The Reading / Listening - Free School Meals - Level 3

The UK government voted against giving poor children free school lunches during the school holidays. Only five politicians in the ruling Conservative party voted to help poorer children with a daily lunch. A huge majority of the government voted against the weekly $20-per-child food voucher. The government is now under pressure to make a U-turn. It made a U-turn in the summer over free school meals. The Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford started a successful campaign to get the government to reverse its decision not to provide school lunches for poorer children during the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Rashford has started another campaign to pressure the government into another U-turn.



The UK government is under growing pressure to U-turn. The British public is furious that politicians are refusing to provide the food vouchers. For many children, the voucher would mean getting their only proper meal of the day during the holidays. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would not U-turn. He said: "I totally understand the issue of holiday hunger". Many people on social media said Mr Johnson does not understand hunger because he comes from a wealthy family and has always had money. People are angry COVID-19 track-and-trace consultants are paid over $8,000 a day but children cannot have a $20 food voucher. Many stores across the UK are banning politicians from their businesses.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Free School Meals - Level 0 Free School Meals - Level 1   or  Free School Meals - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/oct/25/no-10-under-growing-pressure-to-u-turn-over-free-school-meals
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/uk-doctors-demand-free-meals-for-kids-as-covid-fuels-hunger/2020/10/25/d133c606-16c6-11eb-8bda-814ca56e138b_story.html
  • https://inews.co.uk/news/politics/tories-misunderstood-mood-nation-free-school-meals-bernard-jenkin-boris-johnson-marcus-rashford-737047


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. SCHOOL MEALS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about school meals. 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?
       government / school lunches / politicians / majority / voucher / pressure / summer /
       U-turn / furious / proper meal / understand / hunger / wealthy / money / consultants
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. FREE MEALS: Students A strongly believe all poor children should get free lunches; Students B strongly believe they should pay. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. FREE: Are these things free in your country? Should they be? Why? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Free?

Should It Be Free?

Why?

School lunch

 

 

 

Healthcare

 

 

 

Education

 

 

 

Wi-fi

 

 

 

Museums

 

 

 

Water

 

 

 

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5. VOTE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "vote". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. PAY: Rank these with your partner. Put the people who should be paid most at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Teacher
  • Prime Minister
  • Soldier
  • Bank manager
  • Soccer star
  • Nurse
  • IT consultant
  • Pilot

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. voted a. Very, very, very big.
      2. politician b. Make something the opposite of what it was.
      3. huge c. Made a choice between two or more people or things by putting a cross in a box or raising your hand.
      4. majority d. A person who is high up in the government and was chosen by the people to make decisions for them.
      5. U-turn e. The greater number of; most.
      6. reverse f. A change of plan, especially doing the opposite thing you first did.
      7. pandemic g. A disease that has spread all over the world.

    Paragraph 2

      8. pressure h. An important topic or problem for debate or discussion.
      9. furious i. When lots of people are trying to get someone to change their mind or do something.
      10. voucher j. Of the required type; suitable or right.
      11. proper k. Having a lot of money; rich.
      12. issue l. Very, very angry.
      13. wealthy m. A person whose job is to provide expert advice.
      14. consultant n. A small printed piece of paper that people can use for goods or services.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Five conservative politicians voted against free school lunches.     T / F
  2. Most Conservative politicians voted against free school lunches.     T / F
  3. The school-lunch voucher is just $20 a month.     T / F
  4. A famous football player made a U-turn over free school lunches.     T / F
  5. People in Britain are not happy children will not get free school lunches.   T / F
  6. For many children, school lunch is their only proper meal each day.     T / F
  7. The UK's Prime Minister said he would U-turn soon.     T / F
  8. People are angry that COVID-19 workers get paid over $8,000 a day.     T / F

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

  1. during
  2. ruling
  3. huge
  4. started
  5. campaign
  6. growing
  7. furious
  8. totally
  9. wealthy
  10. banning
  1. very big
  2. completely
  3. drive
  4. angry
  5. launched
  6. rich
  7. throughout
  8. blocking
  9. governing
  10. increasing

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

  1. voted against giving poor children
  2. voted to
  3. A huge majority
  4. The government is now under
  5. during the coronavirus
  6. The British public is
  7. food
  8. their only proper
  9. he comes from a
  10. track-and-trace
  1. of the government
  2. meal of the day
  3. pressure
  4. pandemic
  5. consultants
  6. free school lunches
  7. wealthy family
  8. help poorer children
  9. vouchers
  10. furious

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
daily
U-turn
pressure
voted
voucher
poorer
politicians
campaign

