The Reading / Listening - Level 6

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is in trouble again following revelations about his tax returns. The New York Times said Mr Trump's 1995 tax returns showed he reported over $900 million in business losses. This has enabled him to not pay nearly a billion dollars in income tax over the past 19 years. The Times suggests Trump is being hypocritical, as he has constantly criticized the tax system for being unfair. The Times wrote: "Trump is right when he says the system is rigged. What he doesn't say is that it’s rigged in his favor and in the favor of people like him, and against regular people - those of us who earn money, pay income tax on it, and financially support the country in which we live."



Mr Trump has spent years on social media attacking high-profile people for not paying enough tax. He attacked President Obama for paying a "paltry" tax rate of 20.5 per cent. Former New York mayor and Trump campaign advisor Rudy Giuliani said Mr Trump had done nothing illegal and called him a "genius" for not paying tax and turning around his loss-making business. He likened Trump to Winston Churchill, Britain's leader during World War II. Mr Trump tweeted: "I know our complex tax laws better than anyone who has ever run for president and am the only one who can fix them." When Hillary Clinton accused Mr Trump of not paying taxes, he replied: "That makes me smart."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 4  or  Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/10/02/the-most-shocking-part-of-donald-trumps-tax-records-isnt-the-916-million-loss-everyones-talking-about/
  • http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/03/us/politics/trump-taxes-twitter.html
  • http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-idUSKCN1220P5


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. DONALD TRUMP: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Donald Trump. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       presidential / nominee / revelations / tax returns / income tax / hypocritical / support
       social media / tax rate / mayor / illegal / genius / leader / loss-making business / smart

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. PRESIDENT: Students A strongly believe Donald Trump would be a great president; Students B strongly believe he would be a disaster.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. TAXES: What new rules should there be on these taxes? Discuss this with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

  • Income tax
  • Sales tax
  • Profits tax
  • Inheritance tax
  • Property tax
  • Import tax
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5. SMART: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "smart". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. GENIUS: Rank these with your partner. Put the biggest geniuses at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Paul McCartney
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Hayao Miyazaki
  • Donald Trump
  • Mark Zuckerberg
  • Lionel Messi
  • Serene Williams

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The Washington Post made revelations about Donald Trump's tax.     T / F
  2. Mr Trump's business lost over $900 million in the 1990s.     T / F
  3. Donald Trump has not paid tax for 19 years.     T / F
  4. A newspaper said the tax system favors people like Mr Trump.     T / F
  5. Donald Trump attacked president Obama for paying too little tax.     T / F
  6. A former mayor of New York called Mr Trump a fool.     T / F
  7. The former mayor likened Donald Trump to George Washington.     T / F
  8. Mr Trump said he cannot fix America's tax system.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. nominee
  2. revelations
  3. hypocritical
  4. rigged
  5. regular
  6. attacking
  7. paltry
  8. genius
  9. complex
  10. smart
  1. mastermind
  2. fraudulent
  3. clever
  4. disclosures
  5. criticizing
  6. complicated
  7. candidate
  8. small
  9. ordinary
  10. holier-than-thou

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. presidential nominee Donald Trump is in
  2. revelations
  3. he has constantly
  4. it's rigged in
  5. those of
  6. attacking high-profile people for
  7. a "paltry"
  8. turning around his loss-
  9. He likened Trump
  10. better than anyone who
  1. us who earn money
  2. criticized the tax system
  3. has ever run for president
  4. about his tax returns
  5. making business
  6. tax rate of 20.5 per cent
  7. his favor
  8. to Winston Churchill
  9. not paying enough tax
  10. trouble again

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
income
nominee
financially
losses
constantly
regular
revelations
rigged

Republican presidential (1) ____________ Donald Trump is in trouble again following (2) ____________ about his tax returns. The New York Times said Mr Trump's 1995 tax returns showed he reported over $900 million in business (3) ____________. This has enabled him to not pay nearly a billion dollars in (4) ____________ tax over the past 19 years. The Times suggests Trump is being hypocritical, as he has (5) ____________ criticized the tax system for being unfair. The Times wrote: "Trump is right when he says the system is (6) ____________. What he doesn't say is that it's rigged in his favor and in the favor of people like him, and against (7) ____________ people - those of us who earn money, pay income tax on it, and (8) ____________ support the country in which we live."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
genius
profile
complex
campaign
smart
paltry
fix
loss

