US Senator Bernie Sanders’ Political Revolution

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Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • political revolution: a new system of government
  • Democratic: representing the US Democratic Party (as opposed to the Republican Party)
  • primary: an early vote that helps decide a political party’s leader before a presidential election
  • corruption: dishonest behaviour
  • influence: to have an effect on

US Senator Celebrates Start of a Political Revolution

US Senator Bernie Sanders declared the beginning of a political revolution this week after winning an important preliminary election against Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. The 74-year-old senator, who says he wants to give the government back to the people, received over 80% of the young vote (ages 18-29) at the New Hampshire primary. his presidential , Sanders has been speaking out against corruption. Sanders says that the billionaire class, also known as the 1%, funds and influences political decisions. The senator hopes to win the election with small contributions from everyday Americans. He also wants to make public colleges and tuition free.Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is Bernie Sanders?
  2. Why does the report mention Hillary Clinton?
  3. What two words are used to describe the super-rich?

Discussion Questions: Young people often rebel against their parents but respect the opinions of their grandparents. Do you think this is why so many young Americans are rallying around a 74-year-old presidential candidate?

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ANSWERS

US Senator Celebrates Start of a Political Revolution
US Senator Bernie Sanders declared the beginning of a political revolution this week after winning an important preliminary election against Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. The 74-year-old senator, who says he wants to give the government back to the people, received over 80% of the young vote (ages 18-29) at the New Hampshire primary. Throughout his presidential campaign, Sanders has been speaking out against political corruption. Sanders says that the billionaire class, also known as the 1%, funds elections and influences political decisions. The senator hopes to win the election with small contributions from everyday Americans. He also wants to make public colleges and universities tuition free.

  1. Bernie Sanders is a US senator who hopes to be chosen as the Democratic leader in the next presidential election.
  2. The report mentions Hillary Clinton because she is Bernie Sanders’ Democratic opponent. She is also running for president and hopes to win the Democratic nomination.
  3. The terms “billionaire class” and “1%” are used to describe the super-rich.

 

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Computer Lab – March 3, 2016

The story is about Black History Month and a special woman.  She is 106 years old.  She has seen many historic changes during her life.  Please choose a level to read and watch a video.

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“Hey!”

“How are you?”

“I’m fine.”

She’s waited over a century to see a black president in office, so how else do you celebrate meeting Obama then to dance?

“She’s dancing. C’mon! So what’s the secret to still dancing at 106?”

And that’s exactly what 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin did. So excited was the South Carolina native to meet the US president and first lady, that she couldn’t help but bust out some moves. Having lived through segregation and the civil rights movement, Virginia expressed her amazement and gratitude at meeting Obama.

“I tell you, I am so happy.”

“We are happy to have you.”

“A black president!”

“Look at him.”

“Yay!”

Mrs McLaurin filed a White House petition in 2014, saying she’d love to meet Obama and his family, and her request was heard. As part of Black History Month, the White House had been hosting events to celebrate African Americans past and present who shaped the US.

And after her hundred-year wait, Virginia made sure she made an effort for her memorable trip to the White House.

“Look at those nails! Woo-hoo!”

Difficult words: native (a local citizen), bust out (to do something special), segregation (the separation of black and white people in the USA), gratitude (being thankful), file (to submit, to send, to put in), a petition (request), make an effort (to try hard).

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Lab Verb Tenses and Prepositions Games

Exercises for today:  verb tenses and prepositions of place

  1. Present Perfect Vs. Past Tenses Grammar Game – Spin the Wheel Game
  2. Irregular Past Tense Spelling Game – Drag and Drop Spelling Game
  3. Elementary Prepositions Spin off –

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Lab Grammar Dec. 28 | English Computer Lab

These are short and simple exercises.

  1. Adverbs and Adjectives
  2. Count and Non-Countable Nouns
  3. Making Questions

Source: Lab Grammar Nov. 25 | English Computer Lab

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Lab Grammar Nov. 25

These are short and simple exercises.

Adverbs and Adjectives

Count and Non-Countable Nouns

Lab: A Special Christmas Present

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Story 1: A Special Christmas Present

Source: ELC Study Zone: Level 200 Reading Topics

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Quiz: Do and Don’t

Do you know how to use Do and Don’t?  Take a quiz and see.

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