The UK government (1) _____________________ against giving poor children free school lunches during the school holidays. Only five (2) _____________________ in the ruling Conservative party voted to help poorer children with a (3) _____________________ lunch. A huge majority of the government voted against the weekly $20-per-child food (4) _____________________. The government is now under pressure to make a U-turn. It made a (5) _____________________ in the summer over free school meals. The Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford started a successful (6) _____________________ to get the government to reverse its decision not to provide school lunches for (7) _____________________ children during the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Rashford has started another campaign to (8) _____________________ the government into another U-turn.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
angry
provide
banning
issue
growing
consultants
wealthy
proper

The UK government is under (9) _____________________ pressure to U-turn. The British public is furious that politicians are refusing to (10) _____________________ the food vouchers. For many children, the voucher would mean getting their only (11) _____________________ meal of the day during the holidays. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would not U-turn. He said: "I totally understand the (12) _____________________ of holiday hunger". Many people on social media said Mr Johnson does not understand hunger because he comes from a (13) _____________________ family and has always had money. People are (14) _____________________ COVID-19 track-and-trace (15) _____________________ are paid over $8,000 a day but children cannot have a $20 food voucher. Many stores across the UK are (16) _____________________ politicians from their businesses.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) The UK government voted against giving poor children ______
     a.  free school lunch is
     b.  freely school lunches
     c.  free schools lunches
     d.  free school lunches
2)  A huge majority of the government voted against ______
     a.  the week $20
     b.  the weakly $20
     c.  the weekly $20
     d.  the weak $20
3)  The government is now under pressure to ______
     a.  make a U-turns
     b.  make a U-turn
     c.  make a U-turned
     d.  make a U-turning
4)  started a successful campaign to get the government to ______
     a.  reverse its decision
     b.  reserve its decision
     c.  severe its decision
     d.  sever its decision
5)  Rashford has started another campaign to pressure the government into ______
     a.  others U-turn
     b.  the others U-turn
     c.  the other U-turn
     d.  another U-turn

6)  would mean getting their only ______ the day
     a.  properly meal of
     b.  property meal of
     c.  prosper meal of
     d.  proper meal of
7)  I totally understand the issue of ______
     a.  holiday hungry
     b.  holiday hunger
     c.  holiday hungered
     d.  holiday hungrily
8)  Johnson does not understand hunger because he comes from ______
     a.  a wealth family
     b.  a wealthy family
     c.  a wealth thee family
     d.  a wealth the family
9)  paid over $8,000 a day but children cannot have a $20 ______
     a.  foodie voucher
     b.  food vouch are
     c.  food voucher
     d.  foodie vouch
10)  Many stores across the UK are banning politicians ______
     a.  from their business is
     b.  from their businesses
     c.  from their business
     d.  from their busyness

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UK government (1) ____________________ poor children free school lunches during the school holidays. Only five politicians in the ruling Conservative (2) ____________________ help poorer children with a daily lunch. A (3) ____________________ the government voted against the weekly $20-per-child food voucher. The government is now under pressure to make a U-turn. It made a U-turn in (4) ____________________ free school meals. The Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford started a successful campaign to get the government to (5) ____________________ not to provide school lunches for poorer children during the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Rashford has started another (6) ____________________ the government into another U-turn.

The UK government is under growing pressure to U-turn. The British public is furious that politicians (7) ____________________ to provide the food vouchers. For many children, the voucher (8) ____________________ their only proper meal of the day during the holidays. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would not U-turn. He said: "I totally understand (9) ____________________ holiday hunger". Many people on social media said Mr Johnson does not understand hunger because (10) ____________________ a wealthy family and has always had money. People are angry COVID-19 track-and-trace consultants (11) ____________________ $8,000 a day but children cannot have a $20 food voucher. Many stores across the UK are banning politicians (12) ____________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. How many Conservative politicians voted for the free school meals?
  2. How much is the weekly school meals voucher worth?
  3. What is the government under pressure to do?
  4. What is the job of the person who got the government to make a U-turn?
  5. What has Marcus Rashford started?
  6. How does the British public feel about the government decision?
  7. Who said he would not U-turn?
  8. What did the UK's leader say he understood?
  9. What kind of family does the UK's leader come from?
  10. How much are COVID-19 track-and-trace consultants getting paid?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How many Conservative politicians voted for the free school meals?
a) 6
b) 5
c) 4
d) 2
2) How much is the weekly school meals voucher worth?
a) $50
b) $100
c) $10
d) $20
3) What is the government under pressure to do?
a) step down
b) set up food banks
c) a U-turn
d) create more kitchens
4) What is the job of the person who got the government to make a U-turn?
a) a footballer
b) a banker
c) a chef
d) a politician
5) What has Marcus Rashford started?
a) a website
b) a campaign
c) a football team
d) a soup kitchen

