The Reading / Listening - Greta Thunberg - Level 1

Greta Thunberg is TIME magazine's Person of the Year. The 16-year-old from Sweden beat the Hong Kong democracy protestors. She became famous in 2018 after she went on a climate strike outside Sweden's parliament. This started a global climate movement. Schoolchildren worldwide followed her example. Since then, she has spoken to the United Nations and met the Pope. After hearing about the award, she said: "Wow, this is unbelievable!"



Greta Thunberg is the youngest winner of the award. TIME said Greta changed millions of people's attitudes. She got people to join a "worldwide movement calling for urgent change". It added that Greta got people to act, and shamed those who wouldn't act. Donald Trump Jr said Greta's award was "a marketing gimmick". In contrast, Hillary Clinton tweeted: "I am grateful for all she's done to raise awareness of the climate crisis."

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Sources
  • https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/16-greta-thunberg-youngest-time-173215953.html
  • https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/greta-thunberg-time-s-2019-person-year-n1099396
  • https://www.aol.com/article/news/2019/12/11/donald-trump-jr-slams-time-for-choosing-greta-thunberg-as-person-of-the-year/23879064/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The 16-year-old
  2. She became famous
  3. she went on a climate
  4. This started a global climate
  5. Schoolchildren worldwide
  6. she has spoken to
  7. After hearing about
  8. Wow, this is
  1. strike
  2. followed her
  3. unbelievable
  4. in 2018
  5. the award
  6. movement
  7. from Sweden
  8. the United Nations

Paragraph 2

  1. the youngest winner
  2. Greta changed millions of
  3. She got people to join a worldwide
  4. calling for urgent
  5. a marketing
  6. I am
  7. all she's done to raise
  8. the climate
  1. people's attitudes
  2. crisis
  3. gimmick
  4. of the award
  5. awareness
  6. movement
  7. change
  8. grateful

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Greta Thunberg is TIME magazine's Person of the Year. The (1) ___________________ Sweden beat the Hong Kong democracy protestors. She became famous in 2018 after she went on (2) ___________________ outside Sweden's parliament. This started a (3) ___________________. Schoolchildren worldwide followed her example. Since then, she (4) ___________________ the United Nations and met the Pope. After (5) ___________________ award, she said: "Wow, (6) ___________________!"

Greta Thunberg is the (7) ___________________ the award. TIME said Greta changed millions (8) ___________________. She got people to join a "worldwide movement calling (9) ___________________". It added that Greta got people to act, and (10) ___________________ wouldn't act. Donald Trump Jr said Greta's award was "(11) ___________________". In contrast, Hillary Clinton tweeted: "I am grateful for all she's done to raise (12) ___________________ climate crisis."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

GretaThunbergisTIMEmagazine'sPersonoftheYear.The16-year-ol
dfromSwedenbeattheHongKongdemocracyprotestors.Shebecamef
amousin2018aftershewentonaclimatestrikeoutsideSweden'sparlia
ment.Thisstartedaglobalclimatemovement.Schoolchildrenworldwid
efollowedherexample.Sincethen,shehasspokentotheUnitedNations
andmetthePope.Afterhearingabouttheaward,shesaid:"Wow,thisisu
nbelievable!"GretaThunbergistheyoungestwinneroftheaward.TIME
saidGretachangedmillionsofpeople'sattitudes.Shegotpeopletojoina
"worldwidemovementcallingforurgentchange".ItaddedthatGretago
tpeopletoact,andshamedthosewhowouldn'tact.DonaldTrumpJrsaid
Greta'sawardwas"amarketinggimmick".Incontrast,HillaryClintontw
eeted:"Iamgratefulforallshe'sdonetoraiseawarenessoftheclimatecri
sis."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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