The Reading / Listening - Miracle Puppy - Level 6

Amid the constant stream of bad news that fills our screens, a heart-warming tale comes from a hospital in Oklahoma, USA. A puppy born with severe abnormalities has survived its first week, and doctors are optimistic that she will live a healthy life. Skipper the puppy is a cross-breed - she is a border collie and Australian shepherd mix. She was one of a litter of nine puppies. While her brothers and sisters came out "normal," Skipper was born with six legs and two tails. These are her most visible congenital conditions. She has others, including two pelvic regions, two lower urinary tracts and two reproductive regions. Her vet said that despite Skipper's condition, her organs are working "just fine".



Vets have called Skipper's survival a "miracle". The Neel Veterinary Hospital in Oklahoma, where she was born, wrote: "She has survived longer than we suspect any other canine has....Published research does not indicate one that has been born alive...with her combination of congenital conditions." It added: "Skipper is a strong girl. She is able to scoot around just like a regular puppy." Neel added: "We think that she may have some things to overcome, but she is determined right now and thriving." The miracle puppy has her own Facebook page. It says: "She is currently at the correct weight for her age and accomplishing all of her milestones. She is following a path to a happy and healthy life."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Miracle Puppy - Level 4  or  Miracle Puppy - Level 5

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2021/02/23/us/puppy-born-with-six-legs-trnd/index.html
  • https://wgntv.com/news/shes-probably-one-of-a-kind-6-legged-puppy-is-a-miracle-veterinarians-say/
  • https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/29821/20210223/miracle-puppy-oklahoma-six-legs-two-tails.htm


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. PUPPIES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about puppies. 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?
       stream / bad news / heart-warming / hospital / puppy / optimistic / region / organ
       survival / miracle / canine / research / overcome / thriving / weight / milestones
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. BAD NEWS: Students A strongly believe bad news is more interesting than good news; Students B strongly believe the opposite. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. NEWS: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "news". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

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5. PETS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best pet at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • dog
  • goldfish
  • cat
  • rabbit
  • iguana
  • sheep
  • tortoise
  • parrot

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. constant a. Something bad or undesirable very great; intense.
      2. tale b. Happening continuously over a period of time.
      3. severe c. Hopeful and confident about the future.
      4. optimistic d. The group of young animals born to an animal at one time.
      5. litter e. A fictitious or true narrative or story.
      6. congenital f. Relating to making babies or young.
      7. reproductive g. Of a disease or physical abnormality present from birth.

    Paragraph 2

      8. suspect h. Relating to or resembling a dog or dogs.
      9. canine i. Succeed in dealing with a problem or difficulty.
      10. indicate j. Have an idea about the existence, presence, or truth of something.
      11. scoot around k. Point out; show.
      12. overcome l. Prospering or flourishing.
      13. thriving m. Move quickly.
      14. accomplishing n. Achieving or completing successfully.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article says a six-legged puppy was bad news.     T / F
  2. The article says the puppy survived its first month.     T / F
  3. The puppy has eight siblings.     T / F
  4. Vets say the puppy's organs are working fine.     T / F
  5. The puppy was born on the streets.     T / F
  6. A vet said the puppy is very weak at the moment.     T / F
  7. The vet said the puppy is unable to walk.     T / F
  8. The puppy is the correct weight for her age.     T / F

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

  1. constant
  2. tale
  3. bothers and sisters
  4. visible
  5. regions
  6. miracle
  7. suspect
  8. overcome
  9. thriving
  10. accomplishing
  1. marvel
  2. noticeable
  3. conquer
  4. story
  5. reckon
  6. flourishing
  7. areas
  8. non-stop
  9. fulfilling
  10. siblings

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

  1. Amid the constant
  2. A puppy born with severe
  3. doctors are optimistic that
  4. She was one of a litter
  5. her organs
  6. Vets have called Skipper's survival
  7. she may have some things
  8. she is determined right now
  9. accomplishing all of her
  10. She is following
  1. and thriving
  2. of nine puppies
  3. are working
  4. abnormalities
  5. a path
  6. milestones
  7. stream of bad news
  8. to overcome
  9. she will live
  10. a "miracle"

