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/

Vietnam

[Travel ★★]

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(P1) Vietnam is a country in Southeast Asia. The official name of the country is the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The capital of Vietnam is Hanoi. The largest city is Ho Chi Minh City. That city was called Saigon, before 1975. The population of Vietnam is about 87 million people. It is a long and thin country and there are so many different things to see and do there. Vietnam is a beautiful and exciting country to visit. It’s one of the few countries that has wonderful scenery, interesting history, and amazing culture all in the same place.

(P2) Vietnam is a safe and friendly country to visit. The majority of people in Vietnam are farmers, and the people are friendly and welcoming to tourists. There is a lot to see. Vietnam has beautiful mountains which you can climb. It also has large clean beaches. Many of the beaches in Vietnam are considered some of the best in the world. Vietnam is also cheap to travel around. Transport, shopping, and eating out is not so expensive. In some places, lunch or dinner only costs about $1. For your next vacation, why not visit Vietnam?

WORDS: 192

SOURCE: http://dreamreader.net/lesson/vietnam/

VOCABULARY: official, scenery, amazing, farmers, climb, considered

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 to Vietnam? If yes, describe it. If no, do you want to go there? Why or why not?
  3. Is there beautiful scenery in your country? If yes, where?
  4. Do you prefer to go to the mountains or the beach? Why?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What part of Asia is Vietnam located in?
  2. Saigon is the former name of Hanoi. (T or F)
  3. Vietnam is a ________ and friendly nation.
  4. A lot of people in this country are tour guides. (T or F)
  5. It’s possible to pay one dollar for lunch and dinner. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • official name (P1)
  • to see and do there (P1)
  • not so expensive (P2)
  • why not visit Vietnam? (P2)

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Image source: by Pixabay / CC0 https://www.roughguides.com/article/most-beautiful-places-in-southeast-asia/

Reindeer in Finland

[Animals ★]

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(P1) Reindeer live in Finland. They walk freely. This is a problem. They can walk into roads. Around 4,000 animals die every year from cars.

(P2) People try to solve this problem. They make a new app. When you see a reindeer, you touch your phone. You tell the phone that there is a reindeer. The app makes a warning zone. If somebody drives into the zone, the phone warns him or her.

(P3) The project is already running. One thousand people have the app. There are 100 fewer accidents in 6 months.

WORDS: 90

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/reindeer-in-finland-level-1/

VOCABULARY: freely, roads, solve, zone, project, accidents

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 this is a good app? Why or why not?
  3. What are some animals in your country??
  4. What apps do you use?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What country do the reindeer live in?
  2. What does the app make to warn other people?
  3. The project is not being used now. (T or F)
  4. How many people downloaded the app?
  5. Are there fewer accidents in 6 months?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • walk into roads (p1)
  • around 4,000 animals (P1)
  • make a new app (P2)
  • touch your phone (P2)
  • warns him or her (P2)

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Image source: By Ville Miettinen from Helsinki, Finland, CC-BY- 2.0,https://www.flickr.com/photos/62223880@N00/170378516/

Extreme Christmas House

[Lifestyle ★]

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(P1) A German couple likes Christmas. They have Christmas decorations. They buy more and more decorations every year. Now they have many decorations.

(P2) They start decorating in October. They take 8 weeks to set everything up. They put 100 Christmas trees into their small house! They decorate the trees with Christmas lights and 16,000 ornaments.

(P3) They even have a Santa Claus in their bathroom!

WORDS: 63

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/extreme-christmas-house-level-1/

VOCABULARY: extreme, couple, decorations, decorate, lights, ornaments, bathroom

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 people decorate for Christmas in your country? If yes, how do they decorate?
  3. Do you like Christmas decorations? Why or why not?
  4. Is your house decorate with something? If yes, what? (I.E. pictures)

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. The two German’s dislike Christmas. (T or F)
  2. Every year the couple buys more decorations. (T or F)
  3. The couple starts to decorate in ____________.
  4. How long does it take them to decorate their house?
  5. They put a Santa Claus in their bathroom. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • they buy more and more (P1)
  • many decorations (P1)
  • to set everything up (P2)
  • Santa Claus (P3)

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(Image Source:  Licensed under the Creative Commons. By David Wagner, Public domain.)