The Reading / Listening - Tokyo Motor Show - Level 3

The Tokyo Motor Show has been cancelled for the first time in its history. The organizers called the show off because of an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Japan. Akio Toyoda, chairperson of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, said: "The Tokyo Motor Show is being cancelled, not delayed. It's difficult to hold the event in a way in which many people will be able to experience the appeal of cars in a safe and secure environment." Tokyo has just been put under a two-week state of emergency to try and reduce the surge in COVID-19. Japan's government is worried about the pandemic because it will host the Tokyo Olympics in July. Many Japanese people want to cancel the Olympics.



The Tokyo Motor Show was first held in 1954. It is one of the world's top five motor shows. It attracted over 1.3 million motoring professionals and enthusiasts in 2019. Mr Toyoda said his team considered holding the show online, but decided a physical, in-person event would be a better experience. The show differs from other auto events around the world because it focuses more on innovation. There are usually more concept cars than actual production cars in the show. This means we can get a look at what cars might look like in the future. Mr Toyoda said: "The Tokyo Motor show collaborates with a number of industries to envision a new future for mobility."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Tokyo Motor Show - Level 0 Tokyo Motor Show - Level 1   or  Tokyo Motor Show - Level 2

Sources
  • https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2021/04/f57315cce448-urgent-tokyo-auto-show-in-fall-to-be-canceled-over-pandemic.html
  • https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/04/22/business/corporate-business/tokyo-motor-show-cancel/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_Motor_Show


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. MOTOR SHOWS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about motor shows. 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?
       Tokyo / motor show / history / coronavirus / event / experience / emergency / host /
       professionals / online / world / innovation / production / the future / collaborate
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. ELECTRIC: Students A strongly believe motor shows should only feature electric vehicles; Students B strongly believe all vehicles are OK. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. CARS: What are the good and bad things about these kinds of cars? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good Things

Bad Things

Sports car

 

 

SUV

 

 

Sedan

 

 

Pickup truck

 

 

Minivan

 

 

Station wagon

 

 

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5. HISTORY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "history". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. FEATURES: Rank these with your partner. Put the most important features in a car at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Music system
  • Engine size
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Leather seats
  • Speed
  • GPS
  • Colour
  • 4WD

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. organizers a. The quality of being attractive or interesting.
      2. case b. A person who plans and makes things happen.
      3. delayed c. Made something happen at a later date.
      4. appeal d. A sudden large increase.
      5. secure e. To have a party or even in your house, stadium or country.
      6. surge f. An example of something happening.
      7. host g. Safe and protected from harm.

    Paragraph 2

      8. attracted h. The action or process of creating very, very, very new things.
      9. enthusiast i. Economic activity concerned with the processing of raw materials and manufacture of goods in factories.
      10. considered j. Work together on something.
      11. innovation k. Thought about.
      12. concept l. An idea about something that could become a plan.
      13. collaborate m. Caused to come to a place or participate in something.
      14. industry n. A person who is highly interested in a particular activity or subject.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Climate change has cancelled the Tokyo Motor Show.     T / F
  2. The show's chairperson said the show has been delayed, not cancelled.   T / F
  3. The chairperson said it was difficult to provide a safe environment.     T / F
  4. The article says Japan believes COVID will not affect the Olympics.     T / F
  5. The Tokyo Motor Show started in 1954.     T / F
  6. The article says more than 1.3 million people went to the show last year. T / F
  7. The show focuses on concept cars more than production cars.     T / F
  8. We can get an idea about driving in the future at the show.     T / F

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

  1. cancelled
  2. increase
  3. appeal
  4. worried
  5. host
  6. top
  7. enthusiasts
  8. focuses
  9. innovation
  10. envision
  1. concentrates
  2. concerned
  3. hold
  4. fans
  5. called off
  6. change
  7. leading
  8. rise
  9. see
  10. attraction

