The Reading / Listening - Cartoon Characters - Level 3

Candy and chocolate manufacturers in the UK may have to stop using cartoon characters on their products. An alliance of health groups said many food companies use characters from Peppa Pig and Disney on their packaging. The companies use the characters to get children to buy chocolate and candies. The health groups said 51 per cent of products using cartoon characters were unhealthy for children. The products fell below the health requirements needed to advertise on TV during children's shows. The health groups said the products were very high in fat, sugar and salt. The groups are asking the government to ban the use of these characters to sell unhealthy products to children.



There are three groups trying to get a ban on cartoon characters on chocolate and candy. They are Action on Sugar, Action on Salt and the Children's Food Campaign. They looked at the nutrition content of 526 products that were aimed at children. The products' wrapping had colourful cartoon characters to appeal to children. The Peppa Pig Candy Bites were among the worst products. These contained 99 per cent sugar. Dr Kather Hashem, a nutritionist from the Action on Sugar group, said: "It's shocking that companies are exploiting the health of our children by using cartoon characters on their high-sugar food and drink products, particularly on chocolates and sweets, which are already hard to resist for children."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Cartoon Characters - Level 0 Cartoon Characters - Level 1   or  Cartoon Characters - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/04/food-drink-companies-cartoon-characters-appeal-children-sugar-survey
  • https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/peppa-pig-disney-characters-could-16249968
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7098743/More-HALF-food-aimed-children-high-sugar-salt-campaigners-call-ban.html


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Warm-ups

1. CARTOON CHARACTERS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about cartoon characters. 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?
       candy / chocolate / cartoon / food companies / unhealthy / products / sugar / salt /
       products / nutrition / wrapping / nutritionist / shocking / health / drink / children
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. CANDY: Students A strongly believe candy should be banned; Students B strongly believe it shouldn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. CHILDREN'S FOOD: How good or bad are these things? How can we get children to eat less of them? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How good or bad?

How to get them to eat less

Candy

 

 

Chocolate

 

 

Hamburgers

 

 

French fries

 

 

Soda

 

 

Cookies

 

 

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

  • macaroni cheese
  • kebab
  • apple pie
  • tomato soup
  • pizza
  • fried chicken
  • cheese sandwich
  • toast

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. manufacturer a. A person or company that makes things to sell.
      2. product b. Tell people about something (on TV, the Internet, in newspapers, etc.) that you want to sell or do.
      3. alliance c. Something that someone or a company makes to sell.
      4. packaging d. A thing that is needed or wanted.
      5. requirement e. A group of people, organisations or countries that join together with the same goal.
      6. advertise f. Materials used to wrap or protect things we buy.
      7. ban g. Officially stop people doing something.

    Paragraph 2

      8. campaign h. Using a situation or person in an unfair or selfish way.
      9. nutrition i. Causing a feeling of great surprise.
      10. appeal j. An organized course of action to reach a goal.
      11. shocking k. Especially.
      12. exploiting l. The goodness inside food and drink.
      13. particularly m. Be good at not doing something wrong or bad for you.
      14. resist n. Be attractive or interesting.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Cartoon characters have been banned on candy wrappers in the UK.     T / F
  2. Health groups said no Disney characters were being used on wrappers.    T / F
  3. Health groups say over half of unhealthy candy uses cartoon characters. T / F
  4. The products meet advertising requirements for children's TV shows.     T / F
  5. There are three health groups trying to change candy advertising.     T / F
  6. The groups looked at the nutrition content of over 500 products.     T / F
  7. One of the products was 99% sugar.     T / F
  8. One health group said children are exploiting the candy companies.     T / F

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

  1. manufacturers
  2. products
  3. packaging
  4. fell
  5. ban
  6. trying
  7. aimed
  8. among
  9. shocking
  10. resist
  1. targeted
  2. prohibit
  3. dropped
  4. goods
  5. one of
  6. refuse
  7. makers
  8. terrible
  9. attempting
  10. wrapping

