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  • A: Discussion

    1. Look at the picture below and answer the questions.

    b. What is the name of this animal?

    c. Where does it live?

    d. What does it eat?

    2. Todays article is about a gorilla who can speak her mind. Think about these questions.

    a. What language can a gorilla speak?

    b. Can a gorilla have a pet?

    c. What feelings can an animal have?

    B: Vocabulary

    Look at these words below. Use your dictionary to find their meanings. Then put them under the correct

    heading. The first one is done for you as an example.

    Adjective Noun Verb

    to name Phrase

    a thought, use sign language, to be born in captivity, dirty, to name, to sign, one time, to scold, to bit, sad,

    a pet kitten, a feeling, soft, to die.

    C: Predicting

    What do you think today's article will be about? In groups discuss the questions below. The questions will

    help you to think about today's article.

    1. Who was born in captivity?

    2. What language was the gorilla taught?

    3. Who had a pet kitten?

    4. Who was sad and soft?

    5. What was the kitten scolded for?

    Reading Activities

    A: Main Idea

    Read todays article and circle the best answer below.

    Todays article is about

    a. a kitten who lived with gorilla

    b. a gorilla who could use the sign language

    c. an animal who could speak

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  • An Animal Speaks Her Mind

    If animals could talk, what would they say about their thoughts and feelings? A gorilla born in captivity

    has helped answer that question. Koko was taught to use sign language. She has learned hundreds of

    words! Koko once had a pet kitten she named All Ball. "Koko love Ball," she signed. "Soft good cat."

    One time, she scolded the kitten for biting her-by signing "you bad dirty toilet"! When her pet died, Koko

    cried. "Sad sleep cat," she signed.

    B: Sequencing.

    Look at the first sentence of the article and put the lines into the correct order. Dont look at the article.

    (The first line is numbered for you)

    1. Here is the first sentence.

    __could

    _1_If animals

    __what would

    __thoughts

    __they say

    __and feelings

    __about their

    __talk

    2. Here is the second sentence.

    __she scolded

    __biting her

    __one time

    __the kitten for

    __by signing

    __you bad dirty toilet

    3.Here is the third sentence.

    __ born

    __in captivity

    __that question

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  • __answer

    __a gorilla

    __has helped

    C: Reading for Detail

    Look at the words in bold type from todays article and choose the best meaning.

    1. If animals could talk, what would they say about their thoughts and feelings.

    They in this sentence means:

    a. scientists

    b. people

    c. animals

    2. She has learned hundreds of words.

    She in this sentence means:

    a. a cat

    b. a gorilla

    c. an animal

    3. Koko once had a pet kitten she named All Ball.

    She in this sentence means:

    a. a pet kitten

    b. All Ball

    c. Koko

    4. One time, she scolded the kitten for biting her by signing you bad dirty toilet.

    Her in this sentence means:

    a. Koko

    b. The kitten

    c. captivity

    5. You in this sentence means:

    a. the kitten

    b. a gorilla

    c. a pet

    D: Questions

    Read the article again and answer the questions below.

    1. Who was born in captivity?

    2. What language was the gorilla taught?

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  • 3. Who had a pet kitten?

    4. Who was sad and soft?

    5. What was the kitten scolded for?

    Compare your answers here with the answers you gave in Pre-Reading Activity C.

    Post-Reading Activities

    You may do one or more of these activities.

    A: Language

    1. A gorilla born in captivity has helped answer that question.

    The Present Perfect is used to express an action that has finished by the present moment.

    2. She has learned hundreds of words.

    The Present Perfect is used to express an action that has finished by the present moment.

    3. Koko once had a pet kitten she named All Ball.

    The Past Simple is used for actions that finished in the past.

    4. One time she scolded the kitten for biting her by signing you bad dirty toilet.

    The Past Simple is used for actions that finished in the past.

    5. When her pet died, Koko cried.

    The Past Simple is used for actions that finished in the past.

    Put the verbs in brackets into the right tense form.

    1. Koko once (have) a pet kitten she (name) All Ball.

    2. Koko love Ball she (sign).

    3. One time, she (scold) the kitten for biting her.

    4. When the pet (die), Koko (cry).

    B: Gap Fill

    Complete the paragraph with the words in the list below.

    thoughts, feelings, sign language, named, in captivity, dirty, signed, one time, kitten, sad, animals, gorilla,

    words, pet.

    If (1)_________ could talk, what would they say about their (2)_______ and (3)_______?

    A (4)_________ born (5)________ has helped answer that question.

    Koko was taught to use (6) ________ . She has learned hundreds of (7)______ .

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  • Koko once had a pet (8)______ she (9)________ All Ball. Koko love Ball, she (10)____ .

    Soft good cat. (11)________ . She scolded the kitten for biting her by signing you bad (12)_______

    toilet.

    When her (13)______ died, Koko cried. (14)_______ sleep cat, she signed.

    TEACHERS' NOTES AND ANSWER KEY

    Pre-Reading Activities

    A: Discussion - Answers

    a. gorilla

    b. In the forests of the western part of Central Africa.

    c. Plants, fruit.

    B: Vocabulary - Notes

    You may need to explain to students that a phrase is a group of two or more words that have meaning but

    don't form a complete sentence.

    Discuss the headings with your students to ensure that they know what the categories are. Students use

    their dictionaries to check the meanings of the words and then sort them into the correct category.

    B: Vocabulary - Answers

    Adjectives: dirty, sad, soft.

    Nouns: a thought, a feeling.

    Verbs: to die, to sign, to scold, to bit.

    Phrases: use sign language, to be born in captivity, one time, a pet kitten

    C: Predicting - Notes

    Ask the students to work in pairs or small groups to discuss the questions. Don't give them any answers at

    this stage.

    Reading Activities

    A: Main Idea - Answer

    The best answer is: c. (The other answers are true but c. is the best answer.)

    B: Sequencing - Answers

    1.

    _2_could

    _1_If animals

    _4_what would

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  • _7_thoughts

    _5_they say

    _8_and feelings

    _6_about their

    _3_talk

    2.

    _2_she scolded

    _4_biting her

    _1_one time

    _3_the kitten for

    _5_by signing

    _6_you bad dirty toilet

    3.

    _2_ born

    _3_in captivity

    _6_that question

    _5_answer

    _1_a gorilla

    _4_has helped

    C: Reading for Detail - Answers

    1.c, 2.b, 3.c, 4.a, 5.a.

    D: Questions - Notes

    These questions are the same questions that were in Pre-Reading Activity B. This is a chance for the

    students to compare their predictions with what is in the article.

    D: Questions - Answers

    1. A gorilla was born in captivity.

    2. The gorilla was taught a sign language.

    3. The gorilla had a pet kitten

    4. The kitten was sad and soft

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  • 5. The kitten was scolded for biting the gorilla.

    Post-Reading Activities

    A: Language - Notes

    Students can refer to the article for help in knowing which tense to use.

    A: Language - Put the verbs in brackets into the right tense form. Answers

    1. Koko once had a pet kitten she named All Ball.

    2. Koko love Ball she signed.

    3. One time, she scolded the kitten for biting her.

    4. When the pet died, Koko cried.

    B: Gap Fill - Answers

    1. Animals

    2. Thoughts

    3. Feelings

    4. Gorilla

    5. In captivity

    6. Sign language

    7. Words

    8. Kitten

    9. Named

    10. Signed

    11. Jne time

    12. Dirty

    13. Pet

    14. Sad

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