Land for Endangered Animals

Conversation

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  • Some people think that human needs for farmland, housing, and industry are more important than saving land for endangered animals. Do you agree or disagree with this point of view? Why or why not? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer
    • What value do endangered animals have?
    • Who gets to determine what land is used for?
    • Is there a compromise that can happen?

Vocabulary

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Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
species (n) group of similar living organisms
Which species would you want to protect?
extinction (n) something no longer in existence
Without care, the mammoths were in danger of extinction.
endangered (adj) seriously at risk of extinction
They fought to protect the endangered species.
rewarding (adj) providing satisfaction
Helping animals can be a rewarding experience.
preserve (v) maintain in its original state
Each species deserves to have someone preserve them.
displace (v) be removed from their home
They had to displace the rabbits to a new home.
force out (expression) excessively move something
With new buildings going up, the species were forced out of their homes.
knock down (expression) destroy, break down
Many animals were displaced after they knocked down their homes.
close off (expression) not allow in, seclude
The farmer had to close off the land that was dry.
hang in there (expression) don’t give up
The organization told the volunteers to hang in there even after the funding was cut.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.”
― Gerard De Nerval

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

Never, Never Give Up

Conversation

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  • The expression “Never, never give up” means to keep trying and never stop working for your goals. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
    • In what situations is it helpful to follow this expression?
    • In what situations is it not helpful to follow this expression?
    • Are there limits to this expression?

Vocabulary

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Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
goal (n) object of someone’s ambition
Whatever your goal, chase after it.
journey (n) long process, travel
They knew that this journey would be a difficult one.
undecided (adj) not authoritatively determined
She was undecided of whether she would continue.
motivated (adj) have a motive for someone
She was motivated to win the competition.
persevere (v) continue in a course of action
Despite the challenges, she persevered and won the race.
concede (v) accept something after resisting it
She would never concede on her conviction.
give up (expression) cease making an effort
Her dad always told her never to give up.
scale back (expression) make something smaller than intended
He realized he needed to scale back his expectations.
shy away (expression) shrink, retreat
She wasn’t one to shy away from danger.
pull yourself together (expression) calm down
After he was afraid, he pulled himself together and got to work. 

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“Winners never quit and quitters never win.”
― Vince Lombardi

Wrap-up

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Personal Lives of Famous People

Conversation

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  • Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Television, newspapers, magazines, and other media pay too much attention to the personal lives of famous people such as public figures and celebrities. Use specific reasons and details to explain your opinion.
    • In what ways does the media pay too much attention to famous people?
    • Would you be comfortable or uncomfortable with the amount of attention you would receive if you were a celebrity?
    • Is such attention a good thing or a bad thing?

Vocabulary

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Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
paparazzi (n) photographers who pursue celebrities
She was always alert of paparazzi around.
fame (n) condition of being known or talked about
She wasn’t excited about the fame at first but later learned to enjoy it.
prominent (adj) important, famous
He loved being a prominent member of the organization.
annoying (adj) causing irritation
She found it annoying that she couldn’t even go out in public anymore.
conceal (v) hide, put out of sight
Not wanting attention, she tried to conceal her identity.
embrace (v) accept or support willingly
She finally learned to just embrace all the attention.
gear up (expression) get ready for a busy season
He was excited to gear up for another movie premiere.
get away from (expression) go to a different location
There was no way she could get away from the photographers.
pan out (expression) the way a situation develops
With no disguise, she wondered how her presence would pan out.
give the cold shoulder (expression) ignore
She didn’t want to talk so she gave them the cold shoulder.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“My happiness doesn’t come from money or fame. My happiness comes from seeing life without struggle.”
― Nicki Minaj

Wrap-up

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Earth vs. Human

Conversation

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  • Some people believe that the Earth is being harmed (damaged) by human activity. Others feel that human activity makes the Earth a better place to live. What is your opinion? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
    • In what ways could human activity harm the earth?
    • In what ways could human activity benefit the earth?
    • Could there be a balance between the two?

