The Reading / Listening - George Floyd - Level 6

The killing of George Floyd in the city of Minneapolis on May the 25th has reverberated 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 was pleading for air and then stopped moving. Days of rioting, looting and clashes with police followed as citizens vented their anger over the killing. The protests have escalated across America's major cities. There have also been protests outside U.S. embassies across the world. 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 taken the unusual step of issuing critical statements. The news publication "Foreign Policy" wrote: "Several U.S. 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 seeing how African leaders reacted to Floyd's death with anger and dismay." The U.S. ambassador to Congo 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 easier levels:

    George Floyd - Level 4  or  George Floyd - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. THE AFRICAN UNION: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about the African Union. 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?
       city / handcuffed / police / pleading / rioting / looting / protests / unprecedented /
       embassies / Africa / news / publication / domestic / anger / dismay / investigation
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. CHANGE: Students A strongly believe police forces need to change how they interact with people; Students B strongly believe they don't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. HOW TO PROTEST: What are the pros and cons of these? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Pros

Cons

Street protests

 

 

Online petitions

 

 

Hunger strikes

 

 

Marches

 

 

Boycotts

 

 

Labor strikes

 

 

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5. RIOTING: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "rioting". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. PROTESTS: Rank these with your partner. Put the most important things to protest against at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • taxes
  • corruption
  • equality
  • equal rights
  • democracy
  • war
  • immigration
  • global warming

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. reverberated a. Let out or expressed very strong emotions, like anger.
      2. pleading b. Being unfair or prejudicial between different categories of people, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.
      3. looting c. Had continuing and serious effects.
      4. vented d. Steal goods from a place, usually during a war or riot.
      5. unprecedented e. Making an emotional appeal; begging.
      6. condemning f. Never done or known before.
      7. discriminatory g. Expressing complete disapproval of, typically in public.

    Paragraph 2

      8. critical h. An official representing a country abroad.
      9. diplomat i. Get involved in an argument.
      10. weigh in on j. The fact or condition of being regarded or treated as more important.
      11. compelled k. Showing negative comments or judgments of someone or something.
      12. dismay l. Of a person, organization, or institution required or expected to be open and responsible for their actions or decisions.
      13. priority m. A feeling of shock and horror at something.
      14. accountable n. Forced or obliged someone to do something.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. George Floyd was in handcuffs when he died.     T / F
  2. The killing of George Floyd resulted in days of looting.     T / F
  3. There have been protests outside U.S. embassies in the USA.     T / F
  4. The African Union described the killing as "murder".     T / F
  5. The article says African embassies in the U.S. have been very critical.     T / F
  6. It is rare for U.S. embassies to comment on domestic issues.     T / F
  7. The U.S. ambassador to Chad said he was angry and dismayed.     T / F
  8. A U.S. ambassador said no one was above the law.     T / F

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

  1. reverberated
  2. pleading
  3. escalated
  4. unprecedented
  5. discriminatory
  6. issuing
  7. compelled
  8. conducting
  9. profoundly
  10. accountable
  1. releasing
  2. prejudicial
  3. begging
  4. responsible
  5. unheard of
  6. carrying out
  7. echoed
  8. intensely
  9. increased
  10. forced

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

  1. reverberated across
  2. Days of rioting, looting
  3. protests have
  4. take the unprecedented
  5. the continuing discriminatory practices
  6. weigh in
  7. reacted to Floyd's death with
  8. profoundly troubled
  9. a full criminal investigation as
  10. No one is above
  1. escalated
  2. anger and dismay
  3. against black citizens
  4. by the tragic death
  5. a top priority
  6. the world
  7. the law
  8. step
  9. on domestic U.S. issues
  10. and clashes

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
major
knelt
looting
reverberated
unprecedented
practices
pleading
embassies

The killing of George Floyd in the city of Minneapolis on May the 25th has (1) ____________ across the world. Mr Floyd, a handcuffed black man, died after a police officer                       (2) ____________ on his neck for over eight minutes, even after he was (3) ____________ for air and then stopped moving. Days of rioting, (4) ____________ and clashes with police followed as citizens vented their anger over the killing. The protests have escalated across America's (5) ____________ cities. There have also been protests outside U.S.                     (6) ____________ across the world. The killing of Mr Floyd led the African Union Commission to take the (7) ____________ step of condemning what it called "murder" and the "continuing discriminatory (8) ____________ against black citizens".

