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There is a famous footballer in the UK. His name is Marcus Rashford. He plays for the team Manchester United. Rashford is working hard to give free meals to children. He wants no children to be hungry. He is worried about children not having food during the holidays and the coronavirus.

In the UK, some children get free school meals. Children get free school meals when their families have low income. In the past, children did not get free meals during breaks or holidays. In June 2020, Rashford wrote a letter to the UK government. His letter asked them to help children. The next day, the government said they would give free meals to children during the summer.

Now, Rashford is trying to get free meals for children during the winter holidays. The government said they won’t do this. Rashford has been working with a food charity to help feed children. In the beginning, his goal was to help 400,000 children in Manchester. Many people have given him money to help children. Now, Rashford has helped 4 million children around the UK.

Difficult words

Worry (v): To think about problems.

Income (n): Money people get from working.

Break (n): A time when someone doesn’t have to work or go to school.

Charity (n): A group of people that collect money for those who need it.

Goal (n): Something that needs hard work to complete.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Worry A. Vacation
 2. Income B. Nervous
 3. Break C. Target
 4. Charity  D. Money
 5. Goal E. Helpful group.

True or False?

1. Marcus Rashford is a famous baseball player. T / F

2. Rashford is worried about children. T / F

3. Some children get free school meals in the UK. T / F

4. Rashford wrote an email to the UK government. T / F

5. Rashford has helped feed more than 4 million adults. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

  1. is / a / There / famous / footballer

2. is / Rashford / working / hard

3. worried / children / He / is / about

4. meals / free / school / Children / get

5. money / given / people / him / have / Many

Listening and Vocabulary

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

American English:

MealsLowDuring
GivenFootballerHolidays

There is a famous (1)_______________ in the UK. His name is Marcus Rashford. He plays for the team Manchester United. Rashford is working hard to give free meals to children. He wants no children to be hungry. He is worried about children not having food during the (2)____________ and the coronavirus.

In the UK, some children get free school meals. Children get free school meals when their families have (3)______ income. In the past, children did not get free meals during breaks or holidays. In June 2020, Rashford wrote a letter to the UK government. His letter asked them to help children. The next day, the government said they would give free (4)_________ to children during the summer.

Now, Rashford is trying to get free meals for children (5)___________ the winter holidays. The government said they won’t do this. Rashford has been working with a food charity to help feed children. In the beginning, his goal was to help 400,000 children in Manchester. Many people have (6)_________ him money to help children. Now, Rashford has helped 4 million children around the UK.

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. Should the British government give free meals to poor children during the holidays?
5. Is it right for people to be angry at the government for not giving the meals?
6. Do poor children in your country get free school meals?
7. Is there help in your country for children during the school holidays?
8. Is it important for celebrities to use their platforms to help people?
9. Are there any famous people in your country who are known for helping people?
10. Is it the government’s job to help people with their children?
11. Are children more vulnerable in your country because of COVID-19?
12. Are people in your country getting help from the government because of COVID-19?
13. What are school meals like in your country?
14. Is it more common to bring lunch from home or to eat a school meal in your country?
15. Are school meals healthy in your country?
16. Have school meals in your country changed since you were a kid?
17. Do low-income people get help with buying food in your country?
18. In what other ways do you think children need help?
19. Is it expensive to raise a child in your country?
20. Are there many children’s charities in your country?