The Reading / Listening - Woodland - Level 3

Children who live near woodland in a city have better mental health than children who do not. Researchers say children who visit and experience the great outdoors every day develop better thinking skills. They also have a lower risk of behavioural and emotional problems. Lead author of the research Mikael Maes, from University College London, talked about his research. He said: "These findings contribute to our understanding of the natural environment as an important protective factor for [a child's] cognitive development and mental health." Another report author, Professor Kate Jones, said seeing and hearing the sounds of nature provides psychological benefits for children.

In the four-year study, researchers studied 3,568 children aged between 9 and 15 at 31 schools in London. They examined the links between the natural environment and thinking skills, mental health and overall well-being. The researchers calculated how going to woodland and parks, and "blue space" like rivers, lakes and the sea, affected children's health. They asked children to take memory-based tests. The children who visited woodland every day scored higher on the tests. They also had a 17 per cent lower risk of emotional and behavioural problems. Mr Maes recommended all children experience "forest bathing" or "forest therapy". This is "being immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of a forest".

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Woodland - Level 0 Woodland - Level 1   or  Woodland - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-021-00751-1.epdf
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/20/health/woodland-children-wellness-scn-intl-scli-gbr/index.html
  • https://phys.org/news/2021-07-woodlands-good-children-young-people.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)





Warm-ups

1. WOODLAND: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about woodland. 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?
       children / woodland / mental health / researchers / outdoors / emotional / sounds /
       environment / thinking / skills / space / memory / tests / forest / bathing / therapy
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. WOODLAND SCHOOLS: Students A strongly believe all schools should be in woodland or another natural environment; Students B strongly believe otherwise. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. MENTAL HEALTH: How might these places change our mental health? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Positively

Negatively

Forests

 

 

Museums

 

 

Beaches

 

 

Offices

 

 

Shopping Malls

 

 

Gardens

 

 

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

  • Woodland
  • Bananas
  • Exercise
  • Sleep
  • Meditation
  • Music
  • A nice chair
  • Apps

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. outdoors a. Grow or cause to grow and become more better or more advanced.
      2. develop b. Involving, relating to, or about the way we act.
      3. risk c. An advantage or profit gained from something.
      4. behavioural d. The possibility that something unpleasant or unwelcome will happen.
      5. emotional e. Help to cause or bring about.
      6. contribute f. Any area outside buildings, usually that are far away from human habitation.
      7. benefit g. Relating to a person's feelings.

    Paragraph 2

      8. examined h. In all parts; taken as a whole.
      9. overall i. Worked out an answer to something.
      10. calculated j. Places of interest for tourists and visitors in a city, town, or other place.
      11. affected k. Advised or suggested something as a course of action.
      12. recommended l. Influenced or touched by an external factor.
      13. immersed m. Looked at someone or something in detail to find out more about them.
      14. sights n. Involved deeply in a particular activity or interest.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article says children who live in cities have poor mental health.     T / F
  2. Children who spend time in the great outdoors have better thinking skills. T / F
  3. The research is from a university of forestry in Canada.     T / F
  4. A professor said the sounds of nature benefit children psychologically.     T / F
  5. Researchers looked at the mental health of over 3,500 children.     T / F
  6. The researchers said woodland was better for children than the sea.     T / F
  7. Children who went to woodlands did better on memory-based tests.     T / F
  8. A researcher said forest therapy was much better than forest bathing.     T / F

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

  1. near
  2. risk
  3. understanding
  4. protective
  5. benefits
  6. links
  7. overall
  8. calculated
  9. emotional
  10. buried
  1. connections
  2. immersed
  3. advantages
  4. worked out
  5. chance
  6. psychological
  7. close to
  8. safeguarding
  9. general
  10. awareness

