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One Family: Three Generations of Fading Loyalty to Castro’s Revolution

“When Fidel Castro rode victoriously into Havana on Jan. 8, 1959, Juan Montes Torre rushed into the streets to cheer. A poor, uneducated laborer from the eastern countryside of Cuba, he had arrived in the capital a few years earlier and, like most of his neighbors, could hardly believe what was happening…  ‘ These bearded men, poorly dressed — they won! And on behalf of the lower classes!’ ” D. Cave, The New York Times

ESL Voices Lesson Plan for this post with Answer Key

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fidel-castro-mats-terminal-washington-1959

Excerpt: One Family. Six Decades. Myriad Views of Fidel Castro’s Revolution. By Damien Cave, The New York Times

“Mr. Montes, who was 25 at the time, stayed loyal to Mr. Castro, who died on Friday, from that moment. The Castro revolution gave him an education, a home, and a job as a police officer who sometimes guarded the comandante himself. But that allegiance slipped from generation to generation in Mr. Montes’s family, and in Cuba as a whole. His son’s views darkened decades ago, during tussles with the Castro government’s restrictions. His teenage granddaughter, Rocio, has spent most of her youth feeling glum about the conditions in her country.

The Father: Mr. Montes first heard of the barbudos, or bearded rebels, when he was picking coffee and fruit in the fields in Cuba’s eastern province of Guantánamo. It was the early 1950s, and poor farmers in the area had started banding together, revolting against wealthy landowners.  Mr. Castro was among many leaders said to be demanding better working conditions…There was a lot of injustice back then, Mr. Montes said. Coups, crime. The government didn’t care at all for the people… After taking power in 1959, Mr. Castro promised radical change. In December that year, Mr. Montes was hired as a police officer. It was his first steady job since his arrival in Havana and came with free schooling, leading him from a fourth-grade education to a high school diploma.

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an-old-couple-mourns-the-death-of-castro

The Son: The entrance to Juan Carlos’s home is covered in green vines with bunches of bitter grapes…If his father’s image of Mr. Castro and the revolution was shaped by the changes of the 1950s or ’60s, his views have been sculpted by the transition from the flush 1980s to the scavenging ’90s. When the Soviet Union collapsed, Cuba lost a patron that had provided around $4 billion a year in credits and subsidies… In his 20s, he worked at Cuba’s customs agency, as his father had after his tenure on the police force. He said his frustration peaked in the late 1980s when he was rebuffed by Communist Party officials for gathering recommendations from colleagues for improving the agency.They they just told me: ‘That’s not right. Here are the things we are going to talk about, and you, don’t stand up and talk.’

The Granddaughter: Rocio dreams of becoming an art historian…In her eyes, Cuba is purgatory, and even before he died, Mr. Castro was a specter of the past, studied in textbooks more than seen… Her older sister already lives in Spain. Her best friend went to Miami for a vacation one summer and stayed, telling Rocio about the crowded shopping malls and the impressive facilities at her new school. 

Young people in miamis-little-havana-celebrate-castros-death

Young people in miamis-little-havana-celebrate-castros-death

Most of Rocio’s friends, she said, hope to get out of Cuba as soon as they can. Rocio mostly wants Cuba to catch up. Why is there no open and affordable access to the internet? Why can’t she easily get on Facebook to say hi to her sister in Barcelona?… She wants the same thing her grandfather and Fidel Castro wanted when they were young, radical change and a fair shot at making a life for herself on her terms.”

Castros-funeral

Castros-funeral

“In life, he was often an enigma; in death, for Cuban families like the Monteses, he is a collage of competing images, from the inspiring young rebel to the out-of-touch old man.”

Fidel Castro-1926-2016

Fidel Castro-1926-2016

“A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past.” Fidel Castro

ESL Voices Lesson Plan for this post

NOTE: Lessons can also be used with native English speakers.

Level: Intermediate – Advanced


Language Skills: Reading, writing, and speaking. Vocabulary and grammar activities are included.


