The Reading / Listening - Artwork - Level 3

Police from around the world have worked together to find lots of missing art. The detectives were from Interpol, Europol and many national police forces. The World Customs Organization also helped with the search. The police officers found more than 19,000 items of artwork. These include an ancient Colombian gold mask that is over 600 years old. There was also a carved Roman lion, centuries-old jewellery, and thousands of ancient coins. Many of the items the police recovered were stolen from museums and archaeological sites. A lot of them were taken from countries at war. The thieves took cultural treasures while countries were in a mess because of fighting civil wars or wars against other countries.



The police arrested 101 art traffickers around the world. The art thieves were from Spain, Colombia, Latvia, Afghanistan and Turkey. Interpol said they spent a long time monitoring online marketplaces to find the art and the thieves. Interpol's secretary-general Jürgen Stock spoke to journalists about how big the operation was. He said: "The number of arrests and objects shows the scale and global reach of the illicit trade in cultural artefacts, where every country with a rich heritage is a potential target." Interpol added: "Organised crime has many faces. The trafficking of cultural goods is one of them. It is not a glamorous business run by flamboyant gentlemen forgers, but by international criminal networks."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Artwork - Level 0 Artwork - Level 1   or  Artwork - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/07/stolen-artefacts-international-art-trafficking-crackdown
  • https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/interpol-crackdown-artifacts/index.html
  • https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/19000-artifacts-recovered-international-antiquities-trafficking-sting-1-180974836/


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. ARTWORK: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about artwork. 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?
       police / art / detectives / gold / mask / ancient / coins / museum / civil war / countries
       traffickers / thieves / online / arrests / heritage / target / organised crime / networks
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. CREATING: Students A strongly believe we should all look at and creating art; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. ART FORMS: What do you think of these art forms? What is good and bad them? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What You Think

Good

Bad

Painting

 

 

 

Sculpture

 

 

 

Photography

 

 

 

Graffiti

 

 

 

Dance

 

 

 

Architecture

 

 

 

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

  • Impressionism
  • Cubism
  • Graffiti
  • Manga
  • Computer graphics
  • Pop art
  • Renaissance
  • Cave paintings

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. missing a. An organized group of soldiers, police or working people.
      2. detective b. Not able to be found because it is not in its expected place.
      3. force c. Very, very old.
      4. ancient d. Made something by cutting into a hard material.
      5. carved e. A person, especially a police officer, whose job is to look into crimes.
      6. jewellery f. A war between people of the same country.
      7. civil war g. Personal things like necklaces, rings, or bracelets, that are usually made from or contain diamonds, etc. and gold or silver.

    Paragraph 2

      8. arrested h. A person who buys and sells something illegal.
      9. trafficker i. Forbidden by law, rules, or customs.
      10. monitoring j. Taken by the police for doing something wrong.
      11. scale k. Looking at and checking the progress or quality of something over a period of time.
      12. illicit l. Important things such as historic buildings and cultural traditions that are from the past.
      13. heritage m. The size or importance of something.
      14. glamorous n. Exciting and attractive.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Police all over the world worked together to find missing artworks.     T / F
  2. Police found a gold mask that was 6,000 years old.     T / F
  3. The artwork included many very, very old coins.     T / F
  4. Thieves steal art form countries that are in a civil war.     T / F
  5. The police arrested over 100 art traffickers.     T / F
  6. The police checked online marketplaces to catch the thieves.     T / F
  7. Interpol said any country with a rich heritage is a target for the thieves.  T / F
  8. Interpol said art trafficking is a glamorous business.     T / F

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

  1. find
  2. helped
  3. items
  4. ancient
  5. treasures
  6. monitoring
  7. journalists
  8. illicit
  9. potential
  10. glamorous
  1. very old
  2. possible
  3. checking
  4. assisted
  5. reporters
  6. pieces
  7. illegal
  8. locate
  9. attractive
  10. riches