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

  1. Children who live near woodland in a city
  2. experience the great
  3. a lower risk of behavioural and
  4. an important protective
  5. seeing and hearing
  6. mental health and overall
  7. They asked children to take
  8. children who visited woodland every day
  9. recommended all children
  10. immersed in the sights, sounds
  1. well-being
  2. the sounds of nature
  3. scored higher on the tests
  4. and smells of a forest
  5. emotional problems
  6. experience forest bathing
  7. have better mental health
  8. memory-based tests
  9. outdoors
  10. factor

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
author
cognitive
near
benefits
better
seeing
not
findings

Children who live (1) _____________________ woodland in a city have better mental health than children who do (2) _____________________. Researchers say children who visit and experience the great outdoors every day develop (3) _____________________ thinking skills. They also have a lower risk of behavioural and emotional problems. Lead (4) _____________________ of the research Mikael Maes, from University College London, talked about his research. He said: "These (5) _____________________ contribute to our understanding of the natural environment as an important protective factor for [a child's] (6) _____________________ development and mental health." Another report author, Professor Kate Jones, said (7) _____________________ and hearing the sounds of nature provides psychological (8) _____________________ for children.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
overall
risk
links
experience
study
tests
sights
lakes

In the four-year (9) _____________________, researchers studied 3,568 children aged between 9 and 15 at 31 schools in London. They examined the (10) _____________________ between the natural environment and thinking skills, mental health and (11) _____________________ well-being. The researchers calculated how going to woodland and parks, and "blue space" like rivers, (12) _____________________ and the sea, affected children's health. They asked children to take memory-based (13) _____________________. The children who visited woodland every day scored higher on the tests. They also had a 17 per cent lower (14) _____________________ of emotional and behavioural problems. Mr Maes recommended all children (15) _____________________ "forest bathing" or "forest therapy". This is "being immersed in the (16) _____________________, sounds and smells of a forest".

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) Children who live near woodland in a city have better mental health than children ______
     a.  who do nor
     b.  who do not
     c.  who do now
     d.  who do non
2)  Researchers say children who visit and experience ______
     a.  the greet outdoors
     b.  the grate outdoors
     c.  the glade outdoors
     d.  the great outdoors
3)  ... every day develop better thinking skills. They also have ______
     a.  a lower risky
     b.  a lower risks
     c.  a lower risked
     d.  a lower risk
4) our understanding of the natural environment as an important ______
     a.  protective factor
     b.  protective factory
     c.  protective fact tor
     d.  protective fact or
5)  seeing and hearing the sounds of nature provides psychological ______
     a.  beneficial for children
     b.  benefits for chill drain
     c.  benefits for chilled drain
     d.  benefits for chill den

6) the natural environment and thinking skills, mental health and ______
     a.  over all well-being
     b.  ovary well-being
     c.  overall well-being
     d.  overalls well-being
7)  ... affected children's health. They asked children to take ______
     a.  memory-based tests
     b.  memory-baste tests
     c.  memory-biased tests
     d.  memory-base tests
8)  The children who visited woodland every ______
     a.  day scored heights
     b.  day scored higher
     c.  day scored heighten
     d.  day scored hire
9)  Mr Maes recommended all children experience "forest bathing" ______
     a.  or "forest there ape"
     b.  or "forest their ape"
     c.  or "forest therapy"
     d.  or "forest terror pea"
10)  This is "being immersed in the sights, sounds and ______ forest"
     a.  smalls of a
     b.  smiles of a
     c.  similes of a
     d.  smells of a

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Children who live near woodland in a (1) ____________________ mental health than children who do not. Researchers say children who visit and experience (2) ____________________ every day develop better thinking skills. They also have a lower risk of behavioural and emotional problems. Lead (3) ____________________ research Mikael Maes, from University College London, talked about his research. He said: "These findings contribute to our understanding (4) ____________________ environment as an important protective (5) ____________________ child's cognitive development and mental health." Another report author, Professor Kate Jones, said seeing and hearing the sounds of nature provides psychological (6) ____________________.

