4. a criminal offence that carries
  5. protein and essential fatty
  6. The animal rights group PETA reacted
  7. It rejected the ruling and called it
  8. hardened arteries that
  9. a well-planned vegan diet is perfect
  10. ensure their child is getting all the
  1. "ignorant codswallop"
  2. a prison sentence
  3. necessary nutrients
  4. angrily
  5. products
  6. for babies
  7. lactating women
  8. any animal products
  9. cause stroke
  10. acids

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
substances
qualifies
stated
protein
unborn
nutrients
criminal
carries

Doctors in Belgium have (1) ____________ that raising children on a vegan diet is "unethical" and should be a (2) ____________ offence. Vegans refrain from consuming any animal products, including meat, eggs, dairy products and other animal-derived (3) ____________. The Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium has declared that veganism is "unsuitable for (4) ____________ children, children, teenagers, and pregnant and lactating women". Professor Georges Casimir said vegan parenting (5) ____________ as "non-assistance to a person in danger," which is a criminal offense that (6) ____________ a prison sentence of up to two years. He said children need "higher requirements for (7) ____________ and essential fatty acids" and that these (8) ____________ must be from animal products.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
diet
rejected
perfect
nutrients
ignorant
regime
angrily
stroke

The animal rights group PETA reacted (9) ____________ to the ruling of the Belgian medical association. It (10) ____________ the ruling and called it "(11) ____________ codswallop". PETA spokeswoman Dawn Carr said: "Nutritionists confirm that while a meat- and dairy-based (12) ____________ is what strikes people down in adulthood (as it can lead to hardened arteries that cause (13) ____________, brain aneurysms, and heart attacks) a well-planned vegan diet is (14) ____________ for babies and children." She added: "Kids, including my own, thrive on a balanced vegan diet, but as with any dietary (15) ____________, it's the parents' responsibility to ensure their child is getting all the necessary (16) ____________." Around three per cent of Belgian children live in vegan families.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  stated that raising children on a vegan diet ______
     a.  is "unethically"
     b.  is "an ethanol"
     c.  is "unethical"
     d.  is "nonsensical"
2)  including meat, eggs, dairy products and other animal-______
     a.  described substance
     b.  delivered substance is
     c.  derived substances
     d.  deprived substances
3)  unborn children, children, teenagers, and pregnant and ______
     a.  lack tasting women
     b.  lactating women
     c.  lactation women
     d.  lucky thing women
4)  a person in danger," which is a criminal offense that carries ______
     a.  a prison sentence
     b.  a prison sent tents
     c.  a prison's entrance
     d.  apprise once tense
5)  children need higher requirements for protein and ______ acids
     a.  essentially fatty
     b.  is sentient fatty
     c.  is sent shall fatty
     d.  essential fatty

6)  The animal rights group PETA reacted angrily ______
     a.  to a grueling
     b.  to then rule in
     c.  to the rule in
     d.  to the ruling
7)  It rejected the ruling and called it "______"
     a.  ignorance cods wallop
     b.  ignorant code swap
     c.  ignorance code swallow
     d.  ignorant codswallop
8)  what strikes people down in adulthood, as it can lead to ______
     a.  hardened artery
     b.  hard end arteries
     c.  hard ended arteries
     d.  hardened arteries
9)  She added: "Kids, including my own, ______ balanced vegan diet"
     a.  thrive on a
     b.  strive on a
     c.  arrive on a
     d.  drive on a
10)  responsibility to ensure their child is getting all the ______
     a.  necessarily nutrients
     b.  necessity nutrients
     c.  nest a city nutrients
     d.  necessary nutrients

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Doctors in Belgium have stated that (1) ___________________ a vegan diet is "unethical" and should be (2) ___________________. Vegans refrain from consuming any animal products, including meat, eggs, dairy products and other animal-derived substances. The Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium has declared that veganism is "(3) ___________________ children, children, teenagers, and pregnant and lactating women". Professor Georges Casimir said vegan (4) ___________________ "non-assistance to a person in danger," which is a criminal offense that (5) ___________________ sentence of up to two years. He said children need "higher requirements for protein and essential fatty acids" and that (6) ___________________ be from animal products.

