The Reading / Listening - Newspapers - Level 6

Lebanon's only English-language daily newspaper published an edition on Thursday without any news. The Daily Star printed a newspaper that contained largely blank, white pages. The front page simply said "Lebanon". The inside pages contained a single banner highlighting the current ills the paper deems the country is suffering from, and the back page had a photo of a cedar tree (Lebanon's national symbol) with a caption reading: "Wake up before it's too late." The newspaper explained why it had not put any news on its pages, saying it had, "refrained from publishing news articles in its print edition" to protest against the country's deteriorating economy and political situation.



The Daily Star's editor-in-chief, Nadim Ladki, spoke to reporters at CNN about the rationale for the protest publication. She said: "The aim is to ring the alarm bells about all the challenges that our country is facing and to urge everyone in Lebanon to work towards resolving these crises." She added that she was, "calling on politicians and everyone to pull together". Some of the headlines on the inside pages read: "Government deadlock," "Pollution at alarming levels," and "Public debt close to $100 million". Other woes highlighted included unemployment and illegal weapons flooding the country. Ms Ladki said: "It's enough that people take notice of these problems and think."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Newspapers - Level 4  or  Newspapers - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/lebanon-daily-star-publishes-edition-protest-national-crisis-190808095602980.html
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/08/middleeast/lebanon-newspaper-intl/index.html
  • https://www.yahoo.com/news/lebanon-newspaper-goes-black-raise-alarm-over-political-115046432.html


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Warm-ups

1. NEWSPAPERS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about newspapers. 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?
       Lebanon / newspaper / edition / blank pages / ills / cedar tree / national symbol /
       editor / rationale / protest / alarm / crises / politicians / deadlock / pollution / think
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. PROTESTS: Students A strongly believe newspapers should be used to make protests; Students B strongly believe they shouldn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. ILLS: What are your country's ills? How can we overcome them? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Ills

Overcoming Them

Politics

 

 

Pollution

 

 

Unemployment

 

 

Crime

 

 

Healthcare

 

 

Social cohesion

 

 

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

  • celebrity
  • world
  • environment
  • fake
  • political
  • business
  • sports
  • local

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. edition a. A heading or advertisement.
      2. blank b. A particular form or version of a published text.
      3. banner c. Problems or misfortunes.
      4. ills d. Regards or considers in a specified way.
      5. deems e. Not written or printed on.
      6. refrained f. Becoming progressively worse.
      7. deteriorating g. Stopped oneself from doing something.

    Paragraph 2

      8. rationale h. Try honestly or persistently to persuade someone to do something.
      9. urge i. Worrying or disturbing.
      10. resolving j. A set of reasons or a logical basis for a course of action or a particular belief.
      11. deadlock k. Finding a solution to a problem or dispute.
      12. alarming l. Something, typically money, that is owed or due.
      13. debt m. A situation, typically one involving opposing parties, in which no progress can be made.
      14. flooding n. Arrive in overwhelming amounts or quantities.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Lebanon has two English-language daily newspapers.     T / F
  2. Lebanon's Daily started printed an edition with all black pages.     T / F
  3. The Daily Star published a picture of a cedar tree on its back page.     T / F
  4. The Daily Star told people to not to sleep too late.     T / F
  5. The newspaper rang alarm bells about the country's challenges.     T / F
  6. The newspaper had headlines about pollution and illegal weapons.     T / F
  7. Lebanon's public debt is over $100 million.     T / F
  8. The editor-in-chief said people should think about Lebanon's problems.    T / F

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

  1. published
  2. largely
  3. highlighting
  4. caption
  5. deteriorating
  6. rationale
  7. challenges
  8. urge
  9. deadlock
  10. flooding
  1. reasoning
  2. heading
  3. worsening
  4. encourage
  5. printed
  6. inundating
  7. focusing on
  8. stalemate
  9. mainly
  10. problems