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

  1. The organizers called the
  2. The Tokyo Motor Show is being
  3. put under a two-week
  4. Japan's government is worried
  5. Many Japanese people want to
  6. It is one of the world's top
  7. 1.3 million motoring professionals
  8. The show differs
  9. more concept cars than actual
  10. what cars might look
  1. from other auto events
  2. state of emergency
  3. five motor shows
  4. show off
  5. like in the future
  6. about the pandemic
  7. production cars
  8. cancel the Olympics
  9. and enthusiasts
  10. cancelled, not delayed

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
appeal
under
being
host
surge
cancelled
way
number

The Tokyo Motor Show has been (1) _____________________ for the first time in its history. The organizers called the show off because of an increase in the (2) _____________________ of coronavirus cases in Japan. Akio Toyoda, chairperson of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, said: "The Tokyo Motor Show is (3) _____________________ cancelled, not delayed. It's difficult to hold the event in a (4) _____________________ in which many people will be able to experience the (5) _____________________ of cars in a safe and secure environment." Tokyo has just been put (6) _____________________ a two-week state of emergency to try and reduce the (7) _____________________ in COVID-19. Japan's government is worried about the pandemic because it will (8) _____________________ the Tokyo Olympics in July. Many Japanese people want to cancel the Olympics.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
top
innovation
collaborates
held
future
event
means
enthusiasts

The Tokyo Motor Show was first (9) _____________________ in 1954. It is one of the world's (10) _____________________ five motor shows. It attracted over 1.3 million motoring professionals and (11) _____________________ in 2019. Mr Toyoda said his team considered holding the show online, but decided a physical, in-person (12) _____________________ would be a better experience. The show differs from other auto events around the world because it focuses more on (13) _____________________. There are usually more concept cars than actual production cars in the show. This (14) _____________________ we can get a look at what cars might look like in the (15) _____________________. Mr Toyoda said: "The Tokyo Motor show (16) _____________________ with a number of industries to envision a new future for mobility."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) The Tokyo Motor Show has been cancelled for the first time ______
     a.  on its history
     b.  by its history
     c.  in its history
     d.  to its history
2)  because of an increase in the number of ______
     a.  coronavirus case is
     b.  coronavirus case says
     c.  coronavirus case sis
     d.  coronavirus cases
3)  The Tokyo Motor Show is being cancelled, ______
     a.  not relayed
     b.  not deal layered
     c.  not deal laid
     d.  not delayed
4)  people will be able to experience the appeal of cars in a safe ______
     a.  and secure environment
     b.  end secure environment
     c.  an secure environment
     d.  answer cure environment
5)  Japan's government is worried about the pandemic because it ______ Tokyo Olympics
     a.  will ghost the
     b.  will hose the
     c.  will host the
     d.  will toast the

6)  It attracted over 1.3 million motoring professionals ______
     a.  and enthusiasm
     b.  and enthusiastic
     c.  and enthusiasts
     d.  and enthuse asks
7)  but decided a physical, in-person event would be ______
     a.  a bitter experience
     b.  a butter experience
     c.  a better experience
     d.  a biter experience
8) differs from other auto events around the world because it focuses ______
     a.  moron innovation
     b.  mourn innovation
     c.  more on innovation
     d.  more one innovation
9)  This means we can get a look at what cars might look like ______
     a.  inner future
     b.  in a future
     c.  in the future
     d.  in then future
10)  collaborates with a number of industries to envision a new ______
     a.  future form ability
     b.  future four mobility
     c.  future fore mobility
     d.  future for mobility

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Tokyo Motor Show has been cancelled for the first time (1) ____________________. The organizers called the show off because of an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Japan. Akio Toyoda, chairperson of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, said: "The Tokyo Motor Show (2) ____________________, not delayed. It's difficult to hold the event in a way in which many people will (3) ____________________ experience the appeal of cars in a safe and secure environment." Tokyo has just been (4) ____________________ two-week state of emergency to try and (5) ____________________ in COVID-19. Japan's government is worried about the pandemic because it will host the Tokyo Olympics in July. Many Japanese people (6) ____________________ the Olympics.

