The Reading / Listening - De-stressing - Level 3

The sportswear company Nike gave its office workers a holiday to help them de-stress from life's challenges and worries caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The clothing giant gave its employees a week-long mental health break. It closed its offices from August the 23rd to the 30th so that its employees could "enjoy additional time off to rest and recover". Nike said it wanted to focus on helping to combat "burnout". Nike's senior manager of global marketing science Matt Marrazzo said: "Our senior leaders are all sending a clear message – take the time to unwind, de-stress and spend time with your loved ones. Do not work." Nike's retail stores are still open and store workers are working as usual.

Mr Marrazzo said the company was taking the lead in considering the mental health of its workers. He said: "Taking time for rest and recovery is key to performing well and staying sane. This past year has been rough. We're all human and living through a traumatic event." He added: "I'm hopeful that the empathy and grace we continue to show our team-mates will have a positive impact on the culture of work moving forward." Marrazzo said the week off was "an acknowledgment that we can prioritize mental health and still get work done". He said it was important for a company to think about its workers. He wrote: "Support your people. It's good business, but it's also the right thing to do."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    De-stressing - Level 0 De-stressing - Level 1   or  De-stressing - Level 2

Sources
  • https://finance.yahoo.com/news/nike-closes-offices-one-week-163533653.html
  • https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/do-not-work-nike-closed-its-corporate-offices-for-a-week-giving-employees-a-break-to-help-them-avoid-burnout/ar-AANUnZF
  • https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/aug/31/nike-closes-head-office-bumble-covid-pandemic


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. DE-STRESSING: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about de-stressing. 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?
       sportswear / office workers / de-stress / challenges / mental health / burnout / retail /
       taking the lead / rest / traumatic / empathy / impact / support / the right thing to do
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. HOLIDAYS: Students A strongly believe all workers should have longer holidays; Students B strongly believe they shouldn't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. OFFICES: What are the good and bad things about offices? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good Things

Bad Things

Desk

 

 

Staff room

 

 

Boss

 

 

Colleagues

 

 

Lunchtime

 

 

Atmosphere

 

 

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

  • Money
  • The future
  • Safety
  • Health
  • Job
  • English level
  • Internet safety
  • Getting old

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. challenges a. Of a disease that is all over a whole country or the world.
      2. pandemic b. Return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength.
      3. giant c. A worker paid by a company.
      4. employee d. A very large company or organization.
      5. recover e. Difficult situations in life.
      6. burnout f. Relax after a period of work or stress.
      7. unwind g. Physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress.

    Paragraph 2

      8. lead h. Very, very shocking or worrying.
      9. considering i. The action of doing something good or important that others will follow or copy.
      10. key j. Difficult and unpleasant or unfair.
      11. sane k. Decide something as being very or most important.
      12. rough l. Very important for the success of something.
      13. traumatic m. Not mad or mentally ill.
      14. prioritize n. Thinking carefully about something, usually before making a decision.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Nike workers got a holiday to destress from COVID-19 worries.     T / F
  2. Nike's workers could take their week off at any time.     T / F
  3. Nike encouraged workers to spend time with loved ones.     T / F
  4. Nike's retail stores also closed to give workers a rest.     T / F
  5. A manager said rest and recovery are key for performing well.     T / F
  6. The manager talked about how rough the past year has been.     T / F
  7. The manager said performance takes priority over mental health.     T / F
  8. The manager said supporting people was the right thing to do.     T / F

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

  1. challenges
  2. employees
  3. additional
  4. unwind
  5. usual
  6. considering
  7. key
  8. traumatic
  9. grace
  10. support
  1. relax
  2. normal
  3. disturbing
  4. back up
  5. workers
  6. good manners
  7. difficulties
  8. thinking about
  9. extra
  10. important

