The Reading / Listening - Saudi Drone Attacks - Level 3

Oil prices soared on Monday after the drone attacks on oil plants in Saudi Arabia. Prices saw their biggest rise in a decade. At one point, prices shot up by nearly 20 per cent. This is the biggest one-day rise since the 1990-91 Gulf War. Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said the drone attack on Saudi Arabia's Abqaiq oil plant cut the kingdom's oil production in half. The attacks will cut the world's daily oil production by five per cent. The Bloomberg news agency said it could take weeks for Saudi to repair the damage. During this time, people could see higher gasoline prices at the pumps, especially in Asia. People may also have to pay higher prices for food and other goods.



Yemen's Houthi group has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Saudi Arabia. The group said the attacks were because of Saudi Arabia's attacks on rebel groups in Yemen. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani supported the Houthi claim. He called the attack an act of self defense. He said: "Yemeni people are exercising their legitimate right of defense. The attack was a reciprocal response to years of Saudi aggression against Yemen." However, an Arab coalition says there is evidence that the weapons used to strike the Saudi oil plants were made by Iran. U.S. officials say satellite images suggest the attacks came from either Iraq or Iran and not Yemen. Iranian officials called the U.S. allegations "maximum lies".

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Saudi Drone Attacks - Level 0 Saudi Drone Attacks - Level 1   or  Saudi Drone Attacks - Level 2

Sources
  • https://finance.yahoo.com/news/oil-surges-stock-futures-slip-233804359.html
  • https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-09-16/california-gas-prices-saudi-arabia
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-aramco-iran-rouhani/irans-rouhani-says-aramco-attacks-were-a-reciprocal-response-by-yemen-idUSKBN1W12AE


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Warm-ups

1. SAUDI DRONE ATTACKS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about the Saudi drone attacks. 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?
       oil prices / drones / decade / Saudi Arabia / prices / half / news agency / pumps / food
       responsibility / rebel group / attack / legitimate / aggression / coalition / satellite / lies
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. WAR: Students A strongly believe there will be a big war in the Gulf (beyond that of the Yemen crisis); Students B strongly believe not.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. PRICES: How fair are the prices you pay for these things? How would higher prices affect you? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

The Price You Pay

A Higher Price

Internet

 

 

Transport

 

 

Housing

 

 

Water

 

 

Newspapers

 

 

Jeans

 

 

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5. ATTACK: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "attack". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. THE PLAYERS: Rank these with your partner. Put the players who can best keep this crisis peaceful at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Houthis
  • USA
  • Iran
  • Arab League
  • United Nations
  • Yemen's government
  • Other ____________

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. soared a. Making something good again by fixing or repairing it.
      2. plant b. A machine used to put liquids, gases, or air into cars, tires, and other things.
      3. decade c. Increased rapidly above the usual level.
      4. production d. A place where an industrial or manufacturing process takes place.
      5. repair e. The action of making things from parts or raw materials.
      6. damage f. Physical harm.
      7. pump g. A period of ten years.

    Paragraph 2

      8. responsibility h. Angry or violent behavior or attitudes toward another person or country.
      9. rebel i. A reaction to something.
      10. claim j. The action of stopping harm happening to yourself by fighting back or by taking other actions.
      11. self defense k. The state or fact of being to blame for something.
      12. response l. Make someone  think that (something) exists or is true.
      13. aggression m. A person who fights against a government or ruler.
      14. suggest n. A statement that (some) people say is not true or in doubt.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Oil prices rose by the biggest amount in ten years.     T / F
  2. Oil prices rose by the largest one-day amount since 1991.     T / F
  3. The attacks have cut the world's oil production by 10 per cent.     T / F
  4. People in Asia will not be affected by price rises.     T / F
  5. A rebel group in Yemen said it carried out the attacks.     T / F
  6. Iran's President said the attack was not self defense.     T / F
  7. A group of Arab countries said Iran played no part in the attack.     T / F
  8. The USA said the attacks came from Yemen.     T / F

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

  1. soared
  2. decade
  3. cut
  4. repair
  5. especially
  6. claimed
  7. supported
  8. legitimate
  9. evidence
  10. lies
  1. declared
  2. fix
  3. genuine
  4. untruths
  5. ten years
  6. proof
  7. particularly
  8. rose
  9. backed
  10. reduced

