The Reading / Listening - Spider Webs - Level 3

A group of researchers from Sweden has unlocked one of nature's biggest secrets. The scientists worked out how spiders make such strong silk when they spin their spider webs. The silk that spiders spin is incredibly strong and is tougher than steel. For decades, scientists have been researching what makes the silk so amazing. Finally, researchers from Sweden's University of Agricultural Sciences and the Karolinska Institute have found the answer. They found that the materials for webs are stored in a spider's silk gland as protein. The gland has a level of acidity that helps to make the protein into very strong silk. The researchers copied this process to make enough artificial spider-web silk to stretch for one kilometer.



The new artificial silk could be very useful to humans. Doctors are interested in it to use for stitches. They also think it can help the skin recover after a burn. Some doctors believe the new silk could replace torn ligaments in the body. Airplane manufacturers and makers of protective clothing also see many uses for the new silk. Senior researcher Anna Rising spoke about how important the discovery could be. She said: "This is the first successful example of [copying] spider silk spinning. In the future, this may allow industrial production of artificial silk for bio-material applications or for the manufacture of advanced textiles." The silk could become an important new material for us in the future.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Spider Webs - Level 0 Spider Webs - Level 1   or  Spider Webs - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.cnet.com/news/spider-web-artificial-swedish-university-agriculture/
  • http://www.livescience.com/57458-strong-spider-silk-produced.html
  • https://cosmosmagazine.com/chemistry/new-synthetic-spider-silk-that-s-almost-as-strong-as-the-real-thing


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. SPIDER WEBS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about spider webs. 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?

       researchers / nature / secrets / silk / spider webs / answer / materials / process /
       artificial / doctors / recover / clothing / discovery / industrial / production / future

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

3. SPIDERS: Students A strongly believe spiders are good; Students B strongly believe spiders are bad.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. NATURE: What can we learn from these creatures? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What they are best at

What we can learn from them

Spiders

 

 

Bees

 

 

Ants

 

 

Dolphins

 

 

Eagles

 

 

Snakes

 

 

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5. SECRET: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "secret". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. CREATURES: Rank these with your partner. Put the most useful creatures at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • cats
  • dolphins
  • camels
  • bees
  • spiders
  • dogs
  • ants
  • horses

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Swedish researchers have unlocked nature's biggest secret.     T / F
  2. Researchers have made a spider's web made from steel.     T / F
  3. Protein in the spider's silk gland helps make the spider web.     T / F
  4. Researchers made a 10-km-long spider-web thread.     T / F
  5. Doctors say the new silk could be used to stitch up cuts and injuries.     T / F
  6. Airplane manufacturers are interested in the artificial silk.     T / F
  7. The researchers are the first to successfully copy how spiders spin silk.    T / F
  8. The artificial silk is already being used to make advanced textiles.     T / F

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

  1. unlocked
  2. secrets
  3. worked out
  4. stored
  5. copied
  6. artificial
  7. recover
  8. protective
  9. production
  10. material
  1. heal
  2. kept
  3. mysteries
  4. manmade
  5. manufacture
  6. opened
  7. duplicated
  8. fabric
  9. discovered
  10. safety

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

  1. unlocked one of nature's
  2. when they spin
  3. stored in a spider's silk gland
  4. The researchers copied
  5. enough artificial spider-web silk to stretch
  6. Doctors are interested in it to use
  7. help the skin recover
  8. makers of protective
  9. allow industrial production
  10. the manufacture of advanced
  1. for stitches
  2. as protein
  3. for one kilometer
  4. textiles
  5. their spider webs
  6. clothing
  7. biggest secrets
  8. of artificial silk
  9. after a burn
  10. this process

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
tougher
unlocked
artificial
spin
materials
secrets
level
amazing

A group of researchers from Sweden has (1) ____________ one of nature's biggest (2) ____________. The scientists worked out how spiders make such strong silk when they (3) ____________their spider webs. The silk that spiders spin is incredibly strong and is (4) ____________than steel. For decades, scientists have been researching what makes the silk so (5) ____________. Finally, researchers from Sweden's University of Agricultural Sciences and the Karolinska Institute have found the answer. They found that the (6) ____________for webs are stored in a spider's silk gland as protein. The gland has a (7) ____________of acidity that helps to make the protein into very strong silk. The researchers copied this process to make enough (8) ____________spider-web silk to stretch for one kilometer.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
protective
stitches
discovery
torn
textiles
burn
production
useful