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
tails
tale
optimistic
condition
constant
regions
litter
severe

Amid the (1) _____________________ stream of bad news that fills our screens, a heart-warming (2) _____________________ comes from a hospital in Oklahoma, USA. A puppy born with (3) _____________________ abnormalities has survived its first week, and doctors are (4) _____________________ that she will live a healthy life. Skipper the puppy is a cross-breed - she is a border collie and Australian shepherd mix. She was one of a (5) _____________________ of nine puppies. While her brothers and sisters came out "normal," Skipper was born with six legs and two (6) _____________________. These are her most visible congenital conditions. She has others, including two pelvic (7) _____________________, two lower urinary tracts and two reproductive regions. Her vet said that despite Skipper's (8) _____________________, her organs are working "just fine".

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
indicate
overcome
path
survival
regular
currently
suspect
miracle

Vets have called Skipper's (9) _____________________ a "miracle". The Neel Veterinary Hospital in Oklahoma, where she was born, wrote: "She has survived longer than we (10) _____________________ any other canine has....Published research does not (11) _____________________ one that has been born alive...with her combination of congenital conditions." It added: "Skipper is a strong girl. She is able to scoot around just like a (12) _____________________ puppy." Neel added: "We think that she may have some things to (13) _____________________, but she is determined right now and thriving." The (14) _____________________ puppy has her own Facebook page. It says: "She is (15) _____________________ at the correct weight for her age and accomplishing all of her milestones. She is following a (16) _____________________ to a happy and healthy life."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Amid the constant stream of bad news that ______
     a.  fills our screen
     b.  fill sour screens
     c.  fills sour screen
     d.  fills our screens
2)  born with severe abnormalities has survived its first week, and ______
     a.  doctors are optimistically
     b.  doctors are optimism
     c.  doctors are optimistic
     d.  doctors are optic mystics
3)  Skipper was born with six legs ______
     a.  and two tails
     b.  and two tales
     c.  and two trails
     d.  and two toils
4)  including two pelvic regions, two lower urinary tracts and two ______
     a.  reproduction regions
     b.  reproductively regions
     c.  reproductive regions
     d.  reproductively region
5)  Her vet said that despite Skipper's condition, her organs are ______
     a.  worked ing "just fine"
     b.  working "just fine"
     c.  working "adjust fine"
     d.  working "just finely"

6)  She has survived longer than we suspect any ______
     a.  other canine has
     b.  other feline has
     c.  other equine has
     d.  other bovine has
7)  indicate one that has been born alive...with her combination of ______
     a.  congenitally conditions
     b.  congenial conditions
     c.  congenital conditions
     d.  cogent conditions
8)  She is able to scoot around just like ______
     a.  as regular puppy
     b.  are regular puppy
     c.  a regular puppy
     d.  regular puppy
9)  she may have some things to overcome, but she is determined right ______
     a.  now and thrifty
     b.  now and thrive in
     c.  now and thriving
     d.  now and try vine
10)  currently at the correct weight for her age and accomplishing all of ______
     a.  her miles tones
     b.  her mile stones
     c.  her mill stones
     d.  her milestones

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Amid the (1) ____________________ bad news that fills our screens, a heart-warming tale comes from a hospital in Oklahoma, USA. A puppy born with severe abnormalities (2) ____________________ first week, and doctors are optimistic that she will live a healthy life. Skipper the puppy (3) ____________________ - she is a border collie and Australian shepherd mix. She was one of a (4) ____________________ puppies. While her brothers and sisters came out "normal," Skipper was born with six legs (5) ____________________. These are her most visible congenital conditions. She has others, including two pelvic regions, two lower urinary tracts and two reproductive regions. Her vet said that despite Skipper's condition, her organs are (6) ____________________.

