The Reading / Listening - Black Lives Matter - Level 2

Black Lives Matter protests have spread after the death of George Floyd two weeks ago. Protestors marched in many cities worldwide. They held signs with "Black Lives Matter" and other slogans written on them. They wore T-shirts with the words "I can't breathe" and "Silence is violence" on them. Canada's Prime Minister joined an anti-racism demonstration. He took the knee with thousands of other people who silently got down on one knee. Similar protests have taken place in Australia, Mexico, South Korea, Poland, Norway and many other countries in support of equality.



Protestors explained why they joined the Black Lives Matter marches. A teacher said: "I have come down in support of black people who have been ill-treated for many, many, many, many, years. It is time for change." An IT specialist said: "We are all human beings. There should be fairness for all of us." She added that Black Lives Matter doesn't mean anyone else's life doesn't. Another marcher said people should not avoid talking about race. He said we needed to have conversations, "if we want to finally create a kind of society where black bodies are treated equally".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Black Lives Matter - Level 0 Black Lives Matter - Level 1   or  Black Lives Matter - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-minneapolis-police-protests-global/your-pain-is-my-pain-global-anti-racism-protests-rage-idUSKBN23C289
  • https://www.dw.com/en/germany-thousands-attend-anti-racism-protests-honoring-george-floyd/a-53700909
  • https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20200607_05/


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. spread after the death
  2. Protestors marched in many
  3. T-shirts with the words
  4. joined an anti-racism
  5. He took
  6. people who silently got
  7. Similar protests have
  8. other countries in support
  1. down on one knee
  2. "I can't breathe"
  3. of equality
  4. the knee
  5. cities worldwide
  6. taken place
  7. of George Floyd
  8. demonstration

Paragraph 2

  1. I have come down in support
  2. who have been ill-
  3. We are all human
  4. There should be fairness
  5. people should not avoid talking
  6. we needed to have
  7. create a kind of
  8. treated
  1. for all of us
  2. equally
  3. about race
  4. of black people
  5. society
  6. treated
  7. conversations
  8. beings

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Black Lives Matter protests (1) ___________________ the death of George Floyd two weeks ago. Protestors (2) ___________________ cities worldwide. They held signs with "Black Lives Matter" and other (3) ___________________ them. They wore T-shirts with the words "I can't breathe" and "Silence (4) ___________________ them. Canada's Prime Minister joined an anti-racism demonstration. He took the knee with thousands of other people who silently got down (5) ___________________. Similar protests have taken place in Australia, Mexico, South Korea, Poland, Norway and many other countries in (6) ___________________.

Protestors explained (7) ___________________ the Black Lives Matter marches. A teacher said: "I have come (8) ___________________ of black people who have been ill-treated for many, many, many, many, years. It is (9) ___________________." An IT specialist said: "We are all human beings. There should (10) ___________________ all of us." She added that Black Lives Matter (11) ___________________ else's life doesn't. Another marcher said people should not avoid talking about race. He said we needed to have conversations, "if we want to finally create a (12) ___________________ where black bodies are treated equally".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

BlackLivesMatterprotestshavespreadafterthedeathofGeorgeFloydt
woweeksago.Protestorsmarchedinmanycitiesworldwide.Theyheldsi
gnswith"BlackLivesMatter"andothersloganswrittenonthem.Theywo
reT-shirtswiththewords"Ican'tbreathe"and"Silenceisviolence"onth
em.Canada'sPrimeMinisterjoinedananti-racismdemonstration.Het
ookthekneewiththousandsofotherpeoplewhosilentlygotdownonone
knee.SimilarprotestshavetakenplaceinAustralia,Mexico,SouthKore
a,Poland,Norwayandmanyothercountriesinsupportofequality.Prote
storsexplainedwhytheyjoinedtheBlackLivesMattermarches.Ateache
rsaid:"Ihavecomedowninsupportofblackpeoplewhohavebeenill-tre
atedformany,many,many,many,years.Itistimeforchange."AnITspe
cialistsaid:"Weareallhumanbeings.Thereshouldbefairnessforallofus
."SheaddedthatBlackLivesMatterdoesn'tmeananyoneelse'slifedoes
n't.Anothermarchersaidpeopleshouldnotavoidtalkingaboutrace.Hes
aidweneededtohaveconversations,"ifwewanttofinallycreateakindof
societywhereblackbodiesaretreatedequally".

Student survey

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

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

Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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