The Reading / Listening - Vegetables - Level 6

Pasta has been reclassified as a vegetable in U.S. schools. An overhaul of national dietary regulations has resulted in pasta now counting towards the vegetable requirements in school lunches across the USA. The new school guidelines were released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week. The rules stipulate that: "Pasta made of vegetable flour may credit as a vegetable, even if the pasta is not served with another recognizable vegetable." Pasta can only be regarded as a vegetable serving if it is made with potato, soy or other starchy, vegetable-based flour. Shocked critics of the new rules joked that bread could be regarded as a vegetable as that is also made from flour.



Other changes outlined include the halving of fruit given to children for breakfast and the provision of a greater selection of burgers, fries, pizza and other high-calorie food that is full of saturated fat and salt. The Agriculture Secretary defended the guidelines. He said the new rules would reduce food waste. He said the new policy was necessary because, "a more common-sense flexibility is needed to provide students with nutritious and appetizing meals". The guidelines reverse the Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which was championed by Michelle Obama. A health expert said: "This makes absolutely no sense. Politics and industry pressure should not interfere with what is best for children's health."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Vegetables - Level 4  or  Vegetables - Level 5

Sources
  • https://metro.co.uk/2020/01/25/pasta-count-vegetable-schoolkids-trump-administration-12121778
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/pasta-vegetable-trump-school-lunch-flour-a9301186.html
  • https://www.indy100.com/article/trump-pasta-vegetable-school-lunch-guidelines-potato-fruit-michelle-obama-9301296


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



Warm-ups

1. PASTA: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about pasta. 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?
       pasta / vegetables / overhaul / regulations / guidelines / potato / soy / starch / flour /
       fruit / breakfast / burgers / salt / nutritious . health / expert / no sense / interfere
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. VEGETABLE: Students A strongly believe pasta is a vegetable; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. DIETARY REQUIREMENTS: How important are these food groups? What do they do for us? How nutritious are they? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How Important?

What They Do

How Nutritious?

Vegetables

 

 

 

Pasta

 

 

 

Grains

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

Dairy

 

 

 

Meat

 

 

 

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

  • carrots
  • broccoli
  • peppers
  • eggplant
  • sweet corn
  • garlic
  • potatoes
  • tomatoes

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. reclassified a. Consider or thought of someone or something in a specified way.
      2. overhaul b. A rule or law made and maintained by an authority.
      3. regulation c. A detailed examination of machinery or a system, with repairs or changes made if necessary.
      4. stipulate d. A person who judges the merits of literary, artistic,  musical works, or other things - especially one who does so professionally.
      5. regarded e. Gave something a different grouping, type or sort to the one it had before.
      6. starchy f. Demand or specify a requirement, usually as part of a bargain or agreement.
      7. critic g. Food (e.g. potatoes and rice) being particularly full of a substance that is packed with carbohydrates.

    Paragraph 2

      8. halving h. The action of giving or supplying something for use.
      9. provision i. Making one want to eat because of the look, smell, taste, etc.
      10. saturated j. Take part or intervene in an activity without invitation or necessity.
      11. common sense k. Having or holding as much as can be taken in or absorbed of something.
      12. appetizing l. Support a cause; defended or promoted something or someone.
      13. championed m. Good wisdom and  judgment in practical matters.
      14. interfere n. Dividing into two; reducing the amount of something by 50 per cent.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Pasta was reclassified to conform to international dietary regulations.     T / F
  2. The regulations say pasta must be served with "recognized" vegetables.  T / F
  3. Only pasta from vegetable-based flour constitutes a vegetable serving.    T / F
  4. Critics joked that the rules would deem bread as being a vegetable.     T / F
  5. The new rules halve the amount of fruit given to children for breakfast.   T / F
  6. The Agriculture Secretary said the new rules would reduce food waste.    T / F
  7. The secretary said the new rules would provide more nourishing meals.   T / F
  8. A health expert said the new rules were nonsensical.     T / F

