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News articles (b1 and b2).
In this section you can find newsworthy articles that have been simplified for ESL learners.They contain a short text, a vocabulary list, as well as exercises and writing tasks. There is also a key provided for each unit. Most of them can be used for both B1 (intermediate) and B2 (upper-intermediate levels).
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Writing skills: news story
By Jackie McAvoy
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To help students produce writing with a higher occurrence of lexical variation, complex sentences and appropriate use of passive structures.
Time: One hour plus homework
- Your Own Version - Worksheet
- Original News Story - Worksheet
- Language Analysis – How to write a good news story - Worksheet
- Complex Sentences – a chart - Worksheet
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If you’re teaching this as a “one-off” you may want to provide some form of introduction. Give a quick warm up/ orientation to newspapers. Depending on your style of teaching you might consider one of the following:
- Collect together six newspaper headlines. Black out one word in each. Put the class into two teams and one by one hold/flash up the headlines. The team who guesses the closest word gets the point etc.
- A quick discussion on the merits of newspapers versus television or radio.
- Scramble the short sentence in step one on the board and let the students unscramble it to make the story.
- Write the short sentence from the worksheet Your Own Version ' on the board ( A youth was sentenced for driving a stolen car ). Tell students that this is a news story and and ask how it could be more interesting. (Elicit the answer “more detail!”)
- Give out ‘ Your Own Version ’ and allow 15 minutes (more if necessary) for answering the questions and writing the story. Emphasise that they will be making the story more interesting by adding detail. You could give the option of doing this in pairs.
- Change the pace by getting pairs to tell each other their versions. They can use any means necessary to keep their audience’s interest, but hopefully they will do it by including relevant details and animated telling.
- Give out the ‘Original News Story’ and allow time for them to compare for differences. Round off this step by sharing some of the differences in an open class discussion and then move on to asking open class questions about the language used in the original news stor.
Notice the following:
- The variety of vocabulary;
- The use of some passive sentences;
- Long complex sentences – sometimes one sentence for a whole paragraph.
- Tell your students that these features (a,b,c) help make a good news story. Give out the ‘Language Analysis’ (2 sheets) and explain that working through these will help them identify the language you are talking about. Monitor and check as you desire and get students to compare their complex sentences to answers in the original news story.
- You can give out ‘Complex sentences – a chart’ either to help with step 5 or afterwards for future reference for their homework.
- Give out their Homework.
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Writing: A class or company newsletter
Writing skills: advertising, writing skills: cause and effect.
Writing skills: Fables
Writing skills: formal and informal writing
Writing skills: letter of complaint.
Writing skills: Mini saga
Writing skills: statistical report.
Writing skills: Thinking about writing
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This lesson looks at a few techniques for ‘thinking’ about writing. There are 3 tasks: brainstorming, loop writing and speed writing.
To enable students to break down the different features of formal and informal English by working through a step-by-step text transformation at their own pace.
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You have found the newspaper english section of the site which has worksheets related to different articles and mass media. there are currently 39 worksheets in this category with more being added regularly. this particular worksheet uses a newspaper article to get students to think about traffic police. it includes a range of activities including a true or false section, a role play, and a writing activity. if your students are not quite at this level yet, consider an alternative worksheet to use in your classroom. newspaper articles are a great esl resource. you can use them to introduce vocabulary related to a particular topic, start discussions, and even when talking about reported speech with learners of any level. sometimes you will have to create your own article or story rather than using something from an actual newspaper. this will ensure that it is written at a level suitable for your learners and focuses on something you specifically want to work on in class. with more advanced classes, you can encourage your students to read english newspapers outside of class and even submit ones that they think are interesting for you to consider using as part of a lesson. this gives students more practice as well as some input on the content of their course. additionally it allows you to determine what they are most interested in. if and how you include newspaper english in your lessons is entirely up to you and depends a lot on your students. read more... ...less.
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Students often read newspapers for a wide variety of reasons, not least of which is to keep informed in English. As you know, newspaper writing style tends to have three levels: Headlines, leading phrases, and article content. Each of these has its own style. This lesson focuses on calling students' attention to this type of writing style on a deeper, grammatical level. It ends with students writing up their own short articles with a follow-up listening comprehension opportunity.
Aim: Improved writing skills and understanding newspaper writing style
Activity: Writing short newspaper articles
Level: Intermediate to upper intermediate
- Use the provided example newspaper article, or take a newspaper into the class.
- Ask students to read the newspaper article and summarize the contents.
- Have students analyze the difference between the headline, leading sentence and article content in terms of tense usage and vocabulary in small groups (3 to 4 students).
- Headline: Simple tenses, idiomatic, flashy vocabulary, no use of function words
- Leading sentence: Present perfect tense often used to give general overview.
- Article content: Proper tense usage, including a change from present perfect to past tenses to give detailed, specific information about what, where and when something happened.
- Once the differences have been understood, have students split up into pairs or small groups (3 to 4 students)
- Using the worksheet, small groups should write their own newspaper articles using the headlines provided or come up with their own stories.
- Have students read their newspaper articles aloud allowing you to incorporate some listening comprehension into the lesson.
FAKE VAN GOGH SELLS FOR $35 MILLION
A fake painting supposedly by Vincent Van Gogh has been sold for $35 million in Paris.