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

  1. worked together to find lots
  2. many national police
  3. police officers found more
  4. These include an ancient Colombian
  5. fighting civil
  6. The police arrested 101 art
  7. they spent a long time monitoring online
  8. illicit trade
  9. every country with a rich heritage is
  10. international criminal
  1. marketplaces
  2. than 19,000 items
  3. wars
  4. traffickers
  5. networks
  6. forces
  7. a potential target
  8. gold mask
  9. in cultural artefacts
  10. of missing art

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
sites
search
carved
mess
missing
war
coins
ancient

Police from around the world have worked together to find lots of (1) ____________ art. The detectives were from Interpol, Europol and many national police forces. The World Customs Organization also helped with the (2) ____________. The police officers found more than 19,000 items of artwork. These include an (3) ____________ Colombian gold mask that is over 600 years old. There was also a (4) ____________ Roman lion, centuries-old jewellery, and thousands of ancient (5) ____________. Many of the items the police recovered were stolen from museums and archaeological (6) ____________. A lot of them were taken from countries at (7) ____________. The thieves took cultural treasures while countries were in a (8) ____________ because of fighting civil wars or wars against other countries.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
potential
operation
glamorous
traffickers
global
networks
monitoring
faces

The police arrested 101 art (9) ____________ around the world. The art thieves were from Spain, Colombia, Latvia, Afghanistan and Turkey. Interpol said they spent a long time (10) ____________ online marketplaces to find the art and the thieves. Interpol's secretary-general Jürgen Stock spoke to journalists about how big the (11) ____________ was. He said: "The number of arrests and objects shows the scale and (12) ____________ reach of the illicit trade in cultural artefacts, where every country with a rich heritage is a (13) ____________ target." Interpol added: "Organised crime has many (14) ____________. The trafficking of cultural goods is one of them. It is not a (15) ____________ business run by flamboyant gentlemen forgers, but by international criminal (16) ____________."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Police from around the world have worked together to find lots ______
     a.  of miss in art
     b.  of miss inert
     c.  of miss sin art
     d.  of missing art
2)  Colombian gold mask that is over 600 years old. There was also a ______
     a.  craved Roman lion
     b.  carved Roman lion
     c.  curbed Roman lion
     d.  carved Roman lion
3)  There was also a carved Roman lion, centuries-old jewellery, and thousands ______
     a.  of any sent coins
     b.  of ancient coins
     c.  off ancient coins
     d.  off any sent coins
4)  items the police recovered were stolen from museums and ______
     a.  arch logical sites
     b.  are key logical sites
     c.  are key illogical sites
     d.  archaeological sites
5)  cultural treasures while countries were in a mess because of ______
     a.  fight tin civil wars
     b.  fight in civil wars
     c.  fight thing civil wars
     d.  fighting civil wars

6)  The police arrested 101 art traffickers around the world. The art ______...
     a.  thief swerve from
     b.  thief swore from
     c.  thieves wore from
     d.  thieves were from
7)  Jürgen Stock spoke to journalists about how big ______
     a.  the operations was
     b.  the operate shun was
     c.  the opera shun was
     d.  the operation was
8)  The number of arrests and objects shows the scale ______
     a.  end global reach
     b.  land global reach
     c.  land globe all reach
     d.  and global reach
9)  the illicit trade in cultural artefacts, where every country with ______
     a.  a rich hermitage
     b.  a rich her it is
     c.  a rich heritage
     d.  a rich heritages
10)  The trafficking of cultural goods is one of them. It is not ______
     a.  a glam amorous business
     b.  a glamour rice business
     c.  a glamour ice business
     d.  a glamorous business

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Police from around the world have worked together to (1) ___________________ missing art. The detectives were from Interpol, Europol and many (2) ___________________. The World Customs Organization also helped with the search. The police officers found more than 19,000 (3) ___________________. These include an ancient Colombian gold mask that is over 600 years old. There was (4) ___________________ Roman lion, centuries-old jewellery, and thousands of ancient coins. Many of the items the police recovered were (5) ___________________ and archaeological sites. A lot of them were taken from countries at war. The thieves took cultural treasures while countries were in a mess because of (6) ___________________ or wars against other countries.

