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Next Stop Please...

Pre-Reading Activities

A: Vocabulary
1. Look at the pictures below. What words do they show? dog, tail, seat, bus
2. Read these phrases and meanings in today's article.
We board a bus - we get on a bus.
We take a bus - we travel on a bus.


B: Discussion

Answer these questions in pairs or small groups.
1. Do you take the bus or train to work or school? Why or why not?
2. When you board a bus, where do you sit? (at the front? at the back? in the middle?)
3. In your country, can children take the bus without their parents? (without - not being with someone)
4. In your country, can cats or dogs take the bus without their owners? (owner - a person has something)

Reading Activities

A: Reading For The Main Idea
Answer these questions using Part One of Article 1.
1. Who takes the bus?

2. Where does she go on the bus?

3. Where does she board the bus?

4. Can dogs take buses in Seattle?



Article 1 - Part One
Seattle Dog Takes Bus to The Park

Wed Jan 14 SEATTLE (Reuters) - A dog takes the bus without her owner to a dog park, officials said on Tuesday.

People can take dogs on buses in Seattle but a black Labrador dog named Eclipse rides city buses without her owner to a dog park.

Eclipse boards a bus alone near her home in Belltown, Seattle.  She rides about four stops to a local dog park. (Continued.../).

Article © 2015 Thomson Reuters Limited. Lesson © 2015 www.english-to-go.com


B: Completing A Summary
Use information from Part One of Article 1 to complete this summary.
Eclipse is a black
dog.
She takes the
to a dog park in Belltown, Seattle.
She  rides
stops.
Her
doesn't take her
.
In Seattle dog owners can take their
on buses.


C: Comprehension
Answer these questions using Part Two of Article 1.
1. Where was Miles Montgomery when he saw Eclipse?

2. What was Eclipse looking at?

3. Where did Eclipse sit?

4. What did she do when she saw the stop for the dog park?

5. How does Eclipse's owner feel about Eclipse taking the bus?

6. Does Eclipse's owner go to the dog park?

Part Two

(Continued.../) Miles Montgomery, a host on Radio Station KISW, was riding the bus last week when he saw a black Lab in the aisle of the bus.  The dog was looking at the empty seat next to him.

"She jumps up and sits down, and I start petting her," Montgomery said.  "The guy beside me says 'oh yeah, that's that dog that [takes] the bus to the dog park every day, by herself."

Montgomery saw that Eclipse was alone and was looking out the window.

"She started to wag her tail when she saw her stop. Then she jumped down from the seat and she just ran off the bus, and she ran to the dog park," he said.

Eclipse's owner said he was happy about the dog's bus trips.

"We get separated. She gets on the bus without me, and I catch up with her at the dog park," owner Jeff Young told a broadcaster, KOMO. "Probably once a week I get a phone call. 'Hi, I have your dog Eclipse here ... 'I have to tell them, 'No, she's fine.'"

Article © 2015 Thomson Reuters Limited. Lesson © 2015 www.english-to-go.com
Words: petting - stroking (moving your hand gently over someone or something to show love), catch up - do something quickly so you are not behind others

D: Language
Complete the gaps in these sentences. Use Article 1. Use either the past simple tense or the past continuous.
Miles Montgomery the bus last week when he
a black dog in the aisle of the bus.
The dog
at the empty seat next to Montgomery.
The dog
up and down on the empty seat.
Montgomery
the dog while another man talked to him about Eclipse.
When it was time for Eclipse to get off the bus, she down from the seat and off the bus.


E: Tell A Story

You are Miles Montgomery, Eclipse's owner or Eclipse. Tell the story from your viewpoint (what you think and feel about it).


Post-Reading Activities
You may do one or more of these.
A: Reading for General Information
Read Article Two quickly and tick the box beside the best statement below.
Article Two is about...

a. a Hong Kong toddler who loves buses.
b. double-decker buses.

c. a toddler who went on a double-decker bus by himself.