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

  1. help them de-stress from life's
  2. enjoy additional time off to
  3. spend time with your
  4. Nike's retail
  5. store workers are working
  6. Taking time for rest and
  7. staying
  8. we can prioritize mental
  9. it was important for a company to
  10. it's also the right
  1. think about its workers
  2. stores are still open
  3. recovery is key
  4. rest and recover
  5. health
  6. loved ones
  7. thing to do
  8. as usual
  9. sane
  10. challenges

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
giant
senior
additional
usual
break
challenges
unwind
burnout

The sportswear company Nike gave its office workers a holiday to help them de-stress from life's (1) _____________________ and worries caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The clothing (2) _____________________ gave its employees a week-long mental health (3) _____________________. It closed its offices from August the 23rd to the 30th so that its employees could "enjoy (4) _____________________ time off to rest and recover". Nike said it wanted to focus on helping to combat "(5) _____________________". Nike's senior manager of global marketing science Matt Marrazzo said: "Our (6) _____________________ leaders are all sending a clear message - take the time to (7) _____________________, de-stress and spend time with your loved ones. Do not work." Nike's retail stores are still open and store workers are working as (8) _____________________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
rough
prioritize
grace
lead
thing
key
important
culture

Mr Marrazzo said the company was taking the (9) _____________________ in considering the mental health of its workers. He said: "Taking time for rest and recovery is (10) _____________________ to performing well and staying sane. This past year has been (11) _____________________. We're all human and living through a traumatic event." He added: "I'm hopeful that the empathy and (12) _____________________ we continue to show our team-mates will have a positive impact on the (13) _____________________ of work moving forward." Marrazzo said the week off was "an acknowledgment that we can (14) _____________________ mental health and still get work done". He said it was (15) _____________________ for a company to think about its workers. He wrote: "Support your people. It's good business, but it's also the right (16) _____________________ to do."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) Nike gave its office workers a holiday to help them de-stress ______
     a.  from life's challenge is
     b.  from life's challenged
     c.  from life's challenging
     d.  from life's challenges
2)  Nike said it wanted to focus on helping ______
     a.  to combat burnt out
     b.  to combat burr naught
     c.  to combat burn naught
     d.  to combat burnout
3)  Matt Marrazzo said our senior leaders are all sending ______
     a.  a clear massage
     b.  a clear message
     c.  a clear mess age
     d.  a clear messed age
4)  take the time to unwind, de-stress and spend time with ______
     a.  your loved ones
     b.  your loved once
     c.  your love ones
     d.  your loved wins
5)  Nike's retail stores are still open and store workers are ______
     a.  working as usually
     b.  working as usual
     c.  working as use you all
     d.  working as use y'all

6)  He said taking time for rest and ______
     a.  recover is key
     b.  recoveries key
     c.  recovery is key
     d.  recover risk key
7)  performing well and staying sane. This past year ______
     a.  has been ruff
     b.  has been trough
     c.  has been rife
     d.  has been rough
8)  We're all human and living through ______
     a.  a traumatic event
     b.  an automatic event
     c.  a trauma tick event
     d.  a true mastic event
9)  the week off was an acknowledgment that we can ______
     a.  priorities mental health
     b.  priory ties mental health
     c.  prior attires mental health
     d.  prioritize mental health
10)  He wrote: "Support your people. It's good business, but it's also the right ______."
     a.  thingy to do
     b.  thong to do
     c.  sing to do
     d.  thing to do

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The sportswear company Nike gave its (1) ____________________ holiday to help them de-stress from life's challenges and (2) ____________________ the COVID-19 pandemic. The clothing giant gave its employees a week-long mental health break. It closed its offices from August the 23rd to the 30th so that its employees could "enjoy (3) ____________________ to rest and recover". Nike said it wanted to focus on helping to combat "burnout". Nike's senior (4) ____________________ marketing science Matt Marrazzo said: "Our senior leaders are all sending (5) ____________________ - take the time to unwind, de-stress and spend time with your loved ones. Do not work." Nike's retail stores are still open and store workers are (6) ____________________.