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

  1. Oil prices
  2. Prices saw their biggest rise
  3. the biggest one-
  4. The attacks will cut the world's
  5. higher gasoline prices
  6. Yemen's Houthi group has claimed
  7. rebel
  8. He called the attack an act
  9. an Arab
  10. satellite
  1. images
  2. daily oil production
  3. groups
  4. at the pumps
  5. of self defense
  6. in a decade
  7. coalition
  8. soared on Monday
  9. responsibility
  10. day rise

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
since
time
soared
goods
cut
prices
decade
daily

Oil prices (1) ____________ on Monday after the drone attacks on oil plants in Saudi Arabia. Prices saw their biggest rise in a (2) ____________. At one point, prices shot up by nearly 20 per cent. This is the biggest one-day rise (3) ____________ the 1990-91 Gulf War. Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said the drone attack on Saudi Arabia's Abqaiq oil plant (4) ____________ the kingdom's oil production in half. The attacks will cut the world's (5) ____________ oil production by five per cent. The Bloomberg news agency said it could take weeks for Saudi to repair the damage. During this (6) ____________, people could see higher gasoline (7) ____________ at the pumps, especially in Asia. People may also have to pay higher prices for food and other (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
rebel
evidence
either
years
claimed
lies
weapons
act

Yemen's Houthi group has (9) ____________ responsibility for the attacks in Saudi Arabia. The group said the attacks were because of Saudi Arabia's attacks on (10) ____________ groups in Yemen. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani supported the Houthi claim. He called the attack an (11) ____________ of self defense. He said: "Yemeni people are exercising their legitimate right of defense. The attack was a reciprocal response to (12) ____________ of Saudi aggression against Yemen." However, an Arab coalition says there is (13) ____________ that the (14) ____________ used to strike the Saudi oil plants were made by Iran. U.S. officials say satellite images suggest the attacks came from (15) ____________ Iraq or Iran and not Yemen. Iranian officials called the U.S. allegations "maximum (16) ____________".

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Oil prices soared on Monday after the drone attacks ______
     a.  in oil plants
     b.  of oil plants
     c.  on oil plants
     d.  as oil plants
2)  Prices saw their biggest rise ______
     a.  in a decadence
     b.  in a decanter
     c.  in a decade
     d.  in a decades
3)  the drone attack on Saudi Arabia's Abqaiq oil plant cut the kingdom's oil ______
     a.  production in half
     b.  production on half
     c.  production at half
     d.  production of half
4)  The Bloomberg news agency said it could take weeks for Saudi to ______
     a.  repair a damage
     b.  repair the damage
     c.  repair them damage
     d.  repair there damage
5)  People may also have to pay higher prices for food ______
     a.  and other goodness
     b.  and other goodies
     c.  and other goods
     d.  and other good

6)  The group said the attacks were because of Saudi Arabia's attacks ______
     a.  on rebuilt groups
     b.  on libel groups
     c.  on revel groups
     d.  on rebel groups
7)  The attack was a reciprocal response to years of ______
     a.  Saudi aggressive
     b.  Saudi aggressing
     c.  Saudi aggressively
     d.  Saudi aggression
8)  However, an Arab coalition says ______
     a.  there is evidenced
     b.  there is evidence
     c.  there is evidential
     d.  there is evident
9)  U.S. officials say satellite images suggest the attacks came from ______ Iran
     a.  either Iraq or
     b.  ether Iraq or
     c.  dither Iraq or
     d.  teeter Iraq or
10)  Iranian officials called the U.S. allegations "______"
     a.  maximum allies
     b.  maximum lies
     c.  maximum allays
     d.  maximum lays

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Oil prices soared on Monday (1) ___________________ attacks on oil plants in Saudi Arabia. Prices saw their biggest rise (2) ___________________. At one point, prices shot up by nearly 20 per cent. This is the biggest one-day (3) ___________________ 1990-91 Gulf War. Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said the drone attack on Saudi Arabia's Abqaiq oil plant cut the kingdom's oil (4) ___________________. The attacks will cut the world's daily oil production by five per cent. The Bloomberg news agency said it could take weeks for Saudi to (5) ___________________. During this time, people could see higher gasoline prices at the pumps, especially in Asia. People may also have to pay higher prices for food (6) ___________________.