The police arrested 101 (7) ___________________ the world. The art thieves were from Spain, Colombia, Latvia, Afghanistan and Turkey. Interpol said they spent a long time monitoring online marketplaces to (8) ___________________ and the thieves. Interpol's secretary-general Jürgen Stock spoke to journalists about how (9) ___________________ was. He said: "The number of (10) ___________________ shows the scale and global reach of the illicit trade in cultural artefacts, where every country with a rich heritage is (11) ___________________." Interpol added: "Organised crime has many faces. The trafficking of cultural goods is one of them. It is not a glamorous business run by flamboyant (12) ___________________ by international criminal networks."

Comprehension questions

  1. What did police around the world do together?
  2. What did police find that was over 600 years old?
  3. How many ancient coins did police find?
  4. What kind of sites did thieves take items from?
  5. What wars were countries fighting besides those against other countries?
  6. How many art traffickers did the police arrest?
  7. Who is Jürgen Stock?
  8. What did Jürgen Stock say countries with a rich heritage were?
  9. How many faces did Interpol say organised crime has?
  10. Who did Interpol say runs the trafficking of cultural goods?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What did police around the world do together?
a) play soccer
b) work
c) chat online
d) look at art
2) What did police find that was over 600 years old?
a) a necklace
b) a coin
c) a Pyramid
d) a gold mask
3) How many ancient coins did police find?
a) tens of thousands
b) hundreds
c) thousands
d) hundreds of thousands
4) What kind of sites did thieves take items from?
a) archaeological sites
b) building sites
c) Internet sites
d) touristy sites
5) What wars were countries fighting besides those against other countries?
a) disease
b) civil wars
c) poverty
d) locusts

6) How many art traffickers did the police arrest?
a) 101
b) 100
c) 102
d) 199
7) Who is Jürgen Stock?
a) a soccer manager
b) an art dealer
c) Interpol's secretary-general
d) a journalist
8) What did Jürgen Stock say countries with a rich heritage were?
a) potential targets
b) rich
c) lucky
d) advanced
9) How many faces did Interpol say organised crime has?
a) one
b) two
c) one hundred
d) many
10) Who did Interpol say runs the trafficking of cultural goods?
a) flamboyant gentlemen
b) Interpol
c) international criminal networks
d) forgers

Role play

Role  A – Manga
You think manga is the best art form. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their art. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): graffiti, computer graphics or cave paintings.

Role  B – Graffiti
You think graffiti is the best art form. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their art. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): manga, computer graphics or cave paintings.

Role  C – Computer Graphics
You think computer graphics is the best art form. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their art. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): graffiti, manga or cave paintings.

Role  D – Cave Paintings
You think cave paintings are the best art form. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their art. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): graffiti, computer graphics or manga.

After reading / listening

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

'art'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'work'.

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

    • together
    • national
    • search
    • 600
    • recovered
    • mess
    • 101
    • online
    • big
    • reach
    • faces
    • run




    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 - Artwork

    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 'art'?
    3. What do you think of art?
    4. Why do people like art so much?
    5. How good were you at art?
    6. What kind of art do you like?
    7. Would you like to be an artist?
    8. What art do you have in your house?
    9. Who is your favourite artist?
    10. What punishment should the art traffickers get?

    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 'work'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How important is art?
    5. How do the traffickers make money from the art?
    6. Which country has produced the best art?
    7. What do you think of the art your country has produced?
    8. What kind of art is best - painting, sculpture, jewellery or other?
    9. What piece of art would you like in your house?
    10. What questions would you like to ask a famous artist?

    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)

    Police from around the world have worked together to find (1) ____ of missing art. The detectives were from Interpol, Europol and many national police forces. The World Customs Organization also helped (2) ____ the search. The police officers found more than 19,000 items (3) ____ artwork. These include an ancient Colombian gold mask that is over 600 years old. There was also a (4) ____ Roman lion, centuries-old jewellery, and thousands of ancient coins. Many of the items the police recovered were (5) ____ from museums and archaeological sites. A lot of them were taken from countries at war. The thieves took cultural treasures while countries were in a mess because of fighting (6) ____ wars or wars against other countries.