6) How does the British public feel about the government decision?
a) furious
b) happy
c) OK
d) confused
7) Who said he would not U-turn?
a) a top chef
b) Marcus Rashford
c) Boris Johnson
d) a school teacher
8) What did the UK's leader say he understood?
a) holiday hunger
b) politics
c) children
d) the UK
9) What kind of family does the UK's leader come from?
a) an average family
b) a famous family
c) a poor family
d) a rich family
10) How much are COVID-19 track-and-trace consultants getting paid?
a) exactly $8,000 a day
b) slightly less than $8,000 a day
c) over $8,000 a day
d) around $8,000 a day

Role play

Role  A – Teachers
You think teachers should get the highest pay. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their jobs shouldn't be paid as much. Also, tell the others which of these jobs should get the lowest pay (and why): soldiers, bank managers or soccer stars.

Role  B – Soldiers
You think soldiers should get the highest pay. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their jobs shouldn't be paid as much. Also, tell the others which of these jobs should get the lowest pay (and why): teachers, bank managers or soccer stars.

Role  C – Bank Managers
You think bank managers should get the highest pay. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their jobs shouldn't be paid as much. Also, tell the others which of these jobs should get the lowest pay (and why): soldiers, teachers or soccer stars.

Role  D – Soccer Stars
You think soccer stars should get the highest pay. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their jobs shouldn't be paid as much. Also, tell the others which of these jobs should get the lowest pay (and why): soldiers, bank managers or teachers.

After reading / listening

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

'free'

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  • and 'food'.

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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:

    • voted
    • ruling
    • huge
    • summer
    • successful
    • started
    • growing
    • proper
    • totally
    • wealthy
    • paid
    • stores




    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 - Free School Meals

    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 'free'?
    3. What was food like at your school?
    4. How bad is it that children are hungry?
    5. Are you surprised children in the UK are hungry?
    6. Why do you think the UK voted against meals for poor children?
    7. Should the UK make a U-turn and reverse its decision again?
    8. Whose responsibility is it to feed hungry children?
    9. Is it the parents' job to feed their children?
    10. Who should and shouldn't get free meals?

    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 'meal'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think the UK government will do?
    5. What did you have for lunch when you were at school?
    6. Why do rich politicians say they understand poor people's lives?
    7. What do you think of wealthy politicians?
    8. Should track-and-trace consultants be paid $8,000 a day?
    9. Are businesses right to ban politicians?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the UK government?

    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 UK government voted (1) ____ giving poor children free school lunches during the school holidays. Only five politicians in the ruling Conservative party voted (2) ____ help poorer children with a daily lunch. A huge majority of the government voted against the (3) ____ $20-per-child food voucher. The government is now under pressure to make a U-turn. It (4) ____ a U-turn in the summer over free school meals. The Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford started a successful campaign to get the government to (5) ____ its decision not to provide school lunches for poorer children during the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Rashford has started another campaign to pressure the government into (6) ____ U-turn.

    The UK government is under (7) ____ pressure to U-turn. The British public is furious that politicians are refusing to provide the food vouchers. For many children, the voucher would (8) ____ getting their only proper meal of the day during the holidays. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would not U-turn. He said: "I totally understand the issue of holiday (9) ____". Many people on social media said Mr Johnson does not understand hunger because he (10) ____ from a wealthy family and has always had money. People are angry COVID-19 track-and-trace consultants are (11) ____ over $8,000 a day but children cannot have a $20 food voucher. Many stores across the UK are (12) ____ politicians from their businesses.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    (a)     gained     (b)     against     (c)     gaining     (d)     again    
    (a)     on     (b)     to     (c)     for     (d)     as    
    (a)     week     (b)     weakly     (c)     weak     (d)     weekly    
    (a)     was     (b)     made     (c)     drove     (d)     turned    
    (a)     reserve     (b)     reverse     (c)     sever     (d)     severe    
    (a)     others     (b)     other     (c)     another     (d)     the others    
    (a)     growth     (b)     grows     (c)     growing     (d)     grew    
    (a)     cheap     (b)     define     (c)     mean     (d)     equals    
    (a)     hungry     (b)     hungered     (c)     hungrily     (d)     hunger    
    (a)     comes     (b)     be     (c)     goes     (d)     lives    
    (a)     paid     (b)     payment     (c)     pays     (d)     pay    
    (a)     bans     (b)     banned     (c)     banning     (d)     banner