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

  1. Candy and chocolate
  2. An alliance
  3. advertise on TV during
  4. the products were very
  5. sell unhealthy
  6. groups trying
  7. They looked at the nutrition
  8. among
  9. companies are exploiting the
  10. hard to
  1. high in fat
  2. the worst products
  3. products to children
  4. resist for children
  5. children's shows
  6. health of our children
  7. manufacturers
  8. to get a ban
  9. of health groups
  10. content of 526 products

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
get
needed
these
products
high
unhealthy
packaging
shows

Candy and chocolate manufacturers in the UK may have to stop using cartoon characters on their (1) ____________. An alliance of health groups said many food companies use characters from Peppa Pig and Disney on their (2) ____________. The companies use the characters to (3) ____________ children to buy chocolate and candies. The health groups said 51 per cent of products using cartoon characters were (4) ____________ for children. The products fell below the health requirements (5) ____________ to advertise on TV during children's (6) ____________. The health groups said the products were very (7) ____________ in fat, sugar and salt. The groups are asking the government to ban the use of (8) ____________ characters to sell unhealthy products to children.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
looked
exploiting
aimed
hard
appeal
particularly
trying
contained

There are three groups (9) ____________ to get a ban on cartoon characters on chocolate and candy. They are Action on Sugar, Action on Salt and the Children's Food Campaign. They (10) ____________ at the nutrition content of 526 products that were (11) ____________ at children. The products' wrapping had colourful cartoon characters to (12) ____________ to children. The Peppa Pig Candy Bites were among the worst products. These (13) ____________ 99 per cent sugar. Dr Kather Hashem, a nutritionist from the Action on Sugar group, said: "It's shocking that companies are (14) ____________ the health of our children by using cartoon characters on their high-sugar food and drink products, (15) ____________ on chocolates and sweets, which are already (16) ____________ to resist for children."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  manufacturers in the UK may have to stop using cartoon characters on ______
     a.  them products
     b.  they products
     c.  their products
     d.  there products
2)  many food companies use characters from Peppa Pig and Disney ______
     a.  on their package in
     b.  on their packed aging
     c.  on their pack a gin
     d.  on their packaging
3)  fell below the health requirements needed to advertise on TV during ______
     a.  children's shows
     b.  children snows
     c.  children's showings
     d.  children's showers
4)  The health groups said the products were very high in fat, ______
     a.  sugary and salty
     b.  sugared and salted
     c.  sugar and salt
     d.  sugars and salts
5)  asking the government to ban the use of these characters ______ products
     a.  to sell unhealthy
     b.  tussle unhealthy
     c.  tassel unhealthy
     d.  teasel unhealthy

6)  They are Action on Sugar, Action on Salt and the Children's ______
     a.  Food Campaigner
     b.  Food Campaigning
     c.  Food Campaigns
     d.  Food Campaign
7)  They looked at the nutrition content of 526 products that ______ children
     a.  were aimed to
     b.  were aimed at
     c.  were aimed of
     d.  were aimed on
8)  The Peppa Pig Candy Bites were ______ products
     a.  among a worse
     b.  among them worst
     c.  among the worse
     d.  among the worst
9)  the Action on Sugar group, said: "It's shocking that companies are ______ health
     a.  exploit in the
     b.  exploits in the
     c.  exploiting the
     d.  exploited the
10) drink products, particularly on chocolates and sweets, which are already ______
     a.  hard to consist
     b.  hard to assist
     c.  hard to desist
     d.  hard to resist

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Candy and chocolate manufacturers in the UK may (1) ___________________ using cartoon characters on their products. An alliance of health groups said many food (2) ___________________ from Peppa Pig and Disney on their packaging. The companies use the characters to get children (3) ___________________ and candies. The health groups said 51 per cent of products using cartoon characters were unhealthy for children. The products fell (4) ___________________ requirements needed to advertise on TV during children's shows. The health groups said the products were very (5) ___________________, sugar and salt. The groups are asking the government to ban the use of these characters to (6) ___________________ to children.

