The Reading / Listening - Pan-African Heritage Museum - Level 3

A yet-to-be-opened museum in Accra, Ghana is getting people across the world excited. The Pan African Heritage Museum is set to open in August 2023. TIME Magazine said it will be among the top 100 world's greatest places to visit. TIME wrote: "It will house archives, exhibits, galleries, and a theater, [and will be] a key destination for visitors interested in connecting with Africa's history and its people's heritage." Ghana's president said the museum will "provide a natural residence and resting place for all the looted cultural artefacts of our continent, which are housed in foreign museums and which will be returned to us". A digital version of the museum was launched on May the 5th.

The man who thought of the idea for the museum is Kojo Acquah Yankah. He is a former newspaper editor, MP and cabinet minister. He said the idea came to him after seeing 5,000 people of African descent at an event for the 375th anniversary of the forced arrival of Africans in the USA. He said: "This inspired me to create the museum to unite Africans and people of African descent." He wants "to raise the self-confidence of Africans as a people with a rich history and heritage". He added: "The museum is special because it's the only one bringing all African heritage together under one roof." He said there are fewer than 2,000 museums in Africa, compared with over 30,000 in Europe and in the USA.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Pan-African Heritage Museum - Level 0 Pan-African Heritage Museum - Level 1   or  Pan-African Heritage Museum - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/business/Executives-of-Pan-African-heritage-museum-pay-courtesy-call-on-minister-for-tourism-1550963
  • https://travelnoire.com/accras-pan-african-heritage-world-museum-listed-among-worlds-greatest-places
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-61631437


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. AFRICA: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Africa. 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?
       museum / Ghana / Africa / greatest places / archives / galleries / history / continent /
       idea / newspaper / editor / anniversary / inspire / self-confidence / heritage / roof
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. LOOTED: Students A strongly believe all looted art should be returned to teh country it came from; Students B strongly believe otherwise. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. CONTINENTS: What do you know about these continents? What is best about them Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What I Know

The Best Things

Africa

 

 

Europe

 

 

Antarctica

 

 

South America

 

 

Australia

 

 

Asia

 

 

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

  • History museums
  • Science museums
  • Art galleries
  • Local museums
  • Virtual museums
  • Children's museums
  • Design museums
  • Natural history museums

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. set a. Provide or give space for something or someone.
      2. house b. Very important.
      3. gallery c. Stolen.
      4. key d. A room or building for showing or selling art.
      5. destination e. Cultural things and traditions from the past that are important today.
      6. heritage f. Planned to happen at a future time.
      7. looted g. The place where someone or something is going.

    Paragraph 2

      8. former h. The background of a person (their family or country of birth).
      9. descent i. The date on which an important event happened in the past.
      10. anniversary j. Looking at how two things are the same or different.
      11. inspired k. Come or bring together to make a whole.
      12. unite l. Created a feeling for someone to do something good.
      13. self-confidence m. Having been a particular thing in the past.
      14. compared n. A positive feeling about one's abilities and personality.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The Pan African Heritage Museum opened in August 2021.     T / F
  2. TIME Magazine said the museum would be in the world's top 10 sites.     T / F
  3. Ghana's president said the museum would house stolen African art.     T / F
  4. An online version of the museum opened on May 5, 2022.     T / F
  5. The man whose idea the museum was once worked for a newspaper.     T / F
  6. The man said the museum has a capacity for 5,000 visitors.     T / F
  7. The man wants to increase the self-confidence of Africans.     T / F
  8. There are 30,000 museums in Africa.     T / F

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

  1. among
  2. visit
  3. archives
  4. key
  5. looted
  6. former
  7. descent
  8. inspired
  9. heritage
  10. special
  1. background
  2. important
  3. ex-
  4. records
  5. unusual
  6. stolen
  7. tradition
  8. included in
  9. encouraged
  10. go to see

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

  1. A yet-to-
  2. the top 100 world's greatest places
  3. a key destination
  4. all the looted cultural
  5. A digital version of the museum
  6. The man who thought
  7. a former newspaper
  8. unite Africans and people
  9. people with a rich
  10. bringing all African heritage together
  1. of the idea
  2. history and heritage
  3. was launched
  4. of African descent
  5. to visit
  6. be-opened museum
  7. for visitors
  8. under one roof
  9. artefacts
  10. editor

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
natural
set
exhibits
version
getting
continent
interested
among

A yet-to-be-opened museum in Accra, Ghana is (1) _____________________ people across the world excited. The Pan African Heritage Museum is (2) _____________________ to open in August 2023. TIME Magazine said it will be (3) _____________________ the top 100 world's greatest places to visit. TIME wrote: "It will house archives, (4) _____________________, galleries, and a theater, [and will be] a key destination for visitors (5) _____________________ in connecting with Africa's history and its people's heritage." Ghana's president said the museum will "provide a (6) _____________________ residence and resting place for all the looted cultural artefacts of our (7) _____________________, which are housed in foreign museums and which will be returned to us". A digital (8) _____________________ of the museum was launched on May the 5th.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
arrival
rich
compared
cabinet
unite
idea
descent
together