Mr Trump has spent years on social media attacking high- (9) ____________ people for not paying enough tax. He attacked President Obama for paying a "(10) ____________ " tax rate of 20.5 per cent. Former New York mayor and Trump (11) ____________ advisor Rudy Giuliani said Mr Trump had done nothing illegal and called him a "(12) ____________ " for not paying tax and turning around his (13) ____________ -making business. He likened Trump to Winston Churchill, Britain's leader during World War II. Mr Trump tweeted: "I know our (14) ____________ tax laws better than anyone who has ever run for president and am the only one who can (15) ____________ them." When Hillary Clinton accused Mr Trump of not paying taxes, he replied: "That makes me (16) ____________."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is ______
     a.  in troubled again
     b.  on trouble again
     c.  on troubles again
     d.  in trouble again

2)  tax returns showed he reported over $900 million ______
     a.  in business losses
     b.  in business loses
     c.  in business lassos
     d.  in business lasses

3)  The Times suggests Trump is ______
     a.  being hypocritically
     b.  being hypocritical
     c.  being hype of critical
     d.  being hype of critically

4)  The Times wrote: "Trump is right when he says the ______"
     a.  cistern is rigged
     b.  sister is rigged
     c.  cyst turn is rigged
     d.  system is rigged

5)  regular people - those of us who earn money, pay income ______
     a.  tax in it
     b.  tax on it
     c.  tax of it
     d.  tax off it

6)  years on social media attacking high-profile people for not ______
     a.  pays enough tax
     b.  paid enough tax
     c.  pain enough tax
     d.  paying enough tax

7)  Giuliani said Mr Trump had done nothing illegal and called ______
     a.  him a "generous"
     b.  him a "genie us"
     c.  him a "genius"
     d.  him a "jeans nut"

8)  not paying tax and turning around his ______ business
     a.  gloss-making
     b.  floss-making
     c.  loss-making
     d.  lost-making

9)  I know our complex tax laws better than anyone who ______ president
     a.  has ever ran for
     b.  has ever run for
     c.  has ever ruin for
     d.  has ever rune for

10)  When Hillary Clinton accused Mr Trump of not paying taxes, he replied: "That ______."
     a.  makes me smarty
     b.  makes me smarts
     c.  makes me smarting
     d.  makes me smart

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (1) ___________________ following revelations about his tax returns. The New York Times said Mr Trump's 1995 tax (2) ___________________ reported over $900 million in business losses. This has enabled him to not pay nearly a billion dollars in income tax over the past 19 years. The Times suggests Trump is being hypocritical, as he has (3) ___________________ the tax system for being unfair. The Times wrote: "Trump is right when he says the system is rigged. What he doesn't say is that (4) ___________________ favor and in the favor of people like him, and (5) ___________________ people - those of us who earn money, pay income tax on it, and (6) ___________________ the country in which we live."

Mr Trump has spent years on social media (7) ___________________-profile people for not paying enough tax. He attacked President Obama for paying a (8) ___________________ of 20.5 per cent. Former New York mayor and Trump campaign advisor Rudy Giuliani said Mr Trump had done nothing illegal and called him (9) ___________________ not paying tax and turning around his loss-making business. He likened Trump to Winston Churchill, Britain's leader during World War II. Mr Trump tweeted: "I know (10) ___________________ laws better than anyone who has ever run for president and am the only (11) ___________________ them." When Hillary Clinton accused Mr Trump of not paying taxes, he replied: "That (12) ___________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. Which newspaper made revelations about Donald Trump?
  2. How much money did Trump's tax returns say his businesses lost?
  3. For how many years has Donald Trump not paid tax?
  4. What word did Trump use to describe the tax system being unfair?
  5. What kind of people financially support the country?
  6. What kind of people has Mr Trump been attacking on social media?
  7. What was President Obama's tax rate?
  8. To whom did Rudi Giuliani liken Donald Trump?
  9. What did Mr Trump say he knew better than any presidential nominee?
  10. Who accused Mr Trump of not paying tax?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Which newspaper made revelations about Donald Trump?
a) The Baltimore Sun
b) The Los Angeles Times
c) The Washington Post
d) The New York Times

2) How much money did Trump's tax returns say his businesses lost?
a) just under $900 million
b) over $900 million
c) around $900 million
d) exactly $900 million

3) For how many years has Donald Trump not paid tax?
a) 17
b) 21
c) 19
d) 18

4) What word did Trump use to describe the tax system being unfair?
a) rigged
b) rigid
c) ragged
d) rigor

5) What kind of people financially support the country?
a) the riches 1%
b) bankers
c) regular people
d) soldiers

6) What kind of people has Mr Trump been attacking on social media?
a) minorities
b) high-profile people
c) women
d) everyone

7) What was President Obama's tax rate?
a) 20%
b) 25.5%
c) 22%
d) 20.5%

8) To whom did Rudi Giuliani liken Donald Trump?
a) Winston Churchill
b) George Washington
c) Leonardo da Vinci
d) Einstein

9) What did Mr Trump say he knew better than any presidential nominee?
a) money
b) success
c) tax laws
d) how to win popularity contests

10) Who accused Mr Trump of not paying tax?
a) his accountant
b) Hillary Clinton
c) his wife
d) Barack Obama

Role play

Role A — Donald Trump

You think Donald Trump is the biggest genius. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why there people are not geniuses. Also, tell the others which is the least intelligent of these (and why): Serena Williams, Hayao Miyazaki or J.K. Rowling.