Mr Marrazzo said the company was (7) ____________________ in considering the mental health of its workers. He said: "Taking time for rest and (8) ____________________ to performing well and staying sane. This past year has been rough. We're all human and living (9) ____________________ event." He added: "I'm hopeful that the empathy and grace we continue to show our team-mates will have (10) ____________________ on the culture of work moving forward." Marrazzo said the week off was "an acknowledgment that we (11) ____________________ health and still get work done". He said it was important for a company to think about its workers. He wrote: "Support your people. It's good business, but it's also the (12) ____________________ do."

Comprehension questions

  1. Which of its workers did Nike give a week-long holiday to?
  2. What did a Nike manager say the company wanted to combat?
  3. What is Matt Marrazzo senior manager of?
  4. Who did a Nike manager encourage workers to spend time with?
  5. What are workers in Nike's retail stores doing?
  6. What did Mr Marrazzo say was the key to performing well?
  7. What did Mr Marrazzo say we are all living through?
  8. What did Mr Marrazzo say was prioritized?
  9. What did Mr Marrazzo say it was important a company thinks about?
  10. What did Mr Marrazzo say supporting people was good for?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Which of its workers did Nike give a week-long holiday to?
a) its office workers
b) its cleaners
c) its shop staff
d) its designers-
2) What did a Nike manager say the company wanted to combat?
a) climate change
b) faulty shoes
c) burnout
d) copies of its product
3) What is Matt Marrazzo senior manager of?
a) sales
b) global marketing science
c) design
d) technology
4) Who did a Nike manager encourage workers to spend time with?
a) each other
b) managers
c) athletes
d) loved ones
5)  What are workers in Nike's retail stores doing?
a) working as usual
b) de-stressing
c) running
d) breaking records

6) What did Mr Marrazzo say was the key to performing well?
a) a comfortable office
b) extra money
c) motivation
d) taking time for rest and recovery
7) What did Mr Marrazzo say we are all living through?
a) interesting times
b) a traumatic event
c) tough times
d) a terrible pandemic
8) What did Mr Marrazzo say was prioritized?
a) working conditions
b) quality
c) profits
d) mental health
9) What did Mr Marrazzo say it was important a company thinks about?
a) the future
b) its product
c) its workers
d) profits
10) What did Mr Marrazzo say supporting people was good for?
a) the heart
b) business
c) the world
d) everyone

Role play

Role  A – Money
You think money is the biggest worry. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as big worries. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): your job, getting old or your English level.

Role  B – Job
You think your job is the biggest worry. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as big worries. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): money, getting old or your English level.

Role  C – Getting Old
You think getting old is the biggest worry. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as big worries. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): your job, money or your English level.

Role  D – English Level
You think your English level is the biggest worry. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as big worries. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): your job, getting old or money.

After reading / listening

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

'worker'

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  • and 'stress'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • worries
    • giant
    • focus
    • science
    • unwind
    • usual
    • lead
    • key
    • event
    • positive
    • important
    • right

    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 - De-stressing

    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 'stress'?
    3. How much stress is there in your life?
    4. How stressful has COVID-19 been to you?
    5. What do you know about the company Nike?
    6. Have you ever had burnout?
    7. What do companies you've worked for do for metal health?
    8. What do you do to unwind?
    9. Is working in a store or office more stressful?
    10. Should Nike's retail workers also get a week off?

    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 'work'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you do to de-stress?
    5. What do you think of Nike's products?
    6. Should all companies follow Nike's lead?
    7. How rough has the past year been?
    8. How do you look after your mental health?
    9. Do all companies think about their workers?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Nike's 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 sportswear company Nike gave its (1) ____ workers a holiday to help them de-stress from life's challenges and worries caused (2) ____ the COVID-19 pandemic. The clothing giant gave its employees a week-long mental health break. It closed its offices from August the 23rd to the 30th so that its employees could "enjoy additional time (3) ____ to rest and recover". Nike said it wanted to focus (4) ____ helping to combat "burnout". Nike's senior manager of global marketing science Matt Marrazzo said: "Our senior leaders are (5) ____ sending a clear message - take the time to unwind, de-stress and spend time with your loved ones. Do not work." Nike's retail stores are still open and store workers are working (6) ____ usual.