There are three groups trying to (7) ___________________ on cartoon characters on chocolate and candy. They are Action on Sugar, Action on Salt and the Children's Food Campaign. They looked (8) ___________________ content of 526 products that were aimed at children. The products' wrapping had colourful cartoon characters (9) ___________________ children. The Peppa Pig Candy Bites were (10) ___________________ products. These contained 99 per cent sugar. Dr Kather Hashem, a nutritionist from the Action on Sugar group, said: "It's shocking that companies (11) ___________________ health of our children by using cartoon characters on their high-sugar food and drink products, particularly on chocolates and sweets, which are already (12) ___________________ for children."

Comprehension questions

  1. What manufacturers may have to stop using cartoon characters?
  2. What other characters were mentioned besides Peppa Pig?
  3. What percentage of unhealthy products use cartoon characters?
  4. What TV shows were the products not fit to be advertised on?
  5. What three things did the health groups say the products were high in?
  6. How many health groups are campaigning for a ban?
  7. How many products did the health groups look at?
  8. What was the sugar content of the Peppa Pig Candy Bites?
  9. What was a health group shocked about?
  10. What did a health group say was hard for children to resist?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What manufacturers may have to stop using cartoon characters?
a) chocolate and candy manufacturers
b) soda drink makers
c) cotton candy producers
d) lollipop makers
2) What other characters were mentioned besides Peppa Pig?
a) Powerpuff Girls
b) Pokemon
c) Disney
d) Spiderman
3) What percentage of unhealthy products use cartoon characters?
a) 55%
b) 51%
c) 53%
d) 49%
4) What TV shows were the products not fit to be advertised on?
a) daytime YV shows
b) prime time shows
c) cookery shows
d) children's shows
5)  What three things did the health groups say the products were high in?
a) fat, sugar and salt
b) additives, flavouring and colouring
c) protein, carbohydrate and starch
d) energy, fizz and taste

6) How many health groups are campaigning for a ban?
a) 7
b) 2
c) 4
d) 3
7) How many products did the health groups look at?
a) 256
b) 526
c) 625
d) 652
8) What was the sugar content of the Peppa Pig Candy Bites?
a) 2%
b) 51%
c) 88%
d) 99%
9) What was a health group shocked about?
a) the health of children's teeth
b) the colour of candies
c) companies exploiting children's health
d) TV advertising
10) What did a health group say was hard for children to resist?
a) TV and the Internet
b) chocolates and sweets
c) desserts and cakes
d) fruit and vegetables

Role play

Role  A – Tomato Soup
You think tomato soup is the healthiest food. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their food. Also, tell the others which is the least healthy of these (and why): fried chicken, apple pie or a cheese sandwich.

Role  B Fried Chicken
You think fried chicken is the healthiest food. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their food. Also, tell the others which is the least healthy of these (and why): tomato soup, apple pie or a cheese sandwich.

Role  C – Apple Pie
You think apple pie is the healthiest food. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their food. Also, tell the others which is the least healthy of these (and why): fried chicken, tomato soup or a cheese sandwich.

Role  D – Cheese Sandwich
You think a cheese sandwich is the healthiest food. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their food. Also, tell the others which is the least healthy of these (and why): fried chicken, apple pie or tomato soup.

After reading / listening

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

'cartoon'

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  • and 'character'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • trying
    • looked
    • appeal
    • 99
    • shocking
    • hard
    • manufacturers
    • packaging
    • 51
    • fell
    • during
    • high




    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 - Cartoon character ban could come to candy bars

    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 'cartoon'?
    3. What do you think of chocolate?
    4. Is it right for chocolate companies to target children?
    5. Should cartoon characters be used to sell candy?
    6. Should all candy be sold in plain wrappers?
    7. Are there too many candies for sale in shops?
    8. How can we get children to eat fruit instead of candy?
    9. Why is unhealthy food advertised on TV?
    10. Should candy be banned?

    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 'chocolate'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of chocolate companies?
    5. Is what children eat getting healthier or unhealthier?
    6. Why do parents allow children to eat candy that is 99% sugar?
    7. Are companies exploiting children?
    8. Do you think candy company bosses feel bad at selling unhealthy food?
    9. Would it be easy for you to stop eating candy?
    10. What questions would you like to ask a candy company boss?