Yemen's Houthi (7) ___________________ responsibility for the attacks in Saudi Arabia. The group said the attacks were because of Saudi Arabia's attacks (8) ___________________ in Yemen. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani supported the Houthi claim. He called the (9) ___________________ of self defense. He said: "Yemeni people are exercising their legitimate right of defense. The attack was a reciprocal (10) ___________________ of Saudi aggression against Yemen." However, an Arab coalition says there is evidence that (11) ___________________ to strike the Saudi oil plants were made by Iran. U.S. officials say satellite images suggest the attacks (12) ___________________ Iraq or Iran and not Yemen. Iranian officials called the U.S. allegations "maximum lies".

Comprehension questions

  1. When was the previous record one-day price rise?
  2. How much of the world's oil production has the attack reduced?
  3. How long might it take Saudi Arabia to repair the damage?
  4. What could increase in price at the pumps?
  5. Where in particular might people have to pay higher prices for food?
  6. Who claimed responsibility for the attacks?
  7. What did Iran's President say the attack was an act of?
  8. Where did an Arab coalition say the weapons were made?
  9. What did the USA use to say the attacks came from Iraq or Iran?
  10. What kind of lies did Iran call American claims?




Multiple choice quiz

1) When was the previous record one-day price rise?
a) 1993-94
b) 1999
c) 1990-91
d) 2008
2) How much of the world's oil production has the attack reduced?
a) 5%
b) 10%
c) 7.5%
d) 3%
3) How long might it take Saudi Arabia to repair the damage?
a) years
b) days
c) months
d) weeks
4) What could increase in price at the pumps?
a) air
b) gasoline
c) toothpaste
d) borrowing
5) Where in particular might people have to pay higher prices for food?
a) Europe
b) Qatar
c) Asia
d) Iran

6) Who claimed responsibility for the attacks?
a) ISIS
b) Houthi rebels
c) no one
d) al Qaeda
7) What did Iran's President say the attack was an act of?
a) madness
b) defiance
c) revenge
d) self defense
8) Where did an Arab coalition say the weapons were made?
a) the UK
b) Iran
c) France
d) Russia
9) What did the USA use to say the attacks came from Iraq or Iran?
a) satellite images
b) pieces of a drone
c) the Internet
d) guesswork
10) What kind of lies did Iran call American claims?
a) damned lies
b) white lies
c) huge lies
d) maximum lies

Role play

Role  A – Saudi Arabia
You think Saudi Arabia is in the best position to keep the peace in the region. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their players aren't as effective. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): the USA, the United Nations or Yemen.

Role  B – The USA
You think the USA is in the best position to keep the peace in the region. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their players aren't as effective. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): Saudi Arabia, the United Nations or Yemen.

Role  C – The United Nations
You think the United Nations is in the best position to keep the peace in the region. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their players aren't as effective. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): the USA, Saudi Arabia or Yemen.

Role  D – Yemen
You think Yemen is in the best position to keep the peace in the region. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their players aren't as effective. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): the USA, the United Nations or Saudi Arabia.

After reading / listening

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

'oil'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'price'.

  • ________________
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  • ________________
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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:

    • claimed
    • rebel
    • act
    • response
    • strike
    • lies
    • soared
    • point
    • since
    • half
    • five
    • goods




    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 - Oil prices rise after Saudi drone attacks

    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 'oil'?
    3. What do you think of the Saudi drone attacks?
    4. How important are oil prices?
    5. How important is oil?
    6. How dangerous is the situation in Saudi Arabia?
    7. How will rising oil prices affect you?
    8. How could you change your lifestyle to avoid higher prices?
    9. How will this story continue in the coming weeks?
    10. What advice do you have for Saudi Arabia?

    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 'price'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you know about the Houthi rebels?
    5. Why are Saudi Arabia and Yemen fighting?
    6. What is the worst thing that could happen next?
    7. What is the role of Iran in this story?
    8. What should the USA do here?
    9. What do you think will happen in the next week?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the Saudi government?

    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)

    Oil prices (1) ____ on Monday after the drone attacks on oil plants in Saudi Arabia. Prices saw their biggest rise (2) ____ a decade. At one point, prices shot up by nearly 20 per cent. This is the biggest one-day rise (3) ____ the 1990-91 Gulf War. Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said the drone attack on Saudi Arabia's Abqaiq oil plant cut the kingdom's oil production (4) ____ half. The attacks will cut the world's daily oil production by five per cent. The Bloomberg news agency said it could take (5) ____ for Saudi to repair the damage. During this time, people could see higher gasoline prices at the pumps, especially in Asia. People may also have to pay higher prices for food and other (6) ____.

