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ESL English Lesson: Orlando shootings
D.J. Robinson

Today, let’s talk about the terrible shootings that took place recently at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. More than 50 innocent people were killed with 53 others wounded.

The terrorist attack was carried out by Omar Mateen. Most of the victims were men in their 20s and 30s. The 29-year-old gunman was killed after taking hostages at the Pulse club. The attack is the worst mass shooting in recent US history.

Omar Mateen was an American who declared allegiance to the Islamic State. He was the son of an immigrant from Afghanistan.

Writing/speaking: In pairs – think of three key points about the Orlando shootings. Write them below. Discuss! -- Speaking/Roleplay: In pairs - Student A is a journalist. Student B is Jeh Johnson. Discuss gun controls in the USA following the Orlando massacre. 3 mins. -- Discussion: 1) Did the headline make you want to read the article? 2) Why did the gunman do what he did? 3) What do you think of Jeh Johnson’s comments? Explain. 4) What will the American government do about gun control following this massacre? Explain. 5) What has been the reaction from the NRA – the National Rifle Association? -- Sentence starters, Homework, Etc.

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