The Reading / Listening - FBI Boss - Level 6

President Trump has fired James Comey, the now former Director and boss of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). It is only the second time in US history for the boss of the FBI to be fired. Mr Comey at first thought the news of his firing was a prank and he didn't believe it. He was in Los Angeles to address employees at an FBI field office. While talking to FBI agents, he saw a news program reporting on the fact that President Trump had removed him from his position. FBI staff then confirmed to Mr Comey that he had indeed been fired. The White House hand delivered a letter from President Trump to Mr Comey at his Washington office informing him of his firing, but Comey was not there to receive it.



The sacking is now a huge political story in the USA. Many newspapers and TV news stations are saying Mr Comey was fired because he was investigating President Trump's alleged links to Russia. Journalists are saying the sacking is to try to cover up a scandal concerning President Trump and Russia. The White House denied this, saying the sacking had nothing to do with Russia. Officials stated that Comey was removed from his position because of his mishandling of investigations into Hillary Clinton's e-mails when she was Secretary of State. They said this left him unable to effectively lead the FBI. President Trump said it was time for a "new beginning" at the USA's "crown jewel of law enforcement".

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    FBI Boss - Level 4  or  FBI Boss - Level 5

Sources
  • http://news.sky.com/story/shocked-fbi-boss-james-comey-thought-his-firing-was-a-prank-10870875
  • http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/332662-comey-learned-he-was-fired-from-tv-reports
  • https://www.vox.com/2017/5/9/15602922/james-comey-fired-prank


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. THE FBI: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about the FBI. 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?

       fired / director / boss / FBI/ / prank / address / agents / news / letter /  office /
       political / newspapers / investigating / scandal / officials / mishandling / e-mails

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

3. GOOD JOB: Students A strongly believe President Trump is doing a good job as President; Students B strongly believe he isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. SCANDAL: What scandals do you know of? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What?

Damage?

Political

 

 

Sports

 

 

Business

 

 

Celebrity

 

 

Local

 

 

Environmental

 

 

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

6. NEWS STORIES: Rank these with your partner. Put the best news stories at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • medical breakthrough
  • celebrity gossip
  • happy news
  • about your leader
  • political scandal
  • sports
  • environment
  • new inventions

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. James Comey becomes the second FBI boss in US history to be fired.     T / F
  2. Mr Comey still thinks his firing is a prank.     T / F
  3. Comey was in his office in Washington when he heard the news.     T / F
  4. President Trump e-mailed Mr Comey the news of his firing.     T / F
  5. The news said Mr Comey was investigating Mr Trump's links to Russia. T / F
  6. The White House denied the sacking was part of a cover up.     T / F
  7. Officials said Comey was fired because of an investigation into e-mails.    T / F
  8. Donald Trump said the FBI was the crown jewel of law enforcement.     T / F

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

  1. fired
  2. prank
  3. address
  4. at first
  5. informing
  6. huge
  7. alleged
  8. mishandling
  9. effectively
  10. crown jewel
  1. enormous
  2. initially
  3. successfully
  4. talk to
  5. supposed
  6. sacked
  7. finest example
  8. telling
  9. practical joke
  10. bungling

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

  1. the now
  2. It is only the second time
  3. the news of his firing
  4. a news program reporting
  5. he had indeed
  6. The sacking is now a huge
  7. Trump's alleged
  8. the sacking is to try to cover
  9. the sacking had nothing
  10. it was time for a
  1. been fired
  2. on the fact
  3. new beginning
  4. in US history
  5. political story
  6. up a scandal
  7. former Director and boss
  8. to do with Russia
  9. was a prank
  10. links to Russia

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
second
position
field
informing
fired
prank
hand
fact

President Trump has (1) ____________ James Comey, the now former Director and boss of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). It is only the (2) ____________ time in US history for the boss of the FBI to be fired. Mr Comey at first thought the news of his firing was a (3) ____________ and he didn't believe it. He was in Los Angeles to address employees at an FBI (4) ____________ office. While talking to FBI agents, he saw a news program reporting on the (5) ____________ that President Trump had removed him from his (6) ____________. FBI staff then confirmed to Mr Comey that he had indeed been fired. The White House (7) ____________ delivered a letter from President Trump to Mr Comey at his Washington office (8) ____________ him of his firing, but Comey was not there to receive it.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.

cover
nothing
huge
jewel
scandal
unable
alleged
mishandling

The sacking is now a (9) ____________ political story in the USA. Many newspapers and TV news stations are saying Mr Comey was fired because he was investigating President Trump's (10) ____________ links to Russia. Journalists are saying the sacking is to try to (11) ____________ up a (12) ____________ concerning President Trump and Russia. The White House denied this, saying the sacking had (13) ____________ to do with Russia. Officials stated that Comey was removed from his position because of his (14) ____________ of investigations into Hillary Clinton's e-mails when she was Secretary of State. They said this left him (15) ____________ to effectively lead the FBI. President Trump said it was time for a "new beginning" at the USA's "crown (16) ____________ of law enforcement".