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. A huge imoyrtja of the government
    3. the weekly $20-per-child food uvheroc
    4. under urpsrese to make a U-turn
    5. started a successful mpgnaaci
    6. reverse its incedois

    Paragraph 2

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    2. their only prpero meal of the day
    3. understand the isesu
    4. holiday nhruge
    5. he comes from a hwtylea family
    6. track-and-trace ncnslttoaus

    Put the text back together

    (...)  from a wealthy family and has always had money. People are angry COVID-19 track-and-trace
    (...)  voucher. The government is now under pressure to make a U-turn. It made a U-turn in the summer over free school
    1  ) The UK government voted against giving poor children free school lunches during the school
    (...)  of the day during the holidays. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would not U-turn. He said: "I totally understand
    (...)  refusing to provide the food vouchers. For many children, the voucher would mean getting their only proper meal
    (...)  to get the government to reverse its decision not to provide school lunches for poorer children
    (...)  during the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Rashford has started another campaign to pressure the government into another U-turn.
    (...)  across the UK are banning politicians from their businesses.
    (...)  daily lunch. A huge majority of the government voted against the weekly $20-per-child food
    (...)  holidays. Only five politicians in the ruling Conservative party voted to help poorer children with a
    (...)  the issue of holiday hunger". Many people on social media said Mr Johnson does not understand hunger because he comes
    (...)  consultants are paid over $8,000 a day but children cannot have a $20 food voucher. Many stores
    (...)  meals. The Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford started a successful campaign
    (...)  The UK government is under growing pressure to U-turn. The British public is furious that politicians are

    Put the words in the right order

    1. giving   against   children   Voted   lunches   .   poor   free   school
    2. party   .   Conservative   politicians   ruling   the   in   five   Only
    3. of   government   huge   A   majority   against   .   voted   the
    4. pressure   to   government   now   under   is   The   U-turn   .
    5. pressure   campaign   Another   the   to   U-turn   .   to   government
    6. to   vouchers   .   refusing   provide   Politicians   are   the   food
    7. only   day   .   Getting   their   the   of   meal   proper
    8. issue   the   totally   holiday   I   of   understand   hunger   .
    9. Track-and-trace   over   paid   consultants   day   .   are   a   $8,000
    10. politicians   .   banning   the   stores   across   are   Many   UK

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The UK government voted / voting against giving poor children free school lunches among / during the school holidays. Only five politicians in the ruler / ruling Conservative party voted to help poorer children with a daily lunch. A huge / hug majority of the government voted against the week / weekly $20-per-child food voucher. The government is now over / under pressure to make a U-turn. It made a U-turn in the summer over free school meals. The Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford started a successfully / successful campaign to get the government to reserve / reverse its decision not to provide school lunches for poorer / poverty children during the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Rashford has started another campaign to pressure the government into another / other U-turn.

    The UK government is under grown / growing pressure to U-turn. The British public is furious that politicians are refusing / refusal to provide the food vouchers. Of / For many children, the voucher would mean getting their only / once proper meal of the day during the holidays. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would not U-turn. He said: "I total / totally understand the issue of holiday hunger". Many people on / at social media said Mr Johnson does not understand hunger because he comes from / for a wealthy family and has always had money. People be / are angry COVID-19 track-and-trace consultants are paid over $8,000 a / the day but children cannot have a $20 food voucher. Many stores across the UK are banning / blaming politicians from their businesses.

    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)

    Th_ _K g_v_rnm_nt v_t_d _g__nst g_v_ng p__r ch_ldr_n fr__ sch__l l_nch_s d_r_ng th_ sch__l h_l_d_ys. _nly f_v_ p_l_t_c__ns _n th_ r_l_ng C_ns_rv_t_v_ p_rty v_t_d t_ h_lp p__r_r ch_ldr_n w_th _ d__ly l_nch. _ h_g_ m_j_r_ty _f th_ g_v_rnm_nt v_t_d _g__nst th_ w__kly $20-p_r-ch_ld f__d v__ch_r. Th_ g_v_rnm_nt _s n_w _nd_r pr_ss_r_ t_ m_k_ _ _-t_rn. _t m_d_ _ _-t_rn _n th_ s_mm_r _v_r fr__ sch__l m__ls. Th_ M_nch_st_r _n_t_d f__tb_ll_r M_rc_s R_shf_rd st_rt_d _ s_cc_ssf_l c_mp__gn t_ g_t th_ g_v_rnm_nt t_ r_v_rs_ _ts d_c_s__n n_t t_ pr_v_d_ sch__l l_nch_s f_r p__r_r ch_ldr_n d_r_ng th_ c_r_n_v_r_s p_nd_m_c. Mr R_shf_rd h_s st_rt_d _n_th_r c_mp__gn t_ pr_ss_r_ th_ g_v_rnm_nt _nt_ _n_th_r _-t_rn.