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

  1. Lebanon's only English-language
  2. a newspaper that contained largely
  3. current ills the paper deems the country
  4. Lebanon's national
  5. the country's deteriorating
  6. The aim is to ring
  7. work towards resolving these
  8. Other woes highlighted included
  9. illegal weapons
  10. It's enough that people take
  1. flooding the country
  2. crises
  3. the alarm bells
  4. notice of these problems
  5. is suffering from
  6. daily newspaper
  7. unemployment
  8. symbol
  9. economy
  10. blank, white pages

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
deems
largely
situation
refrained
daily
protest
single
caption

Lebanon's only English-language (1) ____________ newspaper published an edition on Thursday without any news. The Daily Star printed a newspaper that contained (2) ____________ blank, white pages. The front page simply said "Lebanon". The inside pages contained a (3) ____________ banner highlighting the current ills the paper (4) ____________ the country is suffering from, and the back page had a photo of a cedar tree (Lebanon's national symbol) with a (5) ____________ reading: "Wake up before it's too late." The newspaper explained why it had not put any news on its pages, saying it had, "(6) ____________ from publishing news articles in its print edition" to (7) ____________ against the country's deteriorating economy and political (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
crises
debt
flooding
rationale
headlines
notice
urge
woes

The Daily Star's editor-in-chief, Nadim Ladki, spoke to reporters at CNN about the (9) ____________ for the protest publication. She said: "The aim is to ring the alarm bells about all the challenges that our country is facing and to (10) ____________ everyone in Lebanon to work towards resolving these (11) ____________." She added that she was, "calling on politicians and everyone to pull together". Some of the (12) ____________ on the inside pages read: "Government deadlock," "Pollution at alarming levels," and "Public (13) ____________ close to $100 million". Other (14) ____________ highlighted included unemployment and illegal weapons (15) ____________ the country. Ms Ladki said: "It's enough that people take (16) ____________ of these problems and think."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Lebanon's only English-language daily newspaper published ______ Thursday
     a.  an addition on
     b.  an edits on on
     c.  an edition on
     d.  an Edison on
2)  The Daily Star printed a newspaper that contained largely ______ pages
     a.  black, white
     b.  blank, white
     c.  plank, white
     d.  plaque, white
3)  The inside pages contained a single banner highlighting ______
     a.  the current ills
     b.  the current tills
     c.  the current wills
     d.  the current bills
4) the back page had a photo of a cedar tree (Lebanon's national symbol) ______
     a.  wither caption
     b.  with the caption
     c.  with a caption
     d.  without caption
5)  news articles in its print edition to protest against the country's ______
     a.  deteriorate in economy
     b.  deterioration economy
     c.  deteriorate an economy
     d.  deteriorating economy

6)  The Daily Star's editor-in-chief, Nadim Ladki, spoke to reporters at CNN ______
     a.  about the rational
     b.  about the ration all
     c.  about the rationale
     d.  about the rash on all
7)  our country is facing and to urge everyone in Lebanon to work towards ______
     a.  resolving these crisis
     b.  resolving these cries is
     c.  resolving these cries ease
     d.  resolving these crises
8)  Government deadlock," "Pollution at alarming levels," and "______"
     a.  Public debt
     b.  pub lick debt
     c.  pub leek debt
     d.  publicity debt
9)  Other woes highlighted included unemployment and ______
     a.  illegal weapon
     b.  illegal weapons
     c.  illegally weapons
     d.  ill eagle weapons
10)  flooding the country. Ms Ladki said: "It's enough that people ______
     a.  take no tiff
     b.  take no tryst
     c.  take no thrice
     d.  take notice

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Lebanon's only English-language daily newspaper (1) ___________________ on Thursday without any news. The Daily Star printed a newspaper that contained (2) ___________________ pages. The front page simply said "Lebanon". The inside pages contained (3) ___________________ highlighting the current ills the paper deems the country is suffering from, and the back page had a photo of a cedar tree (Lebanon's national symbol) with (4) ___________________: "Wake up before it's too late." The newspaper explained why it had not put (5) ___________________ its pages, saying it had, "refrained from publishing news articles in its print edition" to protest against the country's (6) ___________________ political situation.