The animal rights group PETA (7) ___________________ the ruling of the Belgian medical association. It rejected the (8) ___________________ it "ignorant codswallop". PETA spokeswoman Dawn Carr said: "Nutritionists (9) ___________________ a meat- and dairy-based diet is what strikes people down in adulthood (as it can lead to hardened arteries (10) ___________________, brain aneurysms, and heart attacks) a well-planned vegan diet is perfect for babies and children." She added: "Kids, including my (11) ___________________ a balanced vegan diet, but as with any dietary regime, it's the parents' responsibility to ensure their child is getting all the necessary nutrients." Around three per cent of Belgian children (12) ___________________ families.

Comprehension questions

  1. In what country might it become illegal to raise children on a vegan diet?
  2. What did doctors say raising children on a vegan diet was?
  3. Who is Georges Casimir?
  4. How long could a prison sentence be for raising children on a vegan diet?
  5. What essential things did the doctors say must be from animal products?
  6. How did the animal rights group PETA react to the doctors' ruling?
  7. Who is Dawn Carr?
  8. What did the article say hardened arteries could lead to?
  9. What did a vegan say her children thrived on?
  10. Whose responsibility did a vegan say it was that children got nutrients?




Multiple choice quiz

1) In what country might it become illegal to raise children on a vegan diet?
a) Peru
b) England
c) Belgium
d) Australia
2) What did doctors say raising children on a vegan diet was?
a) unethical
b) healthy
c) ideal
d) worrying
3) Who is Georges Casimir?
a) a vegan
b) a professor
c) a chef
d) an activist
4) How long could a prison sentence be for raising children on a vegan diet?
a) three years
b) 12 months
c) two months
d) up to two years
5) What essential things did the doctors say must be from animal products?
a) carbohydrates
b) vitamin C
c) fatty acids
d) saturated fats

6) How did the animal rights group PETA react to the doctors' ruling?
a) politely
b) angrily
c) online
d) with venom
7) Who is Dawn Carr?
a) a professor
b) a doctor
c) a chef
d) a PETA spokeswoman
8) What did the article say hardened arteries could lead to?
a) headaches
b) strokes
c) obesity
d) an inability to taste
9) What did a vegan say her children thrived on?
a) cabbage
b) a balanced vegan diet
c) three meals a day
d) restaurant food
10) Whose responsibility did a vegan say it was that children got nutrients?
a) parents
b) the government
c) children
d) schools

Role play

Role  A – Weight Control
You think weight control is the biggest advantage of being a vegan. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their reasons. Also, tell the others which is the least advantageous of these (and why): nutrition, no animals dying or environmental benefits.

Role  B – Nutrition
You think nutrition is the biggest advantage of being a vegan. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their reasons. Also, tell the others which is the least advantageous of these (and why): weight control, no animals dying or environmental benefits.

Role  C – No Animals Die
You think no animals dying is the biggest advantage of being a vegan. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their reasons. Also, tell the others which is the least advantageous of these (and why): nutrition, weight control or environmental benefits.

Role  D – Better For The Environment
You think environmental benefits is the biggest advantage of being a vegan. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their reasons. Also, tell the others which is the least advantageous of these (and why): nutrition, no animals dying or weight control.

After reading / listening

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

'vegan'

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  • and 'diet'.

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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:

    • reacted
    • ignorant
    • confirm
    • brain
    • thrive
    • ensure
    • stated
    • any
    • unborn
    • qualifies
    • two
    • acids




    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 - Parents risk jail for raising children as vegans

    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 'vegan'?
    3. What do you think of a vegan diet?
    4. Should governments be making diets a criminal offence?
    5. How healthy is your diet?
    6. What should children eat?
    7. Do we need to eat meat and other animal products?
    8. What might the doctors think of cultures who eat no animal products?
    9. Is a child really "in danger" if it eats no animal products?
    10. Where can people get proteins from besides animal products?

    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 'diet'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What are the health benefits of veganism?
    5. Could veganism help protect the planet?
    6. Do you agree with PETA that the ruling is "codswallop"?
    7. Do vegans have healthier hearts?
    8. How well-balanced is the food people eat in your country?
    9. Are there many vegans in your country?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the doctors?