The new artificial silk could be very (9) ____________to humans. Doctors are interested in it to use for (10) ____________. They also think it can help the skin recover after a (11) ____________. Some doctors believe the new silk could replace (12) ____________ligaments in the body. Airplane manufacturers and makers of (13) ____________clothing also see many uses for the new silk. Senior researcher Anna Rising spoke about how important the (14) ____________could be. She said: "This is the first successful example of [copying] spider silk spinning. In the future, this may allow industrial (15) ____________of artificial silk for bio-material applications or for the manufacture of advanced (16) ____________." The silk could become an important new material for us in the future.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  A group of researchers from Sweden has unlocked one of nature's ______
     a.  biggest secretive
     b.  biggest secretes
     c.  biggest secreted
     d.  biggest secrets

2)  The scientists worked out how spiders make ______
     a.  such strongly silk
     b.  much strong silky
     c.  such strong silk
     d.  much strong silky

3)  The silk that spiders spin is incredibly strong and is tougher ______
     a.  than steel
     b.  than steal
     c.  that steel
     d.  that steal

4)  They found that the materials for webs are stored in a spider's ______ protein
     a.  silk grand as
     b.  silk gland as
     c.  silk bland as
     d.  silk brand as

5)  The researchers copied this process to make enough ______ silk
     a.  artificial spider-web
     b.  art if fishy spider-web
     c.  arty fish all spider-web
     d.  are tea fish all spider-web

6)  The new artificial silk could be ______ humans
     a.  very useless to
     b.  very usefully to
     c.  very useful to
     d.  very used full to

7)  They also think it can help the skin recover ______
     a.  after a burnt
     b.  after a burns
     c.  after a burned
     d.  after a burn

8)  makers of protective clothing also see many uses for ______
     a.  the new silk
     b.  the knew silk
     c.  the anew silk
     d.  the newly silk

9)  This is the first successful example of copying spider ______
     a.  silk spanning
     b.  silk spinning
     c.  silk spawning
     d.  silk spun in

10)  bio-material applications or for the manufacture of ______
     a.  advance it textiles
     b.  advanced textile
     c.  advantage textiles
     d.  advanced textiles

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

(1) ___________________ researchers from Sweden has unlocked one of nature's biggest secrets. The scientists (2) ___________________ spiders make such strong silk when they spin their spider webs. The silk that spiders (3) ___________________ strong and is tougher than steel. For decades, scientists have been researching what makes the silk so amazing. Finally, researchers from Sweden's University of Agricultural Sciences and the Karolinska Institute have (4) ___________________. They found that the materials for webs are stored in a spider's silk gland as protein. The gland (5) ___________________ acidity that helps to make the protein into very strong silk. The researchers copied this process to make enough artificial spider-web silk (6) ___________________ one kilometer.

The new artificial silk (7) ___________________ useful to humans. Doctors are interested in it to use for stitches. They also think (8) ___________________ skin recover after a burn. Some doctors believe the new silk could replace torn ligaments in the body. Airplane manufacturers and makers of protective clothing (9) ___________________ uses for the new silk. Senior researcher Anna Rising spoke about how important the discovery could be. She said: "(10) ___________________ successful example of [copying] spider silk spinning. In the future, this (11) ___________________ production of artificial silk for bio-material applications or for the manufacture of advanced textiles." The silk could become an important new material (12) ___________________ future.

Comprehension questions

  1. In which country was the research conducted?
  2. What do spiders spin?
  3. What did the article say spider web silk are as strong as?
  4. What is the material for spider silk stored in the spider's silk gland as?
  5. How long could the artificial silk the researchers made stretch for?
  6. What could the new silk help recover after a burn?
  7. What do doctors think the silk could replace in the body?
  8. What other companies besides clothing companies like the silk?
  9. What kind of applications could the artificial silk be used for?
  10. When could the artificial silk become important for us?




