Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson™
Thinking of you!
A: Short Discussion
Answer these questions in pairs:
1. When did you last give a card to someone? What was it for?
2. When did you last receive a card from someone? What was it for?
3. How do recipients (people who get a card) usually feel when they get a birthday card? Why?
1. A friend sends you a card. You are sick. The card's caption or message says "Thinking of you."What does the card mean?
2. Read these sentences. They are from today’s articles:
"Police are sending criminals birthday cards..../ "Police are sending Christmas cards to the country's worst drivers.""
Now discuss these questions with your partner:
a. What are the police doing?
b. Why do you think the police are doing this?
C: Making questions
The words in the sentences below are mixed up. Put them in the right order to make questions for today's articles.
- are / What / the / police / from / country ?
- picture / is / front / on / the / the / card / What / of ?
- say / caption / What / the / does ?
- idea / Whose / was / it?
Your teacher will give you either Article A or Article B. Now find answers for the questions from Section C of the Pre-Reading Activities. Work with someone who read the same article.
B: Reading Carefully
Read the questions below and look for the answers in the article. Work with someone who read the same article.
1. When are the police sending the cards?
2. Who receives the cards?
C: Thinking Carefully
Work in small groups. Complete the following sentences with your group's ideas. Work in a group with people who read the same article.
1. The pictures in the cards remind the recipients of....
2. The words in the cards encourage the recipients to...
3. Police are hoping the cards make the recipients ....
D: Sharing Information
Work with someone who read the other article. Tell your partner:
- what country your article is about.
- what police are doing.
- what the cards look like.
- why police are doing this.
- one other thing from your article.
Here are sentences in the present continuous from the article. Why are they in the present continuous?
Part 1:1) "London police are sending criminals birthday cards...."
2) "We are aiming to transfer the fear away from victims...."
3) "Estonian police are sending Christmas cards to the country's worst drivers."
4) "The police are sending cards to drivers with five or more driving offenses..."
Below is an imaginary interview between a radio interviewer and Joanna Blake, a police officer in England. Read it and fill the gaps using the present continuous. After you have completed the interview, read it aloud with someone else.
Interviewer: Hello! Welcome to my radio show. My guest today is Police Officer, Joanna Blake. Officer Blake, what _________ London police ________________ (do) at the moment?
Blake: Hello. Well, at the moment we ________________ (send) criminals birthday cards. The cards have a picture of their local police station.
Interviewer: Why ________________ you ________________ (do) this?
Blake: We want criminals to feel worried. The cards say we ________________ (think) of you. When they get the cards, they won't be very happy!
Interviewer: Who ________________ you ________________ (send) them to?
Blake: Oh, suspected drug dealers, robbers... At present we________________ (keep) a list of suspected criminals. We________________ (send) them the cards and we ________________ (watch) them very carefully. You see, crime ________________ (rise) in this area and we want to do everything possible to stop it.
Interviewer: I see! So I guess this is like an unhappy birthday present!
Blake: Yes, we ________________ (warn) criminals in our area that we ________________ (watch) them.
Interviewer: Great! Well, Thank you very much for coming in. And now here’s the 1983 hit song by the group,The Police, "Every breath you take."
You may do one or more of these.
A: Birthday Cards
Read these birthday messages.Happy birthday to John
we know you've done wrong
remember we're watching
and our cell walls are strong
Happy birthday to Sue
our eyes are on you
we hope you'll be good
and behave as you shouldHappy birthday to Mel
you belong in a cell
we're watching you closely
happy birthday to Mel
Work in pairs. Choose one of these birthday messages and design a birthday card to go with it, that police in your area could send to suspected criminals.
B: Write a song
Write your own birthday message to go inside a birthday card for criminals.
The police in these articles have thought of an unusual way to stop crime. Choose a crime that affects your area. Can you think of any unusual ways to prevent this crime?
TEACHERS' NOTES AND ANSWER KEY
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B: Predicting - Notes
Students read the exerts from today's articles. They discuss what they mean and think of possible reasons why police could be sending cards to criminals / driving offenders. They may think of more questions than solutions.
Allow them to brainstorm. (For example: Perhaps these police are very kind. Perhaps the police want to show the criminals they think they are people like everyone else....) Don't give them the correct answers at this stage.
C: Making questions - Notes
This can be used as a further prediction exercise if you wish. (Students make the questions and then give predictions about the content of the article from these questions.)
C: Making questions - Answers
1. What country are the police from? 2. What picture is on the card? 3. What does the card say?
A: Comprehension - Notes
Today students look at 2 articles about police sending criminals and driving offenders cards. Give students either Article A or B below. They work on their articles in Reading Activities A. Then they join someone who read the other article to share information and ideas in Reading Activity D.
A: Comprehension - Texts To Be Copied For StudentsArticle A:
Estonian police send 'black' Christmas cards to driving offenders
Article © 2018 Thomson Reuters Limited. Lesson © 2018 www.english-to-go.com
December 23, Tallinn, (Reuters) - Estonian police are sending Christmas cards to the country's worst drivers. The cards show car crashes.