Vocabulary

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Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
pollution (n) the introduction of something that is harmful for the environment
With the increase in car travel, there was more pollution in the air.
advantage (n) something that puts someone in a favorable position
His biology background gave him an advantage in helping their community.
harmful (adj) likely to cause harm
Smoking can be very harmful for your lungs.
beneficial (adj) favorable or advantageous
He thought it was beneficial they were being conscious of the environment.
misuse (v) use something for the wrong purpose
People sometimes misuse natural resources.
rescue (v) save from danger
He made it his mission to rescue his neighborhood tree.
be out of (expression) have no more left
Soon, they’ll be out of money to save for the organization.
break down (expression) stop working
The wood started to break down because of the harsh weather.
fight off (expression) resist something
We had to fight off the mosquitos during our camping trip.
every cloud has a silver lining (expression) good things come after bad
Even though the house had burned, he realized that every cloud has a silver lining when they could get new things.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“Look deep into nature and you will be able to understand everything better.”
― Albert Einstein

Wrap-up

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Jewelry or Concert?

Conversation

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  • You have received a gift of money. The money is enough to buy either a piece of jewelry you like or tickets to a concert you want to attend. Which would you buy? Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.
    • What would make you want to choose the jewelry?
    • What would make you want to choose the tickets to a concert?
    • What would your family or friends want you to do?

Vocabulary

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Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
wealth (n) a large amount of money
What would you do with that amount of wealth?
budget (n) an estimate of income
He looked at his budget and realized it wouldn’t be possible.
affluent (adj) having a great deal of money
Her family was affluent, but she wanted to work for her money.
intuitive (adj) done based on intuition, one’s feeling
They had to make an intuitive decision on what to do with all the wealth they came away with.
experience (v) encounter an event
She wanted to experience life rather than accumulate things.
spend (v) pay out in buying goods or services
She couldn’t decide what to spend her money on.
blow off (expression) ignore
He blew her off when they were supposed to go shopping.
embark on (expression) start a project or journey
They were ready to embark on a great concert experience.
go back on (expression) break a promise
She couldn’t go back on what she told him she would get.
have sticky fingers (expression) be a shoplifter, thief
Since he didn’t have much money, he learned to get what he wanted by having sticky fingers.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.”
― John Ruskin

Wrap-up

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New High School in Your Town

Conversation

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  • It has recently been announced that a new high school may be built in your community. Do you support or oppose this plan? Why? Use specific reasons and details in your answer
    • What would be some benefits to having a new high school in your community?
    • What would be some negatives to having a new high school in your community?
    • What could be a compromise between the two viewpoints?

Vocabulary

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Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
clique (n) small group of people with similar interests
Even teachers seemed to form their own cliques among their coworkers.
dispute (n) disagreement or argument
The teachers got into a heated dispute.
argumentative (adj) expressing diverging ideas
He came off as very argumentative in the discussion.
academic (adj) relating to learning
They just wanted a new academic building for their students.
renovate (v) return to a good state
The school would be renovated rather than totally rebuilt.
unveil (v) reveal or announce publically
They couldn’t wait to unveil the new park to the rest of the community.
approve of (expression) to agree with a decision
Does she approve of your actions?
belong to (expression) be a member of
They wanted to belong to the new school but they weren’t allowed to.
break away (expression) leave an organization
The other teachers decided to break away from the school and start their own.
get a run for one’s money (expression) receiving a challenge
The school dispute gave the principal a run for his money in having to make difficult decisions.

Something Extra

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“Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.”
― Guy Finley

Wrap-up

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Moving in Search of Another Place

Conversation

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  • Some people spend their entire lives in one place. Others move a number of times throughout their lives, looking for a better job, house, community, or even climate. Which do you prefer: staying in one place or moving in search of another place? Use reasons and specific examples to support your opinion.
    • What are the benefits of living your entire life in one place?
    • What are the benefits of moving through their lives?
    • Is there a balance between always moving and staying in one place?

Vocabulary

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Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
prosperity (n) state of thriving, being prosperous
They sought out a life of prosperity for their family.
change (n) act of becoming different
He had a difficult time adapting to change.
established (adj) been in existence for a while
They had built and lived in their established home for decades.
alternative (adj) available as another option
Living in another state could be an alternative to quitting.
transfer (v) move from one place to another
The company transferred him to another state.
remain (v) stay in the place one has been occupying
The girl wanted to remain where she was.
stay put (expression) not move
She preferred to stay put in her hometown.
get across (expression) communicate effectively
They tried to get across the opportunities they would have if they moved.
have against (expression) disagree
He wondered what they had against moving another time.
rags to riches (expression) move from poverty to prosperity
She told the story of how they went from rags to riches with their hard work.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”
― Lyndon B. Johnson

Wrap-up

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