In the (7) ____________________, researchers studied 3,568 children aged between 9 and 15 at 31 schools in London. They examined the links between the natural environment (8) ____________________, mental health and overall well-being. The researchers (9) ____________________ to woodland and parks, and "blue space" like rivers, lakes and the sea, affected children's health. They asked children to take (10) ____________________. The children who visited woodland every day scored higher on the tests. They also had a 17 per cent (11) ____________________ emotional and behavioural problems. Mr Maes recommended all children experience "forest bathing" or "forest therapy". This is "being (12) ____________________ sights, sounds and smells of a forest".

Comprehension questions

  1. What experience did researchers say helped children?
  2. What do children who visit woodland have a lower risk of?
  3. What is the university that conducted this research?
  4. What do the study's findings contribute to researchers' understanding of?
  5. What benefits did a professor say the sounds of nature gave children?
  6. How many children did researchers look at in their study?
  7. What did the researchers call rivers, lakes and seas?
  8. What kinds of tests did children take?
  9. What other term for "forest bathing" is used in the article?
  10. What does forest bathing immerse people in?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What experience did researchers say helped children?
a) work experience
b) experience of the great outdoors
c) planting one million trees
d) taking part in the research
2)  What do children who visit woodland have a lower risk of?
a) visiting cities
b) green fingers
c) behavioural and emotional problems
d) not getting to university
3)  What is the university that conducted this research?
a) Tokyo University
b) MIT
c) Cairo University
d) University College London
4)  What do the study's findings contribute to researchers' understanding of?
a) children
b) the natural environment
c) woodland education
d) science
5)  What benefits did a professor say the sounds of nature gave children?
a) psychological benefits
b) hands-on benefits
c) survival skills
d) the benefits of seeing birds

6)  How many children did researchers look at in their study?
a) 3,568
b) 3,658
c) 3,586
d) 3,865
7)  What did the researchers call rivers, lakes and seas?
a) mind refreshment
b) open water
c) wet
d) blue space
8)  What kinds of tests did children take?
a) tree-climbing tests
b) bird-name tests
c) memory-based tests
d) botany tests
9)  What other term for "forest bathing" is used in the article?
a) forest washing
b) forest showering
c) forest mindfulness
d) forest therapy
10)  What does forest bathing immerse people in?
a) puddles, dew and mist
b) sights, sounds and smells of a forest
c) bird song and animal cries
d) the wonder of leaves

Role play

Role  A – Woodland
You think woodland is the best way to improve thinking skills. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): exercise, sleep or apps.

Role  B – Exercise
You think exercise is the best way to improve thinking skills. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): woodland, sleep or apps.

Role  C – Sleep
You think sleep is the best way to improve thinking skills. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): exercise, woodland or apps.

Role  D – Apps
You think apps are the best way to improve thinking skills. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): exercise, sleep or woodland.

After reading / listening

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

'woodland'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'health'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • near
    • great
    • lower
    • talked
    • factor
    • sounds
    • 9
    • links
    • blue
    • take
    • 17
    • being

    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 - Woodland

    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 'wood'?
    3. How important is woodland to you?
    4. How often did you play in woodland when you were younger?
    5. How can woodland benefit children?
    6. What helped your thinking skills to develop?
    7. How does the natural environment help mental health?
    8. How do the sounds of nature make you feel?
    9. How do the sounds of the city make you feel?
    10. Is the real jungle or the concrete jungle better?

    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 'health'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Is it better to grow up in a city of the countryside?
    5. How might cities affect children's health?
    6. Which is better - the countryside or the seaside?
    7. How do you do on memory-based tests?
    8. What do you think of the idea of 'forest bathing'?
    9. Would you like to be immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of woods?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    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)

    Children who live (1) ____ woodland in a city have better mental health than children who do not. Researchers say children who visit and experience the (2) ____ outdoors every day develop better thinking skills. They also have a lower risk of behavioural and emotional problems. (3) ____ author of the research Mikael Maes, from University College London, talked about his research. He said: "These (4) ____ contribute to our understanding of the natural environment as an important protective (5) ____ for [a child's] cognitive development and mental health." Another report author, Professor Kate Jones, said seeing and hearing the sounds of nature provides psychological benefits (6) ____ children.