Paris June 9, 2004
Imagine this: It's the chance of a lifetime. You have the necessary cash and you have the opportunity to buy a Van Gogh. After purchasing the painting and placing it on your living room wall to show to all your friends, you discover that the painting is a forgery!
That's what happened to an anonymous telephone bidder who purchased Sunflowers in the Wind at the Peinture Company in Paris, France. The first (supposed) Van Gogh painting to have been auctioned since last year's record sale of $40 million, the forgery was sold for $35 million. The painting had also been reported to be the last ever offered for sale, Britain's Daily Times reported Thursday.
Unfortunately, shortly after the masterpiece had been transferred to the buyer's home, the Academy of Fine Arts released a statement saying that Sunflowers in the Wind was a fake. Upon further investigation, the report proved to be true. The unlucky buyer was forced to recognize that he or she had indeed purchased a forgery.
Choose a Headline and Write Your Own Newspaper Article
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Leading sentence: Provide your leading sentence.
Article content: Write at least three short paragraphs about the incident.
Newspaper Article 2
LOCAL COUNCIL: ACTION NOT PROMISES
Article content: Write at least three short paragraphs about the incident.
Newspaper Article 3
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Rantz: Seattle English students told it’s ‘white supremacy’ to love reading, writing
Feb 14, 2024, 7:08 PM
Lincoln High School in Seattle teachings on white supremacy leads to controversy. (School photo courtesy of the school district website; quiz images provided by a parent in the school district)
(School photo courtesy of the school district website; quiz images provided by a parent in the school district)
BY JASON RANTZ
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Students in a Seattle English class were told that their love of reading and writing is a characteristic of “white supremacy,” in the latest Seattle Public Schools high school controversy. The lesson plan has one local father speaking out, calling it “educational malpractice.”
As part of the Black Lives Matter at School Week, World Literature and Composition students at Lincoln High School were given a handout with definitions of the “9 characteristics of white supremacy,” according to the father of a student. Given the subject matter of the class, the father found it odd this particular lesson was brought up.
The Seattle high schoolers were told that “Worship of the Written Word” is white supremacy because it is “an erasure of the wide range of ways we communicate with each other.” By this definition, the very subject of World Literature and Composition is racist. It also chides the idea that we hyper-value written communication because it’s a form of “honoring only what is written and even then only what is written to a narrow standard, full of misinformation and lies.” The worksheet does not provide any context for what it actually means.
“I feel bad for any students who actually internalize stuff like this as it is setting them up for failure,” the father explained to the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH.
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The father asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution against his child by Seattle Public Schools. He said the other pieces of the worksheet were equally disturbing.
The worksheet labels “objectivity,” “individualism,” and “perfectionism” as white supremacy. If students deny their own racism — or that any of the nine characteristics are legitimately racist — is also white supremacy. Denialism or being overly defensive is a racist example of an “entitlement to name what is an [sic] isn’t racism and that those with power have a right to be shielded from the stresses of antiracist work.”
The father argues the concepts are “incoherent and cannot stand any sort of reasoned analysis.” And he notes that it’s set up to ensure students accept every concept without ever questioning the claims.
“How is a 15-year-old kid supposed to object in class when ‘denial and defensiveness’ is itself a characteristic of white supremacy? This is truly educational malpractice.”
Terms and definitions regarding white supremacy given to Lincoln High students.
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Another aspect of the white supremacy lesson at this Seattle school involved a video titled “Getting Called Out: How to Apologize” by Franchesca Ramsey. It’s reportedly presented in the context of white students expressing what the teacher views as “white supremacy.”
“Getting called out, in this context of this video, is when you say or do something that upholds the oppression of a marginalized group of people,” Ramsey says.
Ramsey says her advice is about becoming an ally and “doing the right thing.” She explains you shouldn’t “get defensive” by denying you’re oppressing marginalized people, even if you’re not actually oppressing marginalized people.
“What you really need to do is listen because this is where the other person is hopefully going to explain to you what you did wrong and how you can explain it,” she says.
In the context of the worksheet on white supremacy, it seems clear that students must merely accept that they are upholding oppression. Using the worksheet, if a student defends independence or a love of reading and writing, that student is supposed to accept that it’s white supremacist thinking and stop acting independently or loving to read and write.
The worksheet on white supremacy.
Father says Seattle Public Schools isn’t serving students
The father says he taught his son to be on the lookout for this kind of Radical Left indoctrination. It’s why his son flagged the worksheets to him. But he notes that the curriculum doesn’t exactly help his kid on the subject he’s supposed to be learning.
“My problem with this curriculum is that this is supposed to be a writing and literature class and lessons like these do nothing to help my kid become a better writer,” the father explained. “I’m sure Lincoln administration will point to the high ELA proficiency scores but the high proportion of HCC [highly capable] kids (40% of the student body) is a big factor. With so many smart, hard working kids (white supremacists) it’s easy to support these luxury beliefs but system-wide only 63% of kids are proficient in English. Is this really the best use of class time? ”
The father also wonders how many students will fall for this toxic thinking across Seattle schools where concepts around white supremacy are so clearly partisan.
“I feel bad for any students who actually internalize stuff like this as it is setting them up for failure,” he said.
Seattle Public Schools spokespeople provided their normal response to requests for comment: none.
‘How do white supremacy characteristics show up in your personal lives?’ was a question in a worksheet given to Lincoln High students.
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