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Students Remember Rwanda Genocide (27th June, 2010)

Students from Texas have helped raise awareness of a terrible tragedy. The seventh- and eighth-grade students from the Lorene Rogers Middle School have been campaigning on Twitter since April 6th for people to remember the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Their “teensMAD4Rwanda” project aimed to generate a million Twitter messages (tweets) in 100 days - ‘MAD’ means ‘making a difference’. They won advertising space in the 'USA Today' newspaper for their efforts. Teacher Tara Gipson said their hope was “to stop the violence from occurring again through understanding and education”

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The class had dinner with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and met many survivors of the Rwandan genocide. Up to a million people lost their lives in the horror. This was about 20 per cent of the population. The killing happened because of tensions between two ethnic groups in Rwanda – the Hutus and Tutsis. The Hutus believed the Tutsis wanted to enslave them so they called for the killing of all Tutsis. The world looked on at the bloodbath for three months and did nothing. The Texas students’ million tweets represent the million deaths.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

raise awareness of

a.

since April 6th

2

campaigning on Twitter

b.

occurring again

3.

remember the 1994

c.

a terrible tragedy

4.

making a

d.

space

5.

advertising

e.

Rwanda genocide

6.

stop the violence from

f.

difference

 

Paragraph 2

1.

survivors of the

a.

their lives

2

a million people lost

b.

deaths

3.

20 per cent

c.

between 2 ethnic groups

4.

tensions

d.

Rwandan genocide

5.

The world looked on

e.

of the population

6.

represent the million

f.

at the bloodbath


LISTENING GAP FILL

Students from Texas have ______________________ of a terrible tragedy. The seventh- and eighth-grade students from the Lorene Rogers Middle School ______________________ on Twitter since April 6th for people to remember the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Their “teensMAD4Rwanda” ______________________ a million Twitter messages (tweets) in 100 days - ‘MAD’ means ‘______________________’. They won advertising space in the 'USA Today' newspaper ______________________. Teacher Tara Gipson said their hope was “to stop the violence from ______________________ understanding and education”

The class had dinner with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and ______________________ the Rwandan genocide. Up to a million people lost ______________________. This was about 20 per cent of the population. The ______________________ of tensions between two ethnic groups in Rwanda – the Hutus and Tutsis. The Hutus believed the Tutsis ______________________ so they called for the killing of all Tutsis. The world looked on at ______________________ months and did nothing. The Texas students’ million tweets ______________________ deaths.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Students from Texas have helped (1) ____ awareness of a terrible tragedy. The seventh- and eighth-grade students from the Lorene Rogers Middle School have been campaigning on Twitter (2) ____ April 6th for people to (3) ____ the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Their “teensMAD4Rwanda” project aimed to generate a million Twitter messages (tweets) in 100 days - ‘MAD’ means ‘making a difference’. They (4) ____ advertising space in the 'USA Today' newspaper for their efforts. Teacher Tara Gipson said their hope was “to stop the violence from (5) ____ again through understanding and education”

The class had dinner with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and met many (6) ____ of the Rwandan genocide. Up to a million people (7) ____ their lives in the horror. This was about 20 per cent of the population. The killing happened because of tensions (8) ____ two ethnic groups in Rwanda – the Hutus and Tutsis. The Hutus believed the Tutsis wanted to enslave them so they called for the (9) ____ of all Tutsis. The world looked on at the bloodbath for three months and (10) ____ nothing. The Texas students’ million tweets represent the million deaths.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

rise

(b)

rising

(c)

raise

2.

(a)

since

(b)

for

(c)

at

3.

(a)

memory

(b)

remember

(c)

memorize

4.

(a)

beat

(b)

victory

(c)

won

5.

(a)

occurring

(b)

occurred

(c)

occur

6.

(a)

survival

(b)

survivors

(c)

survived

7.

(a)

died

(b)

finished

(c)

lost

8.

(a)

middle

(b)

between

(c)

in

9.

(a)

killing

(b)

kill

(c)

killer

10.

(a)

had

(b)

were

(c)

did


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

aires awareness of

2.

eighth-eargd students

3.

“teensMAD4Rwanda” ocjpter

4.

making a feiefrdenc

5.

advertising capes

6.

stop the onvlciee

 

Paragraph 2

7.

survivors of the Rwandan iegcdneo

8.

the hrroor

9.

because of oestisnn

10.

two cienht groups

11.

the lgiknil of all Tutsis

12.

the million teasdh


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

means ‘making a difference’. They won advertising space in the 'USA Today' newspaper for their

(    )

genocide. Their “teensMAD4Rwanda” project aimed to generate a million Twitter messages (tweets) in 100 days - ‘MAD’

(    )

bloodbath for three months and did nothing. The Texas students’ million tweets represent the million deaths.

(    )

to enslave them so they called for the killing of all Tutsis. The world looked on at the

(    )

to a million people lost their lives in the horror. This was about 20 per cent of the population. The killing happened

(    )

because of tensions between two ethnic groups in Rwanda – the Hutus and Tutsis. The Hutus believed the Tutsis wanted

(    )

the Lorene Rogers Middle School have been campaigning on Twitter since April 6th for people to remember the 1994 Rwanda

(    )

efforts. Teacher Tara Gipson said their hope was “to stop the violence from occurring again through understanding and education”

1  )

Students from Texas have helped raise awareness of a terrible tragedy. The seventh- and eighth-grade students from

(    )

The class had dinner with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and met many survivors of the Rwandan genocide. Up


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

tragedy     terrible     a     of     awareness     raise     Helped.    

2.

since     Twitter     on     Campaigning     6th     the     April.    

3.

100     million     days     Twitter     messages     Generate     in     a.    

4.

'USA     advertising     Today'     space     in     They     the     won.    

5.

violence   from   occurring   again   Their    hope   was   to   stop    the.

6.

of     Rwandan     survivors     the     genocide     Many.    

7.

people    million    a    to    Up    horror    the    in    lives    their    lost.   

8.

of     about     cent     population     was     per     the     This     20.    

9.

two     between     Tensions     Rwanda     in     groups     ethnic.    

10.

The    world    looked    on    at    the    bloodbath    for    3    months.   


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

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 the Rwanda genocide 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. THE RWANDA GENOCIDE: Search the Internet and find more information about the Rwanda genocide. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about the teensMAD4Rwanda project. Include imaginary interviews with one of the students and a survivor of the Rwandan genocide. 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 Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Ask him three questions about the Rwanda genocide. Give him three of your opinions on what the world can do to prevent future genocides. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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