Read to Speak Adult ESL Book Club Meeting - UPTOWN Mondays
DUE TO COVID-19, THIS EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED! THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE!
Book Title: One Plastic Bag
Author: Miranda Paul Illustrator: Elizabeth Zunon
Prepare for the meeting!
Words you need to know:
Nouns: fabric, stew, basket, dirt, hut, aluminum, plastic, ugliness, goat, butcher, pile, mosquito, water well, stitch, broomstick, strips, spools, thread, purse, rubbish, insides (intestines)
Verbs: pelt, tip, tumble, gather, soak, kick, crumble, emerge, scurry, confess, frown, tote, slurp, poke, swing, escape, float, tuck, step, notice, tie up, twist around, survive, sag, swarm, sting, scamper, forage, ignore, pluck, fetch, clip, crochet, carve, roll, mock, haul, zip
Adjectives: silky, bubbling, torn, useless, powerful, crazy, nervous, sore, blistered, dirty, gone, creaking
Expressions: flap in the wind, day after day, hold one’s breath, nowhere else, by candlelight, in secretOther: palm leaf, tamarind tree
Author’s Note: heaps of trash, rural, recycle, vow, livestock, malaria, income, self-confidence, capture the spirit, inspirational accomplishments, craft, contribute earnings, empowerment, literacy
Vocabulary with QUIZLET:
1. Imagine you are giving an award to Isatou Ceesay. What would you say about her? Think of words that best describe her and give examples of why she deserves recognition.
2. Plastic waste is a problem everywhere. One alternative is to use glass containers. What else can we use to wrap, carry, store, eat & drink food/beverages? How can we replace other plastic items, such as grocery bags? Make a list. What are the advantages/disadvantages of each material?
3. Toronto is proposing ways to reduce single-use plastic items (bags, cups, utensils, plates, take-out containers etc.). Discuss the proposals. Which do you like? Why? Do you have other ideas?
- Creating an ‘ask first’ bylaw. This means only customers who ask will get single-use items.
- Charging customers a fee for all single-use plastic items
- Making a rule that all shops, food courts, concert halls, cinemas etc. must offer reusable items to their customers.
- Banning all Styrofoam and plastic take-out containers.
4. These Gambian women ‘upcycled’ plastic bags to create beautiful, useful objects. Tell the class about something you made. What materials did you use? How did you make it?
5. Have you (or someone you know) ever found a unique or creative way to solve a problem? Share your story with the group.
Next Book Club Meeting – Session 9/10
Date: Monday May 4 Book Title: The Journey by Francesca Sanna