Prince Harry in Africa

[People ★]

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(P1) Prince Harry is following in his mother’s footsteps by helping others. His mother was Princess Diana. He feels lucky to use his position and name to help people.

(P2) He talks about how Africa changed his life when he went to Botswana in 1997. This was also the year when his mother died.

(P3) In Lesotho, Prince Harry has a charity. The charity helps young people who have AIDS. He explains that young people need medicine, education, and support.

WORDS: 77

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/prince-harry-in-africa-level-2/

VOCABULARY: footsteps, difference, life, charity, medicine, support

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

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.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you like to help people? Why or why not?
  3. Have you ever been to another country? If yes, where? If no, what country would you like to visit?
  4. What charities are in your country?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Princess Diana was the ___________ of Prince Harry.
  2. Prince Harry feels lucky he can _________ others.
  3. What year was he in Botswana?
  4. When did his mother die?
  5. His charity helps people with ________.

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • feels lucky (P1)
  • he talks about (P2)
  • in Lesotho (P3)
  • who have aids (P3)

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Image source: By Glyn Lowe http://www.flickr.com/photos/glynlowe/8723778475/

Man lived in the woods for 27 years

[People ★★]

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(P1) In 1986, Christopher Knight walked into the woods in Maine. He stayed there for almost three decades as a hermit. He had very little contact with humans and stole from nearby camps.

(P2) To survive the harsh winters, he built a large camp about 20 miles north of Augusta. He covered his tent with a tarp and used camouflage trash cans to hide where he was.

(P3) Christopher said that the last major event he remembered happening was the Chernobyl accident in 1986. That was not the reason he went into the woods.

(P4) Police caught and arrested him at the Pine Tree Camp where he had been stealing food. Christopher told police officers that he had talked to only one person in 27 years. Police charged him with one count of burglary so far.

WORDS: 132

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/man-lived-in-the-woods-for-27-years-level-3/

VOCABULARY: decades, hermit, harsh, tarp, camouflage, arrested, charged

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

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.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Could you survive living in the woods for 27 years? Why or why not?
  3. Why do you think he stole food?
  4. How long do you think you could go without talking to someone?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Where does Mr. Knight live?
  2. What did he put over his tent?
  3. What is the last worldwide event he remembered?
  4. Where did the police find and take him into custody?
  5. How many years was in in the woods for?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • walked into the woods (P1)
  • very little contact with humans (P1)
  • to hide where he was (P2)
  • the last major event he remembered (P3)
  • he had talked to only one person (P4)

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Image source: By Pezibear, Public domain, https://pixabay.com/cs/chata-krajiny-louka-srub-p%C5%99%C3%ADrody-799488/

“Spiderman” in Barcelona

[People ★]

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(P1) This news is about a man. He is 54 years old. People say that he is a Spiderman. He climbs tall buildings. He climbs the Burj Khalifa and the Eiffel Tower.

(P2) Now, he climbs a building in Barcelona. It is 38-floor building. He does not wear a safety harness. It takes him an hour to go up and down.

When he gets down, the police wait for him. They take him. There are people and reporters, too.

WORDS: 78

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/spiderman-in-barcelona-level-1/

VOCABULARY: climbs, wear, harness, wait, reporters

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

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.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Would you climb a tall building? Why or why not?
  3. Do you like spiderman? Why or why not?
  4. Do think the man is crazy?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How old is the person like spiderman?
  2. What 2 buildings did he climb?
  3. How many floors is the building in Barcelona?
  4. Who waits for him at the bottom of the building?
  5. There are other people at the bottom of the building. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • tall buildings (P1)
  • to go up and down (P2)
  • gets down (P3)
  • they take him (P3)

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Image source: By Markus, Poessel, CC-BY-SA 3.4, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alain_Robert_NYT-Building_2008-06-05.jpg

Two Weeks in the Jungle

[People ★]

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(P1) People save an Australian tourist. They find him in the Malaysian jungle. They find him after two weeks. They take the man in a helicopter. The helicopter takes him to the hospital.

(P2) The man was lost in a national park in Borneo Island. He was lost on the 20th of October. The man is about 25 years old.

(P3) People find him in a valley. The valley is about five kilometers from base camp.

(P4) The man did not eat much food. He ate only plants. He is hungry but his body is OK. He only has some small problems with his feet.

WORDS: 101

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/two-weeks-in-the-jungle-level-1/

VOCABULARY: jungle, about, valley, base camp, plants, hungry

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

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.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Have you ever been lost? If so, where?
  3. Do you want to visit the jungle? Why or why not?
  4. Would you like to fly in a helicopter? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Where is the tourist from?
  2. Which country is the man in?
  3. What date did he get lost?
  4. How close was he to the base camp?
  5. What did the man eat when he was lost?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • find him (P1)
  • takes him to the hospital (P1)
  • was lost on the 2oth of October (P2)
  • much food (P4)
  • has some small problems (P4)

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Image source: By Zagreb-fire, CC-BY-3.0, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MFRD_Rescue_Helicopter.jpg

Sir Richard Branson

[Business ★★★]

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(P1) Sir Richard Branson is an English businessman. He is the chairman of the Virgin Group, a group of companies including Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin Records. It also has more than 200 entertainment, media and travel companies around the world.  According to Forbes magazine, Branson was the 281st richest person in the world in 2014. He is worth about $4.9 billion and he even owns two private islands.

