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Exploding Chewing Gum Kills Student (9th December)

A student in Ukraine died after eating a stick of exploding chewing gum. News reports say police discovered the body of the 25-year-old chemistry student in his parents’ home. His jaw was missing. Something in the chewing gum exploded and ripped off the lower part of his face. Reporters said: "A loud pop was heard from the student's room." Doctors checked the gum and found a strange chemical on it. The student’s friends said he liked dipping gum into citric acid before eating it. The police think he made a mistake and dipped it into the wrong chemical.

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This is a very unusual story. First, I can’t imagine why the student liked dipping gum into citric acid. Gum already has a taste. In fact, it has lots of tastes. Buying lemon, orange or lime-flavoured gum is the same as citric acid. I don’t see the need to dip it into anything. It is a real mystery. Second, how can a piece of chewing gum explode? Perhaps it was a special formula for a secret project. I hope he wasn’t in a lot of pain after the gum exploded. That would be terrible. I will always think of this man when I eat gum.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

a stick of

a.

discovered the body

2

police

b.

citric acid

3.

the lower part

c.

mistake

4.

A loud pop

d.

exploding chewing gum

5.

he liked dipping gum into

e.

of his face

6.

he made a

f.

was heard

 

Paragraph 2

1.

This is a very

a.

anything

2

I can’t imagine

b.

secret project

3.

dip it into

c.

mystery

4.

a real

d.

unusual story

5.

a special formula for a

e.

of this man

6.

I will always think

f.

why


LISTENING GAP FILL

A student in Ukraine ___________________ a stick of exploding chewing gum. News reports say police discovered ___________________-year-old chemistry student in his parents’ home. His jaw was missing. Something in the chewing gum exploded ___________________ lower part of his face. Reporters said: "A loud pop was heard from the student's room." Doctors checked the gum ___________________ chemical on it. The student’s friends ___________________ gum into citric acid before eating it. The police think he made a mistake and dipped it ___________________ chemical.

This is a ___________________. First, I can’t imagine why the student liked dipping gum into citric acid. Gum already has a taste. In fact, it ___________________. Buying lemon, orange or lime-flavoured gum ___________________ citric acid. I don’t see the ___________________ anything. It is a real mystery. Second, how can a piece of chewing gum explode? Perhaps it was a special formula ___________________. I hope he wasn’t in a lot of pain after the gum exploded. That would be terrible. I will always think of this man ___________________.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

A student in Ukraine died after eating a (1) ____ of exploding chewing gum. News reports say police discovered the body of the 25-year-old chemistry student in his (2) ____  home. His jaw was missing. Something in the chewing gum exploded and ripped (3) ____ the lower part of his face. Reporters said: "A loud pop was heard from the student's room." Doctors checked the gum and found a (4) ____ chemical on it. The student’s friends said he liked dipping gum into citric acid before eating it. The police think he (5) ____ a mistake and dipped it into the wrong chemical.

This is a very unusual story. First, I can’t (6) ____ why the student liked dipping gum into citric acid. Gum already has a taste. In fact, it has lots of (7) ____. Buying lemon, orange or lime-flavoured gum is the same as citric acid. I don’t see the (8) ____ to dip it into anything. It is a real mystery. Second, how can a piece of chewing gum explode? Perhaps it was a special formula for a secret project. I hope he wasn’t in a lot of (9) ____ after the gum exploded. That would be (10) ____. I will always think of this man when I eat gum.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

stick

(b)

stuck

(c)

stack

2.

(a)

parents

(b)

parents’

(c)

parent

3.

(a)

on

(b)

off

(c)

to

4.

(a)

strange

(b)

stranger

(c)

strangely

5.

(a)

made

(b)

did

(c)

had

6.

(a)

imagination

(b)

imagine

(c)

imagines

7.

(a)

tastes

(b)

tasty

(c)

taste

8.

(a)

must

(b)

need

(c)

necessary

9.

(a)

painful

(b)

pains

(c)

pain

10.

(a)

terribly

(b)

terror

(c)

terrible


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

a tikcs of exploding chewing gum

2.

iepcol discovered the body

3.

His jaw was gsiimsn

4.

A uldo pop

5.

a egsrtna chemical

6.

the rwong chemical

 

Paragraph 2

7.

a very ausnuul story

8.

I can’t igaemni why

9.

lots of eattss

10.

a real temsryy

11.

special mflruao

12.

That would be rtrlieeb


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

the chewing gum exploded and ripped off the lower part of his face. Reporters said: "A loud pop was heard from

(    )

pain after the gum exploded. That would be terrible. I will always think of this man when I eat gum.

(    )

liked dipping gum into citric acid before eating it. The police think he made a mistake and dipped it into the wrong chemical.

(    )

This is a very unusual story. First, I can’t imagine why the student liked dipping gum into citric

(    )

the body of the 25-year-old chemistry student in his parents' home. His jaw was missing. Something in

(    )

acid. Gum already has a taste. In fact, it has lots of tastes. Buying lemon, orange or lime-flavoured gum is the same

(    )

of chewing gum explode? Perhaps it was a special formula for a secret project. I hope he wasn’t in a lot of

(    )

the student's room." Doctors checked the gum and found a strange chemical on it. The student’s friends said he

(    )

as citric acid. I don’t see the need to dip it into anything. It is a real mystery. Second, how can a piece

1  )

A student in Ukraine died after eating a stick of exploding chewing gum. News reports say police discovered


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

Eating     gum     chewing     exploding     of     stick     a.    

2.

the     gum     in     chewing     exploded     Something.    

3.

pop     from     room     loud     heard     student's     A     was     the.    

4.

into     gum     dipping     liked     He     acid     citric.    

5.

police     The     mistake     a     made     he     think.    

6.

is     very     story     This     a     unusual.    

7.

citric     liked     acid     dipping     gum     The     into     student.    

8.

chewing     can     gum     a     explode     piece     of     How?    

9.

for     formula     special     A     project     secret     a.    

10.

think     always     will     I     man     this     of.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about chewing gum 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 chewing gum. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about chewing gum. Include imaginary interviews with a chewing gum maker. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to the police. Ask them three questions about this story. Give them three of your opinions on how the chewing gum killed the student. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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