Time: Approximately 2 hours.


Materials: Student handout (from this lesson) and access to news article.


Objective: Students will read and discuss the article
with a focus on improving reading comprehension and learning new vocabulary. At the end of the lesson students will express their personal views on the topic through group work and writing.

I. Pre-Reading Activities

Stimulating background knowledge: Brainstorming

Directions: Place students in groups, ask students to think about what they already know about Fidel Castro. Next, have students look at the picture(s) in the text and generate ideas or words that may be connected to the article. As a class list these ideas on the board. Students can use a brainstorming chart for assistance.

Great Brainstorming chart from Kootation.com

Great Brainstorming chart from Kootation.com

 

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

Directions: Students are to infer the meanings of the words in bold taken from the article. They may use a dictionary, thesaurus, and Word Chart for assistance.

  1. In life, Castro was often an enigma.
  2. In 1953, Mr. Castro staged his first major attack.
  3. The Cuban police didn’t abuse anyone.
  4. There was a flurry of activity after Castro’s death.
  5. Castro feared Cuba would turn into an American fief.
  6. Many people were critical of  Castro’s authoritarian ways.
  7. When the Soviet Union collapsed, Cuba lost a patron.
  8. Cuba would need to make some exceptions to the norm.
  9. Eventually Cuba Cuba adopted capitalism.
  10. Cuba suffered chronic shortages of fuel, soap, and food.

 

Reading Comprehension

True /False/NA-Statements

Directions: Review the following statements from the reading.  If  a statement is true they mark it T. If the statement is  not applicable, they mark it NA. If the statement is false they  mark  it F and provide the correct answer. 

  1. According to the article, Mr. Montes, (the father) remained  loyal to Mr. Castro.
  2. His son also remained loyal to Castro.
  3. His teenage granddaughter, Rocio, has spent most of her youth feeling glum about the conditions in her country.
  4. The Montes family’s story of faith and disillusion is uncommon.
  5. Cuban families have been arguing about Mr. Castro since he came to power.
  6. Fidel Castro had 5 children.
  7. Castro’s death has again produced an intense clash of emotions for many Cubans.
  8. His relationship to the country was remarkably distant.
  9. Castro was one of the few world leaders referred to by just their first names.
  10. It was the early 1970s, when  poor farmers began revolting against wealthy landowners.

 

 Grammar Focus: Prepositions

Directions: The following sentences are from the news article.  For each sentence choose the correct preposition from the choices listed. Note that not all prepositions listed are in the article.

Prepositions:  in, for, of, with, by,  on, at, to, as, into, across, around, over,  through, from, during, up, off, before,

  1. But that allegiance slipped from generation___generation ___Mr. Montes’s family. 
  2. You have ___look___this ___a very cool way.
  3. Because he ruled___ decades, Mr. Castro’s impact — and the perception___it — changed___time.
  4. Cubans born___the revolution saw him___a transformative force___ good or ill.

III. Post Reading Activities

WH-How Questions

Directions: Have students use the  WH-question format to discuss or to write the main points from the article.

Who or What is the article about?

Where does the action/event take place?

When does the action/event take place?

Why did the action/event occur?

How did the action/event occur?

Discussion/Writing

Directions: Place students in groups Have each group list 3  questions they would like to ask any person mentioned in the article. Groups share questions as a class.

1-Minute Free Writing Exercise

Directions: Allow students 1 minute to write down one new idea they’ve learned from the reading. Ask them to write down one thing they did not understand in the reading.  Review the responses as a class. Note: For the lower levels allow more time for this writing activity.

ANSWER KEY

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2016 US Gold Medal Gymnast Simone Biles is Brilliant!

