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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

World Religion Day takes place every year on the third Sunday in January. Its aim is to help people understand religions other than their own. It hopes to promote understanding and harmony by focusing on the things that are common to all religions. Things like love, forgiveness, treating others with respect and protecting our world. The World Religion Day website says that "Religion must be the cause of unity". The site also says that World Religion Day is “dedicated towards encouraging the leaders and followers of every religion to acknowledge the similarities in each of our sacred Faiths.” World Religion Day is a time for all of us to understand that we are all one people of the Earth and we must act and work together for peace.

On World Religion Day, it is a good idea to understand how similar the great world religions are in their beliefs. Look at these writings from different religions. Are they similar to your own religion’s teaching? Buddhism states: “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” This is similar to Christianity, which teaches us to: “Do unto others as you would have them do to you,” and Judaism: What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man.” The Baha’I Faith tells us that: “Blessed is he who prefers his brother before himself.” This teaching is very similar to Islam, which says: “No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.” In Sikhism "No one is my enemy, none a stranger and everyone is my friend."

Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted sites.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

on the third Sunday

a.

and harmony

2

help people understand religions other

b.

in January

3.

It hopes to promote understanding

c.

together for peace

4.

treating others

d.

our sacred Faiths

5.

acknowledge the similarities in each of

e.

than their own

6.

we must act and work

f.

with respect

 

Paragraph 2

1.

understand how similar the great

a.

to Christianity

2

similar to your own religion’s

b.

similar to Islam

3.

This is similar

c.

before himself

4.

Blessed is he who prefers his brother

d.

and everyone is my friend

5.

This teaching is very

e.

world religions are

6.

No one is my enemy, none a stranger

f.

teaching


LISTENING GAP FILL

World Religion Day takes place every _________________ Sunday in January. Its aim is to help people understand religions _________________. It hopes to promote understanding and harmony by focusing on the things that _________________ religions. Things like love, forgiveness, treating others with respect and protecting our world. The World Religion Day website says that "Religion must _________________ ". The site also says that World Religion Day is “dedicated towards encouraging the leaders and followers of every religion to acknowledge _________________ each of our sacred Faiths.” World Religion Day is a time for all of us to understand that we are all one people of the Earth and ___________________  together for peace.

On World Religion Day, it is _________________ understand how similar the great world religions _________________. Look at these writings from different religions. Are they similar to your own religion’s teaching? Buddhism states: “Hurt not others _________________ yourself would find hurtful.” This is similar to Christianity, which teaches us to: “Do unto others as you would have them do to you,” and Judaism: What is hateful to you, do not _________________.” The Baha’I Faith tells us that: “Blessed is he who prefers his brother before himself.” This teaching _________________ Islam, which says: “No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.” In Sikhism "No _________________, none a stranger and everyone is my friend."


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

World Religion Day takes __________ every year on the third Sunday in January. Its aim is to help people understand religions __________ than their own. It hopes to promote understanding and harmony by focusing on the things that are __________ to all religions. Things like love, forgiveness, treating others with __________ and protecting our world. The World Religion Day website says that "Religion must be the __________ of unity". The site also says that World Religion Day is “dedicated towards encouraging the leaders and __________ of every religion to acknowledge the similarities in each of our sacred Faiths.” World Religion Day is a __________ for all of us to understand that we are all one people of the Earth and we must act and work together for __________.

 

 

 

followers
respect
common
peace
place
cause
time
other

On World Religion Day, it is a good __________ to understand how similar the great world religions are in their __________. Look at these writings from __________ religions. Are they similar to your own religion’s teaching? Buddhism states: “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would __________ hurtful.” This is similar to Christianity, which teaches us to: “Do unto others as you would have them do to you,” and Judaism: What is hateful to you, do not to your __________ man.” The Baha’I Faith tells us that: “Blessed is he who prefers his brother before __________.” This teaching is very similar to Islam, which says: “No one of you is a believer until he __________ for his brother that which he desires for himself.” In Sikhism "No one is my __________, none a stranger and everyone is my friend."

 

 

fellow
 
find
desires
different
idea
enemy
himself
beliefs


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs of italics.

World Religion Day takes placed / place every year on the third Sunday in January. Its aim is to help people understand religions another / other than their own. It hopes to promote understanding and harmony by focusing on the things that are / aren’t common to all religions. Things like love, forgiveness, treating others without / with respect and protecting our world. The World Religion Day website says that "Religion must be the because / cause of unity". The site also says that World Religion Day is “dedicated towards encouraging the leaders and followers of every religion for / to acknowledge the similarities in each of our sacred Faiths.” World Religion Day is a time for every / all of us to understand that we are all one people of the Earth and we must act and work together to / for peace.

On World Religion Day, it is a good idea / ideas to understand how similar / similarity the great world religions are in their beliefs. Look at these writings / written from different religions. Are they similar to your own religion’s teaching / teachers? Buddhism states: “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” This is similar to Christianity, which teaches / teach us to: “Do unto others as you would have them do to you,” and Judaism: What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man.” The Baha’I Faith tells / telling us that: “Blessed is he who prefers his brother before himself.” This teaching is very similar to Islam, which says: “No one of you is a belief / believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.” In Sikhism "No one is my enemy, none / no a stranger and everyone is my friend."