    Mr Marrazzo said the company was taking the (7) ____ in considering the mental health of its workers. He said: "Taking time for rest and recovery is (8) ____ to performing well and staying sane. This past year has been rough. We're all human and living through a traumatic event." He added: "I'm hopeful that the empathy and (9) ____ we continue to show our team-mates will have a positive impact on the culture of work moving forward." Marrazzo said the week off was "an acknowledgment that we can prioritize mental health and (10) ____ get work done". He said it was important (11) ____ a company to think about its workers. He wrote: "Support your people. It's good business, but it's also the right thing to (12) ____."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     officials     (b)     office     (c)     officer     (d)     officialdom    
    2. (a)     on     (b)     by     (c)     at     (d)     of    
    3. (a)     on     (b)     over     (c)     up     (d)     off    
    4. (a)     of     (b)     on     (c)     up     (d)     at    
    5. (a)     whole     (b)     every     (c)     entire     (d)     all    
    6. (a)     was     (b)     has     (c)     as     (d)     'twas    
    7. (a)     lead     (b)     gold     (c)     iron     (d)     steel    
    8. (a)     lock     (b)     safe     (c)     key     (d)     chain    
    9. (a)     grate     (b)     grape     (c)     grade     (d)     grace    
    10. (a)     still     (b)     must     (c)     plus     (d)     time    
    11. (a)     for     (b)     on     (c)     at     (d)     by    
    12. (a)     do     (b)     seem     (c)     appear     (d)     time

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  sane. This past year has been rough. We're all human and living through a traumatic event." He added: "I'm hopeful that the empathy
    (...)  long mental health break. It closed its offices from August the 23rd to the 30th so that its employees could "enjoy
    (...)  leaders are all sending a clear message - take the time to unwind, de-stress and spend time with your loved
    1  ) The sportswear company Nike gave its office workers a holiday to help them de-stress from life's
    (...)  forward." Marrazzo said the week off was "an acknowledgment that we can prioritize
    (...)  mental health and still get work done". He said it was important for a company to think
    (...)  about its workers. He wrote: "Support your people. It's good business, but it's also the right thing to do."
    (...)  ones. Do not work." Nike's retail stores are still open and store workers are working as usual.
    (...)  and grace we continue to show our team-mates will have a positive impact on the culture of work moving
    (...)  "burnout". Nike's senior manager of global marketing science Matt Marrazzo said: "Our senior
    (...)  of its workers. He said: "Taking time for rest and recovery is key to performing well and staying
    (...)  Mr Marrazzo said the company was taking the lead in considering the mental health
    (...)  challenges and worries caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The clothing giant gave its employees a week-
    (...)  additional time off to rest and recover". Nike said it wanted to focus on helping to combat

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. Help   them   and   from   worries   .   challenges   de-stress   life's
    3. employees   clothing   a   The   week-long   giant   break   .   gave
    4. focused   It   to   helping   combat   burnout   .   on
    5. sending   clear   a   message   .   are   leaders   Our   senior
    6. in   taking   health   .   was   the   Nike   mental   lead
    7. living   through   event   .   and   human   traumatic   a   We're
    8. on   impact   positive   the   Have   work   a   culture   .
    9. An   prioritize   that   mental   health   .   can   acknowledgment   we
    10. to   also   is   right   the   thing   It   do   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The sportswear company Nike gave its officer / office workers a holiday to help them de-stress from life's challenging / challenges and worries caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The clothing giant / gigantic gave its employees a week-long mental / mentally health break. It closed its offices from August the 23rd to the 30th so that its employees could "enjoyment / enjoy additional time off to rest and recover / recovery". Nike said it wanted to focus at / on helping to combat "burnout". Nike's senior manager of global marketing science Matt Marrazzo said: "Our senior leaders are whole / all sending a clear message - take the clock / time to unwind, de-stress and spend time with your loved ones. Do not work." Nike's retail stores are still open and store workers are working as usual / unusual.

