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There have been protests in the US. The protests started in the city, Minneapolis. Now they are happening everywhere. People are protesting against the police. This is because a police officer killed a man. The man he killed was black. People are angry because this has happened many times before.

There is a history of black people being treated badly by the police in the US. These types of protests have happened many times before. This time people want things to change. They don’t want to stop until things change. There have been many ideas about how to fix this.

People are angry because they think police officers do not get punished enough. It took one week for the officer who killed George Floyd to be arrested. If he was a normal person, that would not have happened. He would have been arrested right away. There were three police officers watching when Officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd. They didn’t stop him. It took even longer for them to be arrested. People want crimes against black people to stop.

Difficult words

Protest (n): When people come together to say they don’t like something.

Everywhere (adj): In almost every place.

Treat (v): How you act towards someone.

Punish (v): To give someone bad treatment because they did something bad.

Arrest (v): To take someone to jail.

Activities

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Match the Synonym!

 1. Protest A. All places.
 2. Everywhere B. Treat bad for a bad action.
 3. Treat C. Take to jail.
 4. Punish D. Complain
 5. Arrest E. Act

True or False?

1.  There have been protests in the US. T / F

2. People are angry because a man killed a police officer. T / F

3. Police officers have killed black people many times. T / F

4. Protests against how black people are treated have happened before. T / F

5. People are angry because they think police officers get punished too much. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. protests / There / been / have

2. against / People / protesting / the police / are

3. was / man / black / he / The / killed

4. people / time / to / This / want things / change

5. been / arrested / He / have / would

Listening and Vocabulary

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

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There have been protests in the US. The protests (1)___________ in the city, Minneapolis. Now they are happening everywhere. People are protesting against the police. This is because a police (2)____________ killed a man. The man he killed was black. People are angry because this has happened many times before.

There is a history of black people being treated badly by the police in the US. These types of protests have happened many times before. This time people want things to change. They don’t want to stop (3)________ things change. There have been many ideas about how to fix this.

People are (4)_________ because they think police officers do not get punished enough. It took one week for the officer who killed George Floyd to be arrested. If he was a (5)_________ person, that would not have happened. He would have been arrested right away. There were three police officers watching when Officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd. They didn’t stop him. It took even (6)____________ for them to be arrested. People want crimes against black people to stop.

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. What is the opinion of police in your country?
5. What is the opinion of US police in your country?
6. Have you seen any of the videos of police brutality from the US? If so, what do you think?
7. Have any journalists from your country been attacked by police in the US?
8. Is protesting common in your country?
9. What is the biggest protest you remember in your country and what was it about?
10. What can be done to fix the problems with police in the US?
11. Are police in your country well trained?
12. Do you think the police who killed George Floyd will be convicted?
13. Are police in your country punished if they commit a crime?
14. Have there been protests in your country related to the Black Lives Matter movement?
15. What do you think about the Black Lives Matter movement?
16. Have you ever taken part in a protest before?
17. Is racism a problem in your country?
18. How are people of different skin colours treated in your country?
19. Do you feel safe when you see the police in your city?
20. Have you ever had to communicate with the police?