    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)

    Doctors in Belgium have stated that raising children (1) ____ a vegan diet is "unethical" and should be a (2) ____ offence. Vegans refrain from consuming any animal products, including meat, eggs, dairy products and other animal-(3) ____ substances. The Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium has declared that veganism is "unsuitable for unborn children, children, teenagers, and pregnant and lactating women". Professor Georges Casimir said vegan parenting (4) ____ as "non-assistance to a person in danger," which is a criminal offence that (5) ____ a prison sentence of up to two years. He said children need "higher requirements for protein and essential (6) ____ acids" and that these nutrients must be from animal products.

    The animal rights group PETA reacted angrily (7) ____ the ruling of the Belgian medical association. It rejected the (8) ____ and called it "ignorant codswallop". PETA spokeswoman Dawn Carr said: "Nutritionists confirm that while a meat- and dairy-based diet is what (9) ____ people down in adulthood (as it can lead to hardened arteries that cause stroke, brain aneurysms, and heart attacks) a well-planned vegan diet is perfect for babies and children." She added: "Kids, including my own, (10) ____ on a balanced vegan diet, but as with any dietary regime, it's the parents' responsibility to (11) ____ their child is getting all the necessary (12) ____." Around three per cent of Belgian children live in vegan families.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     in     (b)     at     (c)     on     (d)     by    
    2. (a)     criminal     (b)     criminally     (c)     crime     (d)     criminalized    
    3. (a)     derived     (b)     contrived     (c)     arrived     (d)     revived    
    4. (a)     qualifies     (b)     extols     (c)     qualities     (d)     excels    
    5. (a)     grasps     (b)     holds     (c)     picks     (d)     carries    
    6. (a)     fatness     (b)     fat     (c)     fatted     (d)     fatty    
    7. (a)     to     (b)     of     (c)     at     (d)     on    
    8. (a)     railing     (b)     riling     (c)     reeling     (d)     ruling    
    9. (a)     strikes     (b)     whacks     (c)     punches     (d)     wallops    
    10. (a)     reckons     (b)     thrives     (c)     forwards     (d)     successes    
    11. (a)     insure     (b)     ensure     (c)     sure     (d)     assure    
    12. (a)     nutrients     (b)     nuts     (c)     nutritious     (d)     nutritional

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    4. children need higher eeruesqtnrim
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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

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    (...)  diet, but as with any dietary regime, it's the parents' responsibility to ensure their child is getting
    1  ) Doctors in Belgium have stated that raising children on a vegan diet is "unethical" and should be a criminal
    (...)  for babies and children." She added: "Kids, including my own, thrive on a balanced vegan
    (...)  ruling and called it "ignorant codswallop". PETA spokeswoman Dawn Carr said: "Nutritionists confirm
    (...)  women". Professor Georges Casimir said vegan parenting qualifies as "non-assistance to a person in
    (...)  The animal rights group PETA reacted angrily to the ruling of the Belgian medical association. It rejected the
    (...)  products and other animal-derived substances. The Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium has declared
    (...)  offence. Vegans refrain from consuming any animal products, including meat, eggs, dairy
    (...)  requirements for protein and essential fatty acids" and that these nutrients must be from animal products.
    (...)  that veganism is "unsuitable for unborn children, children, teenagers, and pregnant and lactating
    (...)  arteries that cause stroke, brain aneurysms, and heart attacks) a well-planned vegan diet is perfect
    (...)  all the necessary nutrients." Around three per cent of Belgian children live in vegan families.
    (...)  that while a meat- and dairy-based diet is what strikes people down in adulthood (as it can lead to hardened

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. refrain   animal   consuming   any   Vegans   products   .   from
    3. is   veganism   that   Declared   unsuitable   unborn   for   children   .
    4. to   A   of   two   up   years   .   sentence   prison
    5. products   .   These   must   be   animal   nutrients   from
    6. angrily   .   group   reacted   PETA   rights   animal   The
    7. it   It   rejected   called   ignorant   .   the   and   ruling
    8. arteries   stroke   .   Lead   to   cause   hardened   that
    9. diet   perfect   vegan   is   babies   .   A   well-planned   for
    10. is   the   getting   Their   nutrients   .   child   necessary   all

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Doctors in Belgium have stated that raising / rising children on a vegan diet is "unethical" and should be a criminality / criminal offence. Vegans refrain from / for consuming any animal products, inclusive / including meat, eggs, dairy products and other animal-derived substantial / substances. The Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium has declared that veganism / vegan is "unsuitable for unborn children, children, teenagers, and pregnant and lactating women". Professor Georges Casimir said vegan parenting qualifies / qualities as "non-assistance to a person in danger," which is a criminal defense / offense that carries a prison sentence of up to two years. He said children need "heighten / higher requirements for protein and essential fatty acids" and that these nutrients / nutritious must be from animal products.

