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Sparrow shot in domino-record challenge

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Sparrow shot in domino-record challenge

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    Contents

    The Article 2 Warm-ups 3 Before Reading / Listening 4 While Reading / Listening 5 Listening Gap Fill 6 After Reading 7 Discussion 8 Speaking 9 Homework 10 Answers 11

    17 November, 2005

    Sparrow shot in domino-record challenge 17 November, 2005 THE ARTICLE

    Sparrow shot in domino-record challenge Animal rights campaigners in Holland are furious over the unnecessary killing of an endangered sparrow. The unfortunate bird was shot and

    killed when it innocently flew into some dominoes. A TV company was

    trying to enter the Guinness Book of Records for the largest number of

    tiles to be toppled in a row. The bird knocked over 23,000 of the four

    million dominoes that were standing. Special safety breaks protected

    the rest of the tiles from falling over. The bird’s action upset the

    organizers enough for them to corner it. They called for a hunter, who

    ended the little creature’s life with an air rifle.

    Niels Dorland, an animal protection spokesman, was outraged at the

    killing. He told the Associated Press: “Under Dutch law, you need a

    permit to kill this kind of bird, and a permit can only be [given] when

    there’s a danger to public health or a crop. That was not the case.” He

    questioned why the organizers killed a bird that simply “knocked over a

    few dominoes for a game”. A spokesman from the TV company

    defended the killing. He said 100 people had spent weeks carefully setting up the dominoes. A local radio station is offering a $3,500

    reward to anyone who sabotages the record attempt.

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Sparrow shot in domino-record challenge 17 November, 2005

    WARM-UPS

    1. I‟M A SPARROW: You are a sparrow. Think about your life as a sparrow.

    Walk around the class and talk to the other “sparrows” about being a sparrow. What do

    you do all day? What do you worry about? What are your plans for the weekend? Do you

    like playing dominoes?

    2. GAMES: Do you like playing games (traditional rather than computer ones)?

    Talk with your partner(s) about which traditional games are popular in your country. Are

    they more popular with old or young people? What do you think of these games?

    ? Dominoes ? Jenga

    ? Chess ? Card games

    ? Checkers / Draughts ? Board games

    ? Backgammon ? Scrabble

    ? Othello ? Tic tac toe / Noughts and crosses

    3. CHAT: In pairs / groups, decide which of these topics or words are most

    interesting and which are most boring.

    Animal rights / sparrows / dominoes / world records / Holland / rare birds / safety /

    permits / cases / public health / TV companies / radio stations / sabotage

    Have a chat about the topics you liked. For more conversation, change topics and

    partners frequently.

    4. SPARROW: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you

    associate with sparrows. Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them.

    Together, put the words into different categories.

    5. WORLD RECORDS: Choose a world record you would like to break. Talk to

    your partner(s) about it. Choose a world record you would like your partner(s) to break.

    6. SPARROW OPINIONS: Do you agree with these opinions on sparrows?

    Talk about them with your partner(s).

    a. Sparrows are the most boring birds in the world.

    b. Now that avian bird flu is here, sparrows are a little scary.

    c. Barbecued sparrow is delicious.

    d. Sparrows are pests, so it’s OK to kill them.

    e. Sparrows make people happy with their singing.

    f. In many ways, people are the same as sparrows.

    g. If a sparrow knocks over some dominoes, it should be shot and killed.

    h. Sparrows have a great life.

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    Sparrow shot in domino-record challenge 17 November, 2005 BEFORE READING / LISTENING

    1. TRUE / FALSE: Look at the article’s headline and guess whether these

    sentences are true (T) or false (F):

    a. T / F Animal rights activists are angry over the killing of a sparrow. b. T / F A sparrow accidentally knocked down 4 million dominoes. c. T / F Record-attempt organizers saved 23,000 dominoes from falling. d. T / F The bird angered the organizers of a world record attempt. e. T / F No special permit is needed to kill the kind of sparrow in the article. f. T / F A TV spokesman defended the killing.