Vets have called Skipper's (7) ____________________. The Neel Veterinary Hospital in Oklahoma, where she was born, wrote: "She has survived longer than (8) ____________________ other canine has....Published research does not indicate one that has been born alive...with (9) ____________________ congenital conditions." It added: "Skipper is a strong girl. She is able to scoot around just like a regular puppy." Neel added: "We think that she may have some (10) ____________________, but she is determined right now and thriving." The miracle puppy has her own Facebook page. It says: "She is currently at the (11) ____________________ her age and accomplishing all of her milestones. She is following a path to a (12) ____________________ life."

Comprehension questions

  1. What does the article say there is a constant stream of?
  2. How long has the puppy survived so far?
  3. How many brothers and sisters does the puppy have?
  4. How many tails was the puppy born with?
  5. What did the puppy's vet say are working "just fine"?
  6. What did the vet call the puppy's survival?
  7. What can the puppy scoot around like?
  8. What did the vet say the puppy has to overcome?
  9. What kind of weight is the puppy at for her age?
  10. What is the puppy following a path to?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What does the article say there is a constant stream of?
a) dog stories
b) bad news
c) the Internet
d) screens
2)  How long has the puppy survived so far?
a) 5 days
b) a fortnight
c) one week
d) a month
3)  How many brothers and sisters does the puppy have?
a) six
b) nine
c) seven
d) eight
4)  How many tails was the puppy born with?
a) one
b) two
c) three
d) four
5)  What did the puppy's vet say are working "just fine"?
a) her organs
b) her paws
c) her legs
d) her tails

6)  What did the vet call the puppy's survival?
a) a miracle
b) a marvel
c) astounding
d) heart-warming
7)  What can the puppy scoot around like?
a) a hyena
b) an adult dog
c) a cat
d) a regular puppy
8)  What did the vet say the puppy has to overcome?
a) steps
b) illnesses
c) some things
d) carpets
9)  What kind of weight is the puppy at for her age?
a) anorexic
b) a little underweight
c) a little overweight
d) the correct weight
10)  What is the puppy following a path to?
a) enlightenment
b) a happy and healthy weight
c) a kennel
d) fame and success

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 worst of these (and why): goldfish, rabbits or sheep.

Role  B – Goldfish
You think goldfish 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 worst of these (and why): dogs, rabbits or sheep.

Role  C – Rabbits
You think rabbits 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 worst of these (and why): goldfish, dogs or sheep.

Role  D – Sheep
You think sheep 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 worst of these (and why): goldfish, rabbits or dogs.

After reading / listening

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

'miracle'

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  • and 'puppy'.

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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:

    • amid
    • severe
    • cross
    • normal
    • visible
    • despite
    • miracle
    • longer
    • alive
    • overcome
    • page
    • path




    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 - Miracle Puppy

    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 'miracle'?
    3. What do you think of miracles?
    4. Have you ever witnessed a miracle?
    5. What miracles would you like to happen?
    6. Do you prefer to read about bad or good news?
    7. What do you think about puppies?
    8. Which are cuter - puppies or kittens?
    9. How will the puppy live life with six legs?
    10. What advice do you have for the puppy's owner?

    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 'puppy'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Would you like to work as a vet?
    5. What do you think a vet does every day?
    6. How strong are you?
    7. What things in life have you overcome?
    8. What milestones have you passed in life?
    9. How can we get on a path to a happy life?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the vet?

    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)

    Amid the (1) ____ stream of bad news that fills our screens, a heart-warming tale comes from a hospital in Oklahoma, USA. A puppy born with (2) ____ abnormalities has survived its first week, and doctors are optimistic that she will live a healthy life. Skipper the puppy is a (3) ____-breed - she is a border collie and Australian shepherd mix. She was one of a (4) ____ of nine puppies. While her brothers and sisters came out "normal," Skipper was born with six legs and two tails. These are her most (5) ____ congenital conditions. She has others, including two pelvic regions, two lower urinary tracts and two reproductive regions. Her vet said that (6) ____ Skipper's condition, her organs are working "just fine".