The man who thought of the (9) _____________________ for the museum is Kojo Acquah Yankah. He is a former newspaper editor, MP and (10) _____________________ minister. He said the idea came to him after seeing 5,000 people of African (11) _____________________ at an event for the 375th anniversary of the forced (12) _____________________ of Africans in the USA. He said: "This inspired me to create the museum to (13) _____________________ Africans and people of African descent." He wants "to raise the self-confidence of Africans as a people with a (14) _____________________ history and heritage". He added: "The museum is special because it's the only one bringing all African heritage (15) _____________________ under one roof." He said there are fewer than 2,000 museums in Africa, (16) _____________________ with over 30,000 in Europe and in the USA.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) The Pan African Heritage Museum is ______
     a.  let to open
     b.  bet to open
     c.  met to open
     d.  set to open
2)  visitors interested in connecting with Africa's history and ______
     a.  that's people's heritage
     b.  its people heritage
     c.  its people's heritage
     d.  its people's hermitage
3)  Ghana's president said the museum will provide a natural residence ______
     a.  and rest tin place
     b.  and rest in place
     c.  and wrestling place
     d.  and resting place
4)  all the looted cultural artefacts of our continent, which are housed ______
     a.  in foreign museums
     b.  in foreign museum
     c.  in feign museums
     d.  in feign museum
5)  A digital version of the ______
     a.  museum was lunched
     b.  museum was launched
     c.  museum was raunchy
     d.  museum was ranched

6)  He is a former newspaper editor, MP ______
     a.  and cabinet mini star
     b.  and cabinet minis tar
     c.  and cabinet ministry
     d.  and cabinet minister
7)  the idea came to him after seeing 5,000 people ______
     a.  of African ascent
     b.  of African disc sent
     c.  of African dis scent
     d.  of African descent
8)  This inspired me to create the museum ______
     a.  to untie Africans
     b.  to unite Africans
     c.  to unity Africans
     d.  to auntie Africans
9)  raise the self-confidence of Africans as a people with a rich ______
     a.  historian and hermitage
     b.  history inherit age
     c.  his story and heritage
     d.  history and heritage
10) it's the only one bringing all African heritage together ______
     a.  under one roof
     b.  ending one roof
     c.  udder won roof
     d.  under one aloof

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A yet-to-(1) ____________________ in Accra, Ghana is getting people across the world excited. The Pan African Heritage Museum is (2) ____________________ in August 2023. TIME Magazine said it will be among the top 100 world's greatest (3) ____________________. TIME wrote: "It will house archives, exhibits, galleries, and a theater, [and will be] a key destination for visitors interested (4) ____________________ Africa's history and its people's heritage." Ghana's president said the museum will "provide a natural residence and resting place for (5) ____________________ cultural artefacts of our continent, which are housed in foreign museums and which will be returned to us". A digital version of the museum (6) ____________________ May the 5th.

The man who thought of the idea for the museum is Kojo Acquah Yankah. He (7) ____________________ newspaper editor, MP and cabinet minister. He said the idea came to (8) ____________________ 5,000 people of African descent at an event for the 375th anniversary (9) ____________________ arrival of Africans in the USA. He said: "This (10) ____________________ create the museum to unite Africans and people of African descent." He wants "to raise the self-confidence of Africans as a people with (11) ____________________ and heritage". He added: "The museum is special because it's the only one bringing all African heritage together (12) ____________________." He said there are fewer than 2,000 museums in Africa, compared with over 30,000 in Europe and in the USA.

Comprehension questions

  1. In what city will the museum open?
  2. What magazine put the museum on a list of top places to visit?
  3. What will the museum have besides archives, exhibits and galleries?
  4. What did Ghana's president say would be returned to Africa?
  5. What opened on May the 5th?
  6. What job did the creator of the museum have at a newspaper?
  7. How many people attended an anniversary event Mr Yankah went to?
  8. What does Mr Yankah want to raise in Africans?
  9. What does the museum bring together under one roof?
  10. How many museums are there in Africa?