Police are hoping that the pictures of crashes and road accident numbers make the drivers change their ways.
The police are sending cards to drivers with five or more driving offenses in one year. The offenses are mostly for speeding or driving under the influence.
The cards say the drivers who ignore traffic rules cause the deaths; and injuries (to more than 1,300 people).
It tells bad drivers to do all they can to keep the roads safe. “Believe us, your family and friends wish the same,” it adds.
Police send the "black" Christmas cards every year. Estonia has a population of 1.3 million. In 2007, there were 200 road deaths; now there are around 40. There were 17,920 drink -driving offenses in 2007; in 2017 there were 6,100.Glossary: offender - someone who did something against the law, under the influence - someone who is drunk, (by drinking too much alcohol), ignore - know about something but do not do anything about it, cause (v) - be the reason why something happens
Happy Birthday To Mel, You Belong In A Cell...
Article © Thomson Reuters Limited. Lesson © 2018 www.english-to-go.com
LONDON, Tuesday, January 19 (Reuters) - London police are sending criminals birthday cards with a picture of their local police station on the front as a pointed warning.
A picture of a cell door and the caption: "Thinking of you on your birthday." is inside each card.
"Receiving one of our cards will be unpleasant,' said Superintendent Gary Copson, who thought of the idea for his East London police force.
Suspected drug dealers and robbers are on the birthday list. "We are aiming to transfer the fear away from victims and onto the criminal,' Copson told London's Evening Standard newspaper on Monday.
"We want criminals on our ground to know we know who they are, who their friends are and what they are doing,' he said.Glossary: criminal - someone who has done something against the law, warning - something that tells you there is a danger, police force - the group of police for a city, area or country, suspected - thought to have done something, drug dealer - someone who sells illegal drugs, robber - someone who steals things from a person or place, victim - someone who has something bad happen to them, cell - a room with bars and a lock in a prison
A: Comprehension - Answers
Article A: 1. Estonia, 2. a car crash, 3.It tells drivers to drive safely. "Believe us, your family and friends wish the same."
Article B: 1. England, 2. A picture of the local police station, 3. "Thinking of you on your birthday."
B: Reading Carefully - Answers
Article A: 1. At Christmas, 2. bad drivers / drivers who have 5 or more driving offences in one year.
C: Thinking Carefully - Notes
This activity is more challenging for students as it requires them to think about the implications of the actions of the police although Section B of the Pre-Reading Activities will have helped prepare them for this.
This activity could be done in two ways:
1) Students work in small groups. They read the article again and then choose a secretary who writes down the group's answers. To check the answers you could then ask the secretaries to write their group's answers on the board so that the class can compare answers. (If you do this, you may wish to check the answers for grammatical accuracy before they are presented to the class.)
2) Students work alone to complete the statements and then compare their answers with other students.
C: Thinking Carefully - Suggested Answers
Article A: 1. ...the results of driving badly - car crashes. 2. ...drive more carefully, think about their own families and friends and prevent road accidents. 3. think about the effects of their driving and take more care.
Article B: 1. ...the police and the results of their activities: prison. 2. ...remember that the police know their names and are watching them. 3. ...feel frightened so that they stop their criminal activities.
E: Language - Notes
Part 2: Students practice writing the present continuous form by completing the gaps in the sentences. Students finish the activity by reading the dialogue aloud in pairs.
You may tell students that this interview is not real. Police officer, Joanna Blake and the radio interviewer are imaginary characters.
E: Language - Answers
Part 1: The police are sending the cards to the criminals and driving offenders now. The action is happening at the moment and is unfinished.
Part 2: Interviewer: Hello! Welcome to my show. My guest today is Police Officer Joanna Blake. Officer Blake, what are London police doing at the moment?
Blake: Hello. Well, at the moment we are sending criminals birthday cards. The cards have a picture of their local police station.
Interviewer: Why are you doing this?
Blake: We want criminals to feel worried. The cards say we are thinking of you. When they get the cards, they won't be very happy!
Interviewer: Who are you sending them to?
Blake: Oh, suspected drug dealers, robbers... At present we are keeping a list of suspected criminals. We are sending them the cards and we are watching them very carefully. You see, crime is rising in this area and we want to do everything possible to stop it.
Interviewer: I see! So I guess this is like an unhappy birthday present!
Blake: Yes, we are warning criminals in our area that we are watching them.
Interviewer: Great! Well, Thank you very much for coming in. And now here’s the 1983 hit song by the group, The Police,"Every breath you take."
A: Birthday Cards - Notes
Before beginning students could talk about what designs would be appropriate to go on cards from police to criminals.
C: Discussion - Notes
Students could think about a crime committed in their school, town or city and then brainstorm ways of deterring people from committing that crime. (It is probably wisest to focus on a minor crime unless you wish to have a very serious discussion.)
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