    Vets have called Skipper's (7) ____ a "miracle". The Neel Veterinary Hospital in Oklahoma, where she was born, wrote: "She has survived longer than we (8) ____ any other canine has....Published research does not (9) ____ one that has been born alive...with her combination of congenital conditions." It added: "Skipper is a strong girl. She is able to scoot (10) ____ just like a regular puppy." Neel added: "We think that she may have some things to overcome, but she is determined right now and thriving." The miracle puppy has her own Facebook page. It says: "She is currently at the correct weight for her age and accomplishing all of her (11) ____. She is following a (12) ____ to a happy and healthy life."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     constantly     (b)     consistent     (c)     constant     (d)     contains    
    2. (a)     severe     (b)     sever     (c)     severs     (d)     severity    
    3. (a)     cross     (b)     plus     (c)     minus     (d)     star    
    4. (a)     litter     (b)     letter     (c)     latter     (d)     later    
    5. (a)     visibility     (b)     visible     (c)     visor     (d)     vision    
    6. (a)     spites     (b)     dispute     (c)     spite     (d)     despite    
    7. (a)     revive     (b)     arrive     (c)     survival     (d)     derive    
    8. (a)     aspect     (b)     inspect     (c)     respect     (d)     suspect    
    9. (a)     indicate     (b)     signal     (c)     adhere     (d)     times    
    10. (a)     around     (b)     up     (c)     here     (d)     where    
    11. (a)     gravestones     (b)     milestones     (c)     headstones     (d)     hearthstones    
    12. (a)     alley     (b)     highway     (c)     path     (d)     trail

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. Amid the nctsoant stream of bad news
    2. born with severe aobmailntreis
    3. doctors are mtiiptsoic
    4. her most visible engnotical conditions
    5. two lower iuanrry tracts
    6. two prodcuetrvie regions

    Paragraph 2

    1. called Skipper's rsivuval a "miracle"
    2. we uspscet any other canine has
    3. research does not dicinate one that has
    4. some things to oorvceme
    5. determined right now and igtnihrv
    6. agscoicilnhpm all of her milestones

    Put the text back together

    (...)  born, wrote: "She has survived longer than we suspect any other canine has....Published research does not
    (...)  out "normal," Skipper was born with six legs and two tails. These are her most visible
    (...)  tale comes from a hospital in Oklahoma, USA. A puppy born with severe abnormalities has survived
    (...)  its first week, and doctors are optimistic that she will live a healthy life. Skipper the puppy is a cross-breed - she is a
    (...)  Vets have called Skipper's survival a "miracle". The Neel Veterinary Hospital in Oklahoma, where she was
    (...)  indicate one that has been born alive...with her combination of congenital conditions." It added: "Skipper is a strong
    (...)  all of her milestones. She is following a path to a happy and healthy life."
    (...)  congenital conditions. She has others, including two pelvic regions, two lower urinary tracts and two
    (...)  reproductive regions. Her vet said that despite Skipper's condition, her organs are working "just fine".
    (...)  girl. She is able to scoot around just like a regular puppy." Neel added: "We think that she
    (...)  border collie and Australian shepherd mix. She was one of a litter of nine puppies. While her brothers and sisters came
    (...)  may have some things to overcome, but she is determined right now and thriving." The miracle puppy has her
    1  ) Amid the constant stream of bad news that fills our screens, a heart-warming
    (...)  own Facebook page. It says: "She is currently at the correct weight for her age and accomplishing

    Put the words in the right order

    1. bad   of   Amid   constant   the   stream   news   .
    2. heart-warming   A   hospital   .   from   tale   comes   a
    3. live   .   she   optimistic   that   are   Doctors   will
    4. was   of   She   of   litter   nine   .   a   one
    5. congenital   These   are   conditions   .   visible   her   most
    6. has   .   Survived   than   other   any   canine   longer
    7. that   does   indicate   research   not   Published   one   has   .
    8. overcome   .   may   some   She   things   have   to
    9. her   correct   for   weight   at   the   Currently   age   .
    10. to   path   a   a   She's   healthy   life   .   following

