The Reading / Listening - Jail Sentence - Level 6

An administration error in the prisons system in Samoa resulted in a man being incarcerated for five years longer than he was sentenced to serve. Sio Agafili, 45, should have been released from prison in December 2015 after serving two concurrent jail terms. In November 2008, Mr Agafili was convicted of burglary and theft and sentenced to seven years in prison. A month later he was found guilty of other misdemeanours and slapped with a five-year sentence. The default procedure in Samoa's criminal justice system is that a convict with two sentences must serve them concurrently and not consecutively. The error was spotted recently by a judge when Mr Agafili appeared in court on another charge.



In an interview with the Samoa Observer newspaper, Agafili described his anguish at spending too long behind bars. He said: "It's broken me into a million pieces. No one told me when my jail term would end. I lost count of the days. I don't remember much about when I should be out. I just know I had to serve my time behind bars." Mr Agafili's lawyer Muriel Lui spoke to reporters about the injustice suffered by her client. She said: "He's been imprisoned unlawfully. I've heard of other cases of a similar nature. This is not the first of this type." She added: "His right to liberty has definitely been breached." Ms Lui said that she would be seeking compensation for her client.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Jail Sentence - Level 4  or  Jail Sentence - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/420724/samoa-man-jailed-for-5-years-too-long
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/08/no-one-told-me-samoan-man-serves-five-more-years-in-prison-than-he-had-to
  • https://www.samoaobserver.ws/category/samoa/66126


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. JAIL: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about jail. 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?
       error / incarcerated / sentence / jail / burglary / theft / guilty / criminal / judge /
       interview / anguish / count / behind bars / lawyer / reporters / nature / compensation
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. PRISON: Students A strongly believe prison is the best way to punish people; Students B strongly believe it isn't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

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

  • prison
  • community service
  • fines
  • education
  • corporal punishment
  • capital punishment
  • tagging
  • house arrest

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. administration a. Imprisoned or confined.
      2. incarcerated b. Declare someone to be guilty of a criminal offense.
      3. concurrent c. The process or activity of running a business, organization, etc.
      4. convicted d. Small acts of dishonest or illegal behaviour.
      5. burglary e. Entry into a building illegally to steal things.
      6. misdemeanours f. One after another without interruption.
      7. consecutively g. Existing, happening, or done at the same time.

    Paragraph 2

      8. anguish h. Something (usually money) awarded to someone because they suffered pain, loss or injury.
      9. behind bars i. A total lack of fairness; being greatly wronged.
      10. term j. The state of being free within society from restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life.
      11. injustice k. Severe mental or physical pain or suffering.
      12. liberty l. In prison.
      13. breached m. Broke or failed to observe a law, agreement, or code of conduct.
      14. compensation n. A fixed or limited period for which something lasts.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. A man was put in prison in Samoa for the wrong reason.     T / F
  2. The man should have been released from prison earlier this year.     T / F
  3. The man was found guilty of burglary and theft.     T / F
  4. In Samoa, two prison sentences must be served one after the other.     T / F
  5. The man said he spent a long time in front of bars.     T / F
  6. The man said he lost count of the days he spent in prison.     T / F
  7. A lawyer said it is the first time she has heard of unlawful imprisonment. T / F
  8. The lawyer will try to get compensation for her client.     T / F

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

  1. error
  2. incarcerated
  3. released
  4. misdemeanours
  5. concurrently
  6. anguish
  7. injustice
  8. cases
  9. liberty
  10. compensation
  1. freedom
  2. wrongdoing
  3. pain
  4. set free
  5. unfairness
  6. mistake
  7. damages
  8. simultaneously
  9. imprisoned
  10. examples

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

  1. An administration
  2. incarcerated
  3. convicted
  4. serve them concurrently and
  5. Mr Agafili appeared in court on
  6. It's broken me into
  7. I had to serve my
  8. other cases of a similar
  9. His right to liberty has definitely
  10. seeking
  1. a million pieces
  2. of burglary
  3. another charge
  4. nature
  5. compensation
  6. for five years
  7. been breached
  8. error
  9. time behind bars
  10. not consecutively

