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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

There is a well-known expression that says a dog is a man’s best friend. It is right, therefore, that there is a special day to celebrate dogs. This day is National Dog Day. It takes place on the 26th of August. On this day you should let your dog know just how important he or she is. Dogs are very important in our society. Of course, many of us keep a dog as a pet. However, working dogs help many people every day. Our world would not be the same without police dogs, sniffer dogs (who find drugs and bombs), rescue dogs and guide dogs for the blind. National Dog Day's founder, Colleen Paige, said we need “to show deep appreciation for…their endearing patience, unquestioning loyalty, for their work [and] their capacity for love.”

Humans have kept dogs as pets for over 15,000 years. It’s amazing how quickly word spread around the world that dogs were so intelligent and helpful. The fact that people could tame dogs meant they interacted easily with humans. This led to dogs helping humans hunt, herd animals and protect people. It’s also amazing how dogs migrated around the world. Historians believe it is because of sled dogs that the species moved from Russia to Alaska, across the Bering Strait. Today there are about 400 million dogs in the world. Dogs are now big business. Breeders sell pedigree dogs for big money. Unfortunately, many dogs are abused or abandoned and end up in shelters.

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

a dog is a man’s

a.

in our society

2

It takes place on

b.

people every day

3.

Dogs are very important

c.

best friend

4.

working dogs help many

d.

the blind

5.

guide dogs for

e.

love

6.

their capacity for

f.

the 26th of August

 

Paragraph 2

1.

Humans have kept dogs as pets

a.

the world

2

word spread around

b.

dogs for big money

3.

people could tame

c.

abandoned

4.

dogs migrated

d.

for over 15,000 years

5.

Breeders sell pedigree

e.

dogs

6.

many dogs are abused or

f.

around the world


LISTENING GAP FILL

There is a _______________________ that says a dog is a man’s best friend. It is right, therefore, that there is a special day to celebrate dogs. This day is National Dog Day. It _______________________ 26th of August. On this day you should let your dog know just how important he or she is. Dogs are very _______________________. Of course, many of us keep a dog as a pet. However, working dogs help many people every day. Our world would _______________________ police dogs, sniffer dogs (who find drugs and bombs), rescue dogs and _______________________ blind. National Dog Day's founder, Colleen Paige, said we need “to show deep appreciation for…their endearing patience, _______________________, for their work [and] their capacity for love.”

Humans have _______________________ over 15,000 years. It’s amazing how quickly word spread around the world that dogs were _______________________. The fact that people could tame dogs meant they _______________________ humans. This led to dogs helping humans hunt, herd animals and protect people. It’s also amazing how dogs _______________________ world. Historians believe it is because of sled dogs that _______________________ Russia to Alaska, across the Bering Strait. Today there are about 400 million dogs in the world. Dogs are now big business. Breeders sell pedigree dogs for big money. Unfortunately, many dogs are abused or abandoned and _______________________.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

There is a well-known ____________ that says a dog is a man’s best friend. It is right, therefore, that there is a ____________ day to celebrate dogs. This day is National Dog Day. It takes place on the 26th of August. On this day you ____________ let your dog know just how important he or she is. Dogs are very important in our society. Of course, many of us ____________ a dog as a pet. However, working dogs help many people every day. Our world would not be the same without police dogs, sniffer dogs (who find ____________ and bombs), ____________ dogs and guide dogs for the blind. National Dog Day's founder, Colleen Paige, said we need “to show ____________ appreciation for…their endearing patience, unquestioning loyalty, for their work [and] their ____________ for love.”

 

 

 

deep
should
capacity
keep
expression
drugs
special
rescue

Humans have ____________ dogs as pets for over 15,000 years. It’s amazing how quickly word ____________ around the world that dogs were so intelligent and helpful. The fact that people could ____________ dogs meant they interacted easily with humans. This led to dogs helping humans hunt, ____________ animals and protect people. It’s also amazing how dogs migrated around the world. Historians believe it is because of sled dogs that the ____________ moved from Russia to Alaska, across the Bering Strait. Today there are about 400 million dogs in the world. Dogs are now big ____________. Breeders sell pedigree dogs for ____________ money. Unfortunately, many dogs are ____________ or abandoned and end up in shelters.

 

 

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spread
abused
business
kept
tame
big
species


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

There is a well-known expression / express that says a dog is a man’s best friend. It is right, therefore, that there is a special day to celebrate / celebration dogs. This day is National Dog Day. It takes place on the 26th of August. On this day you should let your dog know just how important he or she is. Dogs are very importance / important in our society. Of course, many of us keeps / keep a dog as a pet. However, working dogs help many people every day. Our world would not be the same without police dogs, sniffer dogs (who find drugs and bombs / bombings), rescue dogs and guides / guide dogs for the blind. National Dog Day's founder, Colleen Paige, said we need “to show depth / deep appreciation for…their endearing patience, unquestioning loyalty, for their work [and] their capacity for love / lovely.”

