The Reading / Listening - Litter - Level 6

Litterbugs who drop their rubbish in national parks in Thailand may be in for a surprise the next time they check their mail - the litter they left may have been returned to them. Thailand's Environment Minister has decided to take a stand on the increasing amount of sweet wrappers, plastic bottles and paper that is strewn across national parks. He has asked park wardens to collect the litter and mail it to the offending litterbug. It comes with a letter that says: "We collected your garbage in a cardboard box and sent it to your home. This should be a lesson to you, to never again throw away waste anywhere." Additional penalties could come in the form of five years imprisonment or a hefty $16,000 fine.



The severe penalties have been initiated because of litter becoming an eyesore in many of Thailand's beauty spots. Park wardens say it is relatively easy to track down and identify offenders, as all visitors to the parks are required to register their address when they enter a park. Anyone who leaves refuse near their assigned camping spot will be reunited with their waste. Narin Pinsakul, chief of the Khao Yai National Park near Bangkok, explained why the parks were introducing their return-to-litterbug policy. He said: "It can be dangerous for animals like deer if they eat the rubbish and try to digest plastic waste that people leave behind." The Environment Minister said people should only leave footprints behind.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Litter - Level 4  or  Litter - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3101999/thailands-khao-yai-national-park-mails-tourists-rubbish
  • https://www.asianewsday.com/thai-national-park-officials-mail-back-trash-as-souvenirs-to-tourists/
  • https://bangkokherald.com/living/environment/return-to-sender-thai-national-park-mails-back-litter-to-campers/


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. LITTER: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about litter. 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?
       litterbug / national park / surprise / mail / environment / cardboard box / fines /
       severe / beauty spots / visitors / address / camping / policy / plastic / footprints
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. PRISON: Students A strongly believe people should be put in prison for littering; Students B strongly believe the opposite. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. PLACES TO LITTER: How bad is it to litter in these places? What should be done to the litterbugs? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How Bad?

Litterbug Punishment

A national park

 

 

A beach

 

 

A library

 

 

A shopping mall

 

 

A street

 

 

A place of worship

 

 

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5. SURPRISE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "surprise". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. TYPES OF LITTER: Rank these with your partner. Put the worst at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • plastic bottles
  • face masks
  • newspapers
  • chewing gum
  • train tickets
  • burger wrappers
  • straws
  • potato chip bag

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. litterbug a. Scatter or spread untidily over a surface or area.
      2. take a stand b. A person who commits an illegal act.
      3. wrapper c. A person who carelessly drops trash in a public place.
      4. strewn d. A very large number or amount of.
      5. offender e. Act to fight for something you feel strongly about.
      6. penalty f. A piece of paper, plastic, or foil covering and protecting something (often food).
      7. hefty g. A punishment imposed for breaking a law, rule, or contract.

    Paragraph 2

      8. severe h. Break down food in the stomach so it can be absorbed and used by the body.
      9. initiated i. Strict or harsh.
      10. eyesore j. Caused a process or action to begin.
      11. refuse k. Set something aside for a specific purpose.
      12. assigned l. Things that are thrown away or rejected as worthless; trash.
      13. policy m. A thing that is very ugly, especially a building that spoils the view of a landscape.
      14. digest n. A course of action adopted or proposed by a government, party, business, or individual.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article said bugs are surprised when people drop litter.     T / F
  2. Thailand's Minister for Parks has decided to take a stand.     T / F
  3. Litter is mailed to people in a cardboard box.     T / F
  4. People can get a $16,000 fine for littering in Thai national parks.     T / F
  5. The article said the parks are great for people with sore eyes.     T / F
  6. Visitors to the parks must register with their address.     T / F
  7. A park warden said the litter can be a danger to deer.     T / F
  8. The government said people should only leave footprints in parks.     T / F

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

  1. rubbish
  2. surprise
  3. strewn
  4. collected
  5. penalties
  6. severe
  7. eyesore
  8. track down
  9. policy
  10. leave behind
  1. plans
  2. punishments
  3. harsh
  4. shock
  5. find
  6. trash
  7. gathered
  8. abandon
  9. scattered
  10. ugly sight