Baby's Bus Trip

Friday November 9 HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong toddler who just loves watching buses got the ride of his life after sneaking onto a double-decker which took him on a trip  half way across town.

The boy, barely 21 months old, slipped away from his brother on Thursday while they were playing and was only discovered on the bus about an hour
later, police told Reuters on Friday.

It was not clear why the driver or other passengers didn't notice him sooner.

When finally reunited with his worried mom and dad, he excitedly repeated: "Buses! I like buses.'

Article © Thomson Reuters Limited. Lesson © 2015 www.english-to-go.com


B:  True or False
Now read Article 2 again carefully. Look at the sentences below and decide if they are true or false according to today's article. If you think a sentence is false, correct it.
1. The toddler was 21 months old.

2. The toddler was playing with his parents.

3. The bus driver quickly noticed him.

4. His parents were worried.

5. The toddler loves trucks.



C: Language

In Article 2 there were these words:

"he excitedly repeated"
excitedly is an adverb of manner, it gives us more information about how the action happened.

When adverbs are describing somebody's feelings, they are often formed from adjectives. So in this case, excitedly comes from the adjective 'excited' and then 'ly' is added. (When words end in 'y' such as in the word 'angry', then the 'y' changes to 'i' before we add 'ly': 'angrily'.)

glad    shy    angry    sad    cheerful   nervous  
Now choose one of the adverbs above to fill in the gaps below.
1.  John
took the exam.
2.  Sarah
started the new job.
3.  Eamon
met the people at the party.
4.  Dennis
cooked dinner.
5. Solomon
shouted at his cat.
6. Alex
said 'Goodbye'.

Now write three more sentences of your own.
1.
2.
3.

D: Writing
Write a paragraph about an interesting trip you have made. Where did you go? Why did you make the trip? What happened along the way?
Exchange your paragraph with another student, and read about their trip. When you have done this, think of some questions you can ask each other to get more information.


TEACHERS' NOTES AND ANSWER KEY

Reading Activities

A: Reading For The Main Idea - Answers
1. a dog/Eclipse/a black Labrador dog, 2. to a dog park, 3. near her home in Belltown, Seattle, 4. yes, but with their owners.

B: Completing A Summary
- Answers
Eclipse is a black Labrador dog.
She takes the bus to a dog park in Belltown, Seattle.
She  rides 4 stops.
She doesn't take her owner.
In Seattle dog owners can take their dogs on buses.


C: Comprehension - Answers
1. he was riding the bus/ sitting on the bus/ 2. an empty seat next to Miles Montgomery, 3. on the empty seat, 4. she wagged her tail, jumped down from the seat and got off the bus, 5. happy, 6. yes, and he meets up with his dog at the dog park.

D: Language - Notes
You can turn this into an extended language exercise, if you wish,  by taking time to discuss with students different choices for answers and looking at how this can change the narrative.

D: Language - Sample Answers
Miles Montgomery was riding/was taking/was catching the bus last week when he
saw a black dog in the aisle of the bus.
The dog
was looking at the empty seat next to Montgomery.
The dog
jumped up and sat down on the empty seat.
Montgomery was petting
the dog while another man talked to him about Eclipse.
When it was time for Eclipse to get off the bus, she jumped/got down from the seat and ran off the bus.

Post-Reading Activities

A: Reading for General Information - Answer
The correct answer  is c.

B: True or False - Answers
1. T
2. F - He was playing with his brother.
3. F - The driver only noticed him after an hour.
4. T
5. F - According to this article he loves buses.

C: Language - Notes
Students can also do this exercise online.

C: Language - Answers and Suggested Answers
gladly, shyly, angrily, sadly, cheerfully, nervously
1.  John  nervously took the exam.
2.  Sarah  gladly started the new job.
3.  Eamon  shyly met the people at the party.
4.  Dennis cheerfully cooked dinner.
5. Solomon angrily shouted at his cat.
6. Alex sadly said 'Goodbye'.

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