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
compelled
diplomats
tragic
weigh
dismay
unusual
accountable
criminal

Many U.S. embassies in Africa have taken the (9) ____________ step of issuing critical statements. The news publication "Foreign Policy" wrote: "Several U.S. (10) ____________ said it is rare for U.S. embassies abroad to (11) ____________ in on domestic U.S. issues. But in this case, the embassies were (12) ____________ to respond after seeing how African leaders reacted to Floyd's death with anger and (13) ____________." The U.S. ambassador to Congo wrote: "I am profoundly troubled by the (14) ____________ death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Justice Department is conducting a full (15) ____________ investigation as a top priority. Security forces around the world should be held (16) ____________. No one is above the law."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  in the city of Minneapolis on May the 25th has ______ the world
     a.  reverberate it across
     b.  reverb berated as cross
     c.  reverberated across
     d.  reverb berated a cross
2)  a police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes, even after he was ______
     a.  plead din for air
     b.  plea din for air
     c.  pleading for air
     d.  plead ding for air
3)  The protests have escalated across America's ______
     a.  majored cities
     b.  major cities
     c.  majors cities
     d.  majority cities
4)  led the African Union Commission to take the ______
     a.  unprecedented stepped
     b.  unprecedented step
     c.  unprecedented stepping
     d.  unprecedented steppe
5)  ... and the "continuing discriminatory practices against ______
     a.  black citizens
     b.  black denizens
     c.  black netizens
     d.  black Zen

6)  Many U.S. embassies in Africa have taken the unusual step of issuing ______
     a.  critically statements
     b.  critic all statements
     c.  critical statements
     d.  critical statement
7)  diplomats said it is rare for U.S. embassies abroad to weigh in on ______
     a.  domesticity U.S. issues
     b.  domesticated U.S. issues
     c.  dome stick U.S. issues
     d.  domestic U.S. issues
8)  how African leaders reacted to Floyd's death with ______
     a.  angry and dismay
     b.  anger and this May
     c.  auger and dismal
     d.  anger and dismay
9)  The U.S. ambassador to Congo wrote: "I am profoundly troubled by ______...
     a.  the tragedy death
     b.  the tragic dying
     c.  the tragedy dying
     d.  the tragic death
10)  Security forces around the world should be ______
     a.  held accountable
     b.  checked accountable
     c.  grasped accountable
     d.  open accountable

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The killing of George Floyd in the city of Minneapolis on May the 25th has (1) ___________________ world. Mr Floyd, a handcuffed black man, died after a police officer (2) ___________________ for over eight minutes, even after he was pleading for air and then stopped moving. Days of (3) ___________________ clashes with police followed as citizens vented their anger over the killing. The protests have escalated across America's major cities. There have also (4) ___________________ U.S. embassies across the world. The killing of Mr Floyd led the African Union Commission to take the unprecedented (5) ___________________ what it called "murder" and the "continuing (6) ___________________ black citizens".

Many U.S. embassies in Africa have taken the unusual step (7) ___________________ statements. The news publication "Foreign Policy" wrote: "Several U.S. diplomats said it (8) ___________________ U.S. embassies abroad to weigh in on domestic U.S. issues. But in this case, the embassies were (9) ___________________ after seeing how African leaders reacted to Floyd's death with (10) ___________________." The U.S. ambassador to Congo wrote: "I am (11) ___________________ 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 (12) ___________________. No one is above the law."

