[Lifestyle and Travel ★★]
(P1) Ed Stafford from the UK is the first person to walk along the Amazon River from the mountains of Peru to the mouth of the river in Brazil. His amazing journey took two years and four months. There are many dangerous animals in the rainforest, like snakes and crocodiles. Ed was lucky because he was only bitten by ants and mosquitoes on his trip. Ed had to find fruit and nuts or catch fish each morning. Sometimes food was hard to find and Ed was often tired and hungry.
(P2) Technology was very important for Ed. He used a radio to ask the people of the rainforest for food and help. Many people came to meet him and guide him through the rainforest. While he walked, Ed wrote a blog to tell the world about climate change and destruction of the rainforest.
VOCABULARY: amazing, snakes, crocodiles, ants, nuts, guide, destruction
If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.
- Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
- Would you walk along Amazon River? Why or why not?
- Do you like adventure? Why or why not?
- Describe an adventure you went on.
READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:
- Where is Mr. Stafford from?
- How long did it take him to complete his adventure?
- Mr. Stafford was bitten by a snake. (T or F)
- Finding food to eat was not difficult. (T or F)
- Mr. Stafford kept a journal about climate change and how the rainforest was so natural. (T or F)
EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:
What do the following expressions or phrases mean?
- walk along (P1)
- the mouth of the river (P1)
- catch fish (P1)
- through the rainforest (P2)
- wrote a blog (P2)
Image source: REUTERS/Handout http://www.reuters.com/article/us-amazon-walk-idUSTRE6782S120100809