    Yemen's Houthi group has (7) ____ responsibility for the attacks in Saudi Arabia. The group said the attacks were because of Saudi Arabia's attacks on (8) ____ groups in Yemen. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani supported the Houthi claim. He called the attack an act of (9) ____ defense. He said: "Yemeni people are exercising their legitimate right of defense. The attack was a reciprocal response to years of Saudi (10) ____ against Yemen." However, an Arab coalition says there is evidence that the weapons used to (11) ____ the Saudi oil plants were made by Iran. U.S. officials say satellite images suggest the attacks came from (12) ____ Iraq or Iran and not Yemen. Iranian officials called the U.S. allegations "maximum lies".

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     seared     (b)     soared     (c)     shored     (d)     stored    
    2. (a)     at     (b)     in     (c)     on     (d)     of    
    3. (a)     during     (b)     by     (c)     for     (d)     since    
    4. (a)     at     (b)     in     (c)     of     (d)     as    
    5. (a)     weekend     (b)     week     (c)     weekly     (d)     weeks    
    6. (a)     good     (b)     goodness     (c)     goods     (d)     goodies    
    7. (a)     claimed     (b)     clammed     (c)     climbed     (d)     clamored    
    8. (a)     libel     (b)     revel     (c)     rebel     (d)     liver    
    9. (a)     shelf     (b)     gulf     (c)     half     (d)     self    
    10. (a)     aggression     (b)     agro     (c)     aggressive     (d)     aggressor    
    11. (a)     strike     (b)     slap     (c)     smack     (d)     tap    
    12. (a)     either     (b)     ether     (c)     ever     (d)     every

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. Oil prices sdreoa on Monday
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    3. cut the kingdom's oil cniprotudo in half
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    6. cieellysap in Asia

    Paragraph 2

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    3. an act of self dfnesee
    4. their aigltteime right
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    6. called the U.S. allegations "amxmimu lies"

    Put the text back together

    (...)  Yemen." However, an Arab coalition says there is evidence that the weapons used to strike the Saudi oil
    (...)  plants were made by Iran. U.S. officials say satellite images suggest the attacks came from either
    (...)  of Saudi Arabia's attacks on rebel groups in Yemen. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani supported the Houthi
    (...)  the 1990-91 Gulf War. Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said the drone attack
    (...)  Yemen's Houthi group has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Saudi Arabia. The group said the attacks were because
    (...)  of defense. The attack was a reciprocal response to years of Saudi aggression against
    (...)  prices at the pumps, especially in Asia. People may also have to pay higher prices for food and other goods.
    (...)  claim. He called the attack an act of self defense. He said: "Yemeni people are exercising their legitimate right
    1  ) Oil prices soared on Monday after the drone attacks on oil plants in Saudi Arabia. Prices saw their biggest
    (...)  on Saudi Arabia's Abqaiq oil plant cut the kingdom's oil production in half. The attacks will cut
    (...)  rise in a decade. At one point, prices shot up by nearly 20 per cent. This is the biggest one-day rise since
    (...)  the world's daily oil production by five per cent. The Bloomberg news agency said it could take
    (...)  weeks for Saudi to repair the damage. During this time, people could see higher gasoline
    (...)  Iraq or Iran and not Yemen. Iranian officials called the U.S. allegations "maximum lies".

    Put the words in the right order

    1. drone   Monday   after   soared   the   Prices   on   attacks   .
    2. the   since   1990-91   rise   one-day   War   .   Gulf   The   biggest
    3. the   Take   to   repair   for   weeks   damage   .   Saudi
    4. at   pumps   .   higher   the   see   prices   could   People
    5. have   prices   .   People   higher   to   also   pay   may
    6. responsibility   the   Yemen's   attacks   .   Houthi   group   for   claimed
    7. the   called   act   an   self-defense   .   He   of   attack
    8. years   to   aggression   .   A   reciprocal   response   Saudi   of
    9. says   However,   is   Arab   coalition   there   an   evidence   .
    10. lies"   .   US   "maximum   officials   allegations   called   Iranian   the

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Oil prices soared / seared on Monday after the drone attacks on oil plants in Saudi Arabia. Prices sawn / saw their biggest rise in a decade. At one / once point, prices shot up at / by nearly 20 per cent. This is the biggest one-day rise since / for the 1990-91 Gulf War. Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said the drone attack on Saudi Arabia's Abqaiq oil plant cut the kingdom's oil production in / on half. The attacks will cut the world's daily oil production at / by five per cent. The Bloomberg news agency said it could take weeks for Saudi to repair a/ the damage. During this time, people could see higher gasoline prices at the pumps, especially on / in Asia. People may also have to pay higher prices for food and other goods / good.