Comprehension questions

  1. Where did the article say the killing of Mr Floyd had reverberated?
  2. What did the article say protestors vented?
  3. Where were the US embassies that had protests outside?
  4. What kind of step did the article say the African Union took?
  5. What practices did the African Union mention?
  6. Where have many embassies been issuing critical statements?
  7. What is the name of the news publication mentioned in the article?
  8. What did diplomats say it was rare for embassies to weigh in on?
  9. What did an ambassador say the Justice Department is conducting?
  10. Who did an ambassador say was above the law?

Multiple choice quiz

1)  Where did the article say the killing of Mr Floyd had reverberated?
a) in New York
b) across the world
c) in sub-Saharan Africa
d) across Europe
2) What did the article say protestors vented?
a) their spleen
b) their frustration
c) their fury
d) their anger
3) Where were the US embassies that had protests outside?
a) across the world
b) in Los Angeles
c) in Nairobi
d) in the U.K.
4) What kind of step did the article say the African Union took?
a) a bold step
b) a baby step
c) an unprecedented step
d) a major step
5) What practices did the African Union mention?
a) poor practices
b) discriminatory practices
c) criminal practices
d) outrageous practices

6) Where have many embassies been issuing critical statements?
a) Latin America
b) Europe
c) Africa
d) Asia
7) What is the name of the news publication mentioned in the article?
a) Race Today
b) World Affairs
c) Africa Today
d) Foreign Policy
8) What did diplomats say it was rare for embassies to weigh in on?
a) domestic issues
b) race
c) society issues
d) criminal justice
9) What did an ambassador say the Justice Department is conducting?
a) a full criminal investigation
b) an experiment
c) tests
d) trials
10) Who did an ambassador say was above the law?
a) the rich
b) no one
c) the police
d) leaders

Role play

Role  A – Increased Tax
You think increased tax is the biggest reason to protest. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't a good reason to protest. Also, tell the others which is the worst reason of these to protest (and why): government corruption, immigration or global warming.

Role  B – Government Corruption
You think government corruption is the biggest reason to protest. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't a good reason to protest. Also, tell the others which is the worst reason of these to protest (and why): increased tax, immigration or global warming.

Role  C – Immigration
You think immigration is the biggest reason to protest. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't a good reason to protest. Also, tell the others which is the worst reason of these to protest (and why): government corruption, increased tax or global warming.

Role  D – Global Warming
You think global warming is the biggest reason to protest. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't a good reason to protest. Also, tell the others which is the worst reason of these to protest (and why): government corruption, immigration or increased tax.

After reading / listening

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

'African'

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  • and 'union'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • city
    • man
    • stopped
    • followed
    • outside
    • practices
    • unusual
    • several
    • case
    • reacted
    • tragic
    • held

    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 - George Floyd

    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 'condemn'?
    3. What news have you seen of this story?
    4. What three adjectives best describe this story?
    5. What should happen to the police officer?
    6. What can the police do to rectify this situation?
    7. What are police officers like in your country?
    8. What would make you protest?
    9. What do you think of the African Union's comments?
    10. What advice do you have for the protestors?

    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 'killing'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Should embassies be critical of what happens in their country?
    5. How do you think the criminal investigation will go?
    6. How will George Floyd's killing affect society in the USA?
    7. What do you know about the Black Lives Matter movement??
    8. What is the best way of honoring George Floyd's death?
    9. Do you see people being above the law in today's world?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the protestors?

    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)

    The killing of George Floyd in the city of Minneapolis on May the 25th has (1) ____ across the world. Mr Floyd, a handcuffed black man, died after a police officer (2) ____ on his neck for over eight minutes, even after he was pleading for air and then stopped moving. Days of rioting, (3) ____ and clashes with police followed as citizens vented their anger over the killing. The protests have (4) ____ across America's major cities. There have also been protests outside U.S. embassies across the world. The killing of Mr Floyd led the African Union Commission to take the unprecedented (5) ____ of condemning what it called "murder" and the "continuing discriminatory (6) ____ against black citizens".