    The police arrested 101 art (7) ____ around the world. The art thieves were from Spain, Colombia, Latvia, Afghanistan and Turkey. Interpol said they spent a long time (8) ____ online marketplaces to find the art and the thieves. Interpol's secretary-general Jürgen Stock spoke to journalists about (9) ____ big the operation was. He said: "The number of arrests and objects shows the (10) ____ and global reach of the illicit trade in cultural artefacts, where every country with a rich heritage is a potential (11) ____." Interpol added: "Organised crime has many faces. The trafficking of cultural goods is one of them. It is not a glamorous business (12) ____ by flamboyant gentlemen forgers, but by international criminal networks."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     lots     (b)     load     (c)     many     (d)     much    
    2. (a)     of     (b)     to     (c)     with     (d)     as    
    3. (a)     at     (b)     or     (c)     of     (d)     on    
    4. (a)     caved     (b)     curved     (c)     curbed     (d)     carved    
    5. (a)     stolen     (b)     stole     (c)     stealing     (d)     steals    
    6. (a)     uncivil     (b)     civil     (c)     polite     (d)     cordial    
    7. (a)     bootlickers     (b)     mimickers     (c)     nitpickers     (d)     traffickers    
    8. (a)     monitor     (b)     monitoring     (c)     monitors     (d)     monitored    
    9. (a)     why     (b)     what     (c)     how     (d)     which    
    10. (a)     measures     (b)     weighty     (c)     index     (d)     scale    
    11. (a)     aimed     (b)     reach     (c)     apple     (d)     target    
    12. (a)     doing     (b)     run     (c)     been     (d)     cooked

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    4. iutesnrce-old jewellery
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    6. ltluaucr treasures

    Paragraph 2

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    4. every country with a rich iegthear
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    Put the text back together

    (...)  in cultural artefacts, where every country with a rich heritage is a potential
    (...)  target." Interpol added: "Organised crime has many faces. The trafficking of cultural goods is one of
    (...)  search. The police officers found more than 19,000 items of artwork. These include an ancient Colombian gold
    (...)  them. It is not a glamorous business run by flamboyant gentlemen forgers, but by international criminal networks."
    (...)  The police arrested 101 art traffickers around the world. The art thieves were from Spain, Colombia, Latvia,
    (...)  Afghanistan and Turkey.  Interpol said they spent a long time monitoring online marketplaces to find the art and the
    (...)  mask that is over 600 years old. There was also a carved Roman lion, centuries-old jewellery, and thousands of
    (...)  thieves. Interpol's secretary-general Jürgen Stock spoke to journalists about how big the operation was. He said:
    (...)  "The number of arrests and objects shows the scale and global reach of the illicit trade
    (...)  ancient coins. Many of the items the police recovered were stolen from museums and archaeological sites. A lot of them were taken
    1  ) Police from around the world have worked together to find lots of missing art. The detectives were from
    (...)  from countries at war. The thieves took cultural treasures while countries were in a
    (...)  mess because of fighting civil wars or wars against other countries.
    (...)  Interpol, Europol and many national police forces. The World Customs Organization also helped with the

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. officers   19,000   Police   than   more   found   items   .
    3. museums   .   recovered   the   from   Items   police   stolen   were
    4. of   them   from   taken   countries   .   were   lot   A
    5. fighting   .   in   of   because   mess   a   were   Countries
    6. arrested   traffickers   101   Police   the   world   .   around   art
    7. online   They   time   long   a   spent   marketplaces   .   monitoring
    8. of   the   number   arrests   The   shows   scale   .
    9. with   a   a   rich   country   target   .   is   Every   heritage
    10. flamboyant   business   A   run   by   glamorous   gentlemen   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Police from around the world have worked together to find load / lots of missing art. The detectives were from Interpol, Europol and many national police forces / force. The World Customs Organization also helped at / with the search. The police officers found more than 19,000 items or / of artwork. These include an ancient Colombian gold mask that is more / over 600 years old. There was also a curbed / carved Roman lion, centuries-old jewellery, and thousands of ancient coins. Many of the items / item the police recovered were stolen from museums and archaeological sites. A lot of that / them were taken from countries at war. The thieves took cultural treasures while countries were in / on a mess because of fighting civil wars or wars against other / another countries.