Multiple choice quiz

1) In which country was the research conducted?
a) Malaysia
b) Brazil
c) USA
d) Sweden

2) What do spiders spin?
a) bottle tops
b) webs
c) their eyes
d) flies

3) What did the article say spider web silk is stronger than?
a) acid
b) concrete
c) steel
d) an ox

4) What is the material for spider silk stored in the spider's silk gland as?
a) protein
b) acid
c) steel
d) level

5) How long could the artificial silk the researchers made stretch for?
a) 500m
b) 2km
c) 1km
d) 3km

6) What could the new silk help recover after a burn?
a) glands
b) skin
c) spider webs
d) spiders

7) What do doctors think the silk could replace in the body?
a) bones
b) veins
c) hair
d) torn ligaments

8) What other companies besides clothing companies like the silk?
a) airplane companies
b) electronics manufacturers
c) construction companies
d) Internet companies

9) What kind of applications could the artificial silk be used for?
a) bionic applications
b) biology applications
c) bio-material applications
d) bio-diesel applications

10) When could the artificial silk become important for us?
a) when some buys the company
b) in the future
c) after spiders die out
d) November 22

Role play

Role A — Spiders

You think spiders are the most useful creatures. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their creatures. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): ants, cats or horses.

Role B — Ants

You think ants are the most useful creatures. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their creatures. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): spiders, cats or horses.

Role C — Cats

You think cats are the most useful creatures. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their creatures. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): ants, spiders or horses.

Role D — Horses

You think horses are the most useful creatures. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their creatures. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): ants, cats or spiders.

After reading / listening

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

'spider'

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  • and 'web'.

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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:

    • useful
    • after
    • see
    • important
    • allow
    • become
    • group
    • worked
    • tougher
    • stored
    • level
    • enough




    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 - Scientists make super-strong spider web silk

    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 'spider'?
    3. What do you think of spider webs?
    4. What other kinds of webs do you know of?
    5. What do you think about what you read?
    6. How useful is silk?
    7. How important is this new discovery?
    8. What do you think of spiders?
    9. What three adjectives best describe spider webs, and why?
    10. What other secrets of science should researchers unlock?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. How useful could the artificial silk be to humans?
    3. What uses could the new silk have in hospitals?
    4. What uses could the new silk have in our homes?
    5. Do you think silk could be used to make a real-life Spiderman?
    6. What are bio-materials?
    7. What else can we learn from spiders?
    8. What do you do when you see a spider web?
    9. Why are spider webs also called cobwebs?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    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)

    A group of researchers from Sweden has (1) ____ one of nature's biggest secrets. The scientists worked out how spiders make such strong silk when they (2) ____ their spider webs. The silk that spiders spin is incredibly strong and is tougher than steel. For decades, scientists have been researching what makes the silk so (3) ____. Finally, researchers from Sweden's University of Agricultural Sciences and the Karolinska Institute have (4) ____ the answer. They found that the materials for webs are stored in a spider's silk gland (5) ____ protein. The gland has a level of acidity that helps to make the protein into very strong silk. The researchers copied this process to make enough artificial spider-web silk to stretch (6) ____ one kilometer.

    The new artificial silk could be very useful (7) ____ humans. Doctors are interested in it to use for stitches. They also think it can help the skin recover after a (8) ____. Some doctors believe the new silk could replace torn ligaments in the body. Airplane manufacturers and makers of protective clothing also (9) ____ many uses for the new silk. Senior researcher Anna Rising spoke about how important the discovery could (10) ____. She said: "This is the first successful example of [copying] spider silk spinning. (11) ____ the future, this may allow industrial production of artificial silk for bio-material applications or for the manufacture of advanced textiles." The silk could become an important new material for (12) ____ in the future.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     unblocked     (b)     unlocked     (c)     clocked     (d)     flocked    
    2. (a)     twist     (b)     spin     (c)     turn     (d)     swivel    
    3. (a)     amazes     (b)     amazement     (c)     amazed     (d)     amazing    
    4. (a)     done     (b)     found     (c)     spun     (d)     worked    
    5. (a)     has     (b)     was     (c)     is     (d)     as    
    6. (a)     all     (b)     by     (c)     for     (d)     at    
    7. (a)     to     (b)     at     (c)     of     (d)     on    
    8. (a)     burning     (b)     burnt     (c)     burn     (d)     burns    
    9. (a)     view     (b)     watch     (c)     look     (d)     see    
    10. (a)     be     (b)     do     (c)     have     (d)     take    
    11. (a)     In     (b)     At     (c)     On     (d)     By    
    12. (a)     us     (b)     we     (c)     them     (d)     they