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

  1. the next time they check
  2. paper that is strewn
  3. cardboard
  4. a hefty $16,000
  5. five years
  6. litter becoming
  7. required to register
  8. camping
  9. dangerous for animals
  10. people should only leave footprints
  1. their address
  2. fine
  3. behind
  4. across national parks
  5. box
  6. like deer
  7. imprisonment
  8. an eyesore
  9. their mail
  10. spot

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
surprise
box
strewn
hefty
stand
penalties
rubbish
litterbug

Litterbugs who drop their (1) _____________________ in national parks in Thailand may be in for a (2) _____________________ the next time they check their mail - the litter they left may have been returned to them. Thailand's Environment Minister has decided to take a (3) _____________________ on the increasing amount of sweet wrappers, plastic bottles and paper that is (4) _____________________ across national parks. He has asked park wardens to collect the litter and mail it to the offending (5) _____________________. It comes with a letter that says: "We collected your garbage in a cardboard (6) _____________________ and sent it to your home. This should be a lesson to you, to never again throw away waste anywhere." Additional (7) _____________________ could come in the form of five years imprisonment or a (8) _____________________ $16,000 fine.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
identify
spot
digest
register
eyesore
footprints
severe
policy

The (9) _____________________ penalties have been initiated because of litter becoming an (10) _____________________ in many of Thailand's beauty spots. Park wardens say it is relatively easy to track down and (11) _____________________ offenders, as all visitors to the parks are required to (12) _____________________ their address when they enter a park. Anyone who leaves refuse near their assigned camping (13) _____________________ will be reunited with their waste. Narin Pinsakul, chief of the Khao Yai National Park near Bangkok, explained why the parks were introducing their return-to-litterbug (14) _____________________. He said: "It can be dangerous for animals like deer if they eat the rubbish and try to (15) _____________________ plastic waste that people leave behind." The Environment Minister said people should only leave (16) _____________________ behind.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Thailand's Environment Minister has decided to ______
     a.  take a shard
     b.  taker sand
     c.  take a stand
     d.  take as tend
2)  asked park wardens to collect the litter and mail it to the ______
     a.  offend in jitterbug
     b.  offending lit a bug
     c.  offending litterbug
     d.  off end in lit tab bug
3)  We collected your garbage in ______
     a.  a cards board box
     b.  a cards boards box
     c.  a cards boards boxes
     d.  a cardboard box
4)  This should be a lesson to you, to never again throw ______
     a.  away paste anywhere
     b.  away yeast anywhere
     c.  away oats anywhere
     d.  away waste anywhere
5)  come in the form of five years imprisonment or a ______
     a.  hefty $16,000 fine
     b.  heft tee $16,000 fine
     c.  heft tea $16,000 fine
     d.  half tea $16,000 fine

6)  The severe penalties have been initiated because of litter ______
     a.  becoming an eyesore
     b.  becoming an eyesight
     c.  becoming an eye store
     d.  becoming an eyes' awe
7)  Park wardens say it is relatively easy to track down ______
     a.  and identify your fenders
     b.  and identify oh fenders
     c.  and identify defenders
     d.  and identify offenders
8)  Anyone who leaves refuse near their ______
     a.  assigned camping spotty
     b.  assigned camp pins pot
     c.  assigned camp pin spotted
     d.  assigned camping spot
9)  explained why the parks were introducing their return-______
     a.  to-litterbug police it
     b.  to-litterbug policy
     c.  to-litterbug poll as see
     d.  to-litterbug poll I see
10)  The Environment Minister said people should only leave ______
     a.  feet prince behind
     b.  feet prints behind
     c.  food prints behind
     d.  footprints behind

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Litterbugs who (1) ____________________ in national parks in Thailand may be in for a surprise the next time they check their mail - the (2) ____________________ may have been returned to them. Thailand's Environment Minister has decided to take (3) ____________________ the increasing amount of sweet wrappers, plastic bottles and paper that is strewn across national parks. He has asked park wardens to collect the litter and mail it to (4) ____________________. It comes with a letter that says: "We collected your garbage in a cardboard box and sent it to your home. This should be a lesson to you, to (5) ____________________ away waste anywhere." Additional penalties could come in the form of five years imprisonment (6) ____________________ $16,000 fine.