    Many U.S. embassies in Africa have taken the unusual step of (7) ____ critical statements. The news publication "Foreign Policy" wrote: "Several U.S. diplomats said it is (8) ____ for U.S. embassies abroad to weigh in on domestic U.S. issues. But in this case, the embassies were compelled to respond after (9) ____ how African leaders reacted to Floyd's death with anger and dismay." The U.S. ambassador to Congo wrote: "I am (10) ____ troubled by the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Justice Department is (11) ____ a full criminal investigation as a top priority. Security forces around the world should be (12) ____ accountable. No one is above the law."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     reversed     (b)     reverberated     (c)     revered     (d)     abbreviated    
    2. (a)     steamed     (b)     knelt     (c)     pressured     (d)     shaken    
    3. (a)     meeting     (b)     looting     (c)     tooling     (d)     gearing    
    4. (a)     lifted     (b)     blasted     (c)     escalated     (d)     missed    
    5. (a)     step     (b)     block     (c)     piece     (d)     fuse    
    6. (a)     practices     (b)     blocks     (c)     blasts     (d)     fissures    
    7. (a)     deeming     (b)     conjuring     (c)     emitting     (d)     issuing    
    8. (a)     rare     (b)     wowed     (c)     vowed     (d)     determine    
    9. (a)     seen     (b)     seeing     (c)     sees     (d)     seer    
    10. (a)     profound     (b)     profundity     (c)     profoundly     (d)     proofing    
    11. (a)     fueling     (b)     firing     (c)     conducting     (d)     conducive    
    12. (a)     handled     (b)     held     (c)     hailed     (d)     holed

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. a anchfudfed black man
    3. he was epdaling for air
    4. The protests have clasaeetd
    5. outside U.S. sbaesimes
    6. scidnmiaiotrry practices

    Paragraph 2

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    2. Several U.S. polimdtas
    3. weigh in on smdeotic U.S. issues
    4. compelled to onpsred
    5. I am opfrodynlu troubled
    6. should be held aceotbncual

    Put the text back together

    (...)  to weigh in on domestic U.S. issues. But in this case, the embassies were compelled to
    (...)  criminal investigation as a top priority. Security forces around the world should be held accountable. No one is above the law."
    (...)  respond after seeing how African leaders reacted to Floyd's death with anger and
    (...)  publication "Foreign Policy" wrote: "Several U.S. diplomats said it is rare for U.S. embassies abroad
    (...)  dismay." The U.S. ambassador to Congo wrote: "I am profoundly troubled by the tragic
    (...)  escalated across America's major cities. There have also been protests outside U.S.
    (...)  for over eight minutes, even after he was pleading for air and then stopped moving. Days of rioting,
    (...)  Many U.S. embassies in Africa have taken the unusual step of issuing critical statements. The news
    (...)  embassies across the world. The killing of Mr Floyd led the African Union Commission to take
    (...)  death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Justice Department is conducting a full
    1  ) The killing of George Floyd in the city of Minneapolis on May the 25th has reverberated
    (...)  the unprecedented step of condemning what it called "murder" and the "continuing discriminatory practices against black citizens".
    (...)  looting and clashes with police followed as citizens vented their anger over the killing. The protests have
    (...)  across the world. Mr Floyd, a handcuffed black man, died after a police officer knelt on his neck

    Put the words in the right order

    1. neck   eight   for   on   minutes   .   Knelt   his   over
    2. cities   .   Protests   major   America's   across   escalated   have
    3. the   across   U.S.   world   .   outside   embassies   Protests
    4. what   it   called   "murder"   .   of   The   condemning   step
    5. black   discriminatory   practices   The   against   citizens   .   continuing
    6. statements   .   of   the   step   critical   unusual   Taken   issuing
    7. abroad   embassies   U.S.   Rare   for   to   weigh   in   .
    8. respond   to   were   compelled   seeing   Embassies   after   how   .
    9. I   profoundly   tragic   the   by   troubled   am   death   .
    10. a   as   full   top   priority   .   criminal   A   investigation

