The Reading / Listening - Feeling Hangry - Level 6

A word first coined in 1918, but rarely used today, may become a more frequently used part of the English lexicon. That word is "hangry," which is a portmanteau of the words "hungry" and "angry". It means to be bad tempered or irritable as a result of hunger. The word is making a comeback because of research that suggests "hanger" is a diagnosable feeling. Researchers believe "hangriness" could be a genuine medical phenomenon. Scientists from the UK's Anglia Ruskin University examined how hunger affects emotions during our daily lives. Lead author Professor Viren Swami said the research indicated a strong link between hunger and feelings of anger, irritability, or low pleasure.

The researchers analysed data from 64 volunteers aged between 18 and 60. The participants had to complete surveys on a smartphone app five times a day for 21 days. The app helped people to give researchers real-time information on their feelings when they were hungry. Dr Swami explained this provided a "meaningful" link between hunger and emotions. He said: "The results of the…study suggest that the experience of being hangry is real." He added: "We show, for the first time in a non-laboratory setting, that feeling hungry is associated with greater anger, irritability and lower levels of pleasure." He suggested that if people knew they were hangry, they could control their anger better.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Feeling Hangry - Level 4  or  Feeling Hangry - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/is-being-hangry-a-real-thing-heres-what-the-evidence-says
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2022/07/07/hangry-research-angry-hungry/7825022001/
  • https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0269629


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. HUNGER AND ANGER: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about hunger and anger. 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?
       word / English  lexicon / hungry / angry / feeling / phenomenon / daily / pleasure /
       researchers / participants / smartphone / information / meaningful / experience
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. HANGRY: Students A strongly believe hangriness is a real thing; Students B strongly believe it isn't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. PORTMANTEAU: What words are these portmanteau made from? What do you think of them? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Words

My thoughts

Hangry

 

 

Pokemon

 

 

Bollywood

 

 

Bromance

 

 

Mansplain

 

 

Webinar

 

 

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5. HUNGRY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "hungry". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. ANGER: Rank these with your partner. Put the things most likely to make you angry at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Hunger
  • Homework
  • Traffic
  • Being ignored
  • Stubbing your toe
  • Forgetting passwords
  • Bad language
  • Being on hold

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. coined a. Truly what something is said to be.
      2. lexicon b. Be a sign of; strongly suggest.
      3. portmanteau c. Invented a new word or phrase.
      4. irritable d. The vocabulary of a person, language, or branch of knowledge.
      5. genuine e. Having or showing a tendency to be easily annoyed.
      6. phenomenon f. A fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen.
      7. indicated g. A word made by combining or shortening two other words.

    Paragraph 2

      8. participant h. Of a person or thing connected with something else.
      9. real-time i. The place or type of surroundings where something is positioned or where an event takes place.
      10. meaningful j. A room or building equipped for scientific experiments, research, or teaching, or for the manufacture of drugs or chemicals.
      11. laboratory k. A person who takes part in something.
      12. setting l. A feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment.
      13. associated m. The actual time during which a process or event occurs.
      14. pleasure n. Serious, important, or worthwhile.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. A coin with the word "hangry" was made in 1918.     T / F
  2. The word "hangry" is made up of the words "hungry" and "angry".     T / F
  3. Hangry is reentering the English lexicon because of research on feelings. T / F
  4. A researcher said there was a link between hunger and low pleasure.     T / F
  5. Survey participants said there were hungry about five times a day.     T / F
  6. Data from an app was sent to researchers after 24 hours.     T / F
  7. All of the data was collected from participants in a lab.     T / F
  8. People who understand hanger might be able to control anger.     T / F

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

  1. coined
  2. lexicon
  3. irritable
  4. genuine
  5. indicated
  6. surveys
  7. meaningful
  8. setting
  9. associated
  10. control
  1. environment
  2. authentic
  3. questionnaires
  4. vocabulary
  5. significant
  6. invented
  7. regulate
  8. demonstrated
  9. grumpy
  10. connected