The severe penalties (7) ____________________ because of litter becoming an eyesore in many of Thailand's beauty spots. Park wardens say it is relatively (8) ____________________ down and identify offenders, as all visitors to the parks are required to register their address when they enter a park. Anyone who leaves (9) ____________________ assigned camping spot will be reunited with their waste. Narin Pinsakul, chief of the Khao Yai National Park near Bangkok, (10) ____________________ parks were introducing their return-to-litterbug policy. He said: "It can be dangerous for animals like deer if they eat the rubbish and (11) ____________________ plastic waste that people leave behind." The Environment Minister said people should only (12) ____________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. Who did the article say might be in for a surprise?
  2. Which member of the Thai government decided to take a stand?
  3. Who has to collect the litter?
  4. How is the litter mailed to those who created it?
  5. How much can people get fined for littering in Thailand's national parks?
  6. What did the article say litter is becoming?
  7. What do visitors to the park need to register?
  8. Where is the litter collected from?
  9. What animals might the litter be a danger to?
  10. What did a government minister say it is OK to leave in the parks?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  Who did the article say might be in for a surprise?
a) campers
b) litterbugs
c) government ministers
d) refuse collectors
2) Which member of the Thai government decided to take a stand?
a) the Parks Minister
b) the Prime Minister
c) the Minister for Litter and Trash
d) the Environment Minister
3) Who has to collect the litter?
a) park wardens
b) hikers
c) a private company
d) everyone
4) How is the litter mailed to those who created it?
a) in recyclable bags
b) by express post
c) in cardboard boxes
d) in a garbage truck
5) How much can people get fined for littering in Thailand's national parks?
a) $18,000
b) $16,000
c) $12,000
d) $10,000

6) What did the article say litter is becoming?
a) a mountain
b) a danger
c) an eyesore
d) expensive
7) What do visitors to the park need to register?
a) their e-mail address
b) their mobile number
c) their car number plate
d) their addresses
8) Where is the litter collected from?
a) camping spots
b) riversides
c) rubbish bins
d) mountain tops
9) What animals might the litter be a danger to?
a) deer
b) bears
c) rats
d) elephants

10) What did a government minister say it is OK to leave in the parks?
a) memories
b) footprints
c) money
d) advice

Role play

Role  A – Plastic Bottles
You think plastic bottles are the worst forms of litter. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their types of litter aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least harmful of these (and why): face masks, chewing gum or straws.

Role  B – Face Masks
You think face masks are the worst forms of litter. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their types of litter aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least harmful of these (and why): plastic bottles, chewing gum or straws.

Role  C – Chewing Gum
You think chewing gum is the worst form of litter. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their types of litter aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least harmful of these (and why): face masks, plastic bottles or straws.

Role  D – Straws
You think straws are the worst forms of litter. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their types of litter aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least harmful of these (and why): face masks, chewing gum or plastic bottles.

After reading / listening

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

'tourist'

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  • and 'litter'.

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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:

    • drop
    • stand
    • strewn
    • comes
    • lesson
    • fine
    • severe
    • easy
    • park
    • spot
    • deer
    • leave




    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 - Litter

    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 'litter'?
    3. What do you think of litterbugs?
    4. What do you do with your litter?
    5. Do you tell someone if you see they have dropped litter?
    6. How much litter is there in your town?
    7. What do you think of Thailand's litter policy?
    8. How do you feel when you see litter?
    9. What should the fine be for littering?
    10. Should people go to prison for littering?

    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 'tourist'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Would you spend a day picking up litter at a beauty spot?
    5. Are there enough litter bins in your town?
    6. Why do people litter?
    7. What does littering say about someone's character?
    8. How would you get people to not litter?
    9. Should we pick up other people's litter?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the environment minister?