The Daily Star's editor-in-chief, Nadim Ladki, spoke to reporters at CNN about (7) ___________________ the protest publication. She said: "The aim is to ring the (8) ___________________ all the challenges that our country is facing and to urge everyone in Lebanon to work towards (9) ___________________." She added that she was, "calling on politicians and everyone to pull together". Some of the headlines on the inside pages read: "Government deadlock," "Pollution (10) ___________________," and "Public debt close to $100 million". Other woes highlighted included unemployment and (11) ___________________ the country. Ms Ladki said: "It's enough that people (12) ___________________ these problems and think."

Comprehension questions

  1. How many English-language daily newspapers does Lebanon have?
  2. What was on the cover of Thursday's edition of the Daily Star?
  3. What photo was on the back page of Thursday's edition of the Daily Star?
  4. What did the caption on the back page say?
  5. How did the newspaper describe Lebanon's economy?
  6. Which news agency did the newspaper's editor-in-chief speak to?
  7. What did the editor-in-chief want to ring?
  8. What did the editor-in-chief want politicians and people to do?
  9. How much is Lebanon's public debt?
  10. What does the editor-in-chief want people to take notice of?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How many English-language daily newspapers does Lebanon have?
a) one
b) two
c) three
d) four
2) What was on the cover of Thursday's edition of the Daily Star?
a) nothing
b) the word "protest"
c) the word "Lebanon"
d) a black page
3) What photo was on the back page of Thursday's edition of the Daily Star?
a) the Prime Minister
b) a photo of a cedar tree
c) a hungry child
d) the moon
4) What did the caption on the back page say?
a) "Go to sleep. It's too late."
b) "Wake me up before it's too late."
c) "Go to sleep before it's too late."
d) "Wake up before it's too late."
5) How did the newspaper describe Lebanon's economy?
a) as deteriorating
b) as developing
c) as dying
d) as darkening

6) Which news agency did the newspaper's editor-in-chief speak to?
a) Russia Today
b) BBC
c) Aljazeera
d) CNN
7) What did the editor-in-chief want to ring?
a) a news agency
b) alarm bells
c) changes
d) another newspaper
8) What did the editor-in-chief want politicians and people to do?
a) but more newspapers
b) spend
c) protest
d) pull together
9) How much is Lebanon's public debt?
a) exactly $100 million
b) over $100 million
c) close to $100 million
d) $100 million a month
10) What does the editor-in-chief want people to take notice of?
a) money
b) Lebanon's problems
c) their neighbourhood
d) each other

Role play

Role  A – Celebrity News
You think celebrity news is the best news category. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their category isn't as interesting. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): business news, local news or political news.

Role  B – Business News
You think business news is the best news category. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their category isn't as interesting. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): celebrity news, local news or political news.

Role  C – Local News
You think local news is the best news category. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their category isn't as interesting. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): business news, celebrity news or political news.

Role  D – Political News
You think political news is the best news category. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their category isn't as interesting. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): business news, local news or celebrity news.

After reading / listening

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

'news'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'protest'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • 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:

    • chief
    • aim
    • pull
    • some
    • other
    • enough
    • daily
    • white
    • simply
    • photo
    • late
    • print




    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 - Lebanon newspaper publishes 'no news' protest edition

    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 'newspaper'?
    3. What is your favourite newspaper, and why?
    4. What do you think of the Daily Star's actions?
    5. Why might a newspaper be called the Daily Star?
    6. What are your newspaper-reading habits?
    7. What was the last story you read in a newspaper?
    8. What sections of the newspaper do you like best?
    9. What newspapers do you dislike?
    10. What do you think of fake news?

    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 'protest'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Are newspapers better than Internet news?
    5. Do you think the Daily Star rang alarm bells?
    6. What challenges is your country facing?
    7. What crises have there been in your country?
    8. Do you believe everything you read in the newspapers?
    9. What do you see as the future of newspapers?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the Daily Star's editor?

    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)

    Lebanon's only English-language daily newspaper published an (1) ______ on Thursday without any news. The Daily Star printed a newspaper that contained (2) ______ blank, white pages. The front page simply said "Lebanon". The inside pages contained a single banner highlighting the current (3) ______ the paper deems the country is suffering (4) ______, and the back page had a photo of a cedar tree (Lebanon's national symbol) with a caption reading: "Wake up before it's too late." The newspaper explained why it had not put any news on its pages, saying it had, "(5) ______ from publishing news articles in its print edition" to protest against the country's (6) ______ economy and political situation.