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Amid the constantly / constant stream of bad news that fills our screens, a heart-warming tale comes from a hospital in Oklahoma, USA. A puppy born with severe / sever abnormalities has survived its first week, and doctors are optimistic that she will live the / a healthy life. Skipper the puppy is a cross-breed - she is a border collie and Australian shepherd mix / amalgam. She was one of a latter / litter of nine puppies. While her brothers and sisters came in / out "normal," Skipper was born with six legs and two tales / tails. These are her most visible / visibly congenital conditions. She has others, including two pelvic regions / regional, two lower urinary tracts and two reproductive regions. Her vet said that despite Skipper's ill / condition, her organs are working "just fine".

    Vets have called Skipper's living / survival a "miracle". The Neel Veterinary Hospital in Oklahoma, where she was childbirth / born, wrote: "She has survived longer than we respect / suspect any other canine has....Published research does not indicate / duplicate one that has been born alive...with her combination of / at congenital conditions." It added: "Skipper is a strong girl. She is able to scoot / snooty around just like a regular puppy." Neel added: "We think that she may have some things to undone / overcome, but she is determined right now and thriving / thrifty." The miracle puppy has her own Facebook page. It says: "She is currently at the correct weight for her age and accomplishing all of her landmarks / milestones. She is following a path / highway to a happy and healthy life."

    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)

    _m_d  th_  c_nst_nt  str__m  _f  b_d  n_ws  th_t  f_lls  __r  scr__ns,  _  h__rtw_rm_ng  t_l_  c_m_s  fr_m  _  h_sp_t_l  _n  _kl_h_m_,  _S_.  _  p_ppy  b_rn  w_th  s_v_r_  _bn_rm_l_t__s  h_s  s_rv_v_d  _ts  f_rst  w__k,  _nd  d_ct_rs  _r_  _pt_m_st_c  th_t  sh_  w_ll  l_v_  _  h__lthy  l_f_.  Sk_pp_r  th_  p_ppy  _s  _  cr_ss-br__d  -  sh_  _s  _  b_rd_r  c_ll__  _nd  __str_l__n  sh_ph_rd  m_x.  Sh_  w_s  _n_  _f  _  l_tt_r  _f  n_n_  p_pp__s.  Wh_l_  h_r  br_th_rs  _nd  s_st_rs  c_m_  __t  "n_rm_l,"  Sk_pp_r  w_s  b_rn  w_th  s_x  l_gs  _nd  tw_  t__ls.  Th_s_  _r_  h_r  m_st  v_s_bl_  c_ng_n_t_l  c_nd_t__ns.  Sh_  h_s  _th_rs,  _ncl_d_ng  tw_  p_lv_c  r_g__ns,  tw_  l_w_r  _r_n_ry  tr_cts  _nd  tw_  r_pr_d_ct_v_  r_g__ns.  H_r  v_t  s__d  th_t  d_sp_t_  Sk_pp_r's  c_nd_t__n,  h_r  _rg_ns  _r_  w_rk_ng  "j_st  f_n_".