    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)

    Litterbugs who (1) ____ their rubbish in national parks in Thailand may be in for a surprise the next time they check their mail - the litter they left may have been returned to them. Thailand's Environment Minister has decided to take a (2) ____ on the increasing amount of sweet wrappers, plastic bottles and paper that is (3) ____ across national parks. He has asked park wardens to collect the litter and mail it to the offending litterbug. It (4) ____ with a letter that says: "We collected your garbage in a cardboard box and sent it to your home. This should be a lesson to you, (5) ____ never again throw away waste anywhere." Additional penalties could come in the form of five years imprisonment or a (6) ____ $16,000 fine.

    The (7) ____ penalties have been initiated because of litter becoming an eyesore in many of Thailand's beauty (8) ____. Park wardens say it is (9) ____ easy to track down and identify offenders, as all visitors to the parks are required to register their address when they enter a park. Anyone who leaves (10) ____ near their assigned camping spot will be reunited with their waste. Narin Pinsakul, chief of the Khao Yai National Park near Bangkok, explained why the parks were introducing their return-to-litterbug policy. He said: "It can be dangerous (11) ____ animals like deer if they eat the rubbish and try to (12) ____ plastic waste that people leave behind." The Environment Minister said people should only leave footprints behind.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     plunge     (b)     descend     (c)     drop     (d)     fall    
    2. (a)     stand     (b)     sit     (c)     kneel     (d)     stoop    
    3. (a)     strewn     (b)     stewed     (c)     stowed     (d)     strayed    
    4. (a)     comes     (b)     deposits     (c)     goes     (d)     sends    
    5. (a)     by     (b)     at     (c)     thus     (d)     to    
    6. (a)     nifty     (b)     shifty     (c)     lefty     (d)     hefty    
    7. (a)     severe     (b)     severance     (c)     servile     (d)     sever    
    8. (a)     specks     (b)     dots     (c)     sees     (d)     spots    
    9. (a)     relatively     (b)     relative     (c)     relatives     (d)     relation    
    10. (a)     decline     (b)     refuse     (c)     deny     (d)     object    
    11. (a)     as     (b)     for     (c)     on     (d)     at    
    12. (a)     digest     (b)     stomach     (c)     ulcer     (d)     colon

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    3. rwtnes across national parks
    4. He has asked park ewrasnd
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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  to take a stand on the increasing amount of sweet wrappers, plastic bottles and paper that is strewn
    (...)  check their mail - the litter they left may have been returned to them. Thailand's Environment Minister has decided
    (...)  why the parks were introducing their return-to-litterbug policy. He said: "It can be
    (...)  litterbug. It comes with a letter that says: "We collected your garbage in a cardboard
    (...)  spot will be reunited with their waste. Narin Pinsakul, chief of the Khao Yai National Park near Bangkok, explained
    (...)  penalties could come in the form of five years imprisonment or a hefty $16,000 fine.
    (...)  box and sent it to your home. This should be a lesson to you, to never again throw away waste anywhere." Additional
    (...)  waste that people leave behind." The Environment Minister said people should only leave footprints behind.
    (...)  across national parks. He has asked park wardens to collect the litter and mail it to the offending
    (...)  required to register their address when they enter a park. Anyone who leaves refuse near their assigned camping
    (...)  spots. Park wardens say it is relatively easy to track down and identify offenders, as all visitors to the parks are
    (...)  dangerous for animals like deer if they eat the rubbish and try to digest plastic
    (...)  The severe penalties have been initiated because of litter becoming an eyesore in many of Thailand's beauty
    1  ) Litterbugs who drop their rubbish in national parks in Thailand may be in for a surprise the next time they

    Put the words in the right order

    1. rubbish   in   Litterbugs   national   parks   .   drop   who   their
    2. litter   returned   .   The   have   may   been   they   left
    3. to   The   take   minister   has   a   decided   stand   .
    4. in   We   a   cardboard   box   .   garbage   your   collected
    5. imprisonment   .   the   Come   of   form   in   years   five
    6. in   Thailand's   of   many   eyesore   beauty   spots   .   An
    7. to   track   offenders   .   Easy   identify   down   and
    8. to   are   the   Visitors   to   register   .   required   parks
    9. like   It   for   dangerous   be   can   deer   .   animals
    10. behind   .   leave   plastic   waste   that   people   Digest

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Litterbugs who drop their rubbish in / on national parks in Thailand may be in for a / the surprise the next time they check their mail - the litter they left may have been returned to / for them. Thailand's Environment Minister has decided to take a sit / stand on the increasing amount of sweet wrappers, plastic bottles and paper that is strewn / stowing across national parks. He has asked park wardens to collect the latter / litter and mail it to the offending litterbug. It comes / goes with a letter that says: "We collected your garbage in a cardboard box and sent it to a / your home. This should be a lesson to you, to never / ever again throw away waste anywhere." Additional penalties could come in the form / frame of five years imprisonment or a hefty $16,000 fine.