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

  1. overhaul
  2. requirements
  3. released
  4. stipulate
  5. joked
  6. outlined
  7. defended
  8. nutritious
  9. expert
  10. interfere
  1. specify
  2. get involved
  3. summarised
  4. nourishing
  5. needs
  6. specialist
  7. jested
  8. recondition
  9. justified
  10. issued

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

  1. Pasta has been reclassified
  2. An overhaul of national
  3. vegetable requirements in
  4. soy or other starchy, vegetable-
  5. Shocked critics
  6. halving
  7. high-calorie food that is full
  8. the new rules would reduce
  9. a more common-sense flexibility is
  10. This makes absolutely no
  1. food waste
  2. school lunches
  3. of the new rules
  4. sense
  5. of saturated fat
  6. as a vegetable
  7. based flour
  8. needed
  9. dietary regulations
  10. of fruit given to children

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
stipulate
starchy
dietary
regarded
counting
critics
reclassified
served

Pasta has been (1) ____________ as a vegetable in U.S. schools. An overhaul of national (2) ____________ regulations has resulted in pasta now (3) ____________ towards the vegetable requirements in school lunches across the USA. The new school guidelines were released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week. The rules (4) ____________ that: "Pasta made of vegetable flour may credit as a vegetable, even if the pasta is not (5) ____________ with another recognizable vegetable." Pasta can only be regarded as a vegetable serving if it is made with potato, soy or other (6) ____________, vegetable-based flour. Shocked (7) ____________ of the new rules joked that bread could be (8) ____________ as a vegetable as that is also made from flour.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
waste
halving
championed
saturated
interfere
appetizing
sense
provision

Other changes outlined include the (9) ____________ of fruit given to children for breakfast and the (10) ____________ of a greater selection of burgers, fries, pizza and other high-calorie food that is full of (11) ____________ fat and salt. The Agriculture Secretary defended the guidelines. He said the new rules would reduce food (12) ____________. He said the new policy was necessary because, "a more common-sense flexibility is needed to provide students with nutritious and (13) ____________ meals". The guidelines reverse the Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which was (14) ____________ by Michelle Obama. A health expert said: "This makes absolutely no (15) ____________. Politics and industry pressure should not (16) ____________ with what is best for children's health."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  reclassified as a vegetable in U.S. schools. An overhaul of ______ regulations
     a.  national diet tree
     b.  national diet airy
     c.  national dietary
     d.  national die a tree
2)  the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week. The ______
     a.  rules stipulates that
     b.  rules strip you late that
     c.  rules stipple late that
     d.  rules stipulate that
3)  made of vegetable flour may credit as a vegetable, even if the pasta ______
     a.  is not served
     b.  is not severed
     c.  is not serve
     d.  is not saved
4) be regarded as a vegetable serving if it is made with potato, soy ______ ...
     a.  or other star chi
     b.  or other starch chi
     c.  or other starchy
     d.  or other start chi
5)  be regarded as a vegetable as that is also ______
     a.  made from flour
     b.  made from flower
     c.  made from flora
     d.  made from flaw

6) selection of burgers, fries, pizza and other high-calorie food that is full ______
     a.  of saturate it fat
     b.  of saturate id fat
     c.  of saturates fat
     d.  of saturated fat
7)  the new policy was necessary because a more common-______
     a.  senses flexibility
     b.  sense flexibility
     c.  senses flexibility
     d.  sensor flexibility
8)  reverse the Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which was ______ Michelle Obama
     a.  champ pinioned by
     b.  champ pined by
     c.  champ opined by
     d.  championed by
9)  A health expert said: "This makes ______"
     a.  absolutely not sense
     b.  absolutely no sense
     c.  absolutely know sense
     d.  absolutely now sense
10)  Politics and industry pressure ______
     a.  should not interference
     b.  should not interfered
     c.  should not interferes
     d.  should not interfere

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Pasta has been reclassified as a vegetable in U.S. schools. An (1) ___________________ dietary regulations has resulted in pasta now counting towards the vegetable (2) ___________________ lunches across the USA. The new school guidelines were released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week. The (3) ___________________: "Pasta made of vegetable flour may credit as a vegetable, even if the pasta is not served with another recognizable vegetable." Pasta can only (4) ___________________ a vegetable serving if it is made with potato, soy or other starchy, vegetable-based flour. (5) ___________________ the new rules joked that bread could (6) ___________________ a vegetable as that is also made from flour.