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. one of nature's biggest scsrete
    2. silk that spiders spin is bneiicdrly strong
    3. the amtlsreia for webs
    4. make the tiponre into very strong silk
    5. make enough firialciat spider-web silk
    6. ehcttrs for one kilometer

    Paragraph 2

    1. use for steschit
    2. help the skin erovecr after a burn
    3. makers of prtcioetve clothing
    4. how important the sdcivyero could be
    5. this may allow uistrnliad production
    6. the crtaufnamue of advanced textiles

    Put the text back together

    (    )     this process to make enough artificial spider-web silk to stretch for one kilometer.

    (    )     the manufacture of advanced textiles." The silk could become an important new material for us in the future.

    (    )     body. Airplane manufacturers and makers of protective clothing also see many uses

    (    )     for the new silk. Senior researcher Anna Rising spoke about how important the discovery could

    (    )     The new artificial silk could be very useful to humans. Doctors are interested in it to use for stitches. They also think it can

    (    )     help the skin recover after a burn. Some doctors believe the new silk could replace torn ligaments in the

    (    )     be. She said: "This is the first successful example of [copying] spider silk spinning. In the future, this may

    (    )     protein. The gland has a level of acidity that helps to make the protein into very strong silk. The researchers copied

    (    )     allow industrial production of artificial silk for bio-material applications or for

    (    )     so amazing. Finally, researchers from Sweden's University of Agricultural Sciences and the Karolinska Institute have

    (    )     found the answer. They found that the materials for webs are stored in a spider's silk gland as

    (    )     strong and is tougher than steel. For decades, scientists have been researching what makes the silk

    (    )     out how spiders make such strong silk when they spin their spider webs. The silk that spiders spin is incredibly

    1  )     A group of researchers from Sweden has unlocked one of nature's biggest secrets. The scientists worked

    Put the words in the right order

    1. that   silk   The   strong   incredibly   is   spin   spiders   .
    2. researching   been   have   Scientists   silk   the   makes   what   .
    3. webs   in   silk   for   stored   spider's   Materials   are   a   gland   .
    4. very   make   strong   the   silk   protein   Helps   into   to   .
    5. to   Enough  spider   for  kilometer  artificial   stretch  one  -  web  silk  .
    6. could   useful   The   silk   very   humans   artificial   be   to   new   .
    7. to   are   use   interested   for   in   stitches   it   Doctors   .
    8. silk   torn   the   new   replace   in   The   could   ligaments   body   .
    9. production   industrial   allow   may   This   silk   artificial   of   .
    10. could   important   for   silk   an   material   The   become   new   us   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A / The group of researchers from Sweden has unlocked / unlocking one of nature's biggest secrets. The scientists worked out what / how spiders make such strong silk when they spin their spider webs. The silk that spiders spin is incredible / incredibly strong and is tougher / tough than steel. For decades, scientists have been researching what makes the silk so amazing. Finally, researchers from Sweden's University of Agricultural Sciences and the Karolinska Institute have found a/ the answer. They found that the materials for webs are / is stored in a spider's silk gland was / as protein. The gland has a level of acidity that helps to make the protein into / onto very strong silk. The researchers copied this process to make enough artificial spider-web silk to stretch for / of one kilometer.

    The new artificial / artificially silk could be very useful to humans. Doctors are interested on / in it to use for stitches. They also think it can help the skin recover after a burnt / burn. Some doctors believe the new silk could replace tearing / torn ligaments in the body. Airplane manufacturers and makers of protective clothe / clothing also see many uses for the new silk. Senior researcher Anna Rising spoke about how importance / important the discovery could be. She said: "This is the firstly / first successful example of [copying] spider silk spinning. In / On the future, this may allow industrial production of artificial silk for bio-material applications / applies or for the manufacture of advanced textiles." The silk could become an important new material for us / they in the future.