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
sentenced
guilty
convict
theft
charge
error
concurrent
default

An administration (1) _____________________in the prisons system in Samoa resulted in a man being incarcerated for five years longer than he was (2) _____________________to serve. Sio Agafili, 45, should have been released from prison in December 2015 after serving two (3) _____________________jail terms. In November 2008, Mr Agafili was convicted of burglary and (4) _____________________and sentenced to seven years in prison. A month later he was found (5) _____________________of other misdemeanours and slapped with a five-year sentence. The (6) _____________________procedure in Samoa's criminal justice system is that a (7) _____________________with two sentences must serve them concurrently and not consecutively. The error was spotted recently by a judge when Mr Agafili appeared in court on another (8) _____________________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
million
suffered
compensation
anguish
definitely
time
count
nature

In an interview with the Samoa Observer newspaper, Agafili described his (9) _____________________at spending too long behind bars. He said: "It's broken me into a (10) _____________________pieces. No one told me when my jail term would end. I lost (11) _____________________of the days. I don't remember much about when I should be out. I just know I had to serve my (12) _____________________behind bars." Mr Agafili's lawyer Muriel Lui spoke to reporters about the injustice (13) _____________________by her client. She said: "He's been imprisoned unlawfully. I've heard of other cases of a similar (14) _____________________. This is not the first of this type." She added: "His right to liberty has (15) _____________________been breached." Ms Lui said that she would be seeking (16) _____________________for her client.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) error in the prisons system in Samoa resulted in a man ______
     a.  been incarcerated
     b.  be in incarcerated
     c.  being incarcerated
     d.  be incarcerated
2)  for five years longer than he was sentenced ______
     a.  to serve
     b.  too surge
     c.  to swerve
     d.  to suave
3) he was found guilty of other misdemeanours and ______ five-year sentence
     a.  slipped with a
     b.  swapped with a
     c.  slopped with a
     d.  slapped with a
4)  a convict with two sentences must serve them concurrently _______
     a.  and not consecutive
     b.  and not connectivity
     c.  and not cons actively
     d.  and not consecutively
5)  when Mr Agafili appeared in court ______
     a.  on another change
     b.  on another charge
     c.  on another chart
     d.  on another char

6)  In an interview with the Samoa Observer newspaper, Agafili ______
     a.  describe this anguish
     b.  described this anguish
     c.  describe his anguish
     d.  described his anguish
7)  I just know I had to serve my ______
     a.  time beyond boars
     b.  time behind bar
     c.  time beyond bards
     d.  time behind bars
8)  I've heard of other cases of ______
     a.  assimilate nature
     b.  a symmetric nature
     c.  as miller nature
     d.  a similar nature
9)  She added: "His right to liberty has definitely ______."
     a.  been breached
     b.  been broached
     c.  been beached
     d.  been benched
10)  Ms Lui said that she would be seeking ______ client
     a.  compensation frame her
     b.  compensation form her
     c.  compensation from her
     d.  compensation for her

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An administration error in the (1) ____________________ Samoa resulted in a man being incarcerated for five years longer than he was sentenced to serve. Sio Agafili, 45, should have (2) ____________________ prison in December 2015 after serving two (3) ____________________. In November 2008, Mr Agafili was convicted of burglary and theft and sentenced to seven years in prison. A month later he was (4) ____________________ other misdemeanours and slapped with a five-year sentence. The default procedure in Samoa's criminal justice system is (5) ____________________ with two sentences must serve them concurrently and not consecutively. The error was spotted recently by a judge when Mr Agafili appeared in court (6) ____________________.

In an interview with the Samoa Observer newspaper, Agafili described his anguish at spending too (7) ____________________. He said: "It's broken me into a million pieces. No one told me when my (8) ____________________ end. I lost count of the days. I don't remember much about when I should be out. I just know I had to (9) ____________________ behind bars." Mr Agafili's lawyer Muriel Lui spoke to reporters about the (10) ____________________ her client. She said: "He's been imprisoned unlawfully. I've heard of other cases of (11) ____________________. This is not the first of this type." She added: "His (12) ____________________ has definitely been breached." Ms Lui said that she would be seeking compensation for her client.