“It once was easier being Simone Biles. Back three years ago, one year after the Olympic Games, the crowds were smaller and the competition thinner as the little-known 16-year-old won her first U.S. and then world all-around gymnastics championships. I was looking at my first year worlds, and my floor routine seems so easy, she said recently…Can she do it again with the world watching this summer in Rio de Janeiro?… we all saw how that turned out.” C. McDougall, Team USA

ESL Voices Lesson Plan for this post with Answer Key

Simone Biles a winner

Simone Biles is a winner

Simone Biles wins Gold in Rio Olympics

Simone Biles wins Gold in Rio Olympics

Excerpt: Being Simone Biles: Not As Easy As She Makes It Look, By Chros McDougall, Team USA

“Three or four years ago I was kind of making a name for myself, so I really had nothing to lose, but I had everything to gain,  said Biles, who also won two team titles and nine individual event medals, five of them gold, during those three world championships.

Beautiful pic of Biles in practice. Photo-Vogue Magazine

Beautiful pic of Biles in practice. Photo-Vogue Magazine

I guess being a three-time world champion, I have stuff to lose if I make mistakes — there’s a lot more eyes on me…I just try to have fun and block out what everybody else says.

Simone Biles Olypic Champion. Photo- People Magazine

Simone Biles Olypic Champion. Photo- People Magazine

The easygoing Biles, who jokes that she came out of the womb with a smile, has some built-in advantages for handling the attention.

Olympian in the making- Simone Biles' childhood photos

Olympian in the making- Simone Biles’ childhood photos

Biles securing Olympic gold

2016 US Women's Gymnastic team wins gold in Rio.

2016 US Women’s Gymnastic team wins gold in Rio.

Simone Biles brimming with confidence.

While some women’s gymnasts compete with the expressions of scared deer, Biles steps on the podium and radiates confidence, showing — not telling — the audience that there’s nowhere else she’d rather be.”

ESL Voices Lesson Plan for this post

NOTE: Lessons can also be used with native English speakers.

Level: Intermediate – Advanced
Language Skills: Reading, writing, and speaking. Vocabulary and grammar activities are included.

Time: Approximately 2 hours.


Materials: Student handout (from this lesson) and access to news article.


Objective: Students will read and discuss the article
with a focus on improving reading comprehension and learning new vocabulary. At the end of the lesson students will express their personal views on the topic through group work and writing.

I. Pre-Reading Activities

 Predictions: Using a Pre-reading Organizer

Directions:  Ask students to examine the title of the post and of the actual article they are about to read. Then, have them  examine the photos. Ask students to write a paragraph describing what they think this article will discuss. Students can use a Pre-reading organizer for assistance.

Pre-reading chart by J. Swann

Pre-reading chart by J. Swann

 

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

Directions: Students are to infer the meanings of the words in bold taken from the article. They may use a dictionary, thesaurus, and Word Chart for assistance.

  1. Then the competition became tough.
  2. Biles is the most talented gymnast ever.
  3. She’s the first woman to win three consecutive world all-around titles.
  4. The pre-Olympic hysteria officially began.
  5. Biles says she’s been able to tune out all of the talk.
  6. The message resonated.
  7. Last year reporters around the world were scrambling to see Biles perform.
  8. Biles will simply brush off the pressure.
  9. In the Olympic Games  attention to women’s gymnastics spikes.
  10. The easygoing Biles loves to joke.

Reading Comprehension

Fill-ins

Directions: Place students in groups and after they have read the entire article, have them complete the following paragraphs taken from the article. They can use the words and terms from the list provided, or provide their own terms. They are to find the meanings of any new vocabulary.

Her___ Aimee Boorman, goes a ___way in ___that ___under pressure. Having coached Biles for more than a ___in the Houston area, Boorman has___ an approach that gets the most out of Biles’ physical ___by embracing the gymnast’s personality.

 Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage

Directions: The following groups of sentences are from the article. One of the sentences in each group contains a grammatical  error. Students are to identify the sentence (1, 2, or 3 ) from each group that contains the grammatical error.

I

Biles prepares to kick off her Olympic season.

Championships was held this weekend in Washington.

Biles had to answer a barrage of questions.

II

Biles also won two team titles and nine individual event medals.