    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)

    Candy and chocolate (1) ____ in the UK may have to stop using cartoon characters on their products. An alliance (2) ____ health groups said many food companies use characters from Peppa Pig and Disney on their packaging. The companies use the characters to (3) ____ children to buy chocolate and candies. The health groups said 51 per cent of products using cartoon characters were unhealthy for children. The products (4) ____ below the health requirements needed to advertise on TV during children's shows. The health groups said the products were very high in (5) ____, sugar and salt. The groups are asking the government to ban the use of (6) ____ characters to sell unhealthy products to children.

    There are three groups (7) ____ to get a ban on cartoon characters on chocolate and candy. They are Action on Sugar, Action on Salt and the Children's Food Campaign. They looked at the nutrition (8) ____ of 526 products that were aimed at children. The products' (9) ____ had colourful cartoon characters to appeal to children. The Peppa Pig Candy Bites were (10) ____ the worst products. These contained 99 per cent sugar. Dr Kather Hashem, a nutritionist from the Action on Sugar group, said: "It's shocking that companies are (11) ____ the health of our children by using cartoon characters on their high-sugar food and drink products, particularly on chocolates and sweets, which are already hard to (12) ____ for children."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     manufacturer     (b)     manufacturing     (c)     manufacturers     (d)     manufactured    
    2. (a)     of     (b)     at     (c)     by     (d)     on    
    3. (a)     get     (b)     let     (c)     bet     (d)     met    
    4. (a)     fell     (b)     came     (c)     happened     (d)     defeated    
    5. (a)     fatten     (b)     fat     (c)     fatted     (d)     fatty    
    6. (a)     they     (b)     that     (c)     them     (d)     these    
    7. (a)     trial     (b)     tried     (c)     trying     (d)     try    
    8. (a)     stuff     (b)     inside     (c)     index     (d)     content    
    9. (a)     wrapping     (b)     warping     (c)     whopping     (d)     wrap up    
    10. (a)     among     (b)     between     (c)     inner     (d)     outer    
    11. (a)     plotting     (b)     exploiting     (c)     expertise     (d)     putting    
    12. (a)     desist     (b)     consist     (c)     resist     (d)     assist

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. on their kanagpicg
    3. fell below the health seruirmqenet
    4. advertise on TV irugnd children's shows
    5. health usropg
    6. sell hethyaunl products

    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  and drink products, particularly on chocolates and sweets, which are already hard to resist for children."
    (...)  to ban the use of these characters to sell unhealthy products to children.
    (...)  groups said the products were very high in fat, sugar and salt. The groups are asking the government
    (...)  appeal to children. The Peppa Pig Candy Bites were among the worst products. These contained 99 per cent
    (...)  and Disney on their packaging. The companies use the characters to get children to buy chocolate
    1  ) Candy and chocolate manufacturers in the UK may have to stop using cartoon characters on their
    (...)  products that were aimed at children. The products' wrapping had colourful cartoon characters to
    (...)  and candies. The health groups said 51 per cent of products using cartoon characters were unhealthy for children. The products fell
    (...)  Action on Sugar, Action on Salt and the Children's Food Campaign. They looked at the nutrition content of 526
    (...)  below the health requirements needed to advertise on TV during children's shows. The health
    (...)  There are three groups trying to get a ban on cartoon characters on chocolate and candy. They are
    (...)  sugar. Dr Kather Hashem, a nutritionist from the Action on Sugar group, said: "It's
    (...)  products. An alliance of health groups said many food companies use characters from Peppa Pig
    (...)  shocking that companies are exploiting the health of our children by using cartoon characters on their high-sugar food

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. groups   use   said   food   many   Health   companies   characters   .
    3. below   requirements   fell   products   needed   .   health   The   the
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    6. ban   .   groups   trying   get   are   a   Three   to
    7. looked   the   nutrition   They   526   at   of   products   .
    8. exploiting   are   Companies   of   our   the   children   .   health
    9. high-sugar   characters   Using   cartoon   their   on   food   .
    10. children   .   resist   for   to   Sweets   hard   are   already

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Candy and chocolate manufacturers on / in the UK may have to stop using cartoon characters on their / those products. An alliance of health groups said many food companies use / useful characters from Peppa Pig and Disney on their pack / packaging. The companies use the characters to get children to buying / buy chocolate and candies. The health groups said 51 per cent of products use / using cartoon characters were unhealthy for children. The products fell / under below the health requirements needed to advertise on TV during children's showing / shows. The health groups said the products were very high in fat, sugar and salt / salty. The groups are asking the government to ban the use of these / them characters to sell unhealthy products to children.