    g. T / F Over a thousand people carefully set up the 4 million dominoes. h. T / F There is a $3,500 reward for sabotaging the world-record attempt. 2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article:

    a. furious arranging

    b. endangered knocked down c. unfortunate granted

    d. toppled poor

    e. corner harvest

    f. outraged threatened

    g. given infuriated

    h. crop wrecks

    i. setting up angry

    j. sabotages trap

    3. PHRASE MATCH: Match the following phrases from the article (sometimes

    more than one combination is possible):

    a. animal rights at the killing b. trying to enter the with an air rifle c. the largest number of tiles to be to public health d. special safety breaks who sabotages the record attempt e. ended the little creature’s life Guinness Book of Records f. outraged carefully setting up the dominoes g. you need a permit protected the rest of the tiles h. a danger to kill this kind of bird i. people had spent weeks campaigners j. a $3,500 reward to anyone toppled in a row

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    Sparrow shot in domino-record challenge 17 November, 2005 WHILE READING / LISTENING

    GAP FILL: Put the words in the column on the right into the gaps in the text.

    Sparrow shot in domino-record challenge

     Animal rights campaigners in Holland are ________ over the standing unnecessary killing of an endangered sparrow. The enter unfortunate bird was ________ and killed when it innocently shot ________ into some dominoes. A TV company was trying to

    corner ________ the Guinness Book of Records for the largest

    furious number of tiles to be toppled in a ________. The bird knocked

    falling over 23,000 of the four million dominoes that were ________.

    Special safety breaks protected the rest of the tiles from row ________ over. The bird’s action upset the organizers enough flew for them to ________ it. They called for a hunter, who ended

    the little creature’s life with an air rifle.

    Niels Dorland, an animal ________ spokesman, was outraged crop at the killing. He told the Associated Press: “________ Dutch reward law, you need a permit to kill this kind of bird, and a under ________ can only be [given] when there’s a danger to public

    attempt health or a ________. That was not the case.” He questioned

    permit why the organizers killed a bird that ________ “knocked over

    simply a few dominoes for a game”. A spokesman from the TV

    company defended the killing. He said 100 people had protection ________ weeks carefully setting up the dominoes. A local spent radio station is offering a $3,500 ________ to anyone who

    sabotages the record ________.

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Sparrow shot in domino-record challenge 17 November, 2005

    LISTENING

    Listen and fill in the spaces.

    Sparrow shot in domino-record challenge

    Animal rights campaigners in Holland are _________ over the unnecessary

    killing of an endangered sparrow. The ___________ bird was shot and killed

    when it innocently _____ into some dominoes. A TV company was trying to

    enter the Guinness Book of Records for the largest number of tiles to be toppled

    ___ __ ____. The bird knocked over 23,000 of the four million dominoes that

    were standing. Special safety breaks protected the rest of the _____ from falling

    over. The bird’s action upset the organizers enough for them to ________ it.

    They called for a hunter, who ________ the little creature’s life with an air rifle.

    Niels Dorland, an animal protection spokesman, was outraged at the ________.

    He told the Associated Press: “Under Dutch law, you need a ________ to kill

    this kind of bird, and a permit can only be [given] when there’s a danger to

    public ________ or a crop. That was not the case.” He questioned why the

    organizers killed a bird that ________ “knocked over a few dominoes for a

    game”. A spokesman from the TV company ________ the killing. He said 100

    people had spent weeks carefully ________ up the dominoes. A local radio

    station is offering a $3,500 reward to anyone who sabotages the record

    ________.

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Sparrow shot in domino-record challenge 17 November, 2005

    AFTER READING / LISTENING

    1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionaries / computer to find

    collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words

    „record‟ and „attempt‟.

    ? Share your findings with your partners.

    ? Make questions using the words you found.

    ? Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down

    some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    ? Share your questions with other classmates / groups.

    ? Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise.

    Check your answers. Talk about the words from the gap fill. Were they

    new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups,

    pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. STUDENT “WORLD RECORDS” SURVEY: In pairs / groups,

    write down questions about world records.

    ? Ask other classmates your questions and note down their answers.

    ? Go back to your original partner / group and compare your findings.

    ? Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

    6. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner,

    try to recall exactly how these were used in the text:

    ? campaigners ? protection

    ? flew ? case

    ? enter ? game

    ? standing ? defended

    ? 100 ? corner

    ? $3,500 ? air

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    17 November, 2005 Sparrow shot in domino-record challenge

    DISCUSSION

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B) a. Did the headline make you want to read the article?

    b. What do you think about sparrows?

    c. Do you think the organizers needed to kill the sparrow?

    d. Do you think it’s OK for the organizers to kill a cat or dog that

    might have put the record attempt in danger?

    e. What punishment do you think the hunter should get?

    f. Do you think it should be against the law to topple dominoes before

    the start of a record attempt?

    g. Do you think shooting the bird was the best thing to do?

    h. What should the TV company do?

    i. Do you think the Guinness Book of Records should refuse to

    recognize this record?

    j. When was the last time someone upset you?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A) a. Did you like reading this article?

    b. What do you think about what you read?

    c. Which is more important, a world record attempt at falling

    dominoes or the life of a sparrow?

    d. Which is more important, a 100-meter Olympic record attempt or

    the life of a sparrow?

    e. Do you think organizers should cancel the world record attempt to

    respect the dead sparrow?

    f. Would you sabotage the world record attempt for $3,500?

    g. Do you think animal rights activists are over-reacting?

    h. What would you do if (a) an insect, (b) a small bird, (c) an animal

    or (d) your little brother upset hundreds of hours of your work?

    i. Do you think the radio station is bad for offering a reward and

    encouraging people to sabotage the world record attempt?

    j. Did you like this discussion?

    AFTER DISCUSSION: Join another partner / group and tell them what

    you talked about.

    a. What was the most interesting thing you heard?

    b. Was there a question you didn’t like?

    c. Was there something you totally disagreed with?

    d. What did you like talking about?

    e. Which was the most difficult question?

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    17 November, 2005 Sparrow shot in domino-record challenge

    SPEAKING

    KILLED SPARROW ROLE PLAY: Should the TV company be prosecuted

    over the terrible killing of the poor little sparrow?

    Team up with classmates who have the same roles. Develop your roles and discuss

    ideas and “strategies” before the role play begins. Introduce yourself to the other role

    players.

    Role A BIRD RIGHTS ACTIVIST

    You are furious over this killing. It wasn’t necessary to kill this bird. This

    sparrow was on the endangered species list. The hunter and those who

    requested him should go to prison. No one cares about domino records. They

    should cancel the record attempt. Birds have rights too.

    THINK OF MORE REASONS WHY SOMEONE SHOULD BE PROSECUTED. Role B TV COMPANY EXECUTIVE

    This killing is unfortunate. You understand it has angered people. A public apology is enough. Killing the bird was a natural human reaction. It was a

    split-second decision to save thousands of hours of very detailed work.

    Setting up dominoes is a high-pressure activity. No one knew the small

    brown bird was endangered.

    THINK OF MORE REASONS WHY NO ONE SHOULD BE PROSECUTED. Role C THE HUNTER

    You are very, very, very sorry you killed the bird. You had no idea it was

    endangered. Now you cannot sleep at night and want to sue the TV company

    for stress. You are furious the TV company executives asked you to shoot

    the bird. You think the head of the domino team and the TV company CEO

    should go to prison.

    THINK OF MORE REASONS WHY SOMEONE SHOULD BE PROSECUTED. Role D PUBLIC HEALTH WORKER

    You think the killing of the sparrow is a good thing. It has alerted more

    attention to the danger of avian bird flu. It highlights how easy it is for wild

    birds to get inside areas where people work. This could be very dangerous.

    No one should be prosecuted for this accident. There are still half a million other such sparrows in Holland.

    THINK OF MORE REASONS WHY NO ONE SHOULD BE PROSECUTED. Change roles and repeat the role play. Comment in groups about the differences

    between the two role plays.

    Discuss whether anyone should be prosecuted over the sparrow’s killing.

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Sparrow shot in domino-record challenge 17 November, 2005

    HOMEWORK

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search

    engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information sparrows.

    Share your findings with your class in the next lesson. Did you all find out

    similar things?

    3. EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT: You were at the scene of the shooting.

    Describe what happened in the events leading up to the killing. What was

    the atmosphere like in the exhibition center before and after the killing?

    What did people say about it? Explain what you wrote to your classmates

    in your next lesson. Did you all write about similar things?

    4. LETTER: Write a letter to the organizers of the domino world record

    attempt. Tell them what you think about the shooting of the sparrow.

    Show what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all

    write about similar things?

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