She  just try  to have fun.

Her coach helps foster  that confidence under pressure.

III

Nellie Biles, Simone’s mom, has her daughter write down goals for the coming 12 months.

Team USA, winners every time since the event began in 2000, is the favorite.

Biles  have a sense of humility.

III. Post Reading Activities

WH-How Questions

Directions: Have students use the  WH-question format to discuss or to write the main points from the article.

Who or What is the article about?

Where does the action/event take place?

When does the action/event take place?

Why did the action/event occur?

How did the action/event occur?

Discussion/Writing Activities

Directions: Place students in groups.Have each group list 3  questions they would like to ask any person mentioned in the article. Groups share questions as a class.

1-Minute Free Writing Exercise

Directions: Allow students 1 minute to write down one new idea they’ve learned from the reading. Ask them to write down one thing they did not understand in the reading.  Review the responses as a class. Note: For the lower levels allow more time for this writing activity.

ANSWER KEY

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David Bowie: 1947-2016…An Enigma to the End!

“David Bowie, the infinitely changeable, fiercely forward-looking songwriter who taught generations of musicians about the power of drama, images and personas, died on Sunday, two days after his 69th birthday… Mr. Bowie wrote songs, above all, about being an outsider: an alien, a misfit, a faraway astronaut. His music was always a mutable blend — rock, cabaret, jazz and what he called “plastic soul” — but it was suffused with genuine soul.”J. Pareles,  The New York Times

ESL Voices Lesson Plan for this post with Answer Key

David Bowie, always mysterious.

David Bowie, always mysterious.

Excerpt: David Bowie…Transcended Music, Art and Fashion  By Jon Pareles NYT

“His death was confirmed by his publicist, Steve Martin, on Monday morning. No other details were provided. 

David Bowie. Photo-ACMI 2015 Winter Masterpieces exhibition

David Bowie. Photo-ACMI 2015 Winter Masterpieces exhibition

His last album, Blackstar, a collaboration with a jazz quartet that was typically enigmatic and exploratory, was released on Friday — his birthday…

David Bowie's Lazarus. rollingstone.com

David Bowie’s Lazarus. rollingstone.com

He had also collaborated on an Off Broadway musical Lazarus, which was a surreal sequel to the 1976 film that featured his definitive screen role, The Man Who Fell to Earth.

Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth 1076-Photodavidbowienews

In concerts and videos, Mr. Bowie’s costumes and imagery traversed styles, eras and continents, from German Expressionism to commedia dell’arte to Japanese kimonos to spacesuits. He set an example, and a challenge, for every arena spectacle in his wake…

Bowie and fiery Tina Turner.

Bowie and fiery Tina Turner.

Mr. Bowie earned admiration and emulation across the musical spectrum — from rockers, balladeers, punks, hip-hop acts… Mr. Bowie was married for more than 20 years to the international model Iman, with whom he had a daughter…

Bowie with his beautiful wife, model Iman, at the Council of Fashion Designers Awards 2002. Credit S. Plunkett, AP

Bowie with his beautiful wife, model Iman, at the Council of Fashion Designers Awards 2002. Credit S. Plunkett, AP

David Bowie's Blackstar album. officialcharts

David Bowie’s Blackstar album. officialcharts

His final albums were a glance back and a new excursion. And “Blackstar,” released two days before his death, had him backed by a volatile jazz-based quartet, in songs that contemplated fame, spirituality, death and, as always, startling transformations.”

 David Bowie 1947-2016

David Bowie 1947-2016

WE WILL MISS YOU…REST IN PEACE

Flowers

ESL VOICES

ESL Voices Lesson Plan for this post

NOTE: Lessons can also be used with native English speakers.

Level: Intermediate – Advanced


Language Skills: Reading, writing, and speaking. Vocabulary and grammar activities are included.


Time: Approximately 2 hours.


Materials: Student handout (from this lesson) and access to news article.