The Tokyo Motor Show was (7) ____________________ 1954. It is one of the world's top five motor shows. (8) ____________________ 1.3 million motoring professionals and enthusiasts in 2019. Mr Toyoda said his team considered holding the show online, (9) ____________________ physical, in-person event would be a better experience. The show differs from other auto events around the world because it focuses (10) ____________________. There are usually more concept cars than actual production cars in the show. This means we can get (11) ____________________ what cars might look like in the future. Mr Toyoda said: "The Tokyo Motor show collaborates with a number of industries (12) ____________________ new future for mobility."

Comprehension questions

  1. How many times had the Tokyo Motor Show been cancelled before now?
  2. What was there a rise in that caused the show to be cancelled?
  3. What is Akio Toyoda's role in an automobile association?
  4. How long is the state of emergency in Tokyo?
  5. What do many Japanese people want to cancel?
  6. When was the first Tokyo Motor Show held?
  7. When did the show attract over 1.3 million people?
  8. What does the Tokyo Motor Show focus on?
  9. What kinds of cars are there usually more of at the Tokyo Motor Show?
  10. Who does the Tokyo Motor Show collaborate with?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How many times had the Tokyo Motor Show been cancelled before now?
a) one
b) none
c) two
d) five
2) What was there a rise in that caused the show to be cancelled?
a) population
b) pollution
c) global warming
d) coronavirus cases
3) What is Akio Toyoda's role in an automobile association?
a) stunt driver
b) chief engineer
c) chairperson
d) CEO
4) How long is the state of emergency in Tokyo?
a) two weeks
b) 10 days
c) a month
d) until the end of June
5) What do many Japanese people want to cancel?
a) the motor show
b) the Olympics
c) overtime
d) appointments

6) When was the first Tokyo Motor Show held?
a) 1954
b) 1964
c) 1974
d) 1944
7) When did the show attract over 1.3 million people?
a) 2017
b) 2018
c) 2019
d) 2020
8) What does the Tokyo Motor Show focus on?
a) innovation
b) the environment
c) sports cars
d) fuel efficiency
9) What kinds of cars are there usually more of at the Tokyo Motor Show?
a) production cars
b) sports cars
c) electric cars
d) concept cars
10) Who does the Tokyo Motor Show collaborate with?
a) Formula 1
b) other companies
c) industries
d) taxi drivers

Role play

Role  A – Music System
You think a music system is the most important feature in a car. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their features aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): fuel efficiency, speed or colour.

Role  B – Fuel Efficiency
You think fuel efficiency is the most important feature in a car. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their features aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): music system, speed or colour.

Role  C – Speed
You think speed is the most important feature in a car. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their features aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): fuel efficiency, music system or colour.

Role  D – Colour
You think colour is the most important feature in a car. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their features aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): fuel efficiency, speed or music system.

After reading / listening

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

'motor'

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  • and 'show'.

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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:

    • history
    • cases
    • difficult
    • secure
    • try
    • host
    • top
    • 2019
    • differs
    • actual
    • like
    • future




    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 - Tokyo Motor Show

    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 'motor'?
    3. What do you think of a motor show?
    4. Would you like to go to a motor show?
    5. What is your favourite car?
    6. What do you think of cancelling the Tokyo Motor Show?
    7. How has the coronavirus affected your life?
    8. What is the appeal of cars and driving?
    9. Should the Tokyo Olympics go ahead?
    10. What do you know about Tokyo?

    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 'show'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think happens at a motor show?
    5. What do you have an enthusiasm for?
    6. Are online events or in-person events best?
    7. What do you think of concept cars?
    8. What will cars of the future be like?
    9. Should we ban the use of cars?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the motor show boss?