Multiple choice quiz

1) In what city will the museum open?
a) Kigali
b) Accra
c) Nairobi
d) Cairo
2) What magazine put the museum on a list of top places to visit?
a) The Economist
b) Newsweek
c) Africa Now
d) TIME
3) What will the museum have besides archives, exhibits and galleries?
a) a theatre
b) a restaurant
c) a swimming pool
d) a hotel
4) What did Ghana's president say would be returned to Africa?
a) bricks
b) fossils
c) looted artefacts
d) cash
5) What opened on May the 5th?
a) a branch in the USA
b) a digital version of the museum
c) a book store
d) a gift shop

6) What job did the creator of the museum have at a newspaper?
a) editor
b) CEO
c) journalist
d) sports reporter
7) How many people attended an anniversary event Mr Yankah went to?
a) 8,000
b) 4,000
c) 5,000
d) 6,000
8) What does Mr Yankah want to raise in Africans?
a) their self-confidence
b) their standard of living
c) their awareness
d) their pride
9) What does the museum bring together under one roof?
a) African heritage
b) people
c) fossils
d) pottery
10) How many museums are there in Africa?
a) exactly 2,000
b) around 2,000
c) more than 2,000
d) fewer than 2,000

Role play

Role  A – Science Museums
You think science museums are best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their museums. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): art, virtual or children's.

Role  B – Art Museums
You think art are best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their museums. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): science, virtual or children's.

Role  C – Virtual Museums
You think virtual are best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their museums. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): art, science or children's.

Role  D – Children's Museums
You think children's are best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their museums. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): art, virtual or science.

After reading / listening

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

'Africa'

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  • and 'museum'.

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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:

    • yet
    • set
    • top
    • key
    • natural
    • foreign
    • man
    • 5,000
    • unite
    • raise
    • all
    • 2,000

    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 - Pan-African Heritage Museum

    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 'Africa'?
    3. What do you think of museums?
    4. What do you know about Ghana?
    5. Would you like to visit the Pan African Heritage Museum?
    6. Why might the museum be one of the world's top 100 places to visit?
    7. What do you think of African art?
    8. Should foreign museums return their stolen art to the Ghana museum?
    9. What do you think of a museum showing all of Africa's culture?
    10. What's the best museum you've ever visited?

    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 'museum'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you know about the forced taking of Africans to the USA?
    5. What do you know about the richness of Africa's cultures?
    6. What's your favourite African country?
    7. What do you think of music that comes from Africa?
    8. What three adjectives best describe the continent of Africa?
    9. How many museums have you been to?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the museum'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)

    A yet-to-be-(1) ____ museum in Accra, Ghana is getting people across the world excited. The Pan African Heritage Museum is (2) ____ to open in August 2023. TIME Magazine said it will be among the top 100 world's greatest places to visit. TIME wrote: "It will (3) ____ archives, exhibits, galleries, and a theater, [and will be] a (4) ____ destination for visitors interested in connecting with Africa's history and its people's heritage." Ghana's president said the museum will "provide a natural residence and resting place for all the (5) ____ cultural artefacts of our continent, which are housed in foreign museums and which will be returned to (6) ____". A digital version of the museum was launched on May the 5th.

    The man who (7) ____ of the idea for the museum is Kojo Acquah Yankah. He is a former newspaper editor, MP and cabinet minister. He said the idea (8) ____ to him after seeing 5,000 people of African descent at an event for the 375th anniversary of the (9) ____ arrival of Africans in the USA. He said: "This inspired me to create the museum to unite Africans and people (10) ____ African descent." He wants "to raise the self-confidence of Africans as a people with a rich history and heritage". He added: "The museum is special because it's the only (11) ____ bringing all African heritage together under (12) ____ roof." He said there are fewer than 2,000 museums in Africa, compared with over 30,000 in Europe and in the USA.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     opening     (b)     opened     (c)     opens     (d)     opener    
    2. (a)     let     (b)     set     (c)     met     (d)     bet    
    3. (a)     dome     (b)     home     (c)     arouse     (d)     house    
    4. (a)     lock     (b)     key     (c)     padlock     (d)     chain     
    5. (a)     booted     (b)     looted     (c)     footed     (d)     rooted    
    6. (a)     we     (b)     our     (c)     us     (d)     every    
    7. (a)     thinking     (b)     thinker     (c)     thought     (d)     think    
    8. (a)     tripped     (b)     journeyed     (c)     came     (d)     travelled    
    9. (a)     changed     (b)     widened     (c)     patted     (d)     forced    
    10. (a)     of     (b)     at     (c)     on     (d)     is    
    11. (a)     one     (b)     once     (c)     ones     (d)     one or other    
    12. (a)     tiled     (b)     large     (c)     one     (d)     flat

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    4. raise the self-cninoceedf of Africans
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    6. rmcpadeo with over 30,000 in Europe