(P2) Branson got bored and left school when he was 16 years old. He started a magazine for young people in 1966. He called it Student. The magazine was run by students, for students. It was so successful that it sold $8,000 worth of advertising in its first issue. He gave away the first 50,000 copies for free. A few years later, he started a business where people could buy and sell used records through the mail. It was called Virgin Records.

(P3) In 1972, Branson built a recording studio in Oxfordshire, England. He started to record musicians and sell their records. He called the company Virgin Music. The first record he published was Tubular Bells by a school friend called Mike Oldfield. It became very popular after being used in the movie “The Exorcist” in 1973. After that, many more musicians came to work for Branson. Some of them became very famous. Virgin Music became one of the top six record companies in the world.

WORDS: 232

SOURCE: http://dreamreader.net/lesson/richard-branson/

VOCABULARY: chairman, worth, issue, studio, published

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

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.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Why do you think Sir Richard Branson is so successful?
  3. Who are some other successful business people you know?
  4. Would you like to be worth as much as Sir Richard Branson? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. According to the article, what is the Virgin Group?
  2. What’s Mr. Branson’s value in USD?
  3. Mr. Branson is the founder of a publication. (T or F)
  4. What’s the name of his record company?
  5. What’s the title of his first musical recording?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • left school when he was 16 years old (P2)
  • run by students (P2)
  • gave away (P2)
  • top 6 (P3)

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Image source: by “unknown” http://dreamreader.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Richard_Bransonb-e1441079939322.jpg

Waiter tipped $500 for his kindness

[People ★★★]

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(P1) It seems kindness is still reciprocated and it is true that virtue is its own reward.

(P2) Kasey Simmons, a waiter at an Applebee’s restaurant in Dallas, Texas, found a $500 tip on a $0.37 bill on Aug. 16, according to CNN. The bill was accompanied by a message written on a napkin that told the heartwarming story behind the tip.

(P3) The previous day, Simmons was shopping at a local grocery store. In the checkout line, he saw an older woman who looked depressed. He walked up to her and tried to lift up her mood while other shoppers passed right by her. She didn’t explain why she was sad while he paid for her groceries. “It was only $17, but it’s not about the money,” he said. “It’s about showing someone you care.

(P4) The next day the grateful daughter of that woman came in and ordered the cheapest thing on the menu, flavored water, and wrote down on the napkin: “On one of the most depressing days of the year, you made my mother’s day wonderful.”

(P5) The day Simmons met the woman was one of the toughest days of the year for her. It was the third anniversary of her husband’s death, and she had been struggling to overcome her anguish.

(P6) “You insisted on paying. Told her she is a very beautiful woman. I have not seen this woman smile this much since dad died,” said the note.

(P7) The daughter didn’t let him know her mother’s name, but instead, let the world know that a simple kind gesture can have a priceless impact.

WORDS: 263

SOURCE: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/world/2016/08/182_212496.html

VOCABULARY: reciprocated, accompanied, grateful, anguish, gesture, priceless

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

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.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you think more people should show acts of kindness to strangers? Why or why not?
  3. Tell me about a time when someone was kind to you.
  4. How do you feel when someone is kind to you?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What’s the name of the restaurant chain the server works for?
  2. What was the total cost of the check to include the tip?
  3. The waiter paid for the sad woman’s grocery bill the day before. (T or F)
  4. How many years has it been since the death of the woman’s husband?
  5. Kasey Simmons knows the name of the woman he helped. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • behind the tip (P2)
  • to lift up her mood (P3)
  • overcome her anguish (P5)
  • priceless impact (P7)

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Image source: by Photo: Courtesy – Kasey Simmons WFAA http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/outreach/good-news/mans-kind-act-in-grocery-store-is-paid-back-with-monster-tip/301035060

Man Falls Down a Building

[People ★]

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(P1) This news is from Colombia. It is about a man. He is 43 years old. He is drunk. He is on a balcony. The balcony is 33.5 meters above the ground.

(P2) The man loses his balance. He falls down, but he is really lucky. A canopy catches him. His fall completely destroys it. But the man is fine! He is only confused.

WORDS: 62

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/man-falls-down-a-building-level-1/

VOCABULARY: drunk, balcony, balance, canopy, destroys, confused

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

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.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Are balconies dangerous sometimes? Why or why not?
  3. Have you ever fell down and hurt yourself? If yes, describe what happened.
  4. Do you think the man could have died? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Which country is the man in?
  2. What’s the age of the person?
  3. How high is the balcony?
  4. The man slipped and fell down the building. (T or F)
  5. He only had minor injuries. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • on a balcony (P1)
  • above the ground (p1)
  • loses his balance (P2)
  • Really lucky (P2)

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Image source: 22.08.2016 By Leeroy.ca, Public domain, https://www.pexels.com/photo/house-window-balcony-2475/