Other changes outlined include (7) ___________________ fruit given to children for breakfast and the provision of a greater selection of burgers, fries, pizza and other high-calorie food that is full (8) ___________________ and salt. The Agriculture Secretary defended the guidelines. He said the new rules would (9) ___________________. He said the new policy was necessary because, "a more common-sense flexibility is needed to provide students with (10) ______________________ meals". The guidelines reverse the Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which was championed by Michelle Obama. A health expert said: "This makes (11) ___________________. Politics and industry pressure should (12) ___________________ what is best for children's health."

Comprehension questions

  1. What did the U.S. administration overhaul?
  2. Which department released the new dietary guidelines?
  3. What will pasta made of vegetable flour credit as?
  4. What must pasta be made from to be considered a vegetable serving?
  5. What did critics joke might also be a vegetable under the new rules?
  6. What did the new guidelines halve in children's breakfasts?
  7. What did the article say high-calorie food is full of?
  8. What did a government official say the guidelines would help to reduce?
  9. What is the 2010 act that the guidelines will replace?
  10. What did a health expert say industry should not interfere with?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What did the U.S. administration overhaul?
a) food production
b) national dietary regulations
c) school canteens
d) international nutrition requirements
2) Which department released the new dietary guidelines?
a) the Department of Health
b) the Food and Drug Administration
c) the Department of School Lunches
d) the Department of Agriculture
3) What will pasta made of vegetable flour credit as?
a) a source of omega 3
b) a food plus
c) a vegetable
d) a source of fibre
4) What must pasta be made from to be considered a vegetable serving?
a) potato, soy or vegetable-based flour
b) corn flour and arrowroot flower
c) other vegetables
d) high-fibre constituents
5) What did critics joke might also be a vegetable under the new rules?
a) eggs
b) bread
c) chocolate
d) meat

6) What did the new guidelines halve in children's breakfasts?
a) fruit
b) eggs
c) bread
d) meat
7) What did the article say high-calorie food is full of?
a) nutrition
b) fibre
c) saturated fat and salt
d) calories
8) What did a government official say the guidelines would help to reduce?
a) food waste
b) obesity
c) immunity to diseases
d) disease
9) What is the 2010 act that the guidelines will replace?
a) the Hunger-Free Kids' Act
b) the Free Kids Hunger Act
c) the Act for Kids' Hunger
d) the Hunger-Free Kids Act
10) What did a health expert say industry should not interfere with?
a) bread production
b) farming
c) what is best for children's health
d) pasta production

Role play

Role  A – Carrots
You think carrots are the best vegetables. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their vegetables. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): tomatoes, potatoes or garlic.

Role  B – Tomatoes
You think tomatoes are the best vegetables. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their vegetables. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): carrots, potatoes or garlic.

Role  C – Potatoes
You think potatoes are the best vegetables. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their vegetables. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): tomatoes, carrots or garlic.

Role  D – Garlic
You think garlic is the best vegetable. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their vegetables. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): tomatoes, potatoes or carrots.

After reading / listening

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

'pasta'

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  • and 'vegetable'.

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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:

    • national
    • across
    • last
    • credit
    • only
    • joked
    • fruit
    • full
    • waste
    • sense
    • expert
    • best




    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 - Vegetables

    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 'vegetable'?
    3. What do you think of vegetables?
    4. How important are vegetables?
    5. Is pasta really a vegetable?
    6. Do you think we could grow pasta from trees one day?
    7. How healthy were your school lunches?
    8. What are your favourite vegetables?
    9. If pasta is a vegetable, is bread also a vegetable?
    10. What advice do you have for the Department of Agriculture?

