The Reading / Listening - Dog Theft - Level 6

A disturbing new crime is emerging worldwide that should be of concern to dog owners. Criminal gangs are engaged in wide-scale dog theft. In the UK it has turned into a lucrative but illicit industry. A theft in the USA last week became global news as the dog walker of pop singer Lady Gaga was shot in the chest as thieves stole her two pet bulldogs. The UK is experiencing a sharp rise in dog theft. Lockdowns due to coronavirus have led to a boom in pet sales as many people look for solace and companionship in animals. Sales of what are being dubbed "pandemic puppies" have skyrocketed. Unscrupulous criminals are now stealing dogs, often attacking their owners, and selling the canines for up to $9,000.



The police warned dog owners to take extreme care online and in parks. People have been advised not to post pictures of their pets on social media. Police have also recommended people take their dogs for a walk with a friend and not leave dogs unattended in cars. The organisation DogLost said many people are buying dogs online without asking diligent background questions. A Change.org petition said the punishment for dog theft is the same as for a stolen smartphone. It said: "Dognapping has almost the same effect on a family as kidnapping, as pets are seen as family members. It is time the law reflected this in the sentencing of offenders."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Dog Theft - Level 4  or  Dog Theft - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/26/beware-social-media-warning-uk-dog-owners-thefts-rise
  • https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/priti-patel-pet-thieves-dog-theft-pledge-b919636.html
  • https://www.itv.com/news/london/2021-02-10/mp-calls-for-dog-theft-to-be-made-specific-offence-after-rise-in-cases
  • https://www.change.org/p/make-pet-theft-a-specific-crime-in-uk-law


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. DOG THEFT: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about dog theft. 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?
       disturbing / concern / dog owners / lucrative / illicit / thieves / coronavirus / puppies /
       care / social media / walk / diligent / punishment / dognapping / family / offenders
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. PRISON: Students A strongly believe dog thieves should get a long prison sentence; Students B strongly believe otherwise. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. PROS AND CONS: What are the pros and cons of these animals as pets? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Pros

Cons

Dogs

 

 

Goldfish

 

 

Cats

 

 

Hamsters

 

 

Tortoises

 

 

A tarantula

 

 

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

  • Dog
  • Cat
  • Rabbit
  • Tortoise
  • Fish
  • Snake
  • Parrot
  • Iguana

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

1.

disturbing

a.

Of facts or circumstances becoming known.

2.

emerging

b.

A great rise in the demand for something.

3.

lucrative

c.

Forbidden by law; illegal.

4.

illicit

d.

Producing a great deal of profit.

5.

boom

e.

Causing anxiety or worry.

6.

solace

f.

Having or showing no moral principles; not honest or fair.

7.

unscrupulous

g.

Comfort or consolation in a time of distress or sadness.

    Paragraph 2

8.

extreme

h.

Taking someone away illegally by force, usually to get a ransom.

9.

unattended

i.

Not usual; exceptional.

10.

diligent

j.

A penalty for an offense or crime.

11.

petition

k.

A person who commits an illegal act.

12.

punishment

l.

Having or showing care and conscientiousness in one's work or duties.

13.

kidnapping

m.

A formal written request, typically one signed by many people, appealing to authority bring about change.

14.

offender

n.

Not supervised or looked after.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article says dogs worldwide are becoming disturbed.     T / F
  2. The article says dog theft is an illicit and lucrative business.     T / F
  3. There has been a very big increase in dog theft in the UK.     T / F
  4. People bought dogs during lockdown that were called pandemic puppies. T / F
  5. The police told dog owners not to take their dogs to the park.     T / F
  6. The police told people to walk their dogs with a friend.     T / F
  7. A petition said dognapping is a more serious crime than phone theft.   T / F
  8. The petition wants punishments for dognapping to be changed.     T / F

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

  1. disturbing
  2. lucrative
  3. solace
  4. dubbed
  5. canines
  6. extreme
  7. post
  8. diligent
  9. punishment
  10. offenders
  1. great
  2. nicknamed
  3. dogs
  4. wrongdoers
  5. profitable
  6. thorough
  7. worrying
  8. penalty
  9. comfort
  10. upload

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

  1. A disturbing new crime is
  2. Criminal gangs are engaged in
  3. a lucrative but
  4. people look for solace
  5. Sales of what are being dubbed
  6. The police warned dog owners to take
  7. leave dogs unattended
  8. background
  9. the punishment
  10. the sentencing
  1. "pandemic puppies"
  2. illicit industry
  3. of offenders
  4. extreme care online
  5. wide-scale dog theft
  6. questions
  7. emerging worldwide
  8. for dog theft
  9. and companionship
  10. in cars

