The Reading / Listening - Bravery - Level 5

A rat got an award for bravery for his services to humanity. The brave rodent is called Magawa. He got a gold medal for his seven years of duty sniffing out landmines in Cambodia. He was given the award by the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals charity. This is a charity based in the UK. It explained why Magawa was recognised for his courage. It wrote: "The PDSA...seeks to raise the status of animals...and honour the incredible contribution they make to our lives. Magawa's dedication, skill and bravery are an extraordinary example of this and deserve the highest possible recognition."



Magawa is an African Giant Pouched Rat. Rats are the creatures best suited to safely detect landmines. They are light and have a good sense of smell. In his seven years on the front line, Magawa helped to find 39 landmines and 28 unexploded devices. He helped to clear an area roughly the size of 20 soccer pitches. He is the most successful rodent in the history of landmine detection. The charity said: "This is the very first time in our 77-year history of honouring animals that we have presented a medal to a rat." Reporters tried to interview Magawa but he was unavailable.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Bravery - Level 4 or  Bravery - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/rat-awarded-medal-for-sniffing-out-dozens-of-landmines/ar-BB19qqSr
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2020/09/25/rat-magawa-gets-pdsa-gold-medal-detecting-landmines-cambodia/3528457001/
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/12763506/rat-sniffed-out-boms-animal-george-cross/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. for his services
  2. for his seven years
  3. recognised
  4. raise the status
  5. honour the incredible contribution
  6. dedication, skill
  7. an extraordinary
  8. deserve the highest possible
  1. and bravery
  2. of animals
  3. recognition
  4. for his courage
  5. example of this
  6. to humanity
  7. they make
  8. of duty

Paragraph 2

  1. best suited to safely
  2. have a good sense
  3. In his seven years on
  4. 28 unexploded
  5. landmine
  6. presented a medal
  7. Reporters tried to
  8. he was
  1. detection
  2. unavailable
  3. detect landmines
  4. the front line
  5. interview Magawa
  6. devices
  7. to a rat
  8. of smell

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A rat got an (1) ___________________ for his services to humanity. The brave rodent is called Magawa. He got a gold medal for his seven years of (2) ___________________ landmines in Cambodia. He was given the award by the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals charity. This is a (3) ___________________ the UK. It explained why Magawa was recognised (4) ___________________. It wrote: "The PDSA...seeks to (5) ___________________ of animals...and honour the incredible contribution they make to our lives. Magawa's dedication, skill and bravery are an extraordinary example of this (6) ___________________ highest possible recognition."

Magawa is an African Giant Pouched Rat. Rats are the (7) ___________________ to safely detect landmines. They are light and have a good (8) ___________________. In his seven years on (9) ___________________, Magawa helped to find 39 landmines and 28 unexploded devices. He helped to clear an (10) ___________________ size of 20 soccer pitches. He is the most successful rodent in the history of landmine detection. The charity said: "This is the (11) ___________________ in our 77-year history of honouring animals that we have presented a medal to a rat." Reporters (12) ___________________ Magawa but he was unavailable.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Aratgotanawardforbraveryforhisservicestohumanity.Thebraverode
ntiscalledMagawa.Hegotagoldmedalforhissevenyearsofdutysniffing
outlandminesinCambodia.HewasgiventheawardbythePeople'sDisp
ensaryforSickAnimalscharity.ThisisacharitybasedintheUK.Itexplain
edwhyMagawawasrecognisedforhiscourage.Itwrote:"ThePDSA...se
ekstoraisethestatusofanimals...andhonourtheincrediblecontributio
ntheymaketoourlives.Magawa'sdedication,skillandbraveryareanext
raordinaryexampleofthisanddeservethehighestpossiblerecognition.
"MagawaisanAfricanGiantPouchedRat.Ratsarethecreaturesbestsuit
edtosafelydetectlandmines.Theyarelightandhaveagoodsenseofsme
ll.Inhissevenyearsonthefrontline,Magawahelpedtofind39landmines
and28unexplodeddevices.Hehelpedtoclearanarearoughlythesizeof
20soccerpitches.Heisthemostsuccessfulrodentinthehistoryoflandmi
nedetection.Thecharitysaid:"Thisistheveryfirsttimeinour77-yearhis
toryofhonouringanimalsthatwehavepresentedamedaltoarat."Repor
terstriedtointerviewMagawabuthewasunavailable.

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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