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  the now former Director and boss of the Federal Bureau ______
     a.  of Investigators
     b.  of Investigating
     c.  of Investigative
     d.  of Investigation

2)  only the second time in US history for the boss of the FBI ______
     a.  too been fired
     b.  to be fired
     c.  to being fired
     d.  too be fired

3)  Mr Comey at first thought the news of his firing ______
     a.  was a plank
     b.  was a prank
     c.  was a spank
     d.  was a sprang

4)  While talking to FBI agents, he saw a news program reporting ______
     a.  on the fact
     b.  in the fact
     c.  onto the fact
     d.  into the fact

5)  …Mr Comey at his Washington office informing him ______
     a.  of this firing
     b.  of his firing
     c.  of his fire in
     d.  of this fire in

6)  fired because he was investigating President Trump's alleged ______
     a.  links two Russia
     b.  links too Russia
     c.  links to Russia
     d.  links through Russia

7)  Journalists are saying the sacking is to try to cover ______
     a.  up a scandal
     b.  on a scandal
     c.  down a scandal
     d.  of a scandal

8)  The White House denied this, saying the sacking had nothing ______ Russia
     a.  to have with
     b.  to be with
     c.  to get with
     d.  to do with

9)  They said this left him unable to effectively ______
     a.  leads the FBI
     b.  leader the FBI
     c.  leaded the FBI
     d.  lead the FBI

10)  time for a "new beginning" at the USA's "crown ______ enforcement"
     a.  jewel of roar
     b.  jewel of law
     c.  jewel of lore
     d.  jewel of raw

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

President Trump has fired James Comey, (1) ___________________ Director and boss of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). It is only the second (2) ___________________ for the boss of the FBI to be fired. Mr Comey at first thought the news of his (3) ___________________ and he didn't believe it. He was in Los Angeles to address employees at an FBI field office. While talking to FBI agents, he saw a news program reporting on the fact that President Trump had removed (4) ___________________ position. FBI staff then confirmed to Mr Comey that he had indeed been fired. The White House hand (5) ___________________ from President Trump to Mr Comey at his Washington office informing (6) ___________________, but Comey was not there to receive it.

The sacking (7) ___________________ political story in the USA. Many newspapers and TV news stations are saying Mr Comey was fired because he was investigating President Trump's (8) ___________________ Russia. Journalists are saying the sacking (9) ___________________ a scandal concerning President Trump and Russia. The White House denied this, saying the sacking (10) ___________________ with Russia. Officials stated that Comey was removed from his position because of his mishandling of investigations into Hillary Clinton's (11) ___________________ was Secretary of State. They said this left him unable to effectively lead the FBI. President Trump said it was time for a "new beginning" at the USA's "(12) ___________________ law enforcement".

Comprehension questions

  1. How many FBI directors had been fired before James Comey?
  2. What did Comey initially believe news of his firing was?
  3. In what city was Mr Comey when he found out?
  4. Who was Mr Comey talking to when he found out?
  5. Who hand delivered a letter to Mr Comey?
  6. What is now a huge political story in the USA?
  7. What are journalists calling the sacking of Mr Comey?
  8. Whose e-mails had James Comey been investigating?
  9. What did officials say Mr Comey was unable to do effectively?
  10. What did Mr Trump say was the US's "crown jewel of law enforcement"?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How many FBI directors had been fired before James Comey?
a) 0
b) 3
c) 2
d) 1

2) What did Comey initially believe news of his firing was?
a) fake news
b) a practical joke
c) fair
d) what he expected

3) In what city was Mr Comey when he found out?
a) New York
b) Washington
c) Los Angeles
d) Port Moresby

4) Who was Mr Comey talking to when he found out?
a) FBI agents
b) his best friend
c) Donald Trump
d) a journalist

5) Who hand delivered a letter to Mr Comey?
a) an FBI agent
b) a police officer
c) the White House
d) a journalist

6) What is now a huge political story in the USA?
a) the 2020 Presidential election
b) Comey's sacking
c) life on Mars
d) the Democrats

7) What are journalists calling the sacking of Mr Comey?
a) the beginning of the end
b) Donald vs. James
c) the end of the beginning
d) a cover up

8) Whose e-mails had James Comey been investigating?
a) Hillary Clinton's
b) the Vice President's
c) Donald Trump's
d) Barack Obama's

9) What did officials say Mr Comey was unable to do effectively?
a) mishandle investigations
b) e-mail
c) lead the FBI
d) address FBI agents

10) What did Mr Trump say was the US's "crown jewel of law enforcement"?
a) NYPD
b) the FBI
c) LAPD
d) the CIA

Role play

Role  A – Political Scandal

You think political scandal is the best news to read about. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their kind of news. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): sports, celebrity gossip or happy news.