    Yemen's Houthi group has claimed / clammed responsibility for the attacks in Saudi Arabia. The group said the attacks were because of Saudi Arabia's attacks on rebel group / groups in Yemen. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani supported the Houthi claim. He called the attack an act / acted of self defense. He said: "Yemeni people are exercising them / their legitimate right of defense. The attack was a reason / reciprocal response to years of Saudi aggression against / for Yemen." However, an Arab coalition says there is evidence that the weapons used to strike / struck the Saudi oil plants / planes were made by Iran. U.S. officials say satellite images suggestion / suggest the attacks came from either Iraq or Iran and not Yemen. Iranian officials called the U.S. allegations "maximum / minimum lies".

    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

    oil prices soared on monday after the drone attacks on oil plants in saudi arabia prices saw their biggest rise in a decade at one point prices shot up by nearly 20 per cent this is the biggest oneday rise since the 199091 gulf war saudi arabias energy minister prince abdulaziz bin salman said the drone attack on saudi arabias abqaiq oil plant cut the kingdoms oil production in half the attacks will cut the worlds daily oil production by five per cent the bloomberg news agency said it could take weeks for saudi to repair the damage during this time people could see higher gasoline prices at the pumps especially in asia people may also have to pay higher prices for food and other goods

    yemens houthi group has claimed responsibility for the attacks in saudi arabia the group said the attacks were because of saudi arabias attacks on rebel groups in yemen irans president hassan rouhani supported the houthi claim he called the attack an act of self defense he said yemeni people are exercising their legitimate right of defense the attack was a reciprocal response to years of saudi aggression against yemen however an arab coalition says there is evidence that the weapons used to strike the saudi oil plants were made by iran us officials say satellite images suggest the attacks came from either iraq or iran and not yemen iranian officials called the us allegations maximum lies

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    OilpricessoaredonMondayafterthedroneattacksonoilplantsinSaudiA
    rabia.Pricessawtheirbiggestriseinadecade.Atonepoint,pricesshotup
    bynearly20percent.Thisisthebiggestone-dayrisesincethe1990-91G
    ulfWar.SaudiArabia'sEnergyMinisterPrinceAbdulazizbinSalmansaid
    thedroneattackonSaudiArabia'sAbqaiqoilplantcutthekingdom'soilpr
    oductioninhalf.Theattackswillcuttheworld'sdailyoilproductionbyfive
    percent.TheBloombergnewsagencysaiditcouldtakeweeksforSaudito
    repairthedamage.Duringthistime,peoplecouldseehighergasolinepri
    cesatthepumps,especiallyinAsia.Peoplemayalsohavetopayhigherpri
    cesforfoodandothergoods.Yemen'sHouthigrouphasclaimedresponsi
    bilityfortheattacksinSaudiArabia.Thegroupsaidtheattackswerebeca
    useofSaudiArabia'sattacksonrebelgroupsinYemen.Iran'sPresidentH
    assanRouhanisupportedtheHouthiclaim.Hecalledtheattackanactofs
    elfdefense.Hesaid:"Yemenipeopleareexercisingtheirlegitimateright
    ofdefense.TheattackwasareciprocalresponsetoyearsofSaudiaggres
    sionagainstYemen."However,anArabcoalitionsaysthereisevidencet
    hattheweaponsusedtostriketheSaudioilplantsweremadebyIran.U.S
    .officialssaysatelliteimagessuggesttheattackscamefromeitherIraqo
    rIranandnotYemen.IranianofficialscalledtheU.S.allegations"maxim
    umlies".

    Free writing

    Write about Saudi oil attacks for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Another war in the Gulf would be the worst war ever. 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. SAUDI DRONE ATTACKS: Make a poster about the Saudi drone attacks. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. WORLD WAR III: Write a magazine article about the Saudi drone attacks leading to World War III. Include imaginary interviews with people who agree with this and with those who disagree with 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 the Saudi drone attacks. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on where things will go from here. 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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