    In the four-year study, researchers studied 3,568 children aged between 9 and 15 at 31 schools in London. They examined the links (7) ____ the natural environment and thinking skills, mental health and overall well-being. The researchers (8) ____ how going to woodland and parks, and "blue space" like rivers, lakes and the sea, affected children's health. They asked children to (9) ____ memory-based tests. The children who visited woodland every day scored higher (10) ____ the tests. They also had a 17 per cent lower risk of emotional and behavioural problems. Mr Maes recommended (11) ____ children experience "forest bathing" or "forest therapy". This is "(12) ____ immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of a forest".

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     nearly     (b)     near     (c)     neared     (d)     nears    
    2. (a)     greats     (b)     great     (c)     greatly     (d)     grate    
    3. (a)     Leads     (b)     Leader     (c)     Leadership     (d)     Lead    
    4. (a)     find     (b)     findings     (c)     finders     (d)     funding    
    5. (a)     factory     (b)     factor     (c)     factored     (d)     factored    
    6. (a)     by     (b)     at     (c)     for     (d)     as    
    7. (a)     amid     (b)     among     (c)     between     (d)     over    
    8. (a)     summed     (b)     surmised     (c)     calculated     (d)     estimate    
    9. (a)     lake     (b)     rake     (c)     bake     (d)     take    
    10. (a)     on     (b)     of     (c)     by     (d)     as    
    11. (a)     all     (b)     whole     (c)     entire     (d)     really    
    12. (a)     been     (b)     be     (c)     being     (d)     begin

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  In the four-year study, researchers studied 3,568 children aged between 9 and 15 at 31 schools
    1  ) Children who live near woodland in a city have better mental health than children who
    (...)  skills. They also have a lower risk of behavioural and emotional problems. Lead author of the
    (...)  or "forest therapy". This is "being immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of a forest".
    (...)  in London. They examined the links between the natural environment and thinking skills, mental health and overall
    (...)  research Mikael Maes, from University College London, talked about his research. He said: "These findings contribute
    (...)  like rivers, lakes and the sea, affected children's health. They asked children to take memory-based
    (...)  do not. Researchers say children who visit and experience the great outdoors every day develop better thinking
    (...)  risk of emotional and behavioural problems. Mr Maes recommended all children experience "forest bathing"
    (...)  to our understanding of the natural environment as an important protective factor for [a child's] cognitive development
    (...)  well-being. The researchers calculated how going to woodland and parks, and "blue space"
    (...)  and mental health." Another report author, Professor Kate Jones, said seeing
    (...)  tests. The children who visited woodland every day scored higher on the tests. They also had a 17 per cent lower
    (...)  and hearing the sounds of nature provides psychological benefits for children.

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. who   visit   outdoors   .   great   and   Children   the   experience
    3. to   these   contribute   He   our   said   findings   understanding   .
    4. development   .   a   factor   child's   important   An   for
    5. children   .   nature   of   provide   benefits   for   Sounds   psychological
    6. thinking   the   natural   between   Links   skills   .   and   environment
    7. asked   children   to   memory-based   They   tests   .   take
    8. scored   visited   higher   .   every   Children   woodland   day   who
    9. all   forest   Mr   recommended   experience   bathing  .  children   Maes
    10. a   sights   in   immersed   forest   .   Being   the   of

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Children who live near / nearly woodland in a city have better mental health than children who do now / not. Researchers say children who visit and experience the well / great outdoors every day develop better thinking skills. They also have a lower risk / brisk of behavioural and emotional problems. Lead / Leader author of the research Mikael Maes, from University College London, talked about his research. He said: "These / Them findings contribute to our understanding / understand of the natural environment as an important protective factor / factory for [a child's] cognitive development and mental health." Another report author, Professor Kate Jones, said saw / seeing and hearing the sounds of nature provides psychological benefits at / for children.

