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The Finnish Prime Minister is in trouble with some people in her country. People are angry about videos and pictures of her partying with friends. The videos show her dancing and having fun with friends. In the video, people are drinking alcohol. Some people in Finland don’t think the Prime Minister should behave like this.

Many other people have said they support the Prime Minister. They think she should be allowed to have fun after work. Some people who don’t like the partying asked the Prime Minister to take a drug test. They think she was taking drugs at the party.

The Prime Minister thinks the anger is silly. She says she is allowed to have fun in her time off. She said that she did not agree with the request for a drug test, but she took it anyway. The test showed she did not take any drugs.

Activities:

Difficult words

Look up the definition for each of the difficult words below. Write the definition next to each word.

  1. Trouble –
  2. Partying –
  3. Behave –
  4. Support –
  5. Silly –

Next, create your own sentence for each of the difficult words above.

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Write the Synonym!

Write a synonym for each of the difficult words below.

Word/PhraseWrite the Synonym
1. Trouble 
2. Partying 
3. Behave
4. Support
5. Silly 

Fact vs. Opinion

Write down three facts from the story and three opinions.

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Unscramble the sentence!

1. Minister trouble Finnish Prime in is The

2. angry People about videos are

3. show her dancing The videos

4. taking drugs was They think she

5. she She to have fun allowed says is

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. Which side of the argument do you agree with?
5. Do you think the Prime Minister should have taken the drug test?
6. Have politicians in your country had this type of problem before?
7. Should the Finnish media have shown the videos?
8. How much privacy should politicians get?
9. Is partying common for young people in your country?
10. What’s the opinion on drug and alcohol use in your country?