    Put the text back together

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    (...)  editor, MP and cabinet minister. He said the idea came to him after seeing 5,000 people of African
    (...)  be] a key destination for visitors interested in connecting with Africa's history and its people's heritage." Ghana's
    (...)  than 2,000 museums in Africa, compared with over 30,000 in Europe and in the USA.
    (...)  The man who thought of the idea for the museum is Kojo Acquah Yankah. He is a former newspaper
    (...)  set to open in August 2023. TIME Magazine said it will be among the top 100 world's greatest
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    (...)  returned to us". A digital version of the museum was launched on May the 5th.
    (...)  descent at an event for the 375th anniversary of the forced arrival of Africans in the
    (...)  places to visit. TIME wrote: "It will house archives, exhibits, galleries, and a theater, [and will
    (...)  confidence of Africans as a people with a rich history and heritage". He added: "The museum is
    (...)  president said the museum will "provide a natural residence and resting place for
    (...)  all the looted cultural artefacts of our continent, which are housed in foreign museums and which will be
    (...)  USA. He said: "This inspired me to create the museum to unite Africans and people of African descent." He wants "to raise the self-

    Put the words in the right order

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    3. provide   The   will   museum   a   natural   residence   .
    4. continent   .   artefacts   the   cultural   our   looted   All   of
    5. version   was   of   the   digital   museum   launched   .   A
    6. thought   of   the   idea   .   who   The   man
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    8. of   to   Africans   .   the   self-confidence   wants   He   raise
    9. heritage   together   .   African   bringing   only   The   one   all
    10. 2,000   in   than   fewer   are   There   Africa   .   museums

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    The man who thought / think of the idea for the museum is Kojo Acquah Yankah. He is a former / farmer newspaper editor, MP and cabinet monster / minister. He said the idea came to him / he after seeing 5,000 people of African descent at a / an event for the 375th anniversary of the forced arrival of Africans in the USA. He said: "This inspiration / inspired me to create the museum to untie / unite Africans and people of African descent." He wants "to raise the self-confidence of Africans as a people with a wealth / rich history and heritage". He added: "The museum is special because it's the only one bringing all African heritage together under / over one roof." He said there are less / fewer than 2,000 museums in Africa, compared withover 30,000 in Europe and in the USA.

    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

    a yet to be opened museum in accra ghana is getting people across the world excited the pan african heritage museum is set to open in august 2023 time magazine said it will be among the top 100 worlds greatest places to visit time wrote it will house archives exhibits galleries and a theater and will be a key destination for visitors interested in connecting with africas history and its peoples heritage ghanas president said the museum will provide a natural residence and resting place for all the looted cultural artefacts of our continent which are housed in foreign museums and which will be returned to us a digital version of the museum was launched on may the 5th

    the man who thought of the idea for the museum is kojo acquah yankah he is a former newspaper editor mp and cabinet minister he said the idea came to him after seeing 5000 people of african descent at an event for the 375th anniversary of the forced arrival of africans in the usa he said this inspired me to create the museum to unite africans and people of african descent he wants to raise the selfconfidence of africans as a people with a rich history and heritage he added the museum is special because its the only one bringing all african heritage together under one roof he said there are fewer than 2000 museums in africa compared with over 30000 in europe and in the usa

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    Ayet-to-be-openedmuseuminAccra,Ghanaisgettingpeopleacross
    theworldexcited.ThePanAfricanHeritageMuseumissettoopeninAugu
    st2023.TIMEMagazinesaiditwillbeamongthetop100world'sgreatest
    placestovisit.TIMEwrote:"Itwillhousearchives,exhibits,galleries,an
    datheater,[andwillbe]akeydestinationforvisitorsinterestedinconnec
    tingwithAfrica'shistoryanditspeople'sheritage."Ghana'spresidentsai
    dthemuseumwill"provideanaturalresidenceandrestingplaceforallth
    elootedculturalartefactsofourcontinent,whicharehousedinforeignm
    useumsandwhichwillbereturnedtous".Adigitalversionofthemuseum
    waslaunchedonMaythe5th.Themanwhothoughtoftheideaforthemus
    eumisKojoAcquahYankah.Heisaformernewspapereditor,MPandcabi
    netminister.Hesaidtheideacametohimafterseeing5,000peopleofAfri
    candescentataneventforthe375thanniversaryoftheforcedarrivalofAf
    ricansintheUSA.Hesaid:"Thisinspiredmetocreatethemuseumtounit
    eAfricansandpeopleofAfricandescent."Hewants"toraisetheself-con
    fidenceofAfricansasapeoplewitharichhistoryandheritage".Headded:
    "Themuseumisspecialbecauseit'stheonlyonebringingallAfricanherit
    agetogetherunderoneroof."Hesaidtherearefewerthan2,000museu
    msinAfrica,comparedwithover30,000inEuropeandintheUSA.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    All African art should be returned to Africa. 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. MUSEUMS: Make a poster about museums. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. AFRICA: Write a magazine article about all African art worldwide being returned to Africa. 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 Africa. Ask him/her three questions about the continent. Give him/her three of your opinions on African art. 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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