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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

Make A Difference Day happens in the USA and UK towards the end of October. It’s such a good idea that it should take place in every country around the world. In fact, it should be every day, not just one day a year. So what is it? As the name suggests, it is one day of the year when you must do something to make a difference in people’s lives. It was created by the USA Weekend magazine. The original idea was to “celebrate neighbors helping neighbors”. Millions of people volunteer their time and efforts for community projects. You can choose your own project or visit the Make A Difference Day website for ideas. If you register your idea, you could win a special award.

Make A Difference Day is the UK's biggest day of volunteering. The British website says it wants to “create a wave of kindness throughout the UK – to bring people together…and help build stronger, happier and safer communities for us all to live in”. There are “Act of Random Kindness” kits available through the site. These are full of ideas on how you can be kind to total strangers or help the environment. Teachers can also play their part on this day. The US and UK websites have lesson plans to get students into making a difference. There is so much we can do to help others. Making a difference also helps those who make the effort. You feel good about yourself and want to do more next time.

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

towards the end

a.

neighbors

2

not just one

b.

your own project

3.

neighbors helping

c.

day a year

4.

people volunteer

d.

award

5.

You can choose

e.

of October

6.

win a special

f.

their time

 

Paragraph 2

1.

create a wave

a.

communities

2

bring people

b.

about yourself

3.

happier and safer

c.

their part

4.

These are full of

d.

together

5.

Teachers can also play

e.

of kindness

6.

You feel good

f.

ideas


LISTENING GAP FILL

Make A Difference Day happens in the USA and UK _______________ October. It’s such a good idea that it _______________ in every country around the world. In fact, it should be every day, not just one day a year. So what is it? __________________, it is one day of the year when you must do something to make a difference in people’s lives. It was created by the USA Weekend magazine. The __________________ “celebrate neighbors helping neighbors”. Millions of people volunteer their _________________ volunteer for community projects. You can choose your own project or visit the Make A Difference Day website for ideas. If you _______________, you could win a special award.

Make A Difference Day is the UK's _________________ volunteering. The British website says it wants to “create a wave of kindness throughout the UK – to bring people together…and _______________, happier and safer communities _______________ in”. There are “Act of Random Kindness” kits available through the site. These are full of ideas __________________ kind to total strangers or help the environment. Teachers can also _______________ on this day. The US and UK websites have lesson plans to get students into making a difference. There is so much we can do to help others. Making a difference also helps those who _______________. You feel good about yourself and want to do more next time.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

Make A Difference Day happens in the USA and UK ____________ the end of October. It’s such a good ____________ that it should take place in every country around the world. In fact, it should be every day, not just one day a year. So what is it? As the name ____________, it is one day of the year when you must do something to make a difference in people’s ____________. It was created by the USA Weekend magazine. The ____________ idea was to “celebrate neighbors helping neighbors”. Millions of people ____________ their time and efforts for community projects. You can ____________ your own project or visit the Make A Difference Day website for ideas. If you register your idea, you could win a ____________ award.

 

 

 

lives
idea
original
choose
towards
special
suggests
volunteer

Make A Difference Day is the UK's ____________ day of volunteering. The British website says it wants to “create a ____________ of kindness throughout the UK – to bring people together…and help build stronger, happier and ____________ communities for us all to live in”. There are “Act of Random Kindness” ____________ available through the site. These are full of ideas on how you can be kind to total strangers or help the environment. Teachers can also ____________ their part on this day. The US and UK websites have lesson ____________ to get students into making a difference. There is so much we can do to help others. Making a difference also helps those who make the ____________. You feel good about ____________ and want to do more next time.

 

 

play
 
wave
effort
safer
yourself
biggest
plans
kits


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Make A Difference Day happens in the USA and UK towards the ends / end of October. It’s such a good idea that it should take / make place in every country around the world. In fact, it should be every day, not just one day a year. So what is it? As the name suggestion / suggests, it is one day of the year when you must do something to make a difference / different in people’s lives. It was created by the USA Weekend magazine. The original / origin idea was to “celebrate neighbors helping neighbors”. Millions of people voluntary / volunteer their time and efforts for community projects. You can choose / choice your own project or visit the Make A Difference Day website for ideas. If you register your idea, you could win a special award / reward.