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

  1. A word first coined in 1918,
  2. a portmanteau of the
  3. The word is making
  4. "hangriness" could be a genuine
  5. feelings of anger,
  6. The participants had to
  7. The app helped people to give researchers
  8. the experience of being
  9. for the first time in a non-
  10. they could control
  1. laboratory setting
  2. a comeback
  3. irritability, or low pleasure
  4. real-time information
  5. words "hungry" and "angry"
  6. their anger better
  7. complete surveys
  8. but rarely used today
  9. hangry is real
  10. medical phenomenon

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
tempered
link
rarely
medical
pleasure
lexicon
emotions
diagnosable

A word first coined in 1918, but (1) _____________________ used today, may become a more frequently used part of the English (2) _____________________. That word is "hangry," which is a portmanteau of the words "hungry" and "angry". It means to be bad (3) _____________________ or irritable as a result of hunger. The word is making a comeback because of research that suggests "hanger" is a (4) _____________________ feeling. Researchers believe "hangriness" could be a genuine (5) _____________________ phenomenon. Scientists from the UK's Anglia Ruskin University examined how hunger affects (6) _____________________ during our daily lives. Lead author Professor Viren Swami said the research indicated a strong (7) _____________________ between hunger and feelings of anger, irritability, or low (8) _____________________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
time
results
control
data
link
levels
surveys
laboratory

The researchers analysed (9) _____________________ from 64 volunteers aged between 18 and 60. The participants had to complete (10) _____________________ on a smartphone app five times a day for 21 days. The app helped people to give researchers real- (11) _____________________ information on their feelings when they were hungry. Dr Swami explained this provided a "meaningful" (12) _____________________ between hunger and emotions. He said: "The (13) _____________________ of the...study suggest that the experience of being hangry is real." He added: "We show, for the first time in a non-(14) _____________________ setting, that feeling hungry is associated with greater anger, irritability and lower (15) _____________________ of pleasure." He suggested that if people knew they were hangry, they could (16) _____________________ their anger better.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  may become a more frequently used part of ______
     a.  the English lexical
     b.  the English let's icon
     c.  the English wreck's icon
     d.  the English lexicon
2)  It means to be bad ______
     a.  tampered or irritable
     b.  tempered or irritable
     c.  timbered or irritable
     d.  trampled or irritable
3)  making a comeback because of research that suggests "hanger" is ______
     a.  a diagnose able feeling
     b.  a diagnose a ball feeling
     c.  a diagnosable feeling
     d.  a die ago sable feeling
4)  Lead author Professor Viren Swami said the research indicated ______
     a.  as strong link
     b.  ace strong link
     c.  waste wrong link
     d.  a strong link
5)  a strong link between hunger and feelings of anger, irritability, ______
     a.  or low pleasure
     b.  allow pleasure
     c.  a low pressure
     d.  allow pressure

6)  aged between 18 and 60. The participants had ______
     a.  to complete survey
     b.  to complete surveys
     c.  to complete serve ace
     d.  to complete sir vies
7)  a day for 21 days. The app helped people to give researchers ______
     a.  really time information
     b.  reel-time information
     c.  real-time information
     d.  real, timed information
8) The results of the...study suggest that the experience of being ______
     a.  hangry is real
     b.  hangry is surreal
     c.  hangry as reel
     d.  hangry as real
9)  feeling hungry is associated with greater anger, irritability ______
     a.  end lower level
     b.  and lower levels
     c.  end lower levels
     d.  and lower level
10)  He suggested that if people knew ______
     a.  they err hangry
     b.  they where hangry
     c.  they wore hangry
     d.  they were hangry

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A word (1) ____________________ 1918, but rarely used today, may become a more frequently used part of the English lexicon. That word is "hangry," which is a portmanteau of the words "hungry" and "angry". It means to be bad (2) ____________________ as a result of hunger. The word is (3) ____________________ because of research that suggests "hanger" is a diagnosable feeling. Researchers believe "hangriness" could be (4) ____________________ phenomenon. Scientists from the UK's Anglia Ruskin University examined how hunger affects emotions (5) ____________________ lives. Lead author Professor Viren Swami said the research indicated a strong link between hunger and feelings of anger, irritability, (6) ____________________.