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
criminals
emerging
chest
boom
scale
dubbed
sharp
lucrative

A disturbing new crime is (1) _____________________ worldwide that should be of concern to dog owners. Criminal gangs are engaged in wide-(2) _____________________ dog theft. In the UK it has turned into a (3) _____________________ but illicit industry. A theft in the USA last week became global news as the dog walker of pop singer Lady Gaga was shot in the (4) _____________________ as thieves stole her two pet bulldogs. The UK is experiencing a (5) _____________________ rise in dog theft. Lockdowns due to coronavirus have led to a (6) _____________________ in pet sales as many people look for solace and companionship in animals. Sales of what are being (7) _____________________ "pandemic puppies" have skyrocketed. Unscrupulous (8) _____________________ are now stealing dogs, often attacking their owners, and selling the canines for up to $9,000.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
punishment
recommended
reflected
extreme
diligent
offenders
effect
unattended

The police warned dog owners to take (9) _____________________ care online and in parks. People have been advised not to post pictures of their pets on social media. Police have also (10) _____________________ people take their dogs for a walk with a friend and not leave dogs (11) _____________________ in cars. The organisation DogLost said many people are buying dogs online without asking (12) _____________________ background questions. A Change.org petition said the (13) _____________________ for dog theft is the same as for a stolen smartphone. It said: "Dognapping has almost the same (14) _____________________ on a family as kidnapping, as pets are seen as family members. It is time the law (15) _____________________ this in the sentencing of (16) _____________________."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  A disturbing new crime is emerging worldwide that should ______
     a.  been off concern
     b.  being of concern
     c.  be of concern
     d.  be off concern
2)  became global news as the dog walker of pop singer Lady Gaga was shot ______
     a.  inner chest
     b.  in a chesty
     c.  in the chest
     d.  in the chesty
3)  Lockdowns due to coronavirus have led to a boom in pet sales as many people ______
     a.  look four solace
     b.  look fore solace
     c.  look for solace
     d.  look form solace
4)  Sales of what are being dubbed "pandemic puppies" ______
     a.  having skyrocketed
     b.  have skied rocketed
     c.  have sky rock it
     d.  have skyrocketed
5)  now stealing dogs, often attacking their owners, and ______
     a.  sealing the canines
     b.  selling the canines
     c.  sell in the canines
     d.  ceiling the canines

6)  People have been advised not to post pictures of their pets ______
     a.  on socially media
     b.  on social media
     c.  on social medium
     d.  in social media
7)  recommended people take their dogs for a walk with a friend and not ______
     a.  leave dogs not attended
     b.  leaves dogs unattended
     c.  leave dog unattended
     d.  leave dogs unattended
8)  buying dogs online without asking ______ questions
     a.  difference background
     b.  diligent background
     c.  divergence background
     d.  divergent background
9)  punishment for dog theft is the same as for ______
     a.  a stolen smartphone
     b.  a stealing smartphone
     c.  ace stole smartphone
     d.  ace stolen smartphone
10)  It is time the law reflected this in the ______
     a.  sentencing of defenders
     b.  sentencing off offenders
     c.  sentencing oft offenders
     d.  sentencing of offenders

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A disturbing new (1) ____________________ worldwide that should be of concern to dog owners. Criminal (2) ____________________ in wide-scale dog theft. In the UK it has turned into a (3) ____________________ industry. A theft in the USA last week became global news as the dog walker of pop singer Lady Gaga was shot in the (4) ____________________ stole her two pet bulldogs. The UK is experiencing a sharp rise in dog theft. Lockdowns due to coronavirus have led to a boom in pet sales as many people look for solace and companionship in animals. Sales of what (5) ____________________ "pandemic puppies" have skyrocketed. Unscrupulous criminals are now stealing dogs, often attacking their owners, and selling the (6) ____________________ to $9,000.

The police warned dog owners to take (7) ____________________ and in parks. People have been advised not to (8) ____________________ their pets on social media. Police have also recommended people take their dogs for a walk with a friend and not leave (9) ____________________ cars. The organisation DogLost said many people are buying dogs online (10) ____________________ background questions. A Change.org petition said (11) ____________________ dog theft is the same as for a stolen smartphone. It said: "Dognapping has almost the same effect on a family as kidnapping, as pets are seen as family members. It is time the law (12) ____________________ the sentencing of offenders."