Role  B – Sports

You think sports is the best news to read about. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their kind of news. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): political scandal, celebrity gossip or happy news.

Role  C – Celebrity Gossip

You think celebrity gossip is the best news to read about. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their kind of news. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): sports, political scandal or happy news.

Role  D – Happy News

You think happy news is the best news to read about. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their kind of news. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why):  sports, celebrity gossip or political scandal.

After reading / listening

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

'boss'

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  • and 'fired'.

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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:

    • huge
    • links
    • scandal
    • nothing
    • unable
    • crown
    • former
    • second
    • prank
    • fact
    • indeed
    • receive




    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 - FBI boss thought his firing was a joke

    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 'FBI'?
    3. What springs to mind when you hear the name Donald Trump?
    4. What do you know about the FBI?
    5. How big is this news in your country?
    6. Has anyone ever played a prank on you?
    7. What do you think of US politics?
    8. Why is this such big news?
    9. Do you think the firing will change things in the FBI?
    10. What is your country's equivalent of the FBI?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'fired'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What's the latest big political story in your country?
    5. What do you know about the story alleging Trump's links to Russia?
    6. What would happen if the scandal turned out to be true?
    7. Do you think news organizations in the US are out to get Mr Trump?
    8. What do you know about the Hillary Clinton e-mail story?
    9. How is Donald Trump doing as US President?
    10. What questions would you like to ask James Comey?

    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)

    President Trump has fired James Comey, the (1) ____ former Director and boss of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). It is only the second (2) ____ in US history for the boss of the FBI to be fired. Mr Comey at first thought the news of his firing was a (3) ____ and he didn't believe it. He was in Los Angeles to address employees at an FBI field office. While talking to FBI agents, he saw a news program reporting (4) ____ the fact that President Trump had removed him from his position. FBI staff then (5) ____ to Mr Comey that he had indeed been fired. The White House hand delivered a letter from President Trump to Mr Comey at his Washington office (6) ____ him of his firing, but Comey was not there to receive it.

    The sacking is now a huge (7) ____ story in the USA. Many newspapers and TV news stations are saying Mr Comey was fired because he was investigating President Trump's (8) ____ links to Russia. Journalists are saying the sacking is to try to cover (9) ____ a scandal concerning President Trump and Russia. The White House denied this, saying the sacking had nothing to (10) ____ with Russia. Officials stated that Comey was removed from his position because of his mishandling of investigations into Hillary Clinton's e-mails when she was Secretary of State. They said this left him unable to (11) ____ lead the FBI. President Trump said it was time for a "new beginning" at the USA's "(12) ____ jewel of law enforcement".

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     now     (b)     new     (c)     gnaw     (d)     know    
    2. (a)     timed     (b)     timing     (c)     time     (d)     timely    
    3. (a)     plank     (b)     plaque     (c)     prank     (d)     plague    
    4. (a)     at     (b)     to     (c)     in     (d)     on    
    5. (a)     conformed     (b)     confined     (c)     confirmed     (d)     conferred    
    6. (a)     information     (b)     informing     (c)     informed     (d)     inform    
    7. (a)     politico     (b)     political     (c)     politic     (d)     politician    
    8. (a)     allegory     (b)     alleged     (c)     allegro     (d)     allegation    
    9. (a)     on     (b)     over     (c)     up     (d)     in    
    10. (a)     take     (b)     be     (c)     have     (d)     do    
    11. (a)     affectively     (b)     affectionately     (c)     affectedly     (d)     effectively    
    12. (a)     headband     (b)     garland     (c)     tiara     (d)     crown

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

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    (    )     his Washington office informing him of his firing, but Comey was not there to receive it.

    (    )     employees at an FBI field office. While talking to FBI agents, he saw a news program reporting on the fact

    (    )     concerning President Trump and Russia. The White House denied this, saying the sacking had nothing to

    1  )     President Trump has fired James Comey, the now former Director and boss of the Federal Bureau of

    (    )     first thought the news of his firing was a prank and he didn't believe it. He was in Los Angeles to address

    (    )     The sacking is now a huge political story in the USA. Many newspapers and TV news stations are

    (    )     that President Trump had removed him from his position. FBI staff then confirmed to Mr Comey that he had

    (    )     do with Russia. Officials stated that Comey was removed from his position because of his mishandling

    (    )     saying Mr Comey was fired because he was investigating President Trump's alleged links

    (    )     effectively lead the FBI. President Trump said it was time for a "new beginning" at the USA's "crown jewel of law enforcement".