    V_ts  h_v_  c_ll_d  Sk_pp_r's  s_rv_v_l  _  "m_r_cl_".  Th_  N__l  V_t_r_n_ry  H_sp_t_l  _n  _kl_h_m_,  wh_r_  sh_  w_s  b_rn,  wr_t_:  "Sh_  h_s  s_rv_v_d  l_ng_r  th_n  w_  s_sp_ct  _ny  _th_r  c_n_n_  h_s....P_bl_sh_d  r_s__rch  d__s  n_t  _nd_c_t_  _n_  th_t  h_s  b__n  b_rn  _l_v_...w_th  h_r  c_mb_n_t__n  _f  c_ng_n_t_l  c_nd_t__ns."  _t  _dd_d:  "Sk_pp_r  _s  _  str_ng  g_rl.  Sh_  _s  _bl_  t_  sc__t  _r__nd  j_st  l_k_  _  r_g_l_r  p_ppy."  N__l  _dd_d:  "W_  th_nk  th_t  sh_  m_y  h_v_  s_m_  th_ngs  t_  _v_rc_m_,  b_t  sh_  _s  d_t_rm_n_d  r_ght  n_w  _nd  thr_v_ng."  Th_  m_r_cl_  p_ppy  h_s  h_r  _wn  F_c_b__k  p_g_.  _t  s_ys:  "Sh_  _s  c_rr_ntly  _t  th_  c_rr_ct  w__ght  f_r  h_r  _g_  _nd  _cc_mpl_sh_ng  _ll  _f  h_r  m_l_st_n_s.  Sh_  _s  f_ll_w_ng  _  p_th  t_  _  h_ppy  _nd  h__lthy  l_f_."

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    amid the constant stream of bad news that fills our screens a heart-warming tale comes from a hospital in oklahoma usa a puppy born with severe abnormalities has survived its first week and doctors are optimistic that she will live a healthy life skipper the puppy is a crossbreed  she is a border collie and australian shepherd mix she was one of a litter of nine puppies while her brothers and sisters came out normal skipper was born with six legs and two tails these are her most visible congenital conditions she has others including two pelvic regions two lower urinary tracts and two reproductive regions her vet said that despite skippers condition her organs are working just fine

    vets have called skippers survival a miracle the neel veterinary hospital in oklahoma where she was born wrote she has survived longer than we suspect any other canine haspublished research does not indicate one that has been born alivewith her combination of congenital conditions it added skipper is a strong girl. She is able to scoot around just like a regular puppy neel added we think that she may have some things to overcome but she is determined right now and thriving the miracle puppy has her own facebook page it says she is currently at the correct weight for her age and accomplishing all of her milestones she is following a path to a happy and healthy life

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    Amidtheconstantstreamofbadnewsthatfillsourscreens,aheart-war
    mingtalecomesfromahospitalinOklahoma,USA.Apuppybornwithsev
    ereabnormalitieshassurviveditsfirstweek,anddoctorsareoptimistict
    hatshewillliveahealthylife.Skipperthepuppyisacross-breed-sheisa
    bordercollieandAustralianshepherdmix.Shewasoneofalitterofninep
    uppies.Whileherbrothersandsisterscameout"normal,"Skipperwasb
    ornwithsixlegsandtwotails.Thesearehermostvisiblecongenitalcondit
    ions.Shehasothers,includingtwopelvicregions,twolowerurinarytract
    sandtworeproductiveregions.HervetsaidthatdespiteSkipper'scondit
    ion,herorgansareworking"justfine".VetshavecalledSkipper'ssurviva
    la"miracle".TheNeelVeterinaryHospitalinOklahoma,whereshewasb
    orn,wrote:"Shehassurvivedlongerthanwesuspectanyothercanineha
    s....Publishedresearchdoesnotindicateonethathasbeenbornalive...
    withhercombinationofcongenitalconditions."Itadded:"Skipperisastr
    onggirl.Sheisabletoscootaroundjustlikearegularpuppy."Neeladded:
    "Wethinkthatshemayhavesomethingstoovercome,butsheisdetermi
    nedrightnowandthriving."ThemiraclepuppyhasherownFacebookpa
    ge.Itsays:"Sheiscurrentlyatthecorrectweightforherageandaccompli
    shingallofhermilestones.Sheisfollowingapathtoahappyandhealthylif
    e."

    Free writing

    Write about miracle puppy for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    All children should have a puppy to love. 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. PUPPIES: Make a poster about puppies. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. GOOD NEWS: Write a magazine article about news media being required to fill 50% of its content with good news stories. 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 puppies. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on them. 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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