Comprehension questions

  1. Who does the article say should be concerned?
  2. What does the article say dog theft is besides lucrative?
  3. What country is experiencing a sharp rise in dog theft?
  4. What are people looking for in animals besides companionship?
  5. How much are criminals selling dogs for?
  6. Where must dog owners be careful besides online?
  7. Who did the police say dog owners should walk their dogs with?
  8. What did an organisation say people do not ask when buying dogs?
  9. What has the same punishment as dognapping?
  10. What did a petition say dogs are seen as?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Who does the article say should be concerned?
a) dogs
b) the police
c) dognappers
d) dog owners
2) What does the article say dog theft is besides lucrative?
a) wrong
b) illicit
c) sad
d) cruel
3) What country is experiencing a sharp rise in dog theft?
a) Singapore
b) Canada
c) the USA
d) the UK
4) What are people looking for in animals besides companionship?
a) walks
b) fun
c) solace
d) security
5) How much are criminals selling dogs for?
a) around $9,000
b) exactly $9,000
c) less than $9,000
d) up to $9,000

6) Where must dog owners be careful besides online?
a) at home
b) in malls
c) in parks
d) in the street
7) Who did the police say dog owners should walk their dogs with?
a) a friend
b) dognappers
c) professional dog walkers
d) the police
8) What did an organisation say people do when buying dogs?
a) get the dog microchipped
b) get a collar
c)  ask diligent background questions
d) buy a nice kennel
9) What has the same punishment as dognapping?
a) speeding
b) smartphone theft
c) shoplifting
d) petty theft
10) What did a petition say dogs are seen as?
a) family members
b) canines
c) work animals
d) cash

Role play

Role  A – Dogs
You think dogs are the best pets. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their pets. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): fish, parrots or tortoises.

Role  B – Fish
You think fish are the best pets. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their pets. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): dogs, parrots or tortoises.

Role  C – Parrots
You think parrots are the best pets. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their pets. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): fish, dogs or tortoises.

Role  D – Tortoises
You think tortoises are the best pets. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their pets. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): fish, parrots or dogs.

After reading / listening

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

'dog'

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  • and 'theft'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • crime
    • scale
    • shot
    • boom
    • dubbed
    • canines
    • extreme
    • post
    • walk
    • diligent
    • almost
    • law




    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 - Dog Theft

    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 'dog'?
    3. What do you think of dogs?
    4. How good are dogs as pets?
    5. What do you think of dog theft?
    6. What is your favourite dog?
    7. What are the good and bad things about dogs as pets?
    8. What do you think of the term 'pandemic puppies'?
    9. What can police do to catch the dog thieves?
    10. What do you know about the Lady Gaga story?

    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 'theft'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How can people take greater care when walking their dogs?
    5. What do you think of dog pictures on social media?
    6. What background questions should you ask before buying a dog?
    7. What do you think of dognapping?
    8. How can owners get their dogs back?
    9. What advice do you have for dog owners?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the police?

    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)

    A disturbing new crime is emerging worldwide that should be (1) ____ concern to dog owners. Criminal gangs are engaged (2) ____ wide-scale dog theft. In the UK it has turned into a (3) ____ but illicit industry. A theft in the USA last week became global news as the dog walker of pop singer Lady Gaga was shot in the chest as thieves stole her two pet bulldogs. The UK is experiencing a (4) ____ rise in dog theft. Lockdowns due to coronavirus have led to a boom in pet sales as many people look for (5) ____ and companionship in animals. Sales of what are being (6) ____ "pandemic puppies" have skyrocketed. Unscrupulous criminals are now stealing dogs, often attacking their owners, and selling the canines for up to $9,000.