    The severe / several penalties have been initiated because of litter becoming an eyesore / eyesight in many of Thailand's beauty spots. Park wardens say it is relatively easy / easily to track down and identify offenders / defenders as all visitors to the parks are acquired / required to register their address when they enter a park. Anyone who leaves refuse near their assigned camping spot will be reunited at / with their waste. Narin Pinsakul, chief of the Khao Yai National Park near Bangkok, explained / explanation why the parks were introducing their return-to-litterbug policy. He said: "It can be dangerous / danger for animals like deer if they eat the rubbish and try to digest / suggest plastic waste that people leave behind." The Environment Minister said people should only leave footprints ahead / behind.

    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

    litterbugs who drop their rubbish in national parks in thailand may be in for a surprise the next time they check their mail  the litter they left may have been returned to them thailands environment minister has decided to take a stand on the increasing amount of sweet wrappers plastic bottles and paper that is strewn across national parks he has asked park wardens to collect the litter and mail it to the offending litterbug it comes with a letter that says we collected your garbage in a cardboard box and sent it to your home this should be a lesson to you to never again throw away waste anywhere additional penalties could come in the form of five years imprisonment or a hefty 16000 fine

    the severe penalties have been initiated because of litter becoming an eyesore in many of thailands beauty spots park wardens say it is relatively easy to track down and identify offenders, as all visitors to the parks are required to register their address when they enter a park anyone who leaves refuse near their assigned camping spot will be reunited with their waste narin pinsakul chief of the khao yai national park near bangkok explained why the parks were introducing their returntolitterbug policy he said it can be dangerous for animals like deer if they eat the rubbish and try to digest plastic waste that people leave behind the environment minister said people should only leave footprints behind

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    LitterbugswhodroptheirrubbishinnationalparksinThailandmaybeinf
    orasurprisethenexttimetheychecktheirmail-thelittertheyleftmayh
    avebeenreturnedtothem.Thailand'sEnvironmentMinisterhasdecide
    dtotakeastandontheincreasingamountofsweetwrappers,plasticbottl
    esandpaperthatisstrewnacrossnationalparks.Hehasaskedparkward
    enstocollectthelitterandmailittotheoffendinglitterbug.Itcomeswitha
    letterthatsays:"Wecollectedyourgarbageinacardboardboxandsentit
    toyourhome.Thisshouldbealessontoyou,toneveragainthrowawaywa
    steanywhere."Additionalpenaltiescouldcomeintheformoffiveyearsi
    mprisonmentorahefty$16,000fine.Theseverepenaltieshavebeeninit
    iatedbecauseoflitterbecominganeyesoreinmanyofThailand'sbeauty
    spots.Parkwardenssayitisrelativelyeasytotrackdownandidentifyoffe
    nders,asallvisitorstotheparksarerequiredtoregistertheiraddresswhe
    ntheyenterapark.Anyonewholeavesrefuseneartheirassignedcampin
    gspotwillbereunitedwiththeirwaste.NarinPinsakul,chiefoftheKhaoYa
    iNationalParknearBangkok,explainedwhytheparkswereintroducingt
    heirreturn-to-litterbugpolicy.Hesaid:"Itcanbedangerousforanimal
    slikedeeriftheyeattherubbishandtrytodigestplasticwastethatpeoplel
    eavebehind."TheEnvironmentMinistersaidpeopleshouldonlyleavefo
    otprintsbehind.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Littering should be made a serious crime with long prison sentences. 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. LITTER: Make a poster about litter. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. PUNISHMENT: Write a magazine article about giving massive punishments to anyone who litters. 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 litter. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas. 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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