Humans have kept / keeping dogs as pets for over 15,000 years. It’s amazing how quickly words / word spread around the world that dogs were so intelligent and helpful. The factual / fact that people could tame dogs meant they interacted easily with humans. This led / leads to dogs helping humans hunt, herd animals and protect people. It’s also amazing how dogs migrated / migration around the world. Historians believe it is because of sled dogs that the species moved from Russia to Alaska, across the Bering Strait. Today there are about 400 million dogs in the world. Dogs are now large / big business. Breeders sell pedigree dogs for big money. Unfortunately, many dogs are abused / abusers or abandoned and end up / down in shelters.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

There is a well-known (1) ____ that says a dog is a man’s best friend. It is right, therefore, that there is a special day to celebrate dogs. This day is National Dog Day. It takes (2) ____ on the 26th of August. On this day you should let your dog know just how important he or she is. Dogs are very important in our (3) ____. Of course, many of us keep a dog as a pet. However, working dogs help many people every day. Our world would not be the same without police dogs, (4) ____ dogs (who find drugs and bombs), rescue dogs and guide dogs for the blind. National Dog Day's (5) ____, Colleen Paige, said we need “to show deep appreciation for…their endearing patience, unquestioning loyalty, for their work [and] their capacity for (6) ____.”

Humans have (7) ____ dogs as pets for over 15,000 years. It’s amazing how quickly word spread around the world that dogs were so (8) ____ and helpful. The fact that people could tame dogs meant they interacted (9) ____ with humans. This led to dogs helping humans hunt, herd animals and protect people. It’s also amazing how dogs migrated around the world. Historians believe it is because of sled dogs that the (10) ____ moved from Russia to Alaska, across the Bering Strait. Today there are about 400 million dogs in the world. Dogs are now (11) ____ business. Breeders sell pedigree dogs for big money. Unfortunately, many dogs are abused or abandoned and (12) ____ up in shelters.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

express

(b)

expressive

(c)

expressed

(d)

expression

2.

(a)

place

(b)

placing

(c)

placed

(d)

places

3.

(a)

social

(b)

society

(c)

socialize

(d)

socially

4.

(a)

sniff

(b)

sniffer

(c)

sniffed

(d)

sniffs

5.

(a)

findings

(b)

funding

(c)

founder

(d)

fonder

6.

(a)

love

(b)

lovely

(c)

lover

(d)

loved

7.

(a)

kept

(b)

keep

(c)

keeping

(d)

keeps

8.

(a)

intelligence

(b)

intelligent

(c)

intelligently

(d)

intellect

9.

(a)

easy

(b)

easier

(c)

easily

(d)

easiest

10.

(a)

special

(b)

specialize

(c)

species

(d)

specially

11.

(a)

large

(b)

fat

(c)

obese

(d)

big

12.

(a)

final

(b)

last

(c)

over

(d)

end


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

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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Paragraph 2

7.

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8.

people could maet dogs

9.

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10.

the isespec moved from Russia

11.

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12.

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

Humans have kept dogs as pets for over 15,000 years. It’s amazing how quickly word spread around

(    )

the world that dogs were so intelligent and helpful. The fact that people could tame dogs meant they interacted

(    )

dogs, sniffer dogs (who find drugs and bombs), rescue dogs and guide dogs for the

(    )

a dog as a pet. However, working dogs help many people every day. Our world would not be the same without police

(    )

day to celebrate dogs. This day is National Dog Day. It takes place on the 26th of August. On this day you should

(    )

dogs migrated around the world. Historians believe it is because of sled dogs that the species moved from

(    )

blind. National Dog Day's founder, Colleen Paige, said we need “to show deep appreciation

(    )

let your dog know just how important he or she is. Dogs are very important in our society. Of course, many of us keep

(    )

the world. Dogs are now big business. Breeders sell pedigree dogs for big money. Unfortunately, many

(    )

Russia to Alaska, across the Bering Strait. Today there are about 400 million dogs in

(    )

easily with humans. This led to dogs helping humans hunt, herd animals and protect people. It’s also amazing how

1  )

There is a well-known expression that says a dog is a man’s best friend. It is right, therefore, that there is a special

(    )

dogs are abused or abandoned and end up in shelters.

(    )

for…their endearing patience, unquestioning loyalty, for their work [and] their capacity for love.”


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

A    friend    best    man’s    a    is    dog.   

2.

the    It    26th    takes    of    place    August    on.   

3.

very    are    Dogs    society    our    in    important.   

4.

people    many    help    dogs    Working    day    every.   

5.

Show    patience    endearing    their    for    appreciation    deep.    

6.

for    dogs    Humans    15,000    over   as   have   years    pets    kept.   

7.

amazing    quickly    spread    It’s    how    word.   

8.

could    people    that    fact    The    dogs    tame.   

9.

dogs    world    are    million    the    There    400    in    about.   

10.

many    abandoned    dogs    are    Unfortunately    abused    ,    or.   


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 NATIONAL DOG DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about National Dog 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.

 

 

 

 

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Q.4.

 

 

 

 

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about National Dog 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 National Dog 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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