Make A Difference Day is the UK's biggest day of volunteering. The British website says it wants to “create a wave / waive of kindness throughout the UK – to bring people together…and help build stronger, happier and safely / safer communities for us all to live in”. There are “Act of Random Kindness” kits available though / through the site. These are full of ideas on how you can be kind to total / totally strangers or help the environment. Teachers can also play their part on this daily / day. The US and UK websites have lesson plans to get students into making a difference / different. There is so much we can do to help others. Making a difference also helps those who make the effort / effortless. You feel good about yours / yourself and want to do more next time.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Make A Difference Day happens in the USA and UK towards the (1) ____ of October. It’s such a good idea that it should (2) ____ place in every country around the world. In fact, it should be every day, not just one day a year. So what is it? As the (3) ____ suggests, it is one day of the year when you must do something to make a difference in people’s lives. It was created by the USA Weekend magazine. The (4) ____ idea was to “celebrate neighbors helping neighbors”. Millions of people (5) ____ their time and efforts for community projects. You can choose your own project or visit the Make A Difference Day website for ideas. If you (6) ____ your idea, you could win a special award.

Make A Difference Day is the UK's biggest day of volunteering. The British website says it wants to “create a (7) ____ of kindness throughout the UK – to bring people together…and help build stronger, happier and (8) ____ communities for us all to live in”. There are “Act of Random Kindness” kits available through the site. These are full of ideas on how you can be (9) ____ to total strangers or help the environment. Teachers can also play their part on this day. The US and UK websites have lesson plans to get students (10) ____ making a difference. There is so much we can do to help (11) ____. Making a difference also helps those who make the effort. You feel good about (12) ____ and want to do more next time.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

endings

(b)

ended

(c)

end

(d)

ending

2.

(a)

take

(b)

make

(c)

fake

(d)

bake

3.

(a)

naming

(b)

name

(c)

named

(d)

names

4.

(a)

origin

(b)

origins

(c)

originally

(d)

original

5.

(a)

volunteer

(b)

voluntary

(c)

volunteers

(d)

volunteered

6.

(a)

registering

(b)

registered

(c)

registration

(d)

register

7.

(a)

surf

(b)

crest

(c)

wave

(d)

tidal

8.

(a)

save

(b)

safest

(c)

safely

(d)

safety

9.

(a)

kindly

(b)

kind

(c)

kindness

(d)

in kind

10.

(a)

onto

(b)

up to

(c)

to

(d)

into

11.

(a)

other

(b)

others

(c)

another

(d)

the other

12.

(a)

you

(b)

yours

(c)

yourself

(d)

your


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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Paragraph 2

7.

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8.

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9.

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10.

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11.

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

neighbors”. Millions of people volunteer their time and efforts for community

(    )

ideas. If you register your idea, you could win a special award.

(    )

we can do to help others. Making a difference also helps those who make the

(    )

place in every country around the world. In fact, it should be every day, not just one day a year. So what is it? As the name

(    )

effort. You feel good about yourself and want to do more next time.

(    )

all to live in”. There are “Act of Random Kindness” kits available through the site. These are full of ideas on

(    )

how you can be kind to total strangers or help the environment. Teachers can also play their

(    )

Make A Difference Day is the UK's biggest day of volunteering. The British website says it wants to “create a wave

(    )

of kindness throughout the UK – to bring people together…and help build stronger, happier and safer communities for us

1  )

Make A Difference Day happens in the USA and UK towards the end of October. It’s such a good idea that it should take

(    )

lives. It was created by the USA Weekend magazine. The original idea was to “celebrate neighbors helping

(    )

suggests, it is one day of the year when you must do something to make a difference in people’s

(    )

part on this day. The US and UK websites have lesson plans to get students into making a difference. There is so much

(    )

projects. You can choose your own project or visit the Make A Difference Day website for


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

the     the     October     in     towards     of     Happens     USA     end.    

2.

take     should     It     country     every     in     place.    

3.

to     a     something     make     difference     Do.    

4.

neighbors     celebrate     to     was     idea     original     The.    

5.

own     can     your     project     You     choose.    

6.

biggest     UK's     volunteering     The     of     day     .

7.

kindness     Create     throughout     a     the     wave     UK     of.    

8.

us     all     Safer     to     communities     live     for     in.    

9.

kind     of     how     be     Full     on     can     ideas     you.    

10.

good    about    yourself    and    want    to    do    more    You    feel.   


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 MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about Make A Difference 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 Make A Difference 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 Make A Difference Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Make A Difference 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 Make A Difference 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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