    Mr Marrazzo said the company was taking the iron / lead in considering the mental health of its workers. He said: "Taking time for / on rest and recovery is key to performing good / well and staying sane. This past year has been rough. We're all / every human and living through a traumatic event." He added: "I'm hopeful that the empathy and grade / grace we continue to show our team-mates will have a positive compact / impact on the culture of work moving forward." Marrazzo said the week off / on was "an acknowledgment that we can prioritize / priority mental health and still get work done". He said it was importance / important for a company to think about its workers. He wrote: "Support your people. It's good business, but it's also the right thing to work / do."

    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 sportswear company nike gave its office workers a holiday to help them destress from lifes challenges and worries caused by the covid19 pandemic the clothing giant gave its employees a weeklong mental health break it closed its offices from august the 23rd to the 30th so that its employees could enjoy additional time off to rest and recover nike said it wanted to focus on helping to combat burnout nikes senior manager of global marketing science matt marrazzo said our senior leaders are all sending a clear message  take the time to unwind destress and spend time with your loved ones do not work nikes retail stores are still open and store workers are working as usual

    mr marrazzo said the company was taking the lead in considering the mental health of its workers he said taking time for rest and recovery is key to performing well and staying sane this past year has been rough were all human and living through a traumatic event he added im hopeful that the empathy and grace we continue to show our teammates will have a positive impact on the culture of work moving forward marrazzo said the week off was an acknowledgment that we can prioritize mental health and still get work done he said it was important for a company to think about its workers he wrote support your people its good business but its also the right thing to do

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    mde-stressfromlife'schallengesandworriescausedbytheCOVID-19p
    andemic.Theclothinggiantgaveitsemployeesaweek-longmentalhea
    lthbreak.ItcloseditsofficesfromAugustthe23rdtothe30thsothatitse
    mployeescould"enjoyadditionaltimeofftorestandrecover".Nikesaidit
    wantedtofocusonhelpingtocombat"burnout".Nike'sseniormanagero
    fglobalmarketingscienceMattMarrazzosaid:"Ourseniorleadersareall
    sendingaclearmessage-takethetimetounwind,de-stressandspendti
    mewithyourlovedones.Donotwork."Nike'sretailstoresarestillopenan
    dstoreworkersareworkingasusual.MrMarrazzosaidthecompanywast
    akingtheleadinconsideringthementalhealthofitsworkers.Hesaid:"Ta
    kingtimeforrestandrecoveryiskeytoperformingwellandstayingsane.
    Thispastyearhasbeenrough.We'reallhumanandlivingthroughatrau
    maticevent."Headded:"I'mhopefulthattheempathyandgracewecont
    inuetoshowourteam-mateswillhaveapositiveimpactonthecultureo
    fworkmovingforward."Marrazzosaidtheweekoffwas"anacknowledg
    mentthatwecanprioritizementalhealthandstillgetworkdone".Hesaidi
    twasimportantforacompanytothinkaboutitsworkers.Hewrote:"Supp
    ortyourpeople.It'sgoodbusiness,butit'salsotherightthingtodo."

    Free writing

    Write about de-stressing for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    All workers should get extra holidays to de-stress.  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. DE-STRESSING: Make a poster about de-stressing. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. MENTAL HEALTH WEEK: Write a magazine article about giving all workers and extra week's holiday tode-stress. 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 de-stressing. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to de-stress. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.





    A Few Additional Activities for Students

    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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