The Reading / Listening - George Floyd - Level 5

The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis has sent shock waves across the world. Mr Floyd, a handcuffed black man, died after a police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes, even after he stopped moving. Days of rioting, looting and clashes with police followed. Citizens vented their anger in protests that have spread across America's major cities. The killing of Mr Floyd led the African Union Commission to take the unprecedented step of condemning what it called "murder" and the "continuing discriminatory practices against black citizens".

Many U.S. embassies in Africa have issued critical statements. A news agency wrote: "Diplomats said it is rare for U.S. embassies abroad to weigh in on domestic U.S. issues. But in this case, the embassies were compelled to respond after...African leaders reacted to Floyd's death with anger." One U.S. ambassador wrote: "I am profoundly troubled by the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Justice Department is conducting a full criminal investigation as a top priority. Security forces around the world should be held accountable. No one is above the law."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    George Floyd - Level 4 or  George Floyd - Level 6

Sources
  • https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/unusual-move-us-embassies-africa-speak-floyd-70967080
  • https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2020-05-29-african-union-condemns-george-floyds-killing-in-the-us/
  • https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/05/29/africa-countries-condemn-george-floyd-minneapolis-killing-diplomatic-fallout-racial-injustice-police-violence/


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. sent shock waves
  2. a police officer knelt
  3. Days
  4. clashes with police
  5. Citizens vented their
  6. spread across America's
  7. take the unprecedented
  8. discriminatory practices
  1. followed
  2. major cities
  3. on his neck
  4. step
  5. across the world
  6. anger in protests
  7. against black citizens
  8. of rioting

Paragraph 2

  1. issued critical
  2. it is rare for U.S. embassies
  3. the embassies were compelled
  4. I am profoundly
  5. conducting a full criminal
  6. a top
  7. be held
  8. No one is
  1. troubled
  2. investigation
  3. above the law
  4. to respond
  5. accountable
  6. statements
  7. abroad to weigh in
  8. priority

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis has (1) ___________________ across the world. Mr Floyd, a handcuffed black man, died after a police (2) ___________________ his neck for over eight minutes, even after he stopped moving. Days of rioting, (3) ___________________ with police followed. Citizens vented their (4) ___________________ that have spread across America's major cities. The killing of Mr Floyd led the African Union Commission to take the unprecedented (5) ___________________ what it called "murder" (6) ___________________ discriminatory practices against black citizens".

Many U.S. embassies in Africa (7) ___________________ statements. A news agency wrote: "Diplomats said it is rare for U.S. embassies (8) ___________________ in on domestic U.S. issues. But in this case, the embassies were (9) ___________________ after...African leaders reacted to Floyd's death with anger." One U.S. ambassador wrote: "I am (10) ___________________ the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Justice Department is conducting (11) ___________________ investigation as a top priority. Security forces around the world should (12) ___________________. No one is above the law."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThekillingofGeorgeFloydinMinneapolishassentshockwavesacrossth
eworld.MrFloyd,ahandcuffedblackman,diedafterapoliceofficerknelt
onhisneckforovereightminutes,evenafterhestoppedmoving.Daysof
rioting,lootingandclasheswithpolicefollowed.Citizensventedtheiran
gerinproteststhathavespreadacrossAmerica'smajorcities.Thekilling
ofMrFloydledtheAfricanUnionCommissiontotaketheunprecedenteds
tepofcondemningwhatitcalled"murder"andthe"continuingdiscrimin
atorypracticesagainstblackcitizens".ManyU.S.embassiesinAfricaha
veissuedcriticalstatements.Anewsagencywrote:"Diplomatssaiditisr
areforU.S.embassiesabroadtoweighinondomesticU.S.issues.Butint
hiscase,theembassieswerecompelledtorespondafter...Africanleade
rsreactedtoFloyd'sdeathwithanger."OneU.S.ambassadorwrote:"Ia
mprofoundlytroubledbythetragicdeathofGeorgeFloydinMinneapolis
.TheJusticeDepartmentisconductingafullcriminalinvestigationasato
ppriority.Securityforcesaroundtheworldshouldbeheldaccountable.N
ooneisabovethelaw."

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

(Please check your answers against the article above.

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