    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 Tokyo Motor Show has been cancelled for the first time (1) ____ its history. The organizers called the show (2) ____ because of an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Japan. Akio Toyoda, chairperson of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, said: "The Tokyo Motor Show is (3) ____ cancelled, not delayed. It's difficult to hold the event in a (4) ____ in which many people will be able to experience the appeal of cars in a safe and secure environment." Tokyo has just been put under a two-week state or emergency to try and reduce the (5) ____ in COVID-19. Japan's government is worried about the pandemic because it will (6) ____ the Tokyo Olympics in July. Many Japanese people want to cancel the Olympics.

    The Tokyo Motor Show was first held in 1954. It is one of the world's (7) ____ five motor shows. It attracted over 1.3 million motoring professionals and enthusiasts in 2019. Mr Toyoda said his team (8) ____ holding the show online, but decided a physical, in-person event would be a better experience. The show (9) ____ from other auto events around the world because it focuses more (10) ____ innovation. There are usually more concept cars than actual production cars in the show. This means we can get a (11) ____ at what cars might look like in the future. Mr Toyoda said: "The Tokyo Motor show collaborates with a (12) ____ of industries to envision a new future for mobility."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    (a)     of     (b)     to     (c)     in     (d)     at    
    (a)     off     (b)     up     (c)     down     (d)     on    
    (a)     being     (b)     been     (c)     bin     (d)     be    
    (a)     way     (b)     path     (c)     road     (d)     street    
    (a)     stage     (b)     sage     (c)     sarge     (d)     surge    
    (a)     haste     (b)     ghost     (c)     heist     (d)     host    
    (a)     top     (b)     tip     (c)     tap     (d)     atop    
    (a)     considering     (b)     considers     (c)     consider     (d)     considered    
    (a)     differs     (b)     different     (c)     difference     (d)     differences    
    (a)     at     (b)     on     (c)     as     (d)     if    
    (a)     see     (b)     look     (c)     watch     (d)     dream    
    (a)     number     (b)     letter     (c)     numeral     (d)     digit

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  off because of an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Japan. Akio Toyoda, chairperson
    (...)  emergency to try and reduce the surge in COVID-19. Japan's government is worried about the pandemic
    (...)  a safe and secure environment." Tokyo has just been put under a two-week state of
    (...)  The Tokyo Motor Show was first held in 1954. It is one of the world's top five motor shows. It attracted
    (...)  delayed. It's difficult to hold the event in a way in which many people will be able to experience the appeal of cars in
    (...)  like in the future. Mr Toyoda said: "The Tokyo Motor show collaborates
    (...)  because it will host the Tokyo Olympics in July. Many Japanese people want to cancel the Olympics.
    (...)  with a number of industries to envision a new future for mobility."
    (...)  over 1.3 million motoring professionals and enthusiasts in 2019. Mr Toyoda said his team considered holding the show
    (...)  cars than actual production cars in the show. This means we can get a look at what cars might look
    1  ) The Tokyo Motor Show has been cancelled for the first time in its history. The organizers called the show
    (...)  online, but decided a physical, in-person event would be a better experience. The show differs
    (...)  of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, said: "The Tokyo Motor Show is being cancelled, not
    (...)  from other auto events around the world because it focuses more on innovation. There are usually more concept

    Put the words in the right order

    1. first   for   its   Cancelled   the   history   .   time   in
    2. number   increase   cases   .   An   the   of   in   coronavirus
    3. experience   appeal   .   be   able   the   People   will   to
    4. under   Put   of   a   two-week   state   emergency   .
    5. people   Olympics   .   the   want   Many   Japanese   to   cancel
    6. in   was   Tokyo's   first   motor   show   held   1954   .
    7. One   the   world's   top   motor   of   shows   .   five
    8. million   over   attracted   1   .3   motoring   professionals   .   It
    9. differs   events   .   many   auto   other   show   The   from
    10. look   cars   at   look   A   like   .   might   what

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The Tokyo Motor Show has been cancelled for the first time on / in its history. The organizers called the show on / off because of an increase in the number of / as coronavirus cases in Japan. Akio Toyoda, chairperson of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, said: "The Tokyo Motor Show is been / being cancelled, not delayed / delay. It's difficult to hold the event in a way in which many people will be able / ability to experience the appeal of cars in a safe and secure environment." Tokyo has just been put over / under a two-week state of emergency to try and reduction / reduce the surge in COVID-19. Japan's government is worried around / about the pandemic because it will host the Tokyo Olympics in July. Many Japanese people want to cancel the  / an Olympics.