    The Daily Star's editor-in-chief, Nadim Ladki, spoke to reporters at CNN about the rationale for the protest publication. She said: "The aim is to (7) ______ the alarm bells about all the challenges that our country is facing and to (8) ______ everyone in Lebanon to work towards resolving these (9) ______." She added that she was, "calling on politicians and everyone to pull together". Some of the headlines on the inside pages read: "Government (10) ______," "Pollution at alarming levels," and "Public debt close to $100 million". Other (11) ______ highlighted included government unemployment and illegal weapons flooding the country. Ms Ladki said: "It's enough that people (12) ______ notice of these problems and think."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     edition     (b)     addition     (c)     rendition     (d)     attrition    
    2. (a)     large     (b)     largish     (c)     largely     (d)     largesse    
    3. (a)     pills     (b)     wills     (c)     bills     (d)     ills    
    4. (a)     at     (b)     from     (c)     of     (d)     to    
    5. (a)     regained     (b)     remained     (c)     retrained     (d)     refrained    
    6. (a)     deterioration     (b)     deteriorate     (c)     deteriorating     (d)     determine    
    7. (a)     gong     (b)     ring     (c)     call     (d)     band    
    8. (a)     urge     (b)     purge     (c)     verge     (d)     surge    
    9. (a)     crises     (b)     cries     (c)     crisis     (d)     crisps    
    10. (a)     deadwood     (b)     deadpan     (c)     deadlock     (d)     deadline    
    11. (a)     toes     (b)     hoes     (c)     foes     (d)     woes    
    12. (a)     do     (b)     take     (c)     have     (d)     be

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. The inside pages ncateinod a single banner
    3. Lebanon's national boyslm
    4. with a caopitn reading: "Wake up"
    5. reaerdifn from publishing news articles
    6. the country's tangdreitoeri economy

    Paragraph 2

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    2. the protest uoiaclnbitp
    3. rueg everyone in Lebanon
    4. resolving these cissre
    5. Government daclokde
    6. illegal aesownp flooding the country

    Put the text back together

    (...)  page simply said "Lebanon". The inside pages contained a single banner highlighting the current
    (...)  deadlock," "Pollution at alarming levels," and "Public debt close to $100 million". Other woes
    1  ) Lebanon's only English-language daily newspaper published an edition on Thursday without any
    (...)  why it had not put any news on its pages, saying it had, "refrained from publishing news articles in its print
    (...)  facing and to urge everyone in Lebanon to work towards resolving these crises." She added that she was, "calling
    (...)  highlighted included unemployment and illegal weapons flooding the country. Ms Ladki said:
    (...)  The Daily Star's editor-in-chief, Nadim Ladki, spoke to reporters at CNN about the rationale for the protest
    (...)  ills the paper deems the country is suffering from, and the back page had a photo of a cedar tree (Lebanon's national
    (...)  on politicians and everyone to pull together". Some of the headlines on the inside pages read: "Government
    (...)  publication. She said: "The aim is to ring the alarm bells about all the challenges that our country is
    (...)  news. The Daily Star printed a newspaper that contained largely blank, white pages. The front
    (...)  symbol) with a caption reading: "Wake up before it's too late." The newspaper explained
    (...)  "It's enough that people take notice of these problems and think."
    (...)  edition" to protest against the country's deteriorating economy and political situation.

