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U.S. State Decides on Official State Gun (20th March, 2011)

The American state of Utah has chosen a new symbol – a gun. Utah becomes the first American state to have an official firearm. The new addition to Utah’s state symbols is the Browning M1911 pistol. It was designed by Utah native John Browning. In 1911, it became the standard gun given to all American soldiers. It is still used by some of America’s elite military units. A state spokeswoman said: "This bill isn't so much about a weapon as it is about honoring John Browning, who was a Utah inventor and entrepreneur.”

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The new law is unpopular with many Utah residents. Critics say the new state symbol sends a message that gun violence is OK. Democratic politician Brian King voted against the bill. He said: "When we are talking about a state symbol, we would do well to come up with one that is more unifying than divisive…This is just a poor choice for a state symbol." Republican Carl Wimmer defended the choice of the Browning M1911. He said it represented freedom, not death.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

The American

a.

Utah’s state symbols

2

have an official

b.

military units

3.

The new addition to

c.

firearm

4.

the standard gun given to

d.

entrepreneu

5.

elite

e.

state of Utah

6.

a Utah inventor and r

f.

all American soldiers

 

Paragraph 2

1.

The new law

a.

than divisive

2

voted against

b.

up with

3.

come

c.

not death

4.

more unifying

d.

a state symbol

5.

a poor choice for

e.

is unpopular

6.

it represented freedom,

f.

the bill


LISTENING GAP FILL

The American state of Utah has ___________________ – a gun. Utah becomes the first American state ___________________ firearm. The new addition to Utah’s state symbols is the Browning M1911 pistol. ___________________ Utah native John Browning. In 1911, it became ___________________ given to all American soldiers. It is still used by some of America’s ___________________. A state spokeswoman said: "This bill isn't so much about a weapon as ___________________ John Browning, who was a Utah inventor and entrepreneur.”

The new ___________________ with many Utah residents. Critics say the new state symbol ___________________ that gun violence is OK. Democratic politician Brian King voted against the bill. He said: "When ___________________ about a state symbol, we would do well ___________________ one that is more unifying than divisive…This is just a poor choice for a state symbol." Republican Carl Wimmer ___________________ of the Browning M1911. He said ___________________, not death.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

The American state of Utah has (1) ____ a new symbol – a gun. Utah becomes the first American state to have an (2) ____ firearm. The new addition to Utah’s state symbols is the Browning M1911 pistol. It was designed (3) ____ Utah native John Browning. In 1911, it became the (4) ____ gun given to all American soldiers. It is still used by some of America’s elite military units. A state spokeswoman said: "This bill isn't (5) ____ much about a weapon (6) ____ it is about honoring John Browning, who was a Utah inventor and entrepreneur.”

The new law is unpopular (7) ____ many Utah residents. Critics say the new state symbol sends a message that gun violence is OK. Democratic politician Brian King voted (8) ____ the bill. He said: "When we are talking about a state symbol, we would do well to (9) ____ up with one that is more unifying (10) ____ divisive…This is just a (11) ____ choice for a state symbol." Republican Carl Wimmer defended the choice of the Browning M1911. He said it represented freedom, not (12) ____.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

chosen

(b)

choice

(c)

chooses

2.

(a)

offices

(b)

official

(c)

officially

3.

(a)

by

(b)

at

(c)

in

4.

(a)

stand

(b)

standards

(c)

standard

5.

(a)

more

(b)

so

(c)

such

6.

(a)

as

(b)

was

(c)

has

7.

(a)

so

(b)

with

(c)

in

8.

(a)

against

(b)

again

(c)

gain

9.

(a)

go

(b)

do

(c)

come

10.

(a)

that

(b)

than

(c)

these

11.

(a)

poorly

(b)

poverty

(c)

poor

12

(a)

dead

(b)

die

(c)

death


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

chosen a new bmyosl

2.

an ocfifali firearm

3.

The new inotaidd

4.

the asdrdatn gun

5.

iltee military units

6.

a Utah rivoentn

 

Paragraph 2

7.

The new law is plrponuau

8.

gun leivceon

9.

voted agasitn the bill

10.

more unifying than dviivsie

11.

a poor hccoie

12.

it represented redfmeo


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

American state to have an official firearm. The new addition to Utah’s state symbols is

(    )

the Browning M1911 pistol. It was designed by Utah native John Browning. In 1911, it became the standard

1  )

The American state of Utah has chosen a new symbol – a gun. Utah becomes the first

(    )

units. A state spokeswoman said: "This bill isn't so much about a weapon as it is about

(    )

choice for a state symbol." Republican Carl Wimmer defended the choice

(    )

bill. He said: "When we are talking about a state symbol, we would do

(    )

The new law is unpopular with many Utah residents. Critics say the new state symbol sends a

(    )

gun given to all American soldiers. It is still used by some of America’s elite military

(    )

well to come up with one that is more unifying than divisive…This is just a poor

(    )

of the Browning M1911. He said it represented freedom, not death.

(    )

message that gun violence is OK. Democratic politician Brian King voted against the

(    )

honoring John Browning, who was a Utah inventor and entrepreneur.”


WORD JUMBLE

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

1.

first  to  official  The  state  an  American  have  firearm. 

2.

new  The  symbols  state  Utah’s  to  addition. 

3.

Utah  It  native  was  John  designed  Browning  by. 

4.

Used  elite  by  military  some  units  of  America’s. 

5.

much  This  about  bill  a  isn't  weapon  so. 

6.

gun  Sends  violence  a  is  message  OK  that. 

7.

Brian  voted  the  King  against  bill. 

8.

that  Come  is  up  more  with  unifying  one. 

9.

poor  choice  for  a  state  symbol  This  is  just  a. 

10.

not  it  death  represented  freedom  He  ,  said. 


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 guns 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. STATE/CITY/NATIONAL SYMBOLS: Search the Internet and find more information about state, city or national symbols. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about guns. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for them and some who are against them. 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 Utah state governor. Ask him three questions about guns. Give him three of your opinions on guns. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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