The researchers analysed data from 64 volunteers aged between 18 and 60. The participants (7) ____________________ surveys on a smartphone app five times a day for 21 days. The app helped people to give researchers real-time information (8) ____________________ when they were hungry. Dr Swami explained this provided a "meaningful" link between hunger and emotions. He said: "The results of (9) ____________________ that the experience of being hangry is real." He added: "We show, for the first time in a non-laboratory setting, that feeling hungry (10) ____________________ greater anger, irritability and (11) ____________________ pleasure." He suggested that if people knew they were hangry, they could (12) ____________________ better.

Comprehension questions

  1. When was the word "hangry" invented?
  2. What is the term for a word made by combining two different words?
  3. What did researchers say might be a real medical thing?
  4. What did a researcher examine the effect of hunger on in our daily lives?
  5. What was hunger linked to, besides anger and irritability?
  6. How many people participated in the research?
  7. For how long did participants have to monitor their feelings?
  8. When did researchers receive data from the participants' smartphones?
  9. What kind of link did the researcher find between hunger and emotions?
  10. What might people be able to control if they understand hanger?

Multiple choice quiz

1)  When was the word "hangry" invented?
a) 1819
b) 1918
c) 1980
d) 1989
2)  What is the term for a word made by combining two different words?
a) conjunction
b) lexis
c) bilingual
d) portmanteau
3) What did researchers say might be a real medical thing?
a) hanger
b) neologisms
c) a stethoscope
d) hangriology
4) What did a researcher examine the effect of hunger on in our daily lives?
a) fast food
b) breakfasts
c) our emotions
d) calorie intake
5) What was hunger linked to, besides anger and irritability?
a) binge TV watching
b) low pleasure
c) no exercise
d) excessive licking of lips

6) How many people participated in the research?
a) 64
b) 63
c) 62
d) 61
7) For how long did participants have to monitor their feelings?
a) 22 days
b) 12 days
c) 21 days
d) 11 days
8) When did researchers receive data from the participants' smartphones?
a) in real time
b) in fake time
c) 24/7
d) at 3:51 am
9) What kind of link did the researcher find between hunger and emotions?
a) a meaningful link
b) a URL
c) a broken link
d) the missing link
10) What might people be able to control if they understand hanger?
a) their weight
b) their calorie intake
c) their heart rate
d) their anger

Role play

Role  A – Hunger
You think hunger is the thing that can trigger anger the quickest. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least triggering of these (and why): traffic, being ignored or forgetting passwords.

Role  B – Traffic
You think traffic is the thing that can trigger anger the quickest. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least triggering of these (and why): hunger, being ignored or forgetting passwords.

Role  C – Being Ignored
You think being ignored is the thing that can trigger anger the quickest. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least triggering of these (and why): traffic, hunger or forgetting passwords.

Role  D – Forgetting Passwords
You think forgetting passwords is the thing that can trigger anger the quickest. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least triggering of these (and why): traffic, being ignored or hunger.

After reading / listening

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

'anger'

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  • and 'hunger'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • rarely
    • means
    • making
    • genuine
    • daily
    • link
    • data
    • five
    • feelings
    • link
    • greater
    • levels

    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 - Feeling Hangry

    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 'hungry'?
    3. What do you think of the portmanteau 'hangry'?
    4. Does hunger make you angry?
    5. How likely are you to start using the word 'hangry'?
    6. How does eating change your emotions?
    7. What are your favourite and least favourite English words?
    8. How easy is it to learn English vocabulary?
    9. What words in your own language do you like?
    10. When was the last time you were angry?

    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 'angry'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How often are you hangry?
    5. What happens when you are hangry?
    6. What makes you bad tempered or irritable?
    7. What's the hungriest you've ever been?
    8. How good are you at controlling your anger?
    9. Could you make up a portmanteau?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the scientists?