Comprehension questions

  1. What kind of error did the article say had been made?
  2. For how long was Mr Agafili sentenced for burglary?
  3. How long was the second jail term Mr Agafili received?
  4. How must two sentences given to a convict be served in Samoa?
  5. Who spotted the error?
  6. What is the name of the newspaper Mr Agafili was interviewed by?
  7. Into how many pieces did Mr Agafili say he had been broken?
  8. What did Mr Agafili lose count of?
  9. What did Mr Agafili's lawyer say had happened to his liberty?
  10. What is Mr Agafili's lawyer seeking for him?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What kind of error did the article say had been made?
a) a huge error
b) an administration error
c) an easy-to-make error
d) an unforgiveable error
2) For how long was Mr Agafili sentenced for burglary?
a) five years
b) eight years
c) six years
d) seven years
3) How long was the second jail term Mr Agafili received?
a) eight years
b) six years
c) five years
d) seven years
4) How must two sentences given to a convict be served in Samoa?
a) concurrently
b) well
c) consecutively
d) in full
5) Who spotted the error?
a) a convict
b) a judge
c) a reporter
d) a police officer

6) What is the name of the newspaper Mr Agafili was interviewed by?
a) The Samoa Observer
b) The Prison Times
c) The New York Times
d) South Pacific News
7) Into how many pieces did Mr Agafili say he had been broken?
a) a billion
b) six or seven
c) a million
d) gazillions
8) What did Mr Agafili lose count of?
a) days
b) cells
c) prisons
d) names
9) What did Mr Agafili's lawyer say had happened to his liberty?
a) nothing
b) it was stolen
c) it had been returned
d) it has been breached
10) What is Mr Agafili's lawyer seeking for him?
a) better conditions
b) a new job
c) compensation
d) liberty

Role play

Role  A – Prison
You think prison is the best form of punishment. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their forms. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): fines, house arrest or capital punishment.

Role  B – Fines
You think fines are the best form of punishment. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their forms. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): prison, house arrest or capital punishment.

Role  C – House Arrest
You think house arrest is the best form of punishment. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their forms. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): fines, prison or capital punishment.

Role  D – Capital Punishment
You think capital punishment is the best form of punishment. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their forms. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): fines, house arrest or prison.

After reading / listening

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

'jail'

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  • and 'sentence'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • sentenced
    • terms
    • theft
    • guilty
    • default
    • another
    • anguish
    • pieces
    • count
    • suffered
    • nature
    • right




    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 - Jail Sentence

    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 'prison'?
    3. What do you think of prisons?
    4. How would you feel about going to prison?
    5. Do you think prison is the best way to punish people?
    6. How would you feel if you were the man in this story?
    7. What should be the punishment for burglary?
    8. What do you think of your country's criminal justice system?
    9. Should two prison sentences be served consecutively?
    10. What advice do you have for Mr Agafili?

    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 'sentence'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What kind of anguish do you think Mr Agafili felt?
    5. How would you count the days in prison?
    6. How tough should prison be?
    7. What would you do on your first day out of prison?
    8. Do you think you would be a good judge?
    9. What kind of compensation should Mr Agafili get?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Mr Agafili?

    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)

    An administration (1) ____ in the prisons system in Samoa resulted in a man being (2) ____ for five years longer than he was sentenced to serve. Sio Agafili, 45, should have been released from prison in December 2015 after serving two (3) ____ jail terms. In November 2008, Mr Agafili was convicted (4) ____ burglary and theft and sentenced to seven years in prison. A month later he was found guilty of other misdemeanours and (5) ____ with a five-year sentence. The default procedure in Samoa's criminal justice system is that a (6) ____ with two sentences must serve them concurrently and not consecutively. The error was spotted recently by a judge when Mr Agafili appeared in court on another charge.