MULTIPLE CHOICE

World Religion Day takes (1) ____ every year on the third Sunday in January. Its aim is to help people understand religions (2) ____ than their own. It hopes to promote understanding and harmony by focusing on the things that are common to (3) ____ religions. Things like love, forgiveness, treating others (4) ____ respect and protecting our world. The World Religion Day website says that "Religion must be the cause of (5) ____ ". The site also says that World Religion Day is “dedicated towards encouraging the leaders and (6) ____ of every religion to acknowledge the similarities in each of our sacred Faiths.” World Religion Day is a time for all of us to understand that we are all one people of the Earth and we must act and work together for peace.

On World Religion Day, it is a good idea to understand how similar the      (7) ____ world religions are in their beliefs. Look at these writings from different religions. Are they similar to your own religion’s (8) ____? Buddhism states: “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find     (9) ____.” This is similar to Christianity, which teaches us to: “Do unto others as you would have them do to you,” and Judaism: What is hateful to you, do not to your (10) ____ man.” The Baha’I Faith tells us that: “Blessed is he who prefers his brother before himself.” This teaching is very similar to Islam, which says: “No one of you is a (11) ____ until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.” In Sikhism "No one is my       (12) ____, none a stranger and everyone is my friend."

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

places

(b)

place

(c)

placed

(d)

placing

2.

(a)

another

(b)

others

(c)

the other

(d)

other

3.

(a)

each

(b)

every

(c)

all

(d)

whole

4.

(a)

for

(b)

with

(c)

to

(d)

at

5.

(a)

unity

(b)

unite

(c)

untie

(d)

auntie

6.

(a)

followers

(b)

follows

(c)

following

(d)

followed

7.

(a)

grate

(b)

greet

(c)

great

(d)

gate

8.

(a)

taught

(b)

teacher

(c)

tuition

(d)

teaching

9.

(a)

hurts

(b)

hurt

(c)

hurtful

(d)

hurtle

10.

(a)

fellows

(b)

fellow

(c)

fellowship

(d)

fellowships

11.

(a)

believe

(b)

belief

(c)

believing

(d)

believer

12.

(a)

enemy

(b)

cousin

(c)

boss

(d)

sibling


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

the driht Sunday in January

2.

promote understanding and mnyaroh

3.

treating oehrts with respect

4.

the cause of ntyui

5.

orlsofwel of every religion

6.

work together for apeec

 

Paragraph 2

7.

how irslima the great world religions are

8.

nsrtwgii from different religions

9.

you yourself would find hutuflr

10.

he who frespre his brother

11.

he idsrsee for his brother

12.

No one is my meney


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

states: “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” This is similar to Christianity, which teaches us

(    )

beliefs. Look at these writings from different religions. Are they similar to your own religion’s teaching? Buddhism

1  )

World Religion Day takes place every year on the third Sunday in January. Its aim is to help people understand

(    )

World Religion Day is “dedicated towards encouraging the leaders and followers of every religion to

(    )

all one people of the Earth and we must act and work together for peace.

(    )

fellow man.” The Baha’I Faith tells us that: “Blessed is he who prefers his brother before himself.” This teaching

(    )

religions other than their own. It hopes to promote understanding and harmony by focusing on the things

(    )

that are common to all religions. Things like love, forgiveness, treating others with respect and protecting our

(    )

world. The World Religion Day website says that "Religion must be the cause of unity". The site also says that

(    )

acknowledge the similarities in each of our sacred Faiths.” World Religion Day is a time for all of us to understand that we are

(    )

On World Religion Day, it is a good idea to understand how similar the great world religions are in their

(    )

desires for himself.” In Sikhism "No one is my enemy, none a stranger and everyone is my friend."

(    )

to: “Do unto others as you would have them do to you,” and Judaism: What is hateful to you, do not to your

(    )

is very similar to Islam, which says: “No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

own    their    than    other    religions    understand    people    help

2.

common    religions    the    are    all    on    that   to   focusing    things

3.

of    Religion    be    cause    unity    must    the

4.

similarities    the    Faiths    sacred    our    of    each    in

5.

work    and    act    must    we    peace    for    together

6.

similar    great    religions    how    the    world    are

7.

What    to    is    you    hateful

8.

prefers    Blessed    his    is    brother    he    before    who    himself

9.

is    similar    Islam    teaching    very    to    This

10.

is    a    my    stranger    enemy    No    ,    one    none


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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THE WORLD RELIGION DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about World Religion Day in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.


WRITING

Write about World Religion Day for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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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 about World Religion Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about World Religion Day. Write about what happens around the world. Include two imaginary interviews with people who did something on this day.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. POSTER: Make your own poster about World Religion Day. Write about what will happen on this day around the world.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

ANSWERS

Check your answers in "THE READING / TAPESCRIPT" section at the top of this page.


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