    In the four-year study, research / researchers studied 3,568 children aged between 9 and 15 on / at 31 schools in London. They examined the lines / links between the natural environment and thinking skills, mentally / mental health and overall well-being. The researchers calculated how gone / going to woodland and parks, and "blue space" like rivers, lakes and the sea, affected children's healthy / health. They asked children to take memory-based tests. The children who visited woodland every day / daily scored higher on the tests. They also had a 17 per cent lower / lows risk of emotional and behavioural problems. Mr Maes recommended tall / all children experience "forest bathing" or "forest therapy". This is "being immersed in the sights, sounds and smelly / smells of a forest".

    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

    children who live near woodland in a city have better mental health than children who do not researchers say children who visit and experience the great outdoors every day develop better thinking skills they also have a lower risk of behavioural and emotional problems lead author of the research mikael Maes, from University College London, talked about his research he said these findings contribute to our understanding of the natural environment as an important protective factor for a childs cognitive development and mental health another report author professor kate jones said seeing and hearing the sounds of nature provides psychological benefits for children

    in the fouryear study researchers studied 3568 children aged between 9 and 15 at 31 schools in london they examined the links between the natural environment and thinking skills mental health and overall wellbeing the researchers calculated how going to woodland and parks and blue space like rivers lakes and the sea affected childrens health they asked children to take memorybased tests the children who visited woodland every day scored higher on the tests they also had a 17 per cent lower risk of emotional and behavioural problems mr maes recommended all children experience forest bathing or forest therapy this is being immersed in the sights sounds and smells of a forest

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Childrenwholivenearwoodlandinacityhavebettermentalhealththanc
    hildrenwhodonot.Researcherssaychildrenwhovisitandexperienceth
    egreatoutdoorseverydaydevelopbetterthinkingskills.Theyalsohave
    alowerriskofbehaviouralandemotionalproblems.Leadauthorofthere
    searchMikaelMaes,fromUniversityCollegeLondon,talkedabouthisres
    earch.Hesaid:"Thesefindingscontributetoourunderstandingofthena
    turalenvironmentasanimportantprotectivefactorfor[achild's]cogniti
    vedevelopmentandmentalhealth."Anotherreportauthor,ProfessorK
    ateJones,saidseeingandhearingthesoundsofnatureprovidespsychol
    ogicalbenefitsforchildren.Inthefour-yearstudy,researchersstudied3
    ,568childrenagedbetween9and15at31schoolsinLondon.Theyexami
    nedthelinksbetweenthenaturalenvironmentandthinkingskills,ment
    alhealthandoverallwell-being.Theresearcherscalculatedhowgoingt
    owoodlandandparks,and"bluespace"likerivers,lakesandthesea,affe
    ctedchildren'shealth.Theyaskedchildrentotakememory-basedtest
    s.Thechildrenwhovisitedwoodlandeverydayscoredhigheronthetests
    .Theyalsohada17percentlowerriskofemotionalandbehaviouralprobl
    ems.MrMaesrecommendedallchildrenexperience"forestbathing"or"
    foresttherapy".Thisis"beingimmersedinthesights,soundsandsmells
    ofaforest".

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    All towns need to grow one hundred times more trees. 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. WOODLAND: Make a poster about woodland. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. FOREST SCHOOLS: Write a magazine article about building schools in forests. 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 woodland. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to get more children to visit woodland. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.





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    Ask your students what they have read, seen or heard about this news in their own language. Students are likely to / may have have encountered this news in their L1 and therefore bring a background knowledge to the classroom.

    Get students to role play different characters from this news story.

    Ask students to keep track of this news and revisit it to discuss in your next class.

    Ask students to male predictions of how this news might develop in the next few days or weeks, and then revisit and discuss in a future class.

    Ask students to write a follow-up story to this news.

    Students role play a journalist and someone who witnessed or was a part of this news. Perhaps they could make a video of the interview.

    Ask students to keep a news journal in English and add this story to their thoughts.

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