Role B — Serena Williams

You think Serena Williams is the biggest genius. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why there people are not geniuses. Also, tell the others which is the least intelligent of these (and why): Donald Trump, Hayao Miyazaki or J.K. Rowling.

Role C — Hayao Miyazaki

You think Hayao Miyazaki is the biggest genius. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why there people are not geniuses. Also, tell the others which is the least intelligent of these (and why): Serena Williams, Donald Trump or J.K. Rowling.

Role D — J.K. Rowling

You think J.K. Rowling is the biggest genius. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why there people are not geniuses. Also, tell the others which is the least intelligent of these (and why): Serena Williams, Hayao Miyazaki or Donald Trump.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

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  • and 'return'.

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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • high
    • 20.5
    • nothing
    • during
    • better
    • fix
    • again
    • 1995
    • nearly
    • constantly
    • regular
    • support




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Donald Trump under fire for not paying tax

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'tax'?
    3. What do you think of Donald Trump?
    4. What do you think about what you read?
    5. How much will this hurt Mr Trump's bid to be president?
    6. Should Mr Trump run a country if his business lost over $900 million?
    7. Why should people trust a billionaire businessman who doesn't pay tax?
    8. In what ways is Mr Trump being hypocritical?
    9. What do you think U.S. tax payers think of Mr Trump not paying tax?
    10. What advice do you have for Mr Trump?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. Why did Mr Trump attack President Obama for paying 20.5% tax?
    3. Why is this big news if Mr Trump has not broken any laws?
    4. Is Mr Trump a genius? Why or why not?
    5. Why do we pay tax?
    6. What do you think of Mr Trump being likened to Winston Churchill?
    7. What kind of President would Donald Trump be?
    8. How would Mr Trump change America?
    9. Why is Mr Trump popular with many voters?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Mr Trump about his tax?

     

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Republican presidential (1) ____ Donald Trump is in trouble again following revelations about his tax returns. The New York Times said Mr Trump's 1995 tax returns showed he reported over $900 million (2) ____ business losses. This has enabled him to not pay nearly a billion dollars (3) ____ income tax over the past 19 years. The Times suggests Trump is being hypocritical, (4) ____ he has constantly criticized the tax system for being unfair. The Times wrote: "Trump is right when he says the system is rigged. What he doesn't say is that it's rigged (5) ____ his favor and in the favor of people like him, and against regular people - those of us who earn money, pay income tax on it, and (6) ____ support the country in which we live."

    Mr Trump has spent years on social media attacking high-profile people for not (7) ____ enough tax. He attacked President Obama for paying a "(8) ____" tax rate of 20.5 per cent. Former New York mayor and Trump campaign advisor Rudy Giuliani said Mr Trump had done nothing illegal and called him a "genius" for not paying tax and turning around his (9) ____-making business. He (10) ____ Trump to Winston Churchill, Britain's leader during World War II. Mr Trump tweeted: "I know our complex tax laws better than anyone who has ever (11) ____ for president and am the only one who can fix (12) ____." When Hillary Clinton accused Mr Trump of not paying taxes, he replied: "That makes me smart."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     numeral     (b)     nominee     (c)     nominal     (d)     gnome    
    2. (a)     by     (b)     in     (c)     at     (d)     on    
    3. (a)     to     (b)     at     (c)     on     (d)     in    
    4. (a)     has     (b)     as     (c)     was     (d)     that's    
    5. (a)     on     (b)     in     (c)     at     (d)     to    
    6. (a)     finances     (b)     financial     (c)     financially     (d)     finance    
    7. (a)     paid     (b)     payment     (c)     paying     (d)     payee    
    8. (a)     pantry     (b)     plenty     (c)     paltry     (d)     pretty    
    9. (a)     losing     (b)     lost     (c)     loser     (d)     loss    
    10. (a)     likened     (b)     liked     (c)     likelihood     (d)     licked    
    11. (a)     run     (b)     vaulted     (c)     swept     (d)     finished    
    12. (a)     us     (b)     it     (c)     them     (d)     that

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

    (    )     Winston Churchill, Britain's leader during World War II. Mr Trump tweeted: "I know our complex tax laws

    (    )     them." When Hillary Clinton accused Mr Trump of not paying taxes, he replied: "That makes me smart."

