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On Saturday, 26 October, an American woman died at a gender reveal party in Iowa. She was fifty-six years old. People at the party made an explosion with smoke. The smoke would reveal the gender of a baby. Pink smoke would say the baby is a girl and blue smoke would say it is a boy. The explosion went very wrong and a piece of metal hit the woman and killed her.

Recently, gender reveal parties have been very popular in the US and are growing in the UK. Most of these parties use a cake to reveal the gender. The inside will usually be pink or blue. Other parties have used different and more dangerous ways to show the gender. Some of these parties have been disastrous. In 2018, an explosion at a party in Arizona caused a wildfire. The fire raged for a week and was 47,000 acres big. It caused $8 million worth of damage. At another party, a Louisiana man used his pet alligator to reveal the gender. He fed the alligator a watermelon which contained blue jelly inside to show the baby was a boy.

Many people have been discussing the danger of gender reveal parties. Some people think gender reveal parties are fun and should not be stopped. Other people think they are dangerous for people physically but also mentally. Some people think colours should not be used for certain genders and that genders should not be so important. People are now arguing if these parties should continue.

Difficult words

Gender (n): A boy or girl.

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

Disastrous (adj): To be very terrible.

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

Physically (adv): To have to do with the body.

Mentally (adv): To have to do with the mind or brain.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

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Match the Synonym!

 1. Gender  A. Terrible
 2. Reveal  B. Large fire.
 3. Disastrous  C. Boy or girl.
 4. Wildfire  D. Body
 5. Physically  E. To show.

True or False?

1. A woman died at a birthday party. T / F

2. The woman was older than thirty. T / F

3. Gender reveal parties are not popular outside the U.S. T / F

4. Some parties have been disastrous. T / F

5. A man fed an alligator a pineapple. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

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

2. reveal / would / gender / the / The / smoke

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

4. will / be / inside / or / pink / usually / The / blue

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

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!

Important Smoke Killed
Cake Reveal Damage

On Saturday, 26 October, an American woman died at a gender reveal party in Iowa. She was fifty-six years old. People at the party made an explosion with (1)_________. The smoke would reveal the gender of a baby. Pink smoke would say the baby is a girl and blue smoke would say it is a boy. The explosion went very wrong and a piece of metal hit the woman and (2)__________ her.

Recently, gender reveal parties have been very popular in the US and are growing in the UK. Most of these parties use a (3)________ to reveal the gender. The inside will usually be pink or blue. Other parties have used different and more dangerous ways to show the gender. Some of these parties have been disastrous. In 2018, an explosion at a party in Arizona caused a wildfire. The fire raged for a week and was 47,000 acres big. It caused $8 million worth of (4)_____________. At another party, a Louisiana man used his pet alligator to reveal the gender. He fed the alligator a watermelon which contained blue jelly inside to show the baby was a boy.

Many people have been discussing the danger of gender (5)___________ parties. Some people think gender reveal parties are fun and should not be stopped. Other people think they are dangerous for people physically but also mentally. Some people think colours should not be used for certain genders and that genders should not be so (6)_____________. People are now arguing 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?