    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 'pasta'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of halving the fruit given to kids?
    5. What is a very healthy breakfast?
    6. Why are children being given high-calorie food for school lunch?
    7. How much 'common sense' is in the new rules?
    8. How nutritious and appetizing is pasta?
    9. What will the guidelines do for obesity in the USA?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the Department of Agriculture?

    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)

    Pasta has been (1) ____ as a vegetable in U.S. schools. An overhaul of national dietary regulations has resulted in pasta now (2) ____ towards the vegetable requirements in school lunches across the USA. The new school guidelines were released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week. The rules (3) ____ that: "Pasta made of vegetable flour may (4) ____ as a vegetable, even if the pasta is not served with another recognizable vegetable." Pasta can only be regarded as a vegetable serving if it is made with potato, soy or other (5) ____, vegetable-based flour. Shocked critics of the new rules joked that bread could be regarded (6) ____ a vegetable as that is also made from flour.

    Other changes outlined include the (7) ____ of fruit given to children for breakfast and the provision of a greater selection of burgers, fries, pizza and other high-calorie food that is full of (8) ____ fat and salt. The Agriculture Secretary defended the guidelines. He said the new rules would reduce food waste. He said the new policy was necessary because, "a more common-(9) ____ flexibility is needed to provide students with nutritious and appetizing meals". The guidelines (10) ____ the Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which was championed (11) ____ Michelle Obama. A health expert said: "This makes absolutely no sense. Politics and industry pressure should not (12) ____ with what is best for children's health."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     rectified     (b)     reclassified     (c)     receded     (d)     ratified    
    2. (a)     surmounting     (b)     counting     (c)     numerating     (d)     numbering    
    3. (a)     stimulate     (b)     speculate     (c)     satiate     (d)     stipulate    
    4. (a)     debit     (b)     credit     (c)     plus     (d)     minus    
    5. (a)     scorched     (b)     scary     (c)     starry     (d)     starchy    
    6. (a)     was     (b)     has     (c)     as     (d)     gas    
    7. (a)     halving     (b)     having     (c)     holing     (d)     heaving    
    8. (a)     soaked     (b)     sopping     (c)     saturated     (d)     wet    
    9. (a)     idiocy     (b)     thought     (c)     wise     (d)     sense    
    10. (a)     reverse     (b)     reserve     (c)     sever     (d)     several    
    11. (a)     by     (b)     at     (c)     to     (d)     of    
    12. (a)     interfere     (b)     aghast     (c)     cookery     (d)     nutritious

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. An overhaul of national yiaterd regulations
    3. new school iusldinege
    4. The rules etautipsl that
    5. other rstayhc, vegetable-based flour
    6. bread could be regdrade as a vegetable

    Paragraph 2

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    2. food that is full of auedstatr fat
    3. common-sense efliytixbil
    4. nutritious and iaentzippg meals
    5. This makes ltobusyela no sense
    6. should not rretnifee with what is best

    Put the text back together

    (...)  last week. The rules stipulate that: "Pasta made of vegetable flour may credit as a vegetable, even
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    (...)  regarded as a vegetable serving if it is made with potato, soy or other starchy, vegetable-
    (...)  across the USA. The new school guidelines were released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
    (...)  provide students with nutritious and appetizing meals". The guidelines reverse the Hunger-Free Kids Act of
    (...)  based flour. Shocked critics of the new rules joked that bread could be regarded as a vegetable as that is also made from flour.
    (...)  and salt. The Agriculture Secretary defended the guidelines. He said the new rules would reduce food
    (...)  of a greater selection of burgers, fries, pizza and other high-calorie food that is full of saturated fat
    (...)  if the pasta is not served with another recognizable vegetable." Pasta can only be
    (...)  sense. Politics and industry pressure should not interfere with what is best for children's health."
    (...)  Other changes outlined include the halving of fruit given to children for breakfast and the provision
    (...)  2010, which was championed by Michelle Obama. A health expert said: "This makes absolutely no
    (...)  waste. He said the new policy was necessary because, "a more common-sense flexibility is needed to