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    (    )     better than anyone who has ever run for president and am the only one who can fix

    (    )     and Trump campaign advisor Rudy Giuliani said Mr Trump had done nothing illegal and called him a

    (    )     money, pay income tax on it, and financially support the country in which we live."

    (    )     say is that it's rigged in his favor and in the favor of people like him, and against regular people - those of us who earn

    (    )     Mr Trump has spent years on social media attacking high-profile people for not

    (    )     "genius" for not paying tax and turning around his loss-making business. He likened Trump to

    (    )     19 years. The Times suggests Trump is being hypocritical, as he has constantly criticized the tax

    (    )     returns. The New York Times said Mr Trump's 1995 tax returns showed he reported over $900 million in business

    (    )     system for being unfair. The Times wrote: "Trump is right when he says the system is rigged. What he doesn't

    1  )     Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is in trouble again following revelations about his tax

    (    )     losses. This has enabled him to not pay nearly a billion dollars in income tax over the past

    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Republican presidential nominee / nomination Donald Trump is in trouble again following revelations about his tax returned / returns. The New York Times said Mr Trump's 1995 tax returns showed he reported higher / over $900 million in / on business losses. This has enabled him to not pay nearly a billion dollars in income tax among / over the past 19 years. The Times suggests Trump is being hypocritical, as he has constant / constantly criticized the tax system for being unfair / unfairly. The Times wrote: "Trump is right when he says the system is rigged. What he doesn't say is that it's rigged on / in his favor and in the favor of people like him, and against regular people - those of us / them who earn money, pay income tax in / on it, and financially support the country in which we live."

    Mr Trump has spent years on social media attacking high-profile people for not paid / paying enough tax. He attacked President Obama for paying a "paltry" / "party" tax rate of 20.5 per cent. Former New York mayor and Trump campaign advises / advisor Rudy Giuliani said Mr Trump had done nothing / none illegal and called him a "genius" for not paying tax and turning around / abound his loss-making business. He likened Trump to Winston Churchill, Britain's leader during / while World War II. Mr Trump tweeted: "I know our complexion / complex tax laws better than anyone who has ever run / ran for president and am the only one who can fix / fixate them." When Hillary Clinton accused Mr Trump of not paying taxes, he replied: "That makes me smarty / smart."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    republican presidential nominee donald trump is in trouble again following revelations about his tax returns the new york times said mr trump's 1995 tax returns showed he reported over $900 million in business losses this has enabled him to not pay nearly a billion dollars in income tax over the past 19 years the times suggests trump is being hypocritical as he has constantly criticized the tax system for being unfair the times wrote "trump is right when he says the system is rigged what he doesn't say is that it's rigged in his favor and in the favor of people like him and against regular people - those of us who earn money pay income tax on it and financially support the country in which we live"

    mr trump has spent years on social media attacking high-profile people for not paying enough tax he attacked president obama for paying a "paltry" tax rate of 205 per cent former new york mayor and trump campaign advisor rudy giuliani said mr trump had done nothing illegal and called him a "genius" for not paying tax and turning around his loss-making business he likened trump to winston churchill britain's leader during world war ii mr trump tweeted "i know our complex tax laws better than anyone who has ever run for president and am the only one who can fix them" when hillary clinton accused mr trump of not paying taxes he replied "that makes me smart"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    asconstantlycriticizedthetaxsystemforbeingunfair.TheTimeswrote:
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    gularpeople-thoseofuswhoearnmoney,payincometaxonit,andfinanc
    iallysupportthecountryinwhichwelive."MrTrumphasspentyearsonso
    cialmediaattackinghigh-profilepeoplefornotpayingenoughtax.Heatt
    ackedPresidentObamaforpayinga"paltry"taxrateof20.5percent.For
    merNewYorkmayorandTrumpcampaignadvisorRudyGiulianisaidMrT
    rumphaddonenothingillegalandcalledhima"genius"fornotpayingtax
    andturningaroundhisloss-makingbusiness.HelikenedTrumptoWins
    tonChurchill,Britain'sleaderduringWorldWarII.MrTrumptweeted:"Ik
    nowourcomplextaxlawsbetterthananyonewhohaseverrunforpreside
    ntandamtheonlyonewhocanfixthem."WhenHillaryClintonaccusedMr
    Trumpofnotpayingtaxes,hereplied:"Thatmakesmesmart."

    Free writing

    Write about Donald Trump for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Donald Trump would make a good U.S. President. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about Donald Trump's taxes. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. DONALD TRUMP: Make a poster about Donald Trump. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. PRESIDENT: Write a magazine article about Donald Trump as President of the USA. Include imaginary interviews with his supporters and critics.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on Donald Trump. Ask him/her three questions about Mr Trump. Give him/her three pieces of advice on what Mr Trump needs to do from now to win the Presidency. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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