    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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    Th_ n_w _rt_f_c__l s_lk c__ld b_ v_ry _s_f_l t_ h_m_ns. D_ct_rs _r_ _nt_r_st_d _n _t t_ _s_ f_r st_tch_s. Th_y _ls_ th_nk _t c_n h_lp th_ sk_n r_c_v_r _ft_r _ b_rn. S_m_ d_ct_rs b_l__v_ th_ n_w s_lk c__ld r_pl_c_ t_rn l_g_m_nts _n th_ b_dy. __rpl_n_ m_n_f_ct_r_rs _nd m_k_rs _f pr_t_ct_v_ cl_th_ng _ls_ s__ m_ny _s_s f_r th_ n_w s_lk. S_n__r r_s__rch_r _nn_ R_s_ng sp_k_ _b__t h_w _mp_rt_nt th_ d_sc_v_ry c__ld b_. Sh_ s__d: "Th_s _s th_ f_rst s_cc_ssf_l _x_mpl_ _f [c_py_ng] sp_d_r s_lk sp_nn_ng. _n th_ f_t_r_, th_s m_y _ll_w _nd_str__l pr_d_ct__n _f _rt_f_c__l s_lk f_r b__-m_t_r__l _ppl_c_t__ns _r f_r th_ m_n_f_ct_r_ _f _dv_nc_d t_xt_l_s." Th_ s_lk c__ld b_c_m_ _n _mp_rt_nt n_w m_t_r__l f_r _s _n th_ f_t_r_.

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a group of researchers from sweden has unlocked one of nature's biggest secrets the scientists worked out how spiders make such strong silk when they spin their spider webs the silk that spiders spin is incredibly strong and is tougher than steel for decades scientists have been researching what makes the silk so amazing finally researchers from sweden's university of agricultural sciences and the karolinska institute have found the answer they found that the materials for webs are stored in a spider's silk gland as protein the gland has a level of acidity that helps to make the protein into very strong silk the researchers copied this process to make enough artificial spider-web silk to stretch for one kilometer

    the new artificial silk could be very useful to humans doctors are interested in it to use for stitches they also think it can help the skin recover after a burn some doctors believe the new silk could replace torn ligaments in the body airplane manufacturers and makers of protective clothing also see many uses for the new silk senior researcher anna rising spoke about how important the discovery could be she said "this is the first successful example of [copying] spider silk spinning in the future this may allow industrial production of artificial silk for bio-material applications or for the manufacture of advanced textiles" the silk could become an important new material for us in the future

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    AgroupofresearchersfromSwedenhasunlockedoneofnature'sbigges
    tsecrets.Thescientistsworkedouthowspidersmakesuchstrongsilkwh
    entheyspintheirspiderwebs.Thesilkthatspidersspinisincrediblystron
    gandistougherthansteel.Fordecades,scientistshavebeenresearchin
    gwhatmakesthesilksoamazing.Finally,researchersfromSweden'sUn
    iversityofAgriculturalSciencesandtheKarolinskaInstitutehavefoundt
    heanswer.Theyfoundthatthematerialsforwebsarestoredinaspider'ss
    ilkglandasprotein.Theglandhasalevelofaciditythathelpstomakethep
    roteinintoverystrongsilk.Theresearcherscopiedthisprocesstomakee
    noughartificialspider-websilktostretchforonekilometer.Thenewartif
    icialsilkcouldbeveryusefultohumans.Doctorsareinterestedinittousef
    orstitches.Theyalsothinkitcanhelptheskinrecoverafteraburn.Somed
    octorsbelievethenewsilkcouldreplacetornligamentsinthebody.Airpla
    nemanufacturersandmakersofprotectiveclothingalsoseemanyusesf
    orthenewsilk.SeniorresearcherAnnaRisingspokeabouthowimportan
    tthediscoverycouldbe.Shesaid:"Thisisthefirstsuccessfulexampleof[
    copying]spidersilkspinning.Inthefuture,thismayallowindustrialprod
    uctionofartificialsilkforbio-materialapplicationsorforthemanufactur
    eofadvancedtextiles."Thesilkcouldbecomeanimportantnewmaterial
    forusinthefuture.

    Free writing

    Write about spider web for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Spiders are very useful and important. They are not scary 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 this news. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. SPIDER WEBS: Make a poster about spider webs. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. SPIDERS: Write a magazine article about how spiders could help us in the future. Include imaginary interviews with people who think spiders are very useful and with people who hate spiders.

    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 spider webs. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how spider web silk can help us in the future. 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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