The Reading / Listening - Kamala Harris - Level 2

Kamala Harris is the U.S. Vice President-elect. Television networks in the USA announced Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 election. Mr Biden has 279 votes in the Electoral College. This is enough to be elected as America's 46th President. Ms Harris will be the first woman, the first black American and the first of South Asian descent to hold the post. Harris, 56, simply tweeted: "We did it, Joe Biden." She added: "This election is about so much more than Joe Biden or me. It's about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it. We have a lot of work ahead of us. Let's get started."



Kamala Harris has worked in the Democratic Party for two decades. She was California's attorney general before becoming a US senator. Joe Biden chose her as his running mate for this election. They will be sworn in as President and Vice President on January 20, 2021. The Atlantic magazine said: "Harris' ascent to the vice-presidency is certainly a reflection of what's possible. She has accomplished something that no other black woman has. I can't help but daydream about Harris someday stepping one level up to the presidency."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Kamala Harris - Level 0 Kamala Harris - Level 1   or  Kamala Harris - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/the-americas/kamala-harris-america-s-first-woman-vice-president-1.1107375
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2020-53728050
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2020/11/07/politics/kamala-harris-first-vice-president-female-black-south-asian/index.html


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. Television
  2. Mr Biden has 279 votes in
  3. This is enough to
  4. the first of South Asian
  5. It's about the soul
  6. our willingness
  7. We have a lot of work
  8. Let's get
  1. descent to hold the post
  2. started
  3. of America
  4. the Electoral College
  5. ahead of us
  6. networks in the USA
  7. to fight for it
  8. be elected

Paragraph 2

  1. worked in the Democratic Party
  2. California's attorney
  3. They will be sworn
  4. Harris' ascent to
  5. a reflection of what's
  6. accomplished something that no
  7. I can't help but
  8. stepping one level
  1. other black woman has
  2. in
  3. possible
  4. up to the presidency
  5. for two decades
  6. daydream
  7. general
  8. the vice-presidency

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Kamala Harris is the U.S. Vice President-elect. (1) ___________________ the USA announced Joe Biden's (2) ___________________ 2020 election. Mr Biden has 279 votes in the Electoral College. This is enough to (3) ___________________ America's 46th President. Ms Harris will be the first woman, the first black American and the first of South Asian (4) ___________________ the post. Harris, 56, simply tweeted: "We did it, Joe Biden." She added: "This election is about (5) ___________________ than Joe Biden or me. It's about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it. We have a lot of (6) ___________________ us. Let's get started."

Kamala Harris has worked in the Democratic Party (7) ___________________. She was California's (8) ___________________ becoming a US senator. Joe Biden chose her as his (9) ___________________ this election. They will be sworn in as President and Vice President on January 20, 2021. The Atlantic magazine said: "Harris' (10) ___________________ vice-presidency is certainly (11) ___________________ what's possible. She has accomplished something that no other black woman has. I can't help but daydream about Harris someday (12) ___________________ up to the presidency."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

KamalaHarrisistheU.S.VicePresident-elect.Televisionnetworksinth
eUSAannouncedJoeBiden'svictoryinthe2020election.MrBidenhas27
9votesintheElectoralCollege.ThisisenoughtobeelectedasAmerica's4
6thPresident.MsHarriswillbethefirstwoman,thefirstblackAmericana
ndthefirstofSouthAsiandescenttoholdthepost.Harris,56,simplytwee
ted:"Wedidit,JoeBiden."Sheadded:"Thiselectionisaboutsomuchmor
ethanJoeBidenorme.It'saboutthesoulofAmericaandourwillingnessto
fightforit.Wehavealotofworkaheadofus.Let'sgetstarted."KamalaHar
rishasworkedintheDemocraticPartyfortwodecades.ShewasCaliforni
a'sattorneygeneralbeforebecomingaUSsenator.JoeBidenchosehera
shisrunningmateforthiselection.TheywillbesworninasPresidentandV
icePresidentonJanuary20,2021.TheAtlanticmagazinesaid:"Harris'a
scenttothevice-presidencyiscertainlyareflectionofwhat'spossible.S
hehasaccomplishedsomethingthatnootherblackwomanhas.Ican'the
lpbutdaydreamaboutHarrissomedaysteppingoneleveluptothepresid
ency."

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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Free writing

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Answers

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