    The animal rights group PETA reacted angry / angrily to the ruling of the Belgian medical association / associate. It rejected the ruling and called it "ignorance / ignorant codswallop". PETA spokeswoman Dawn Carr said: "Nutritionists conform / confirm that while a meat- and dairy-based diet is what strikes people down in adulthood (as it can lead to hardened arteries / artery that cause strike / stroke, brain aneurysms, and heart attacks) a well-planned vegan diet is perfect / perfectly for babies and children." She added: "Kids, including my own, thrive on a balanced / balancing vegan diet, but as with any dietary regiment / regime, it's the parents' responsibility to ensure their child is getting all / whole the necessary nutrients." Around three per cent of Belgian children live in vegan families.

    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

    doctors in belgium have stated that raising children on a vegan diet is unethical and should be a criminal offence vegans refrain from consuming any animal products including meat eggs dairy products and other animalderived substances the royal academy of medicine of belgium has declared that veganism is unsuitable for unborn children children teenagers and pregnant and lactating women professor georges casimir said vegan parenting qualifies as nonassistance to a person in danger which is a criminal offense that carries a prison sentence of up to two years he said children need higher requirements for protein and essential fatty acids and that these nutrients must be from animal products

    the animal rights group peta reacted angrily to the ruling of the belgian medical association it rejected the ruling and called it ignorant codswallop peta spokeswoman dawn carr said nutritionists confirm that while a meat and dairybased diet is what strikes people down in adulthood as it can lead to hardened arteries that cause stroke brain aneurysms and heart attacks a wellplanned vegan diet is perfect for babies and children she added kids including my own thrive on a balanced vegan diet but as with any dietary regime its the parents responsibility to ensure their child is getting all the necessary nutrients around three per cent of belgian children live in vegan families.

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    DoctorsinBelgiumhavestatedthatraisingchildrenonavegandietis"un
    ethical"andshouldbeacriminaloffence.Vegansrefrainfromconsumin
    ganyanimalproducts,includingmeat,eggs,dairyproductsandotheran
    imal-derivedsubstances.TheRoyalAcademyofMedicineofBelgiumha
    sdeclaredthatveganismis"unsuitableforunbornchildren,children,tee
    nagers,andpregnantandlactatingwomen".ProfessorGeorgesCasimir
    saidveganparentingqualifiesas"non-assistancetoapersonindanger,
    "whichisacriminaloffensethatcarriesaprisonsentenceofuptotwoyear
    s.Hesaidchildrenneed"higherrequirementsforproteinandessentialfa
    ttyacids"andthatthesenutrientsmustbefromanimalproducts.Theani
    malrightsgroupPETAreactedangrilytotherulingoftheBelgianmedical
    association.Itrejectedtherulingandcalledit"ignorantcodswallop".PE
    TAspokeswomanDawnCarrsaid:"Nutritionistsconfirmthatwhileame
    at-anddairy-baseddietiswhatstrikespeopledowninadulthood(asitc
    anleadtohardenedarteriesthatcausestroke,brainaneurysms,andhea
    rtattacks)awell-plannedvegandietisperfectforbabiesandchildren."S
    headded:"Kids,includingmyown,thriveonabalancedvegandiet,buta
    swithanydietaryregime,it'stheparents'responsibilitytoensuretheirc
    hildisgettingallthenecessarynutrients."AroundthreepercentofBelgia
    nchildrenliveinveganfamilies.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Veganism is the healthiest kind of diet. 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. VEGANISM: Make a poster about veganism. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. CRIME: Write a magazine article about raising children on a vegan diet becoming a crime. 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 veganism. Ask him/her three questions about veganism. 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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