Objective: Students will read and discuss the article
with a focus on improving reading comprehension and learning new vocabulary. At the end of the lesson students will express their personal views on the topic through group work and writing.

I. Pre-Reading Activities

 Predictions: Analyzing headings and photos

Directions:  Have students  examine the titles of the post and of the actual article. After they examine the photos, ask students to create a list of  words and  ideas  that they think might be related to this article. 

II. While Reading Tasks

Word Inference

Directions: Students are to infer the meanings of the words in bold taken from the article. They may use a dictionary, thesaurus, and Word Chart for assistance.

  1. His last album was a collaboration with a jazz quartet.
  2. Bowie’s music has been described as enigmatic.
  3. In concerts  Mr. Bowie’s costumes and imagery traversed styles.
  4. If he had an anthem, it was Changes from his 1971 album.
  5. Mr. Bowie earned admiration and emulation from the world.
  6. Mr. Bowie  was known for his morphing persona.
  7. His message was that there was always empathy beyond difference.
  8. Mr. Bowie produced albums and wrote songs for some of his idols.
  9. Mr. Bowie was a person of relentless reinvention.
  10. Mr. Bowie had become a pioneer of glam rock.
Vocabulary Cluster By Learnnc.org

Vocabulary Cluster By Learnnc.org

Reading Comprehension

True /False/NA-Statements

Directions: Review the following statements from the reading.  If  a statement is true they mark it T. If the statement is  not applicable, they mark it NA. If the statement is false they  mark  it F and provide the correct answer. 

  1. David Bowie died at age 89.
  2. Mr. Bowie had been treated for cancer for the last 18 months.
  3. His last album, Blues   was a collaboration with a jazz quartet.
  4. Labyrinth was an off Broadway musical.
  5. Bowie is to be honored with a concert at Carnegie Hall on March 31.
  6. David had 5 children total.
  7. Mr. Bowie’s costumes and imagery traversed styles, eras and continents.
  8. Mr. Bowie produced albums and wrote songs for some of his idols.
  9. Mr. Bowie was married for more than  50 years to the model Iman.
  10. David Robert Jones is Bowie’s real name.

 Grammar Focus: Prepositions

Directions: The following sentences are from the news article.  For each sentence choose the correct preposition from the choices listed above. Note that not all prepositions listed are in the article.

Prepositions:  in, for, of, with, by,  on, at, to, as,  into, across, around, over,  through, from, during, up, off,

He became a lasting influence___Mr. Bowie, focusing his interest ___movement. He moved ___the United States ___1974. For a far-reaching change ___environment, and to get away ___drugs, Mr. Bowie moved ___1976 ___ Switzerland. Working ___Mr. Eno and Mr. Bowie’s collaborator ___decades, was the producer Tony Visconti. The Next Day, released ___2013, returned ___ something like the glam-rock sound ___his 1970s guitar bands.

III. Post Reading Tasks

WH-How Questions

Directions: Have students use the  WH-question format to discuss or to write the main points from the article.

Who or What is the article about?

Where does the action/event take place?

When does the action/event take place?

Why did the action/event occur?

How did the action/event occur?

Discussion/Writing Exercise

Directions: Place students in groups and have them  rephrase the following statement.  Afterwards, have the groups share their thoughts as a class. To reinforce the ideas, students can write an essay on one of the following discussion topics.

“Mr. Bowie earned admiration and emulation across the musical spectrum — from rockers, balladeers, punks, hip-hop acts, creators of pop spectacles and even classical composers.”

1-Minute Free Writing Exercise

Directions: Allow students 1 minute to write down one new idea they’ve learned from the reading. Ask them to write down one thing they did not understand in the reading.  Review the responses as a class. Note: For the lower levels allow more time for this writing activity.