    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 word first (1) ____ in 1918, but rarely used today, may become a more frequently used part of the English (2) ____. That word is "hangry," which is a portmanteau of the words "hungry" and "angry". It means to be bad tempered or irritable as a result of hunger. The word is making a (3) ____ because of research that suggests "hanger" is a diagnosable feeling. Researchers believe "hangriness" could be a (4) ____ medical phenomenon. Scientists from the UK's Anglia Ruskin University examined how hunger (5) ____ emotions during our daily lives. Lead author Professor Viren Swami said the research indicated a strong link between hunger and feelings of anger, (6) ____, or low pleasure.

    The researchers analysed data from 64 volunteers aged between 18 and 60. The participants had to (7) ____ surveys on a smartphone app five times a day for 21 days. The app helped people to give researchers (8) ____-time information on their feelings when they were hungry. Dr Swami explained this provided a "meaningful" link (9) ____ hunger and emotions. He said: "The results of the...study suggest that the experience of being hangry is real." He added: "We show, for the first time in a (10) ____-laboratory setting, that feeling hungry is associated with greater anger, irritability and lower (11) ____ of pleasure." He suggested that if people knew they were hangry, they could control their anger (12) ____.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     billed     (b)     moneyed     (c)     coined     (d)     noted    
    2. (a)     lexicon     (b)     lexical     (c)     lexicology     (d)     lexically    
    3. (a)     comeback     (b)     welcome     (c)     newcomer     (d)     income    
    4. (a)     genuine     (b)     canine     (c)     bovine     (d)     feline    
    5. (a)     infects     (b)     deflects     (c)     effects     (d)     affects    
    6. (a)     irritable     (b)     irritation     (c)     irritate     (d)     irritability    
    7. (a)     complete     (b)     end     (c)     entire     (d)     whole    
    8. (a)     rally     (b)     really     (c)     reality     (d)     real    
    9. (a)     between     (b)     of     (c)     among     (d)     around    
    10. (a)     non     (b)     now     (c)     not     (d)     nod    
    11. (a)     rebels     (b)     levels     (c)     labels     (d)     revels    
    12. (a)     better     (b)     nice     (c)     paced     (d)     eating

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. "hanger" is a ibneaaslogd feeling
    3. a genuine medical noepnenohm
    4. how hunger affects imonoest
    5. the research eddaticni a strong link
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    Paragraph 2

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    6. lower levels of pesaerul

    Put the text back together

    (...)  from the UK's Anglia Ruskin University examined how hunger affects emotions during
    (...)  associated with greater anger, irritability and lower levels of pleasure." He suggested that if
    (...)  tempered or irritable as a result of hunger. The word is making a comeback because of research that suggests "hanger" is a diagnosable
    (...)  time information on their feelings when they were hungry. Dr Swami explained this provided a "meaningful" link
    (...)  our daily lives. Lead author Professor Viren Swami said the research indicated a strong
    (...)  between hunger and emotions. He said: "The results of the...study suggest that the experience of being hangry
    (...)  feeling. Researchers believe "hangriness" could be a genuine medical phenomenon. Scientists
    (...)  The researchers analysed data from 64 volunteers aged between 18 and 60. The participants had to complete
    (...)  surveys on a smartphone app five times a day for 21 days. The app helped people to give researchers real-
    (...)  link between hunger and feelings of anger, irritability, or low pleasure.
    (...)  people knew they were hangry, they could control their anger better.
    (...)  is real." He added: "We show, for the first time in a non-laboratory setting, that feeling hungry is
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    (...)  lexicon. That word is "hangry," which is a portmanteau of the words "hungry" and "angry". It means to be bad

    Put the words in the right order

    1. more   of   frequently   vocabulary   .   used   A   English   part
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    3. Research   that   hanger   is   suggests   diagnosable   a   feeling   .
    4. our   How   emotions   hunger   daily   lives   .   during   affects
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    9. experience   hangry   of   The   being   is   real   .
    10. setting   .   in   a   time   non-laboratory   For   first   the

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A word first conned / coined in 1918, but rarely used today, may become a more frequently / frequency used part of the English lexicon. That word is "hangry," which / what is a portmanteau of the words "hungry" and "angry". It means to be bad tempered or irritable as a result on / of hunger. The word is making a comeback / welcome because of research that suggests "hanger" is a disposable / diagnosable feeling. Researchers believe "hangriness" could be a genuine medicine / medical phenomenon. Scientists from the UK's Anglia Ruskin University examined / examines how hunger affects emotions / emoticons during our daily lives. Lead author Professor Viren Swami said the research indicated a strong link between hunger and feelings of angry / anger, irritability, or low pleasure.