    The police warned dog owners to (7) ____ extreme care online and in parks. People have been advised not to post pictures of their pets on social media. Police have also recommended people (8) ____ their dogs for a walk with a friend and not leave dogs (9) ____ in cars. The organisation DogLost said many people are buying dogs online without asking diligent background questions. A Change.org petition said the (10) ____ for dog theft is the same as for a stolen smartphone. It said: "Dognapping has almost the same effect (11) ____ a family as kidnapping, as pets are seen as family members. It is time the law reflected this in the (12) ____ of offenders."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     on     (b)     at     (c)     to     (d)     of    
    2. (a)     at     (b)     as     (c)     on     (d)     in    
    3. (a)     locative     (b)     lucrative     (c)     lactose     (d)     laxative    
    4. (a)     blunt     (b)     edged     (c)     sharp     (d)     bordered    
    5. (a)     solace     (b)     solar     (c)     soluble     (d)     solemn    
    6. (a)     dubbed     (b)     dabbled     (c)     dabbed     (d)     daubed    
    7. (a)     be     (b)     have     (c)     do     (d)     take    
    8. (a)     take     (b)     make     (c)     do     (d)     show    
    9. (a)     attention     (b)     unattended     (c)     attend     (d)     attendance    
    10. (a)     punished     (b)     punish     (c)     punishment     (d)     punisher    
    11. (a)     of     (b)     at     (c)     on     (d)     to    
    12. (a)     wording     (b)     sentencing     (c)     paragraphing     (d)     essaying

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. A sntriduigb new crime is emerging
    2. rctiveaul but illicit
    3. people look for alcsoe and companionship
    4. being udbedb "pandemic puppies"
    5. uusnsoprucul criminals
    6. selling the cinsnea for up to $9,000

    Paragraph 2

    1. take rxeemte care
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    3. asking tniedgli background questions
    4. A Change.org oeitptin
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    6. the sentencing of ofedrnfes

    Put the text back together

    (...)  chest as thieves stole her two pet bulldogs. The UK is experiencing a sharp rise in dog theft. Lockdowns due to
    (...)  online without asking diligent background questions. A Change.org petition said the punishment
    (...)  industry. A theft in the USA last week became global news as the dog walker of pop singer Lady Gaga was shot in the
    (...)  to post pictures of their pets on social media. Police have also recommended people take their dogs for a
    (...)  coronavirus have led to a boom in pet sales as many people look for solace and companionship in animals. Sales of what are being dubbed
    (...)  "pandemic puppies" have skyrocketed. Unscrupulous criminals are now stealing dogs,
    (...)  walk with a friend and not leave dogs unattended in cars. The organisation DogLost said many people are buying dogs
    1  ) A disturbing new crime is emerging worldwide that should be of concern to dog owners. Criminal
    (...)  gangs are engaged in wide-scale dog theft. In the UK it has turned into a lucrative but illicit
    (...)  The police warned dog owners to take extreme care online and in parks. People have been advised not
    (...)  almost the same effect on a family as kidnapping, as pets are seen as family
    (...)  for dog theft is the same as for a stolen smartphone. It said: "Dognapping has
    (...)  often attacking their owners, and selling the canines for up to $9,000.
    (...)  members. It is time the law reflected this in the sentencing of offenders."

    Put the words in the right order

    1. emerging   new   is   A   worldwide   .   crime   disturbing
    2. wide-scale   engaged   gangs   theft   .   Criminal   in   are   dog
    3. theft   .   a   sharp   experienced   dog   rise   Britain   in
    4. led   pet   boom   a   Coronavirus   to   sales   .   in
    5. dubbed   are   being   pandemic   puppies   .   of   what   Sales
    6. dog   take   extreme   warned   to   care   .   Police   owners
    7. have   to   advised   not   been   post   People   pictures   .
    8. for   dogs   friend   .   a   with   walk   Take   a
    9. the   same   .   is   punishment   theft   for   The   dog
    10. Dognapping   family   .   a   the   same   has   on   effect

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A disturbing new crime is emerging / emerged worldwide that should be of concern to dog owners. Criminal gangs are gauged / engaged in wide-scale dog theft. In the UK it has turned into a lucrative but / so illicit industry. A theft in the USA last week became global news has / as the dog walker of pop singer Lady Gaga was shot in the chest / chests as thieves stole her two pet bulldogs. The UK is experiencing a blunt / sharp rise in dog theft. Lockdowns due to coronavirus have led to a boom / bloom in pet sales as many people look for solace and companionship on / in animals. Sales of what are being daubed / dubbed "pandemic puppies" have skyrocketed. Unscrupulous criminals are now stealing dogs, often attacking their owners, and selling the canines / canes for up to $9,000.

    The police warned dog owners to take extremely / extreme care online and in parks. People have / are been advised not to post pictures of their pets on social media. Police have also recommendation / recommended people take their dogs for a walk with a friend and not leave / stay dogs unattended in cars. The organisation DogLost said many people are buying dogs online without asking diligence / diligent background questions. A Change.org petition said the punishment for dog theft is the same was / as for a stolen smartphone. It said: "Dognapping has almost / most the same effect on / in a family as kidnapping, as pets are seeing / seen as family members. It is time the law reflected this in the sentencing of defenders / offenders."