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. has   national   resulted   .   regulations   dietary   of   An   overhaul
    3. vegetables   .   flour   made   Pasta   credit   may   as   of
    4. vegetable   .   with   another   is   recognizable   not   served   Pasta
    5. regarded   be   could   vegetable   .   as   a   also   Bread
    6. for   children   given   fruit   Halving   to   the   breakfast   .
    7. fat   .   High-calorie   saturated   full   of   that   is   food
    8. food   rules   new   waste   .   reduce   said   He   would
    9. meals   .   To   with   and   provide   students   nutritious   appetizing
    10. what   with   best   is   Interfere   health   .   children's   for

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Other changes outlined include the having / halving of fruit given to children for breakfast and the provision / provides of a greater selection of burgers, fries, pizza and other high-calorie food that is full of saturated fatty / fat and salt. The Agriculture Secretary defended / defensively the guidelines. He said the new rules would reduce / deduce food waste. He said the new policy was necessary because, "a more common-sense flexible / flexibility is needed to provide students with nutrition / nutritious and appetizing meals". The guidelines reserve / reverse the Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which was championed by Michelle Obama. A health expert said: "This makes absolutely no senses / sense. Politics and industry pressure should not interfere / interference with what is best for children's health."

    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

    pasta has been reclassified as a vegetable in us schools an overhaul of national dietary regulations has resulted in pasta now counting towards the vegetable requirements in school lunches across the usa the new school guidelines were released by the us department of agriculture last week the rules stipulate that pasta made of vegetable flour may credit as a vegetable even if the pasta is not served with another recognizable vegetable pasta can only be regarded as a vegetable serving if it is made with potato soy or other starchy vegetable based flour shocked critics of the new rules joked that bread could be regarded as a vegetable as that is also made from flour

    other changes outlined include the halving of fruit given to children for breakfast and the provision of a greater selection of burgers fries pizza and other high calorie food that is full of saturated fat and salt the agriculture secretary defended the guidelines he said the new rules would reduce food waste he said the new policy was necessary because a more commonsense flexibility is needed to provide students with nutritious and appetizing meals the guidelines reverse the hunger free kids act of 2010 which was championed by michelle obama a health expert said this makes absolutely no sense politics and industry pressure should not interfere with what is best for childrens health

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    PastahasbeenreclassifiedasavegetableinU.S.schools.Anoverhaulof
    nationaldietaryregulationshasresultedinpastanowcountingtowardst
    hevegetablerequirementsinschoollunchesacrosstheUSA.Thenewsc
    hoolguidelineswerereleasedbytheU.S.DepartmentofAgriculturelast
    week.Therulesstipulatethat:"Pastamadeofvegetableflourmaycredit
    asavegetable,evenifthepastaisnotservedwithanotherrecognizablev
    egetable."Pastacanonlyberegardedasavegetableservingifitismadew
    ithpotato,soyorotherstarchy,vegetable-basedflour.Shockedcriticso
    fthenewrulesjokedthatbreadcouldberegardedasavegetableasthatis
    alsomadefromflour.Otherchangesoutlinedincludethehalvingoffruitg
    iventochildrenforbreakfastandtheprovisionofagreaterselectionofbu
    rgers,fries,pizzaandotherhigh-caloriefoodthatisfullofsaturatedfa
    tandsalt.TheAgricultureSecretarydefendedtheguidelines.Hesaidthe
    newruleswouldreducefoodwaste.Hesaidthenewpolicywasnecessary
    because,"amorecommon-senseflexibilityisneededtoprovidestuden
    tswithnutritiousandappetizingmeals".TheguidelinesreversetheHun
    ger-FreeKidsActof2010,whichwaschampionedbyMichelleObama.Ah
    ealthexpertsaid:"Thismakesabsolutelynosense.Politicsandindustry
    pressureshouldnotinterferewithwhatisbestforchildren'shealth."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Anything made from vegetables is a vegetable. 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. PASTA: Make a poster about pasta. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. VEGETABLES: Write a magazine article about classing pasta and bread as vegetables. 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 pasta. Ask him/her three questions about pasta. 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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