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There have been large fires in California. The fires have been in Oregon and Washington too. These types of fires happen every year. This year, they have been the biggest ever. The Governor of California said the fires are because of climate change. He said there is a climate emergency.

The fires have destroyed many homes and killed people. Firefighters are struggling to stop the fires. The fires are so big that the sky has turned orange in large parts of California. The smoke from the fires has caused Portland and San Francisco to have the worst air in the world.

The Governor of California said there is no debate about climate change. He said that California shows climate change is real. He said these fires and the high temperatures are what scientists said would happen.

Difficult words

Climate (n): The normal weather in an area.

Emergency (n): A very serious or dangerous situation.

Destroy (v): To ruin something.

Struggling (v): To have a very hard or difficult time.

Debate (n/v): To argue, talk about something you disagree about.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

American English Audio:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Climate A. Ruin
 2. Emergency B. Argue
 3. Destroy C. Weather
 4. Struggling D. A hard time.
 5. Debate E.  Dangerous situation.

True or False?

1.  There have been fires in every state of the US. T / F

2. The Governor of California said that the fires are not dangerous. T / F

3. The Governor says there is a climate emergency. T / F

4. Some people have died because of the fires. T / F

5. San Francisco and Portland have the best air in the world. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

  1. large / fires / have / There / been

2. happen / These / every year / types of / fires

3. destroyed / The / fires / homes / many / have

4. stop / to / are struggling / Firefighters / the fires

5. so / big / The / fires / are

Listening and Vocabulary

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

American English Audio:

FiresChangeWorst
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There have been (1)_______ fires in California. The fires have been in Oregon and Washington too. These types of fires happen every year. This year, they have been the biggest ever. The Governor of California said the fires are because of climate change. He said there is a (2)__________ emergency.

The fires have destroyed many homes and killed people. Firefighters are struggling to stop the (3)_______. The fires are so big that the sky has turned orange in large parts of California. The smoke from the fires has caused Portland and San Francisco to have the (4)________ air in the world.

The Governor of California said there is no debate about climate change. He said that California shows climate (5)_________ is real. He said these fires and the high temperatures are what (6)__________ said would happen.

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. Do you think the fires in the US are worse because of Global Warming?
5. Has your country experienced any effects from Global Warming?
6. What should the US government do to stop these wildfires from happening?
7. What is the opinion on Global Warming in your country?
8. Are there any natural disasters that occur in your country?
9. Do you think humanity can stop Global Warming?
10. What do you think will be the worst effects of Global Warming?
11. Do you do anything to limit your impact on the environment?
12. How strongly does your government combat Global Warming?
13. Is the US Presidential election big news in your country?
14. Will the outcome of the US Presidential election affect your country?
15. Do you think most people in your country would prefer Trump or Biden to win?
16. Do you agree with all of your country’s leader’s policies?
17. How divisive is politics in your country?
18. What are some controversial topics in your country these days?
19. Do you think Biden was right with what he said about Trump?
20. Have you ever experienced a natural disaster first hand?