    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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    Th_  p_l_c_  w_rn_d  d_g  _wn_rs  t_  t_k_  _xtr_m_  c_r_  _nl_n_  _nd  _n  p_rks.  P__pl_  h_v_  b__n  _dv_s_d  n_t  t_  p_st  p_ct_r_s  _f  th__r  p_ts  _n  s_c__l  m_d__.  P_l_c_  h_v_  _ls_  r_c_mm_nd_d  p__pl_  t_k_  th__r  d_gs  f_r  _  w_lk  w_th  _  fr__nd  _nd  n_t  l__v_  d_gs  _n_tt_nd_d  _n  c_rs.  Th_  _rg_n_s_t__n  D_gL_st  s__d  m_ny  p__pl_  _r_  b_y_ng  d_gs  _nl_n_  w_th__t  _sk_ng  d_l_g_nt  b_ckgr__nd  q__st__ns.  _  Ch_ng_._rg  p_t_t__n  s__d  th_  p_n_shm_nt  f_r  d_g  th_ft  _s  th_  s_m_  _s  f_r  _  st_l_n  sm_rtph_n_.  _t  s__d:  "D_gn_pp_ng  h_s  _lm_st  th_  s_m_  _ff_ct  _n  _  f_m_ly  _s  k_dn_pp_ng,  _s  p_ts  _r_  s__n  _s  f_m_ly  m_mb_rs.  _t  _s  t_m_  th_  l_w  r_fl_ct_d  th_s  _n  th_  s_nt_nc_ng  _f  _ff_nd_rs."

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a disturbing new crime is emerging worldwide that should be of concern to dog owners criminal gangs are engaged in widescale dog theft in the uk it has turned into a lucrative but illicit industry a theft in the usa last week became global news as the dog walker of pop singer lady gaga was shot in the chest as thieves stole her two pet bulldogs the uk is experiencing a sharp rise in dog theft lockdowns due to coronavirus have led to a boom in pet sales as many people look for solace and companionship in animals sales of what are being dubbed pandemic puppies have skyrocketed unscrupulous criminals are now stealing dogs often attacking their owners and selling the canines for up to 9000

    the police warned dog owners to take extreme care online and in parks people have been advised not to post pictures of their pets on social media police have also recommended people take their dogs for a walk with a friend and not leave dogs unattended in cars the organisation doglost said many people are buying dogs online without asking diligent background questions a changeorg petition said the punishment for dog theft is the same as for a stolen smartphone it said dognapping has almost the same effect on a family as kidnapping as pets are seen as family members it is time the law reflected this in the sentencing of offenders

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    Adisturbingnewcrimeisemergingworldwidethatshouldbeofconcernt
    odogowners.Criminalgangsareengagedinwide-scaledogtheft.Inth
    eUKithasturnedintoalucrativebutillicitindustry.AtheftintheUSAlastw
    eekbecameglobalnewsasthedogwalkerofpopsingerLadyGagawassh
    otinthechestasthievesstolehertwopetbulldogs.TheUKisexperiencing
    asharpriseindogtheft.Lockdownsduetocoronavirushaveledtoaboom
    inpetsalesasmanypeoplelookforsolaceandcompanionshipinanimals.
    Salesofwhatarebeingdubbed"pandemicpuppies"haveskyrocketed.U
    nscrupulouscriminalsarenowstealingdogs,oftenattackingtheirowne
    rs,andsellingthecaninesforupto$9,000.Thepolicewarneddogowners
    totakeextremecareonlineandinparks.Peoplehavebeenadvisednotto
    postpicturesoftheirpetsonsocialmedia.Policehavealsorecommende
    dpeopletaketheirdogsforawalkwithafriendandnotleavedogsunatten
    dedincars.TheorganisationDogLostsaidmanypeoplearebuyingdogso
    nlinewithoutaskingdiligentbackgroundquestions.AChange.orgpetiti
    onsaidthepunishmentfordogtheftisthesameasforastolensmartphon
    e.Itsaid:"Dognappinghasalmostthesameeffectonafamilyaskidnappi
    ng,aspetsareseenasfamilymembers.Itistimethelawreflectedthisinth
    esentencingofoffenders."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    People who steal dogs should spend a long time in prison. 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. DOG THEFT: Make a poster about dog theft. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. DOGNAPPING: Write a magazine article about having 20-year prison sentences for dognapping. 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 dog theft. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to stop it. 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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