    Th_ _K g_v_rnm_nt _s _nd_r gr_w_ng pr_ss_r_ t_ _-t_rn. Th_ Br_t_sh p_bl_c _s f_r___s th_t p_l_t_c__ns _r_ r_f_s_ng t_ pr_v_d_ th_ f__d v__ch_rs. F_r m_ny ch_ldr_n, th_ v__ch_r w__ld m__n g_tt_ng th__r _nly pr_p_r m__l _f th_ d_y d_r_ng th_ h_l_d_ys. Pr_m_ M_n_st_r B_r_s J_hns_n s__d h_ w__ld n_t _-t_rn. H_ s__d: "_ t_t_lly _nd_rst_nd th_ _ss__ _f h_l_d_y h_ng_r". M_ny p__pl_ _n s_c__l m_d__ s__d Mr J_hns_n d__s n_t _nd_rst_nd h_ng_r b_c__s_ h_ c_m_s fr_m _ w__lthy f_m_ly _nd h_s _lw_ys h_d m_n_y. P__pl_ _r_ _ngry C_V_D-19 tr_ck-_nd-tr_c_ c_ns_lt_nts _r_ p__d _v_r $8,000 _ d_y b_t ch_ldr_n c_nn_t h_v_ _ $20 f__d v__ch_r. M_ny st_r_s _cr_ss th_ _K _r_ b_nn_ng p_l_t_c__ns fr_m th__r b_s_n_ss_s.

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the uk government voted against giving poor children free school lunches during the school holidays only five politicians in the ruling conservative party voted to help poorer children with a daily lunch a huge majority of the government voted against the weekly 20perchild food voucher the government is now under pressure to make a uturn it made a uturn in the summer over free school meals the manchester united footballer marcus rashford started a successful campaign to get the government to reverse its decision not to provide school lunches for poorer children during the coronavirus pandemic mr rashford has started another campaign to pressure the government into another uturn

    the uk government is under growing pressure to uturn the british public is furious that politicians are refusing to provide the food vouchers for many children the voucher would mean getting their only proper meal of the day during the holidays prime minister boris johnson said he would not uturn he said i totally understand the issue of holiday hunger many people on social media said mr johnson does not understand hunger because he comes from a wealthy family and has always had money people are angry covid19 trackandtrace consultants are paid over 8000 a day but children cannot have a 20 food voucher many stores across the uk are banning politicians from their businesses

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    TheUKgovernmentvotedagainstgivingpoorchildrenfreeschoollunch
    esduringtheschoolholidays.OnlyfivepoliticiansintherulingConservat
    ivepartyvotedtohelppoorerchildrenwithadailylunch.Ahugemajority
    ofthegovernmentvotedagainsttheweekly$20-per-childfoodvouche
    r.ThegovernmentisnowunderpressuretomakeaU-turn.ItmadeaU-t
    urninthesummeroverfreeschoolmeals.TheManchesterUnitedfootbal
    lerMarcusRashfordstartedasuccessfulcampaigntogetthegovernmen
    ttoreverseitsdecisionnottoprovideschoollunchesforpoorerchildrend
    uringthecoronaviruspandemic.MrRashfordhasstartedanothercamp
    aigntopressurethegovernmentintoanotherU-turn.TheUKgovernm
    entisundergrowingpressuretoU-turn.TheBritishpublicisfuriousthatp
    oliticiansarerefusingtoprovidethefoodvouchers.Formanychildren,th
    evoucherwouldmeangettingtheironlypropermealofthedayduringthe
    holidays.PrimeMinisterBorisJohnsonsaidhewouldnotU-turn.Hesaid
    :"Itotallyunderstandtheissueofholidayhunger".Manypeopleonsocial
    mediasaidMrJohnsondoesnotunderstandhungerbecausehecomesfr
    omawealthyfamilyandhasalwayshadmoney.PeopleareangryCOVID-
    19track-and-traceconsultantsarepaidover$8,000adaybutchildrenc
    annothavea$20foodvoucher.ManystoresacrosstheUKarebanningpo
    liticiansfromtheirbusinesses.

    Free writing

    Write about the lesson page for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    All governments should feed poor children. 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. SCHOOL MEALS: Make a poster about school meals. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. UNDERSTAND THE ISSUES: Write a magazine article about government leaders understanding the issues of poor people. Include imaginary interviews with people who think they do and with people who think they do not.
    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 school meals. Ask him/her three questions about school meals. 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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