    There are three groups trial / trying to get a ban on cartoon characters on chocolate and candy. They are Action on Sugar, Action on Salt and the Children's Food Campaign. They watched / looked at the nutrition content of 526 products that were aimed / goal at children. The products' wrapping had colourful cartoon characters to appear / appeal to children. The Peppa Pig Candy Bites were among the worst / worse products. These contained 99 per cent sugary / sugar. Dr Kather Hashem, a nutritionist from the Action on Sugar group, said: "It's shocking / shocked that companies are exploiting the health of our children by / buy using cartoon characters on their high-sugar food and drink products, particularly / particular on chocolates and sweets, which are already hard to consist / resist for children."

    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

    candy and chocolate manufacturers in the uk may have to stop using cartoon characters on their products an alliance of health groups said many food companies use characters from peppa pig and disney on their packaging the companies use the characters to get children to buy chocolate and candies the health groups said 51 per cent of products using cartoon characters were unhealthy for children the products fell below the health requirements needed to advertise on tv during childrens shows the health groups said the products were very high in fat sugar and salt the groups are asking the government to ban the use of these characters to sell unhealthy products to children

    there are three groups trying to get a ban on cartoon characters on chocolate and candy they are action on sugar action on salt and the childrens food campaign they looked at the nutrition content of 526 products that were aimed at children the products wrapping had colourful cartoon characters to appeal to children the peppa pig candy bites were among the worst products these contained 99 per cent sugar dr kather hashem a nutritionist from the action on sugar group said its shocking that companies are exploiting the health of our children by using cartoon characters on their highsugar food and drink products particularly on chocolates and sweets which are already hard to resist for children"

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    CandyandchocolatemanufacturersintheUKmayhavetostopusingcart
    ooncharactersontheirproducts.Anallianceofhealthgroupssaidmanyf
    oodcompaniesusecharactersfromPeppaPigandDisneyontheirpacka
    ging.Thecompaniesusethecharacterstogetchildrentobuychocolatea
    ndcandies.Thehealthgroupssaid51percentofproductsusingcartoonc
    haracterswereunhealthyforchildren.Theproductsfellbelowthehealth
    requirementsneededtoadvertiseonTVduringchildren'sshows.Thehe
    althgroupssaidtheproductswereveryhighinfat,sugarandsalt.Thegro
    upsareaskingthegovernmenttobantheuseofthesecharacterstosellu
    nhealthyproductstochildren.Therearethreegroupstryingtogetabano
    ncartooncharactersonchocolateandcandy.TheyareActiononSugar,A
    ctiononSaltandtheChildren'sFoodCampaign.Theylookedatthenutriti
    oncontentof526productsthatwereaimedatchildren.Theproducts'wra
    ppinghadcolourfulcartooncharacterstoappealtochildren.ThePeppaPi
    gCandyBiteswereamongtheworstproducts.Thesecontained99perce
    ntsugar.DrKatherHashem,anutritionistfromtheActiononSugargrou
    p,said:"It'sshockingthatcompaniesareexploitingthehealthofourchil
    drenbyusingcartooncharactersontheirhigh-sugarfoodanddrinkprod
    ucts,particularlyonchocolatesandsweets,whicharealreadyhardtores
    istforchildren."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Candy and chocolate should be in wrappers without any cartoon characters. 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. CARTOON CHARACTERS: Make a poster about cartoon characters. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. CANDY WRAPPERS: Write a magazine article about cartoon characters having no decoration or characters at all. 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 cartoon characters. Ask him/her three questions about cartoon characters. 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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