    In an interview with the Samoa Observer newspaper, Agafili described his (7) ____ at spending too long behind bars. He said: "It's broken me into a million (8) ____. No one told me when my jail term would end. I lost count of the days. I don't remember much about when I should be out. I just know I had to serve my (9) ____ behind bars." Mr Agafili's lawyer Muriel Lui spoke to reporters about the injustice suffered (10) ____ her client. She said: "He's been imprisoned unlawfully. I've heard of other cases of a similar (11) ____. This is not the first of this type." She added: "His right to liberty has definitely been breached." Ms Lui said that she would be (12) ____ compensation for her client.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     errata     (b)     error     (c)     erratum     (d)     err    
    2. (a)     incinerated     (b)     incarcerated     (c)     inculcated     (d)     indoctrinated    
    3. (a)     concave     (b)     concreted     (c)     currency     (d)     concurrent    
    4. (a)     to     (b)     of     (c)     by     (d)     on     
    5. (a)     slurped     (b)     slapped     (c)     slipped     (d)     slopped    
    6. (a)     conduct     (b)     evict     (c)     convict     (d)     victor    
    7. (a)     season     (b)     justify     (c)     anguish     (d)     reception    
    8. (a)     veins     (b)     arteries     (c)     pieces     (d)     cells    
    9. (a)     semester     (b)     longing     (c)     hours     (d)     time    
    10. (a)     as     (b)     on     (c)     of     (d)     by    
    11. (a)     nature     (b)     environment     (c)     idyll     (d)     network    
    12. (a)     reeking     (b)     peeking     (c)     seeking     (d)     wreaking

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. An nimtdiaoitnras error
    2. a man being ieeandccartr for five years
    3. serving two oenrcnutrc jail terms
    4. convicted of ugrrlaby and theft
    5. The default pedreourc
    6. not csilyonvceteu

    Paragraph 2

    1. Agafili described his suaghin
    2. the niuictjes suffered by her client
    3. He's been imprisoned unawfllyul
    4. His right to telriby has
    5. definitely been edeabrch
    6. seeking oocaennpsimt for her client

    Put the text back together

    (...)  long behind bars. He said: "It's broken me into a million pieces. No one told me when my jail term would end. I lost
    (...)  for five years longer than he was sentenced to serve. Sio Agafili, 45, should have been released from
    (...)  convicted of burglary and theft and sentenced to seven years in prison. A month later he was found
    (...)  prison in December 2015 after serving two concurrent jail terms. In November 2008, Mr Agafili was
    (...)  been breached." Ms Lui said that she would be seeking compensation for her client.
    (...)  system is that a convict with two sentences must serve them concurrently and not consecutively. The error was
    1  ) An administration error in the prisons system in Samoa resulted in a man being incarcerated
    (...)  time behind bars." Mr Agafili's lawyer Muriel Lui spoke to reporters about the injustice suffered
    (...)  spotted recently by a judge when Mr Agafili appeared in court on another charge.
    (...)  count of the days. I don't remember much about when I should be out. I just know I had to serve my
    (...)  cases of a similar nature. This is not the first of this type." She added: "His right to liberty has definitely
    (...)  In an interview with the Samoa Observer newspaper, Agafili described his anguish at spending too
    (...)  by her client. She said: "He's been imprisoned unlawfully. I've heard of other
    (...)  guilty of other misdemeanours and slapped with a five-year sentence. The default procedure in Samoa's criminal justice

    Put the words in the right order

    1. administration   An   the   in   system   .   prisons   error
    2. years   .   seven   and   burglary   of   Convicted   to   sentenced
    3. he   guilty   .   later   A   was   month   found
    4. in   procedure   The   system   .   default   justice   Samoa's   criminal
    5. recently   a   by   error   The   judge   .   spotted   was
    6. long   at   too   spending   behind   bars   .   His   anguish
    7. to   had   time   behind   bars   .   serve   my   I
    8. heard   nature   .   similar   of   cases   I've   a   of
    9. breached   .   has   liberty   His   to   right   definitely   been
    10. seeking   her   client   .   for   compensation   be   would   She

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    An administration erratum / error in the prisons system in Samoa resulted in a man being incarcerated / incinerated for five years longer than he was sentenced to serve. Sio Agafili, 45, should have been released from prison in December 2015 after saving / serving two concurrent jail terms. In November 2008, Mr Agafili was convicted / evicted of burglary and theft / thief and sentenced to seven years in prison. A month later he was found guilty at / of other misdemeanours and slipped / slapped with a five-year sentence. The fault / default procedure in Samoa's criminal justice system is that a convict with two sentences must serve them concurrently / currency and not consecutively. The error was spotted recently by a judge when Mr Agafili appeared in court on / in another charge.