ANSWER KEY

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Jane Goodall Is 80 and Still Saving Chimps

“Half a century ago, she journeyed into the Tanzanian jungle to change how the world saw chimpanzees. Today the world’s most famous conservationist is on a mission to save their lives.”  P. TullisNYT

ESL Voices Lesson Plan for this post with Answer Key

Jane Goodall with chimps. Photo- wildchimpanzees.org

Jane Goodall with chimps. Photo- wildchimpanzees.org

Excerpt: Jane Goodall Is Still Wild at Heart By Paul Tullis -New York Times

“…Within two months of her arrival, Goodall met the paleontologist Louis Leakey…He happened to believe in a hypothesis first put forth by Charles Darwin — that humans and chimpanzees share an evolutionary ancestor. Close study of chimpanzees in the wild, he thought, might tell us something about that common progenitor. He was, in other words, looking for someone to live among Africa’s wild animals. One night at Olduvai, he told Goodall that he knew just the place where she could do it: Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve, in the British colony of Tanganyika (now Tanzania). A forbidding environment, no humans lived there, though it was thought by many locals to be where they would be reborn, after death, as chimpanzees. In July 1960, Goodall boarded a boat, far smaller than the Kenya Castle, and after a few hours motoring over the warm, deep waters of Lake Tanganyika, she stepped onto the pebbly beach at Gombe.

Jane Goodall on Lake Tanganyika, offshore from Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. Credit Michael Christopher Brown:Magnum, for The New York Times

Jane Goodall on Lake Tanganyika, offshore from Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. Credit Michael Christopher Brown:Magnum, for The New York Times

Last summer, almost exactly 54 years later, Jane Goodall was standing on the same beach… The jungle had reclaimed the clearing where she pitched her first tent. A ranger station and a small lodge stood nearby. Just out of sight, carved into the vegetation, were more cinder-block buildings that housed staff, researchers and their labs. Jutting into the lake was now a dock, where a boat was pulling up with a load of day-trippers from Kigoma, a small city to the south. All of this bustle was, of course, a result of the work Goodall began that day in 1960, which continues as one of the longest and most rigorously conducted inquiries into animal behavior.

Gombe’s terrain is extremely rugged. The vegetation is tangled and thick; steep ridges rise abruptly from the lake, as much as 2,500 feet in just a mile and a half. The park cannot be reached by road, and its borders are a long walk from any village. These features make the preserve an Eden for chimpanzees, while mostly keeping people at bay… A couple of hundred yards down the beach from Gombe’s ranger station and lodge, Goodall keeps a small house for herself.

On her most recent visit to Burundi, in 2013, she discussed with the French ambassador, Gerrit van Rossum, the situation with Burundi’s Vyanda Park: Refugees from the country’s decade-long civil war were returning home and building houses in the park and along its edge. She told van Rossum she didn’t think the government could devote the resources to enforce the park’s legal protection. Today, at one meeting, van Rossum told Goodall that after that visit, he persuaded France’s government to come up with the cash to hire park rangers. They would also finance outreach, hoping to persuade residents that conserving the forest would promote tourism and with it, development.

“Can you imagine what it’s like for me to hear, ‘Because of your last visit, we’re doing this work’?” Goodall said.”

ESL Voices Lesson Plan for this post

I. Pre-Reading Activities

KWL Chart

Directions: Have students use the KWL chart to list the information they already know about Jane Goodall.  Later in the Post-Reading segment of the lesson, students can fill in what they’ve learned about her from the reading.

KWL  chart from Michigan State University.

KWL chart from Michigan State University.

II. While Reading Tasks

Word Inference

Directions: Students are to infer the meanings of the words in bold taken from the article. They may use a dictionary, thesaurus, and Word Chart for assistance.

  1. Goodall’s childhood dream was to live among the African wildlife.
  2. It’s hard not to wonder  at the subsequent events in her life.
  3. Excited and apprehensive, she boarded the ship.
  4. Her family departed, and at 4 in the afternoon, the ship cast off.
  5. Most of the passengers were suffering from seasickness.
  6. Jane Goodall remained  at the prow of the ship.
  7. She would deploy her keen observational skills.
  8. She was 8 when inspired by the stories of Dr. Doolittle.
  9. Goodall resolved to live in Africa one day.
  10. Goodall found her life among chimpanzees  very satisfying.
Freeology Chart

Freeology Chart

Reading Comprehension

True /False/NA-Statements

Directions: Review the following statements from the reading. If a statement is true they mark it T. If the statement is  not applicable, they mark it NA. If the statement is false they mark it F and provide the correct answer.