    The researchers analysed data from 64 volunteers aged from / between 18 and 60. The participants had to compete / complete surveys on a smartphone app five times a day for 21 days. The app helped people to provision / give researchers real-time information in / on their feelings when they were hunger / hungry. Dr Swami explained this provided a "meaningful" link between hunger and emotional / emotions. He said: "The results of the...study suggest that the experience of being hangry is really / real." He added: "We show, for the first time in a non-laboratory setting / set, that feeling hungry is associated with greater anger / angles, irritability and lower levels of pleasure." He suggested that if people knew they were hangry, they could control their angry / anger better.

    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 word first coined in 1918 but rarely used today may become a more frequently used part of the english lexicon that word is hangry which is a portmanteau of the words hungry and angry it means to be badtempered or irritable as a result of hunger the word is making a comeback because of research that suggests hanger is a diagnosable feeling researchers believe hangriness could be a genuine medical phenomenon scientists from the uks anglia ruskin university examined how hunger affects emotions during our daily lives lead author professor viren swami said the research indicated a strong link between hunger and feelings of anger irritability or low pleasure

    the researchers analysed data from 64 volunteers aged between 18 and 60 the participants had to complete surveys on a smartphone app five times a day for 21 days the app helped people to give researchers realtime information on their feelings when they were hungry dr swami explained this provided a meaningful link between hunger and emotions he said the results of thestudy suggest that the experience of being hangry is real he added we show for the first time in a nonlaboratory setting that feeling hungry is associated with greater anger irritability and lower levels of pleasure he suggested that if people knew they were hangry they could control their anger better

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    Awordfirstcoinedin1918,butrarelyusedtoday,maybecomeamorefre
    quentlyusedpartoftheEnglishlexicon.Thatwordis"hangry,"whichisap
    ortmanteauofthewords"hungry"and"angry".Itmeanstobebadtempe
    redorirritableasaresultofhunger.Thewordismakingacomebackbecau
    seofresearchthatsuggests"hanger"isadiagnosablefeeling.Research
    ersbelieve"hangriness"couldbeagenuinemedicalphenomenon.Scien
    tistsfromtheUK'sAngliaRuskinUniversityexaminedhowhungeraffect
    semotionsduringourdailylives.LeadauthorProfessorVirenSwamisaid
    theresearchindicatedastronglinkbetweenhungerandfeelingsofanger
    ,irritability,orlowpleasure.Theresearchersanalyseddatafrom64volu
    nteersagedbetween18and60.Theparticipantshadtocompletesurvey
    sonasmartphoneappfivetimesadayfor21days.Theapphelpedpeoplet
    ogiveresearchersreal-timeinformationontheirfeelingswhentheyw
    erehungry.DrSwamiexplainedthisprovideda"meaningful"linkbetwe
    enhungerandemotions.Hesaid:"Theresultsofthe...studysuggesttha
    ttheexperienceofbeinghangryisreal."Headded:"Weshow,forthefirstt
    imeinanon-laboratorysetting,thatfeelinghungryisassociatedwithg
    reateranger,irritabilityandlowerlevelsofpleasure."Hesuggestedthati
    fpeopleknewtheywerehangry,theycouldcontroltheirangerbetter.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    We should all take anger management lessons to make the world a nicer place 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. HUNGER AND ANGER: Make a poster about hunger and anger. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. HANGRY: Write a magazine article about adding more words like "hangry" to the English language. 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 hunger and anger. Ask him/her three questions about being hangry. Give him/her three of your ideas on how we can stop being hangry. 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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