    In an interview on / with the Samoa Observer newspaper, Agafili described his anguish at / to spending too long behind bars. He said: "It's broken me into a million places / pieces. No one told me when my jail term / theme would end. I lost count / counter of the days. I don't remember much about when I should be out. I just know I had to serve my time behind bars." Mr Agafili's lawyer Muriel Lui spoke to reporters about the judicial / injustice suffered by her client / clientele. She said: "He's been imprisoned unlawfully. I've heard of other cases of a similar / similarity nature. This is not the first of this type." She added: "His right to liberty has definitely been bleached / breached." Ms Lui said that she would be seeking compensation / condensation for her client.

    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

    an administration error in the prisons system in samoa resulted in a man being incarcerated for five years longer than he was sentenced to serve sio agafili 45 should have been released from prison in december 2015 after serving two concurrent jail terms in november 2008 mr agafili was convicted of burglary and theft and sentenced to seven years in prison a month later he was found guilty of other misdemeanours and slapped with a fiveyear sentence the default procedure in samoas criminal justice system is that a convict with two sentences must serve them concurrently and not consecutively the error was spotted recently by a judge when mr agafili appeared in court on another charge

    in an interview with the samoa observer newspaper agafili described his anguish at spending too long behind bars he said its broken me into a million pieces no one told me when my jail term would end i lost count of the days i dont remember much about when i should be out i just know i had to serve my time behind bars mr agafilis lawyer muriel lui spoke to reporters about the injustice suffered by her client she said hes been imprisoned unlawfully ive heard of other cases of a similar nature this is not the first of this type she added his right to liberty has definitely been breached ms lui said that she would be seeking compensation for her client

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    AnadministrationerrorintheprisonssysteminSamoaresultedinaman
    beingincarceratedforfiveyearslongerthanhewassentencedtoserve.S
    ioAgafili,45,shouldhavebeenreleasedfromprisoninDecember2015af
    terservingtwoconcurrentjailterms.InNovember2008,MrAgafiliwasc
    onvictedofburglaryandtheftandsentencedtosevenyearsinprison.Am
    onthlaterhewasfoundguiltyofothermisdemeanoursandslappedwitha
    five-yearsentence.ThedefaultprocedureinSamoa'scriminaljustices
    ystemisthataconvictwithtwosentencesmustservethemconcurrently
    andnotconsecutively.TheerrorwasspottedrecentlybyajudgewhenMr
    Agafiliappearedincourtonanothercharge.InaninterviewwiththeSam
    oaObservernewspaper,Agafilidescribedhisanguishatspendingtoolo
    ngbehindbars.Hesaid:"It'sbrokenmeintoamillionpieces.Noonetold
    mewhenmyjailtermwouldend.Ilostcountofthedays.Idon'tremember
    muchaboutwhenIshouldbeout.IjustknowIhadtoservemytimebehind
    bars."MrAgafili'slawyerMurielLuispoketoreportersabouttheinjustice
    sufferedbyherclient.Shesaid:"He'sbeenimprisonedunlawfully.I'veh
    eardofothercasesofasimilarnature.Thisisnotthefirstofthistype."She
    added:"Hisrighttolibertyhasdefinitelybeenbreached."MsLuisaidthat
    shewouldbeseekingcompensationforherclient.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Prison is not a good punishment. 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. JAIL: Make a poster about jail. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. CLOSE JAILS: Write a magazine article about closing all jails and switching to an alternative form of punishment. 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 jail. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on jail. 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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