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Man Crosses Pacific in 12,500-Bottle Boat (27th July, 2010)

A 20-metre-long boat built from 12,500 recycled plastic bottles has arrived in Sydney after crossing the Pacific Ocean. The sailboat, called Plastiki, crossed the Pacific to raise awareness of the dangers of plastic waste. It left San Francisco on March 20 and arrived in Australia just over four months later. Captain David de Rothschild, 31, said he wanted to let people know that plastic trash is threatening the world’s oceans. He built his craft by recycling thousands of plastic bottles and sticking them together with a glue made from cashew nuts and sugar cane.

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Mr Rothschild’s adventure is an important lesson for us all. The world’s oceans are becoming huge garbage dumps. Plastic rubbish regularly gets washed up on almost every beach on the planet. Rothschild sailed near the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – a floating island of non-biodegradable waste that seriously damages bird and marine life. We must all think very carefully about what happens to the plastic we throw away. Few of us realize that we are polluting our rivers and oceans. The problem seems to be getting worse. Hopefully, the Plastiki will remind us to protect our environment.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.
Paragraph 1


1.

A 20-metre-

a.

of plastic waste

2

crossing the

b.

oceans

3.

raise awareness of the dangers

c.

long boat

4.

just over four

d.

together

5.

threatening the world’s

e.

Pacific Ocean

6.

sticking them

f.

months later

Paragraph 2


1.

an important lesson

a.

worse

2

oceans are becoming huge

b.

washed up

3.

waste regularly gets

c.

life

4.

non-biodegradable

d.

for us all

5.

bird and marine

e.

waste

6.

The problem seems to be getting

f.

garbage dumps


LISTENING GAP FILL


A 20-metre-___________________ 12,500 recycled plastic bottles has arrived in Sydney -___________________ Pacific Ocean. The sailboat, called Plastiki, crossed the Pacific to -___________________ of the dangers of plastic waste. It left San Francisco on March 20 and arrived in Australia just over four months later. Captain David de Rothschild, 31, said he wanted to -___________________ plastic trash and other rubbish is threatening the world’s oceans. He built -___________________ ycling thousands of plastic bottles and -___________________ with a glue made from cashew nuts and sugar cane.
Mr Rothschild’s adventure -___________________ for us all. The world’s oceans are becoming huge garbage dumps. Plastic waste regularly -___________________ almost every beach on the planet. Rothschild sailed near the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – a -___________________ non-biodegradable waste that seriously damages bird and marine life. We -___________________ carefully about -___________________ plastic we throw away. Few of us realize that we are polluting our rivers and oceans. The problem seems to be getting worse. Hopefully, the Plastiki will -___________________ our environment.


MULTIPLE CHOICE


A 20-metre-long boat (1) ____ from 12,500 recycled plastic bottles has arrived in Sydney after crossing the Pacific Ocean. The sailboat, called Plastiki, crossed the Pacific to (2) ____ awareness of the dangers of plastic waste. It left San Francisco on March 20 and arrived in Australia (3) ____ over four months later. Captain David de Rothschild, 31, said he wanted to (4) ____ people know that plastic trash and other rubbish is threatening the world’s oceans. He built his craft (5) ____ recycling thousands of plastic bottles and sticking them together with a glue made from cashew nuts and sugar cane.
Mr Rothschild’s adventure is an important lesson for us all. The world’s oceans are becoming huge garbage dumps. Plastic waste (6) ____ gets washed (7) ____ on almost every beach on the planet. Rothschild sailed near the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – a floating island of (8) ____ biodegradable waste that seriously damages bird and marine life. We must all think very carefully about what happens (9) ____ the plastic we throw away. Few of us realize that we are polluting our rivers and oceans. The problem seems to be getting worse. Hopefully, the Plastiki will (10) ____ us to protect our environment.
Put the correct words from this table into the article.


1.

(a)

build

(b)

builds

(c)

built

2.

(a)

raise

(b)

rise

(c)

rising

3.

(a)

justice

(b)

just

(c)

justly

4.

(a)

let

(b)

get

(c)

met

5.

(a)

to

(b)

by

(c)

in

6.

(a)

regular

(b)

regularly

(c)

regulars

7.

(a)

up

(b)

down

(c)

under

8.

(a)

not

(b)

no

(c)

non-

9.

(a)

of

(b)

so

(c)

to

10.

(a)

reminder

(b)

remind

(c)

reminds


SPELLING


Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.


Paragraph 1

1.

erecdlyc plastic bottles

2.

issrocng the Pacific Ocean

3.

ieasr awareness

4.

eidavrr in Australia

5.

plastic atsrh

6.

uarsg cane

 

Paragraph 2

7.

an important slsoen

8.

every beach on the petlna

9.

a floating adnils

10.

bird and niemar life

11.

we are ltipgnolu our rivers

12.

otcertp our environment


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER


Number these lines in the correct order.


1  )

A 20-metre-long boat built from 12,500 recycled plastic bottles has arrived in Sydney after crossing the

(    )

dumps. Plastic rubbish regularly gets washed up on almost every beach on the planet. Rothschild sailed

(    )

to let people know that plastic trash is threatening the world’s oceans. He built his craft by recycling

(    )

thousands of plastic bottles and sticking them together with a glue made from cashew nuts and sugar cane.

(    )

marine life. We must all think very carefully about what happens to the plastic we throw away. Few of us realize that we are

(    )

near the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – a floating island of non-biodegradable waste that seriously damages bird and

(    )

Pacific Ocean. The sailboat, called Plastiki, crossed the Pacific to raise awareness of the dangers of plastic waste. It left

(    )

San Francisco on March 20 and arrived in Australia just over four months later. Captain David de Rothschild, 31, said he wanted

(    )

polluting our rivers and oceans. The problem seems to be getting worse. Hopefully, the Plastiki will remind us to protect our environment.

(    )

Mr Rothschild’s adventure is an important lesson for us all. The world’s oceans are becoming huge garbage


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


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


1.

long     -     metre     -     20     A     boat.    

2.

awareness     plastic     of     waste     the     dangers     Raise     of.    

3.

20     March     on     Francisco     San     left     It.    

4.

trash     Plastic     oceans     world’s     the     threatening     is.    

5.

them     with     glue     Sticking     together     a.     

6.

An     lesson     us     important     for     all.    

7.

becoming    The    huge    world’s    garbage    oceans    dumps    are.   

8.

Plastic     regularly     washed     rubbish     gets     up.    

9.

waste     of     non     A     -     floating     biodegradable     island.    

10.

our    rivers    Few    of    us    realize    that    we    are    polluting.   


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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WRITING


Write about plastic 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. PLASTIC WASTE: Search the Internet and find more information about plastic waste. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about plastic waste. Include imaginary an interview with David de Rothschild. 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 David de Rothschild. Ask him/her three questions about plastic waste. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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