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On Saturday, 26 October, a woman died at a party. She was fifty-six years old. The party was in Iowa, USA. It was a party to reveal the gender of a baby. People at the party made an explosion.

The explosion’s smoke would reveal the gender. Pink smoke would say the baby was a girl. Blue smoke would say it was a boy. The explosion went wrong. A piece of metal hit the woman and killed her.

Many people have been having gender reveal parties. Most of these parties use a cake to reveal the gender. The inside will be pink or blue. Other parties use different ways to show the gender. Some of these parties have gone very wrong. In 2018, an explosion at a party caused a wildfire. The fire burned for a week and was 47,000 acres big. Another party used an alligator. A man fed the alligator a watermelon. The watermelon had blue jelly inside.

Some people think gender reveal parties are fun. Other people think they are too dangerous. Some people think colours should not be for certain genders. People are now arguing if these parties should continue.

Difficult words

Reveal (v): To show something for the first time.

Gender (n): To be a boy or a girl.

Explosion (n): The action of blowing up.

Wildfire (n): A large fire across a forest.

Dangerous (adj): For something to be unsafe or harmful.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English: Coming Soon!

American English: Coming Soon!

Match the Synonym!

 1. Reveal  A. Boy or Girl.
 2. Gender  B. Large fire.
 3. Explosion  C. To show.
 4. Wildfire  D. Harmful
 5. Dangerous  E. Blow up.

True or False?

1. A man died at a party. T / F

2. There was an explosion at a party. T / F

3. The party was for a birthday.  T / F

4. Gender reveal parties are not popular in America. T / F

5. A man used an alligator at a party. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. was / fifty-six / years / She / old

2. an / People / explosion / at / the / party / made

3. was / a / say / would / Pink smoke / girl / the baby

4. of / Most / parties / a / use / these / cake

5. for / The / week / a / fire / burned

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English: Coming Soon!

American English: Coming Soon!

Smoke Arguing Died
Gender Reveal Burned

On Saturday, 26 October, a woman (1)_________ at a party. She was fifty-six years old. The party was in Iowa, USA. It was a party to reveal the gender of a baby. People at the party made an explosion.

The explosion’s smoke would reveal the gender. Pink (2)___________ would say the baby was a girl. Blue smoke would say it was a boy. The explosion went wrong. A piece of metal hit the woman and killed her.

Many people have been having gender reveal parties. Most of these parties use a cake to (3)_____________ the gender. The inside will be pink or blue. Other parties use different ways to show the gender. Some of these parties have gone very wrong. In 2018, an explosion at a party caused a wildfire. The fire (4)___________ for a week and was 47,000 acres big. Another party used an alligator. A man fed the alligator a watermelon. The watermelon had blue jelly inside.

Some people think (5)___________ reveal parties are fun. Other people think they are too dangerous. Some people think colours should not be for certain genders. People are now (6)____________ if these parties should continue.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Have you heard about gender reveal parties?
5. Do people have gender reveal parties in your country?
6. Do you think gender reveal parties are good or bad?
7. Are gender stereotypes discussed in your country?
8. Do you think genders are treated differently in your country?
9. Do you think it’s okay to assign colours to certain genders?
10. Do you think gender stereotypes stop people from doing what they want?
11. Do people prefer to have either gender when they have a baby in your country?
12. Are there any laws about gender equality in your country?
13. Is it legal for a person to change their gender in your country?
14. Do children’s toys affect gender stereotypes?
15. Do you think gender roles are changing?
16. Should governments create limits on gender reveal parties because of danger?
17. Do people do dangerous things at parties in your country?
18. Are there any special traditions when someone is having a baby in your country?
19. Have you ever felt treated differently because of your gender?
20.  How would you choose to reveal the gender of your baby?