    Put the words in the right order

    1. contained   newspaper   blank,   A   largely   that   white   pages   .
    2. a   pages   The   single   inside   contained   banner   .
    3. put   not   its   It   news   pages   .   had   on
    4. its   publishing   edition   .   from   Refrained   articles   print   in
    5. deteriorating   Protest  the  politics  .  country's  economy  and   against
    6. the   rationale   .   to   at   Spoke   CNN   about   reporters
    7. all   the   alarm   about   bells   the   Ring   challenges   .
    8. to   politicians   and   together   .   everyone   on   Calling   pull
    9. the   the   of   Some   on   inside   headlines   pages   .
    10. take   of   notice   think   .   these   problems   and   People

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Lebanon's only English-language daily newspaper published an addition / edition on Thursday without any news. The Daily Star printed a newspaper that contained largely blink / blank, white pages. The front page simple / simply said "Lebanon". The inside pages contents / contained a single banner highlighting the current ills / pills the paper deems the country is suffering / suffered from, and the back page had a photo of a cedar tree (Lebanon's national symbol) with a traction / caption reading: "Wake up before it's too / not late." The newspaper explained why it had not put any news on its pages, saying it had, "refrained / retrained from publishing news articles in its print edition" to protest against the country's deteriorating economy and politically / political situation.

    The Daily Star's editor-in-chief, Nadim Ladki, spoke to reporters at CNN about the rational / rationale for the protest publication. She said: "The aim is to peel / ring the alarm bells about all the challenges / challenger that our country is facing and to urge / purge everyone in Lebanon to work towards resolving these crisis / crises." She added that she was, "calling on politicians and everyone to repel / pull together". Some of the headlines on the inside pages read: "Government deadlock / dreadlock," "Pollution at alarming levels," and "Public debt close / closed to $100 million". Other woes highlighted included unemployment and illegally / illegal weapons flooding the country. Ms Ladki said: "It's enough that people have / take notice of these problems and think."

    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

    lebanons only englishlanguage daily newspaper published an edition on thursday without any news the daily star printed a newspaper that contained largely blank white pages the front page simply said lebanon the inside pages contained a single banner highlighting the current ills the paper deems the country is suffering from and the back page had a photo of a cedar tree lebanons national symbol with a caption reading wake up before its too late the newspaper explained why it had not put any news on its pages saying it had refrained from publishing news articles in its print edition to protest against the countrys deteriorating economy and political situation

    the daily stars editorinchief nadim ladki spoke to reporters at cnn about the rationale for the protest publication she said the aim is to ring the alarm bells about all the challenges that our country is facing and to urge everyone in lebanon to work towards resolving these crises she added that she was calling on politicians and everyone to pull together some of the headlines on the inside pages read government deadlock pollution at alarming levels and public debt close to 100 million other woes highlighted included government deadlock unemployment and illegal weapons flooding the country ms ladki said its enough that people take notice of these problems and think

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Lebanon'sonlyEnglish-languagedailynewspaperpublishedanedition
    onThursdaywithoutanynews.TheDailyStarprintedanewspaperthatc
    ontainedlargelyblank,whitepages.Thefrontpagesimplysaid"Lebano
    n".Theinsidepagescontainedasinglebannerhighlightingthecurrentill
    sthepaperdeemsthecountryissufferingfrom,andthebackpagehadap
    hotoofacedartree(Lebanon'snationalsymbol)withacaptionreading:"
    Wakeupbeforeit'stoolate."Thenewspaperexplainedwhyithadnotput
    anynewsonitspages,sayingithad,"refrainedfrompublishingnewsarti
    clesinitsprintedition"toprotestagainstthecountry'sdeterioratingeco
    nomyandpoliticalsituation.TheDailyStar'seditor-in-chief,NadimLad
    ki,spoketoreportersatCNNabouttherationalefortheprotestpublicatio
    n.Shesaid:"Theaimistoringthealarmbellsaboutallthechallengesthat
    ourcountryisfacingandtourgeeveryoneinLebanontoworktowardsres
    olvingthesecrises."Sheaddedthatshewas,"callingonpoliticiansandev
    eryonetopulltogether".Someoftheheadlinesontheinsidepagesread:
    "Governmentdeadlock,""Pollutionatalarminglevels,"and"Publicdebt
    closeto$100million".Otherwoeshighlightedincludedunemployment
    andillegalweaponsfloodingthecountry.MsLadkisaid:"It'senoughthat
    peopletakenoticeoftheseproblemsandthink."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Newspapers should contain nothing but news. 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. NEWSPAPERS: Make a poster about newspapers. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. NEWS: Write a magazine article about news being made a part of the school curriculum. 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 newspapers. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to make newspapers better. 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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