The Reading / Listening - Stress Baking - Level 2

The 2020 U.S. election was stressful for many people. A poll conducted by a research company found that the election was a cause of stress in 49 per cent of people. Only COVID-19 caused more stress. The poll found that 55 per cent of adults believed that November the 3rd, 2020 was the most stressful day of the year. Most people said they couldn't imagine being more stressed than they were and wanted 2020 to be over. The co-founder of a self-care app said: "It's not just the election anxiety - this year has been a marathon of stress. These are not normal times."



Months of non-stop news made many people stressed. They baked to make themselves feel better. Stress baking rose in popularity. More cakes and bread went into ovens in the run-up to the election. Stress baking is now a top-five self-care practice. The poll found that 27 per cent of people baked to relieve stress. However, 41 per cent of people said the stress of 2020 caused them to gain weight. One woman said baking reduced her election stress. She said: "I'm prepared and have a post-election plan. In reality, we probably won't have a clear winner for weeks after election day."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Stress Baking - Level 0 Stress Baking - Level 1   or  Stress Baking - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.cnet.com/news/the-psychology-of-stress-baking-why-everyone-is-making-bread-in-2020/
  • https://www.delish.com/food/a31669795/stress-baking/
  • https://www.swnsdigital.com/2020/10/more-than-half-of-americans-expect-election-day-to-be-the-most-stressful-day-of-their-lives-thus-far/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The 2020 U.S. election was stressful
  2. A poll conducted by
  3. Only COVID-19
  4. November the 3rd, 2020 was the
  5. they couldn't imagine being
  6. It's not just the election
  7. this year has been a marathon
  8. These are not normal
  1. caused more stress
  2. anxiety
  3. times
  4. more stressed
  5. of stress
  6. most stressful day
  7. for many people
  8. a research company

Paragraph 2

  1. Months of non-
  2. They baked to make themselves
  3. More cakes and bread went
  4. the stress of 2020 caused them
  5. baking reduced
  6. I'm prepared and have a post-
  7. we probably won't have a
  8. for weeks after
  1. her election stress
  2. clear winner
  3. feel better
  4. election day
  5. stop news
  6. to gain weight
  7. into ovens
  8. election plan

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The 2020 U.S. election (1) ___________________ many people. A poll conducted by a research company found (2) ___________________ was a cause of stress in 49 per cent of people. Only COVID-19 (3) ___________________. The poll found that 55 per cent of adults believed that November the 3rd, 2020 was the most (4) ___________________ the year. Most people said they couldn't (5) ___________________ stressed than they were and wanted 2020 to be over. The co-founder of a self-care app said: "It's not just the election anxiety - this year has been a marathon of stress. These are (6) ___________________."

(7) ___________________ news made many people stressed. They baked to make (8) ___________________. Stress baking rose in popularity. More cakes and bread went (9) ___________________ the run-up to the election. Stress baking is now a top-five self-care practice. The poll found that 27 per cent of people (10) ___________________ stress. However, 41 per cent of people said the stress of 2020 caused them (11) ___________________. One woman said baking reduced her election stress. She said: "I'm prepared and have a post-election plan. In reality, we probably won't have a clear winner for weeks (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

The2020U.S.electionwasstressfulformanypeople.Apollconductedby
aresearchcompanyfoundthattheelectionwasacauseofstressin49per
centofpeople.OnlyCOVID-19causedmorestress.Thepollfoundthat5
5percentofadultsbelievedthatNovemberthe3rd,2020wasthemoststr
essfuldayoftheyear.Mostpeoplesaidtheycouldn'timaginebeingmore
stressedthantheywereandwanted2020tobeover.Theco-foundero
faself-careappsaid:"It'snotjusttheelectionanxiety-thisyearhasbe
enamarathonofstress.Thesearenotnormaltimes."Monthsofnon-st
opnewsmademanypeoplestressed.Theybakedtomakethemselvesfe
elbetter.Stressbakingroseinpopularity.Morecakesandbreadwentint
oovensintherun-uptotheelection.Stressbakingisnowatop-fiveself-
carepractice.Thepollfoundthat27percentofpeoplebakedtorelievestr
ess.However,41percentofpeoplesaidthestressof2020causedthemto
gainweight.Onewomansaidbakingreducedherelectionstress.Shesai
d:"I'mpreparedandhaveapost-electionplan.Inreality,weprobablywo
n'thaveaclearwinnerforweeksafterelectionday."

Student survey

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

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

Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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