    (    )     of investigations into Hillary Clinton's e-mails when she was Secretary of State. They said this left him unable to

    (    )     to Russia. Journalists are saying the sacking is to try to cover up a scandal

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    Put the words in the right order

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    5. he   staff   to   that   FBI   confirmed   Comey   had   then   Mr   .
    6. is   now   a   huge   political   story   in   the   USA   The   sacking   .
    7. are   saying   the  sacking   is   to  cover   up   a  scandal  Journalists   .
    8. mishandling   his   of   because   position   his   from   Removed   .
    9. left   lead   him   the   unable   FBI   to   This   effectively   .
    10. enforcement  A  new  beginning  at   the  USA's  crown  jewel  of  law   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    President Trump has fired / fried James Comey, the now firmer / former Director and boss of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). It is only the second time / times in US history for the boss of the FBI to be fired. Mr Comey at first / firstly thought the news of his firing was a plank / prank and he didn't believe it. He was in Los Angeles to redress / address employees at an FBI field office. While talking to FBI agents, he saw a news program reporting on the factual / fact that President Trump had removed him from his position. FBI staff then conformed / confirmed to Mr Comey that he had indeed been fired. The White House hand / handed delivered a letter from President Trump to Mr Comey at his Washington office informing him of his firing, but Comey was not there / here to receive it.

    The sacking is now a huge political / politic story in the USA. Many newspapers and TV news stations are saying / said Mr Comey was fired because he was investigation / investigating President Trump's alleged links to Russia. Journalists are saying the sacking is to trial / try to cover up a scandal concerning / concerns President Trump and Russia. The White House denied this, saying the sacking had nothing to do within / with Russia. Officials stated that Comey was removal / removed from his position because of his mishandling of investigations into Hillary Clinton's e-mails when she was Secretary of State. They said this left him inability / unable to effectively lead the FBI. President Trump said it was time for a "newly / new beginning" at the USA's "crown jewel of lawyer / law enforcement".

    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

    president trump has fired james comey the now former director and boss of the federal bureau of investigation (fbi) it is only the second time in us history for the boss of the fbi to be fired mr comey at first thought the news of his firing was a prank and he didn't believe it he was in los angeles to address employees at an fbi field office while talking to fbi agents he saw a news program reporting on the fact that president trump had removed him from his position fbi staff then confirmed to mr comey that he had indeed been fired the white house hand delivered a letter from president trump to mr comey at his washington office informing him of his firing but comey was not there to receive it

    the sacking is now a huge political story in the usa many newspapers and tv news stations are saying mr comey was fired because he was investigating president trump's alleged links to russia journalists are saying the sacking is to try to cover up a scandal concerning president trump and russia the white house denied this saying the sacking had nothing to do with russia officials stated that comey was removed from his position because of his mishandling of investigations into hillary clinton's e-mails when she was secretary of state they said this left him unable to effectively lead the fbi president trump said it was time for a "new beginning" at the usa's "crown jewel of law enforcement"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    tTrumptoMrComeyathisWashingtonofficeinforminghimofhisfiring,b
    utComeywasnottheretoreceiveit.Thesackingisnowahugepoliticalsto
    ryintheUSA.ManynewspapersandTVnewsstationsaresayingMrCome
    ywasfiredbecausehewasinvestigatingPresidentTrump'sallegedlinks
    toRussia.Journalistsaresayingthesackingistotrytocoverupascandalc
    oncerningPresidentTrumpandRussia.TheWhiteHousedeniedthis,sa
    yingthesackinghadnothingtodowithRussia.OfficialsstatedthatCome
    ywasremovedfromhispositionbecauseofhismishandlingofinvestigati
    onsintoHillaryClinton'se-mailswhenshewasSecretaryofState.Theys
    aidthislefthimunabletoeffectivelyleadtheFBI.PresidentTrumpsaidit
    wastimefora"newbeginning"attheUSA's"crownjeweloflawenforcem
    ent".

    Free writing

    Write about FBI boss for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    President Trump has been a great and strong President so far. 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 the FBI. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. THE FBI: Make a poster about the FBI. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. COVER UP: Write a magazine article about James Comet being fired as part of a cover up. Include imaginary interviews with people who believe this and with people who don't believe it.

    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 the FBI. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on law enforcement agencies. 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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