    The police arrested 101 art traffic / traffickers around the world. The art thieves / thief were from Spain, Colombia, Latvia, Afghanistan and Turkey.  Interpol said they spent a long time / timing monitoring online marketplaces to find the art end / and the thieves. Interpol's secretary-general Jürgen Stock spoke to journalists for / about how big the operation was. He said: "The number of arrests and objects shows the index / scale and global reach of the illicit trade on / in cultural artefacts, where every country with a rich heritage is a possibly / potential target." Interpol added: "Organised crime has many faces. The trafficking of cultural goods is one / once of them. It is not a glamorous business run / walked by flamboyant gentlemen forgers, but by international criminal networks."

    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

    police from around the world have worked together to find lots of missing art the detectives were from interpol europol and many national police forces the world customs organization also helped with the search the police officers found more than 19000 items of artwork these include an ancient colombian gold mask that is over 600 years old there was also a carved roman lion centuriesold jewellery and thousands of ancient coins many of the items the police recovered were stolen from museums and archaeological sites a lot of them were taken from countries at war the thieves took cultural treasures while countries were in a mess because of fighting civil wars or wars against other countries

    the police arrested 101 art traffickers around the world the art thieves were from spain colombia latvia afghanistan and turkey  interpol said they spent a long time monitoring online marketplaces to find the art and the thieves interpols secretarygeneral jrgen stock spoke to journalists about how big the operation was he said the number of arrests and objects shows the scale and global reach of the illicit trade in cultural artefacts where every country with a rich heritage is a potential target interpol added organised crime has many faces the trafficking of cultural goods is one of them it is not a glamorous business run by flamboyant gentlemen forgers but by international criminal networks

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    Policefromaroundtheworldhaveworkedtogethertofindlotsofmissing
    art.ThedetectiveswerefromInterpol,Europolandmanynationalpolice
    forces.TheWorldCustomsOrganizationalsohelpedwiththesearch.Th
    epoliceofficersfoundmorethan19,000itemsofartwork.Theseinclude
    anancientColombiangoldmaskthatisover600yearsold.Therewasalso
    acarvedRomanlion,centuries-oldjewellery,andthousandsofancientc
    oins.Manyoftheitemsthepolicerecoveredwerestolenfrommuseumsa
    ndarchaeologicalsites.Alotofthemweretakenfromcountriesatwar.Th
    ethievestookculturaltreasureswhilecountrieswereinamessbecauseo
    ffightingcivilwarsorwarsagainstothercountries.Thepolicearrested10
    1arttraffickersaroundtheworld.TheartthieveswerefromSpain,Colom
    bia,Latvia,AfghanistanandTurkey.Interpolsaidtheyspentalongtime
    monitoringonlinemarketplacestofindtheartandthethieves.Interpol's
    secretary-generalJürgenStockspoketojournalistsabouthowbigtheo
    perationwas.Hesaid:"Thenumberofarrestsandobjectsshowsthescal
    eandglobalreachoftheillicittradeinculturalartefacts,whereeverycou
    ntrywitharichheritageisapotentialtarget."Interpoladded:"Organise
    dcrimehasmanyfaces.Thetraffickingofculturalgoodsisoneofthem.Iti
    snotaglamorousbusinessrunbyflamboyantgentlemenforgers,butbyi
    nternationalcriminalnetworks."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    We should all spend much more time creating and looking at art. 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. ARTWORK: Make a poster about artwork. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. MORE POLICE: Write a magazine article about governments spending more money on police to find more stolen artwork. 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 artwork. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on art. 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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