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The killing of George Floyd in the city of Minneapolis on May the 25th has prevaricated / reverberated across the world. Mr Floyd, a handcuffed black man, died after a police officer knelt / kneeling on his neck for over eight minutes, even after he was plead / pleading for air and then stopped moving. Days of rioting, looting and clashes with police followed was / as citizens vented / dented their anger over the killing. The protests have escalated / bounced across America's major cities. There have also been protests outside U.S. embassies across the world. The killing / dying of Mr Floyd led the African Union Commission to take the unprecedented stage / step of condemning what / that it called "murder" and the "continuing discriminatory practices against black netizens / citizens".

    Many U.S. embassies in Africa have taken the strange / unusual step of issuing critical statements. The news publicity / publication "Foreign Policy" wrote: "Several U.S. diplomats / diplomacy said it is rare for U.S. embassies abroad to weigh in / out on domestic U.S. issues. But in this base / case, the embassies were compelled to respond after seeing how African leaders reacted to Floyd's death with anger / angry and dismay." The U.S. ambassador to Congo wrote: "I am profoundly troubled / trouble by the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Justice Department is conducting a fully / full criminal investigation as a top priority. Security forces around the world should be grasped / held accountable. No one is above / higher the law."

    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

    the killing of george floyd in the city of minneapolis on may the 25th has reverberated 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 was pleading for air and then stopped moving days of rioting looting and clashes with police followed as citizens vented their anger over the killing the protests have escalated across americas major cities there have also been protests outside us embassies across the world 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 us embassies in africa have taken the unusual step of issuing critical statements the news publication foreign policy wrote several us diplomats said it is rare for us embassies abroad to weigh in on domestic us issues but in this case the embassies were compelled to respond after seeing how african leaders reacted to floyds death with anger and dismay the us ambassador to congo 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

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    ThekillingofGeorgeFloydinthecityofMinneapolisonMaythe25thhasre
    verberatedacrosstheworld.MrFloyd,ahandcuffedblackman,diedafte
    rapoliceofficerkneltonhisneckforovereightminutes,evenafterhewas
    pleadingforairandthenstoppedmoving.Daysofrioting,lootingandclas
    heswithpolicefollowedascitizensventedtheirangeroverthekilling.The
    protestshaveescalatedacrossAmerica'smajorcities.Therehavealsob
    eenprotestsoutsideU.S.embassiesacrosstheworld.ThekillingofMrFlo
    ydledtheAfricanUnionCommissiontotaketheunprecedentedstepofco
    ndemningwhatitcalled"murder"andthe"continuingdiscriminatorypr
    acticesagainstblackcitizens".ManyU.S.embassiesinAfricahavetaken
    theunusualstepofissuingcriticalstatements.Thenewspublication"For
    eignPolicy"wrote:"SeveralU.S.diplomatssaiditisrareforU.S.embassi
    esabroadtoweighinondomesticU.S.issues.Butinthiscase,theembass
    ieswerecompelledtorespondafterseeinghowAfricanleadersreactedt
    oFloyd'sdeathwithangeranddismay."TheU.S.ambassadortoCongow
    rote:"IamprofoundlytroubledbythetragicdeathofGeorgeFloydinMin
    neapolis.TheJusticeDepartmentisconductingafullcriminalinvestigati
    onasatoppriority.Securityforcesaroundtheworldshouldbeheldaccou
    ntable.Nooneisabovethelaw."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    It is true that no one in the world is above the law. 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. THE AFRICAN UNION: Make a poster about the African Union. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. ACCOUNTABLE: Write a magazine article about new laws that make the police more a lot accountable for the things they do wrong. 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 embassies. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how embassies can promote greater harmony around the world. 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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