    The Tokyo Motor Show was first hold / held in 1954. It is one of the world's top five motor shows. It attracted / attached over 1.3 million motoring professionals and enthusiasts in 2019. Mr Toyoda said his team consideration / considered holding the show online, but decided a physical, in-person event would be a bitter / better experience. The show differs / difference from other auto events around the world because it focuses many / more on innovation. There are usually more correct / concept cars than actual production cars in the show. This means we can get a watch / look at what cars might look like / likely in the future. Mr Toyoda said: "The Tokyo Motor show collaborates with a number of industries to envision a new future for / on mobility."

    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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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the tokyo motor show has been cancelled for the first time in its history the organizers called the show off because of an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in japan akio toyoda chairperson of the japan automobile manufacturers association said the tokyo motor show is being cancelled not delayed its difficult to hold the event in a way in which many people will be able to experience the appeal of cars in a safe and secure environment tokyo has just been put under a twoweek state of emergency to try and reduce the surge in covid19 japans government is worried about the pandemic because it will host the tokyo olympics in july many japanese people want to cancel the olympics

    the tokyo motor show was first held in 1954 it is one of the worlds top five motor shows it attracted over 13 million motoring professionals and enthusiasts in 2019 mr toyoda said his team considered holding the show online but decided a physical inperson event would be a better experience the show differs from other auto events around the world because it focuses more on innovation there are usually more concept cars than actual production cars in the show this means we can get a look at what cars might look like in the future mr toyoda said the tokyo motor show collaborates with a number of industries to envision a new future for mobility

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    TheTokyoMotorShowhasbeencancelledforthefirsttimeinitshistory.T
    heorganizerscalledtheshowoffbecauseofanincreaseinthenumberofc
    oronaviruscasesinJapan.AkioToyoda,chairpersonoftheJapanAutom
    obileManufacturersAssociation,said:"TheTokyoMotorShowisbeingc
    ancelled,notdelayed.It'sdifficulttoholdtheeventinawayinwhichmany
    peoplewillbeabletoexperiencetheappealofcarsinasafeandsecureenv
    ironment."Tokyohasjustbeenputunderatwo-weekstateofemergenc
    ytotryandreducethesurgeinCOVID-19.Japan'sgovernmentisworrie
    daboutthepandemicbecauseitwillhosttheTokyoOlympicsinJuly.Man
    yJapanesepeoplewanttocanceltheOlympics.TheTokyoMotorShoww
    asfirstheldin1954.Itisoneoftheworld'stopfivemotorshows.Itattracte
    dover1.3millionmotoringprofessionalsandenthusiastsin2019.MrToy
    odasaidhisteamconsideredholdingtheshowonline,butdecidedaphysi
    cal,in-personeventwouldbeabetterexperience.Theshowdiffersfrom
    otherautoeventsaroundtheworldbecauseitfocusesmoreoninnovatio
    n.Thereareusuallymoreconceptcarsthanactualproductioncarsinthes
    how.Thismeanswecangetalookatwhatcarsmightlooklikeinthefuture.
    MrToyodasaid:"TheTokyoMotorshowcollaborateswithanumberofind
    ustriestoenvisionanewfutureformobility."

    Free writing

    Write about Tokyo Motor Show for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    All public events should be cancelled until coronavirus numbers come down. 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. MOTOR SHOWS: Make a poster about motor shows. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. CARS: Write a magazine article about reducing the number of cars. 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 motor shows. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas 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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