  1. Jane Goodall’s hometown was London England.
  2. Goodall’s childhood dream was to live among the African wildlife.
  3. Goodall, at 22, saved for two years to pay for her passage to Kenya.
  4. Jane Goodall was on a African dock in March 1957 when she realized that her passport was missing.
  5. The Kenya Castle was the name of the ship Goodall boarded to Africa that year.
  6. Goodall was inspired by the stories of Crocodile Dundee when she was 8-years-old.
  7. Within two months of her arrival, Goodall met the paleontologist Sigmund Freud.
  8. Goodall’s first job was to rise at dawn and spend hours observing the chimpanzees.
  9. In July 1960 Goodall boarded a boat to Gombe.
  10. David Graybeard was the name of the first sociologist to meet Goodall.

  Grammar Focus: Preposition Exercise

Prepositions: in, for, of, across, with, by, on, at, to, as, into, around, over, from, during, off,

Directions:  The following sentences are from the news article. For each sentence choose the correct preposition from the choices presented. Note that not all prepositions listed are in the article.
It’s hard not___ wonder how subsequent events___ her life rather consequential ___they have turned out ___be ___conservation, ___ science, ___ our sense ___ ourselves___a species — might have unfolded differently had someone not found her passport… Then her family departed, and ___4 ___the afternoon, the ship cast___. Twenty-four hours later, ___most ___the passengers were suffering ___seasickness ___their traverse ___the Bay of Biscay, Jane Goodall was ___the prow___ the ship “___ far forward ___one could get,” she wrote ___ her family.

 

III. Post Reading Tasks

WH-How Questions

Directions: Have students use the  WH-question format to discuss or to write the main points from the article.

Who or What is the article about?

Where does the action/event take place?

When does the action/event take place?

Why did the action/event occur?

How did the action/event occur?

Discussion/Writing Exercise

Directions: Place students in groups and have them answer the following questions. Afterwards, have the groups share their thoughts as a class. To reinforce the ideas, students can write an essay on one of the following discussion topics.

The following  3  statements were taken from the article. Rephrase each statement in your own words, then discuss the meaning with the members of your group.

1. “Last summer, almost exactly 54 years later, Jane Goodall was standing on the same beach… But nearly everything else in sight was different. The jungle had reclaimed the clearing where she pitched her first tent. Jutting into the lake was now a dock, where a boat was pulling up with a load of day-trippers from Kigoma, a small city to the south. All of this bustle was, of course, a result of the work Goodall began that day in 1960, which continues as one of the longest and most rigorously conducted inquiries into animal behavior.”

2. “Gombe’s terrain is extremely rugged. The vegetation is tangled and thick; steep ridges rise abruptly from the lake, as much as 2,500 feet in just a mile and a half. The park cannot be reached by road, and its borders are a long walk from any village. These features make the preserve an Eden for chimpanzees, while mostly keeping people at bay.”

3. “Today the social lives of animals from whales to ants have been abundantly cataloged using Goodall’s methodology, which has helped to set the basic ground rules for contemporary field biology. Goodall herself became the first exemplar — before Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking or Neil deGrasse Tyson — of the pop-culture scientist-communicator. She has inspired countless scientists, from the leader of Save the Elephants to the director of the Orangutan Project, at the same time as she has thrown open the door to other pioneering women in the sciences.”

1-Minute Free Writing Exercise

Directions: Allow students 1 minute to write down one new idea they’ve learned from the reading. Ask them to write down one thing they did not understand in the reading.  Review the responses as a class.

ANSWER KEY

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